What Actors Can Learn From the SAG Awards Speeches

What Actors Can Learn From the SAG Awards Speeches

The SAG Awards took place on January 19, and out of all the award shows, it is the one specifically designated for thespians. The trophy that winners take home is literally called an “Actor.” SAG-AFTRA members and their votes are the determining factors on which nominees make it to the stage to accept a statuette. Regardless of whether you’re a member of the union or not, all actors can glean important lessons from SAG Awards winners and their speeches. Keep reading for some big takeaways from this year’s accoladed actors in the major lead categories.


Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Winner: Renée Zellweger for Judy
Takeaway: Acknowledge the importance of what actors do.

Toward the end of her speech, Zellweger touched on the impact of good storytelling with, “I feel so lucky to be a member of this family of storytellers who get to do work that reflects the experience of being human and fosters understanding and empathy and unity. And with some luck, maybe [that work] pushes history a little bit closer to the light.” Zellweger wrapped the speech by dedicating her award to the real-life actor she played to win it. “Judy Garland, 50 years later, your community is thinking of you tonight. This is for you,” Zellweger said as she held up her trophy, reinforcing the value of storytelling and how it lives on. 


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Winner: Joaquin Phoenix for Joker
Takeaway: Learn from your peers.

The bulk of Phoenix’s address was reserved for appreciating the other nominated actors in his category and what he’d gleaned from their work. He started with, “Leonardo [DiCaprio], you’ve been an inspiration for over 25 years to me and [to] so many people.” Phoenix continued with, “Christian [Bale], you commit to your roles in ways that I can only dream of. You never turn in a bad performance … Adam [Driver], I’ve been watching you the last few years, and you’ve just been turning in these beautiful, nuanced, incredible, profound performances. And I’m just so moved by you … [Taron Egerton,] you’re so beautiful in this movie [Rocketman]. And I’m so happy for you, and I can’t wait to see what else you do.” Phoenix ended his speech by acknowledging Heath Ledger, whom he recognized as his favorite actor. 


Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

Winner: Jennifer Aniston for The Morning Show
Takeaway: Recognize how far you’ve come.

Aniston started her address with an anecdote from her childhood, saying, “I was thinking back to when I was a little girl and I didn’t have a VCR, but I had a tape recorder. And I would tape Laverne & Shirley [and] Happy Days on my little tape deck, and I would listen to these episodes in my head. And I would just think, ‘I’m going to one day do that’… And then I got a Bob’s Big Boy commercial, and I got into SAG. And that was a humble beginning, but you have to start somewhere.” Later on, she stated that “dreams do come true.” Aniston’s words remind actors of any experience level the importance of appreciating their journey. 


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

Winner: Peter Dinklage for Game of Thrones
Takeaway: Make a home, no matter where you find yourself.

Dinklage kept his speech short and sweet. He thanked the people of Northern Ireland, where the series was filmed, as well as his cast mates. And then he ended his speech by recognizing his spouse with, “Most importantly, I’d like to thank my wife, who put up with me for more than nine years but lived in a place far away from home. But [she] made it home because we were together. Thank you.” Since shooting locations vary and actors often find themselves away from their home base, Dinklage’s succinct speech offers a very important lesson. That is, create a safe, comfortable space for yourself wherever the job may take you.


Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

Winner: Phoebe Waller-Bridge for Fleabag
Takeaway: Appreciate your fans.

Waller-Bridge thanked a number of people in her speech, but she made a special point to recognize Fleabag’s audience with, “I have to say from the bottom of my heart, thank you for being so supportive of our show on these shores. With all the chaos of the outfits and the interviews and the six-pack that my makeup artist drew on me this evening… and all the amazing Hollywood things that happen here, it’s quite easy to be distracted from the thing that has actually happened to us.” Waller-Bridge joked that at some point, the show’s success would finally register, leaving her crying in a corner. Regardless of the size of your audience, though, Waller-Bridge’s message to appreciate your fans is universal.   


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

Winner: Tony Shalhoub for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Takeaway: Value your castmates.

