Thursday, February 3, 2011

New Orleans Actors have it going on

Shanda Quintal NOARC

"According to the state’s Office of Entertainment Industry Development, more than 100 productions in the state wrapped in 2010 (click to see list) with more than 50 percent of all productions made by companies based in Louisiana. Based on applications filed with the state, the combined total budgets of all the Louisiana projects exceeded $1.4 billion, the statement said.

I'm blown away, I'm in awe, and I'm proud to be here at this time.

When I moved back in 2007, there were more than 40 projects shot here in Louisiana. The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons had just wrapped that spring and I was duly impressed with my home state. I had been gone 10 years and I couldn't believe that a film of that size and caliber had been shot here.

And now that's a regular thing, here. Which means that opportunities for actors are here, too. And the types of roles are also opening up for actors. Two to three years ago, around 90% of the roles were 1-4 line day players. Now supporting and lead roles are also being cast in Louisiana. A high-profile MOW (movie of the week) project that is in pre-production now is looking for leads here in Louisiana.

We're doing it, guys. We have really and truly earned the moniker, HOLLYWOOD SOUTH. And it's a amazing time to be here.


The Expo was incredible. I had a good time and I hope you had a good time, too. You can see pix on the New Orleans Resource Center's Facebook page.


Lori Wyman - Lori is the Casting Director for both "Burn Notice" and "The Glades" and she brings in actors from all over the Southeast region. Her ONE DAY SEMINAR/WORKSHOP on AUDITIONING FOR FILM AND TELEVISION takes place THIS SATURDAY, January 29. Check out her YouTube auditioning for film and television videos. Call the office to register 305 354-3901.

Ryan Glorioso - Louisiana Casting Director for "The Expendables," "Vampires Suck," "Butter," "So Undercover." The class will cover improv work, on-camera scene work/auditioning techniques, and video audition dos and don’ts. Actors attending will be sent a scene to prepare for the workshop on February 13th. Ryan's workshop is currently full, but if you'd like to get on the waiting list, please click here.

ACTING COACHES AND UPCOMING CLASSES (my, my the list has grown...)

Casey Groves - 917-969-8698, - Casey just started his Auditioning for Film classes at del Corral this week and it's possible to still join. Monday or Wednesday evenings.

Daniel Dupont - 504-722-2229, - Offers on going weekly classes. Two classes in New Orleans (Saturday and Tuesday) and Baton Rouge (Sundays).

Douglas Griffin - - Check to see when his next week program begins.

Dean West - - Offers a Basic Technique Class. Will also be holding an on-camera auditioning technique and scene breakdown workshop at the end of March.

Garrett Prejean - 504-218-0055, - Offers Beginner, Acting 1 and Acting 2 classes and workshops. Website lists class schedule.

Jaqueline Fleming - 504-849-9020, - Ongoing scene study for kids and adults. Also offers auditioning technique, improv and on-camera workshops.

Jennifer Schemke - 310-467-0996, - Adult Beginning Improv, Teen Improv, and a Scene Study Basics and Beyond class. All three beginning in early February.

Jerry Katz - 225-614-6601, please use contact form on his website to email - Ongoing scene study. Classes in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Jackson, MS.

Lance E. Nichols - - 4 weekend "Acting for the Camera" workshop beginning April 3rd at The People Program in New Orleans. Detailed information will be released in February.

Veleka Gray - - Offers classes in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Covington. Classes include showcase with agents and casting directors.

Break a leg, folks."

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