Shalhoub joined Dinklage in the short speech club. He began his address by recognizing SAG-AFTRA and then praised his fellow cast members. “I share this Actor with my fellow Maisel castmates. It is a joy to know you. It is a privilege to work alongside you. And so, with your blessings, I will dedicate this to one of our family [members] who we lost this year and who we miss terribly. The most marvelous Brian Tarantina, our brother — here’s to you.” Tarantina, who played Jackie in the series, passed away last year. But Shalhoub’s tribute reminds us that he and his work are not forgotten. 


Gratitude was a common theme amongst the speeches at this year’s SAG Awards. Winners thanked other industry members, such as their agents, as well as various people in their lives. Zellweger even acknowledged a friend who had let the actress sleep on her couch. You may be couch-surfing yourself, or perhaps an especially lucrative booking paid for the down payment on your own home. But regardless of how close you are to achieving your career goals, the big takeaway from this year’s speeches is a reminder to have gratitude. In her address, Waller-Bridge summed it up with, “This whole thing really has been a dream, and if I wake up tomorrow and discover it was just that, then thank you. It’s been the most beautiful dream.” 


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The Big Winners at the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards 

The Big Winners at the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards 

In case you live under a rock and weren’t aware, the Golden Globes happened on January 5. As always, it was a night of speeches, surprises, and some snubs. Films like 1917 and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood faired nicely, as did series such as Succession and Fleabag. But the big winners we want to talk about are the actors that left the award show with a trophy in hand. Keep reading to find out which actors won for leading roles in both drama and comedy in film and TV. Plus, take a look at how they got there and what they’re up to next. 


Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama:
Renée Zellweger for Judy

In her early career, Zellweger started off with roles in films like Reality Bites, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation and Empire Records. The actor possesses an impressive body of work and is known for a number of films that include Chicago and Cold Mountain, both of which garnered her Golden Globes, as well. The latter also won her the 2004 Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Films like Jerry Maguire and Bridget Jones’s Diary also contributed to Zellweger’s widespread popularity. Up next for the well-awarded actress is the upcoming drama feature Heft, which centers on a mother who seeks help for her son. 


Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama:
Joaquin Phoenix for Joker

Phoenix’s first credit listed on IMDb is from his guest appearance on Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, the 1982 series in which his brother River starred. Films like Russkies and Parenthood followed during his early career. Today, Phoenix is known for a number of films, such as Gladiator, Her and Walk the Line. The latter earned Phoenix a Golden Globe, as well. There are rumors that Joker 2 is in the works, but as for confirmed next projects, Phoenix will be starring in A24’s upcoming drama feature entitled C’mon C’mon.


Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:
Awkwafina for The Farewell

Awkwafina has recently become a household name, and two films from her earlier career, Storks and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, only date back to 2016. She is known for her work in Ocean’s 8 and Crazy Rich Asians. The budding star has a number of projects in the works, including her upcoming role as Scuttle in Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.


Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:
Taron Egerton for Rocketman

Egerton is another actor relatively new to having name recognition. His earliest IMDb credit, The Last of the Haussmans, is from 2012. In 2014, he starred in Kingsman: The Secret Service, which helped introduce the British actor to the American market. Since then, Egerton has not been short on work, and he’s starred in films like Eddie the Eagle and Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Next projects for Egerton include Sing 2, for which he’ll reprise the role of Johnny. 


Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama:
Olivia Colman for The Crown

Colman had a strong start in comedy and starred in BBC sketch comedy series such as Bruiser and The Mitchell and Webb Situation early in her career. As she progressed in the industry, she landed roles in more well-known projects like Hot Fuzz, The Iron Lady, The Lobster, and Fleabag. The UK actor gained considerable recognition last year after snagging both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for her role as Queen Anne in The Favourite. Amongst other upcoming projects that include season four of The Crown, Colman will be starring and executive producing the HBO series Landscapers


Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama:
Brian Cox for Succession

The 73-year-old actor has an extensive number of big credits under his name. In 1995, during the earlier part of his career, the Scottish thespian did two period pieces set in his native country: Braveheart and Rob Roy. Since then, he’s added a varied slew of titles to his resume that includes blockbusters like Super Troopers, The Bourne Identity, Troy and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Amongst Cox’s next projects is the horror feature Separation, whose cast also includes Mamie Gummer. 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical:
Phoebe Waller-Bridge for Fleabag

Waller-Bridge is another winner whose rise to fame has been relatively recent. Her earliest credit on IMDb starts in 2009, and roles in projects such as The Iron Lady and the BBC series Broadchurch led up to her breakout performance as the titular character in Fleabag. The British auteur gained significant recognition for not only starring in it, but also creating the popular series that earned her three Emmy awards last year. Waller-Bridge also created Killing Eve and is on the writing team for the next installment of the James Bond series, No Time to Die. The successful multi-hyphenate isn’t stopping there – she is executive producing and starring in HBO’s upcoming comedy thriller series entitled Run

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical:
Ramy Youssef for Ramy

Youssef got his start on the Nickelodeon show See Dad Run. His other credits leading up to Ramy include three episodes of Mr. Robot and a small role in the film Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot. Then came the self-monikered Hulu series, one that he created and is loosely based on his life. As for his next projects, Youssef will lend his voice to the upcoming animated feature Hump. Simon Pegg is also attached to the family adventure film, which centers on a camel, a fox and a goat traveling across the Arabian desert.


You can find a full list of the winners here. The Golden Globes don’t necessarily predict upcoming winners at the Academy Awards, but it may still be a good idea to study up before this year’s Oscar nominees are announced January 13. If you do your homework and enter an Oscar pool, your predictions might just leave you as a big winner, yourself, after the next big awards show.


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January Events Calendar

January Events Calendar

Awards Shows:


AFI Awards Luncheon

January 03, 2020 


77th Annual Golden Globe Awards

January 05, 2020, Los Angeles 


26th Annual SAG Awards

January 19, 2020, Los Angeles

SAG AFTRA are welcoming their current members to sign up to watch the SAG Awards in perspective cities all across the United States. Visit SAG AFTRA’s website to view the various cities that the SAG Award Viewing Parties are taking place. 


35th Artios Awards

January 30, 2020, Simultaneous events are held annually in Los Angeles and New York


Academy Award Voting Period Starts

January 30th – February 4th, 2020 



Workshops and Masterclasses:


Stand Up Comedy Workshop 

January 09, 2020, Los Angeles 

Register for the 2020 SAG AFTRA workshop specializing in stand-up comedy including stage etiquette and basic stage rules for stand up. Some members will have the opportunity to present for feedback from the team at Cool Beans Comedy, Matthew Moore and producer Corey Craig, with a collective 20+ years of stand up comedy experience. 


Lisa Beach Casting Workshop

January 11, 2020, Los Angeles

Lisa Beach, owner of Beach/Katzman Casting, is back at Ace Studios. Make sure to sign up for a casting director workshop to learn how to improve your audition skills and film a great self tape. 


Allan Hooper Casting Workshop

January 18, 2020, Los Angeles 

At ACE Studios in Los Angeles, actors can sign up for a casting director workshop to improve audition skills and learn how to maximize auditions. Learn how to bring to life the writers intent and bring your stage experience to screen with casting director Allen Hooper, from Jeff Greenberg Casting.  


Sophia Anne Caruso Audition Masterclass 

January 20, 2020, New York City

Tickets are all sold out to participate, but they are currently offering observation tickets for those still interested. The masterclass will focus on choosing a song to showcase your vocal abilities, learning audition technical and protocol, and sitting in on an in-depth Q&A with Sophia, from the Broadway Musical, Beetlejuice. 


Iain Young Musical Theatre Masterclass

January 20, 2020, Pelham, NY

In this 3-part masterclass with Iain Young, from Mean Girls the musical, pupils will learn a song and dance combo taught by Iain, moving onto the audition technique portion of the class, and wrapping with an in-depth Q&A with Mean Girls performer, Iain Young. 


SAG-AFTRA Conservatory – Self Taping

January 27, 2020, Chicago IL 

It’s never too late to learn new skills that can improve the quality of your self tapes! If you are a local Chicago resident and a member of SAG AFTRA, don’t miss signing up for this informative class on all things self taping, including an in-depth look at the technical side of creating self tapes. You will learn about how lighting, sound, and quality can make changes in your self tape submissions. 



Movie Premieres:


The Grudge 

January 03, 2020 

The Grudge is back! Both written and directed by Nicolas Pesce, the audience is brought back to a house which leaves detectives questioning motives or, if the house is damned by a ghost seeking vengeful death. 



January 17, 2020 

This feature film releasing in mid-January is directed by Stephen Gaghan and stars Robert Downey Jr., Emma Thompson, Tom Holland, and Ralph Fiennes. It tells the story of Dr. John Dolittle who discovers he has a gift that allows him to converse with animals.


The Last Full Measure

January 24, 2020 

Thirty-four years after his death, Airman William H. Pitsenbarger, Jr. (“Pits”) is awarded the nation’s highest military honor, for his actions on the battlefield. The A-List cast includes Jeremy Irvine, Sebastian Stan, Christopher Plummer, Samuel L. Jackson, Bradley Whitford, Ed Harris, Diane Ladd, and Alison Sudol.



January 29, 2020 

“Beanpole, Dylda” (original title), first released in Russia, is now being released in the United States. This film is set in the 1940s after World War II. The story focuses on two young women, Masha and Iya, struggling to restore their lives and the city they live in, Leningrad. The film features Viktoria Miroshnichenko and Vasilisa Perelygina. 


Gretel & Hansel

January 31, 2020 

We are all in for a treat this January, as Gretel & Hansel premiers at the end of January, a feature film Written by Rob Hayes and Directed by Oz Perkins. Join the adventure as the pair trek through the dark wood to discover a dangerous evil. The movie stars Sophia Lillis, Samuel Leakey, and Alice Kridge. 



Film Festivals: 


Los Angeles Comedy Film Festival – Program #2

January 09, 2020, Los Angeles


Los Angeles Sci-Fi Film Festival 

January 10, 2020, Los Angeles


Emerging Artists LA Film Festival

January 11, 2020, Los Angeles 


Los Angeles Action Film Festival 

January 11, 2020, Los Angeles


Los Angeles Women in Film Festival 

January 16-19, 2020, Los Angeles


Sundance Film Festival 2020 

January 23 – February 02, 2020, Park City, UT 


Los Angeles Animation Film Festival 

January 25, 2020, Los Angeles


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December 2019 Events Calendar

December 2019 Events Calendar

Workshops and Masterclasses Throughout December: 


Lisa Beach Casting Workshop
December 7th, 2019, Los Angeles

This December at Ace Studios, you can sign up for a Casting Director workshop to improve your audition skills, how to maximize your auditions and learn how to film a great self tape with Lisa Beach, owner of Beach/Katzman Casting. 


Mitchell Gossett (Industry Entertainment) Monologue Masterclass
December 7th, 2019, NYC 

Sold Out currently, but there is a waiting list if you’d like to join. Mitchell Gossett from Industry Entertainment is presenting a monologue masterclass where he will explore the material and offer coaching and direction for your pieces. 


Masterclass with Tom Todoroff
 December 15th, Las Vegas

This masterclass will focus specifically on audition technique and offers insight into career counseling for performers. Tickets are available via the SAG-AFTRA website and they offer discounts for members. 


The Nuts and Bolts of Background Actor Casting
 December 16th, 2019, Los Angeles

The event is presented by The Background Actors Education & Outreach Subcommittee and will provide an in-depth panel to discuss the mysteries behind the background industry. The program will include discussions around how the business has changed throughout the years, latest updates and how to market yourself to casting. 



Holiday Events Throughout December: 


Rockettes at Radio City
 December 5th – January 5th, NYC

If you’ve not had the chance to see the Rockettes live, make sure to make this a bucket list item for this Christmas season! The Rockettes have had residency in the Radio City Music Hall since 1932 and is a memorable show and experience. 


Cirque Du Soleil – ‘Twas the Night Before
2 Locations

Chicago, IL December 5th – Dec 8th
NYC – Dec 12th – Dec 29th 

This festive show follows the story of a girl, Isabella, who becomes dulled by the hype of Christmas. She is whisked away into a mysterial inside-out world where she meets characters inspired by an ageless poem. 


iHeart Radio Jingle Ball 
Tickets available in multiple cities

Los Angeles 12/6/19
San Francisco 12/8/19
Minneapolis 12/9/19
Boston 12/15/19
Philadelphia 12/11/19
New York City 12/13/19

The Jingle Ball was first introduced over 20 years ago and today, it stands as one of the nation’s top events to celebrate during the Christmas season. Over the years, the ball has turned into a multi-city national tour and this year’s lineup includes Taylor Swift, BTS, Katy Perry, Lizzo & many more! 


Idina Menzel at Carnegie Hall
Wednesday, December 11th in NYC

The show is presented by Live Nation and will include performances by featured guests and artists; Ariana Grande, Billy Porter, Josh Gad, and Menzel’s husband, Aaron Lohr.


Sunday, December 15th

Join this interactive holiday experience in Los Angeles on Sunday, December 15th. Activities include wreath-making workshops, gingerbread decorating, scavenger hunts, mixology classes and much more! 



Film Festivals in December: 


Culver City Film Festival 
December 6th – 12th, LA, CA

This independent film festival is run in Culver City, CA this December. The festival includes an actor’s panel, networking industry events, and will show multiple screenings across the event dates. Make sure to go out and support our local filmmakers!   


Asian Film Festival
December 12th, 2019, LA, CA

(First Annual) Showing over 350 films from across the globe at the first annual Asian Film Festival. The festival was founded by Asian Film Festival Committee and the American International Chamber of Commerce, encourage and support Asian films and Asian American films. 



Movie Premieres in December:  


Star Wars: The Rise of SkywalkerIn the final chapter of the Skywalker saga, the Resistance faces the First Order and prepares for battle. 


Jumanji: The Next Level The crew is back to take on the snowy mountains and arid deserts in this year’s Jumanji sequel – The Next Level! Featuring A-List lineup Karen Gillan, Madison Iseman, Ashley Scott, Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Danny Devito, and Jack Black. 


Spies In Disguise This family-focused animated feature about the world’s greatest spy turned pigeon includes voices from Karen Gillan, Tom Holland, and Will Smith. 


Bad Boys For Life – Martin Lawrence and Will Smith are back for Bad Boys for Life, where character Marcus Burnett is now in the police force, while Mike Lowery is going through a midlife crisis. Watch it unfold! 


Little Women – Not to miss this Christmas season! Little Women, the tale of four sisters, is out and includes a powerhouse cast of leading actresses; Meryl Streep, Laura Dern, Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, and Eliza Scanlen. 


1917 This war action-packed feature, Directed by Sam Mendes and written by Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns, is about two young British privates during the First World War and the impossible mission they were given.


Black Christmas – Jason Blum, producer of “Get Out” and “Paranormal Activity,” brings you “Black Christmas” for the Holidays. This holiday thriller is about a group of female students who are stalked by a stranger throughout their Christmas break. If you’re in the spooky mood this holiday season, this is for you!  


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October 2019 Events Calendar

October 2019 Events Calendar

There is always an opportunity to immerse yourself in your acting community. We’ve got your October weekends mapped out with classes, film festivals, movie screenings and more!



Developing Your Ear: CRITICAL LISTENING IN VOICEOVER  –  (New York, NY) As self-recording has and is becoming increasingly the norm in modern voiceover, VO actors must possess a keen ear as to what is effective and will ultimately get themselves booked. It is as necessary to listen to current voiceovers as it is to read. This class will play examples of good -and not so good- voiceover recordings from various areas of VO to develop critical listening skills. By breaking down how and why good voiceovers work, actors will be able to apply the same critiques to their own self-recordings. Lead by VO Lab booth director and experienced VO actor, Tatiana Grey, this class will offer a fun and safe space to hone your skills. All levels welcome!

Casting Access: CAROLYN VOLPE (UNDER 18 ONLY)  –  (New York, NY) This class will include a 25-30 min. Q&A at the beginning for parents and children. After the Q&A, we will kindly ask the parents to leave the room and Carolyn will work with the kids using improv games. This class will run for approximately 90 minutes. Please bring a headshot and resume with you. The child must be a paid-up and active SAG-AFTRA member.


Latino Media Fest  –  (Los Angeles, CA) Latino Media Fest is the unique presenter of the best U.S. based Latinx content across media platforms: narrative shorts, TV/Streaming pilots, digital web series, virtual reality, and documentary shorts.

Woodstock Film Festival  –  (Woodstock, NY) The Woodstock Film Festival is a non-profit, 501c3 with a mission to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music and art-related activities that promote artists, culture, inspired learning and diversity. The 20th Woodstock Film Festival returns October 2-6, 2019 with an extraordinary lineup of fiercely independent films, panels and special events in Woodstock, Rhinebeck, Kingston, Rosendale, and Saugerties.

Manhattan Short  –  (Manhattan, NY) Film lovers worldwide unite to view and judge the work of the next generation of filmmakers from around the world when the 22nd Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival screens in over 400 cities worldwide September 26 to October 6, 2019.


Joker –  A gritty character study of Arthur Fleck, a man disregarded by society. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, and Zazie Beetz.

Lucy in the Sky –  Astronaut Lucy Cola returns to Earth after a transcendent experience during a mission to space and begins to lose touch with reality in a world that now seems too small. Starring Natalie Portman, Jon Hamm, and Zazie Beetz.

Memory: The Origins of Alien –  The untold origin story behind Ridley Scott’s Alien – rooted in Greek and Egyptian mythologies, underground comics, the art of Francis Bacon, and the dark visions of Dan O’Bannon and H.R. Giger. A contemplation on the symbiotic collaborative process of movie-making, the power of myth, and our collective unconscious. Starring Bijan Aalam, Tim Boxell, and Axelle Carolyn.

Pain and Glory –  A film director reflects on the choices he’s made in life as past and present come crashing down around him. Starring Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandia, and Leonardo Sbaraglia.

Wrinkles the Clown –  In Florida, parents can hire Wrinkles the Clown to scare their misbehaving children. Written by Michael Beach Nichols and Christopher K. Walker.

Dolemite Is My Name –  Eddie Murphy portrays real-life legend Rudy Ray Moore, a comedy and rap pioneer who proved naysayers wrong when his hilarious, obscene, kung-fu fighting alter ego, Dolemite, became a 1970s Blaxploitation phenomenon. Starring Eddie Murphy, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Wesley Snipes.

Low Tide –  Alan, Red, and Smitty spend high summer on the Jersey Shore roving the boardwalk and getting into trouble. But the discovery of good old fashioned treasure sets the friends on an escalating course of suspicion and violence in this atmospheric thriller. Starring Jaeden Martell, Keean Johnson, and Shea Whigham.

Cuck –  When a frustrated loner gains popularity as an Alt-Right vlogger, the online echo chamber turns his fears into a deadly rage. Starring Zachary Ray Sherman, Sally Kirkland, and Timothy V. Murphy.




The VO LAB’s Commercial Workout  –  (Los Angeles, CA) We’ve had a lot of really good groups of people recently for this workout. Join us and your VO peers for a group workout, but leave your barbells and yoga mats at home, because this workout is all about helping you strengthen your VO chops. Practice reading your favorite commercial copy and get helpful adjustments from your VO Lab peers. Be ready to offer constructive feedback and support the learning process. VO Lab workout groups are a great way to fine-tune your craft and have some fun in the process. Yes…these are intended to be fun.

Computer Lab: COMPUTER BASICS 101  –  (Los Angeles, CA) This is a brand new offering designed for members who are beginners in using a computer. This is a hybrid class and workshop where members can ask any computer-related question. The instructor will then customize the class to answer those questions and present computer basics. This class is intended for computer novices. No materials are required.


Santa Cruz Film Festival  –  (Santa Cruz, CA)  SCFF IS AN EXPERIENCE… It’s about enhancing awesome films by showing them in unconventional places with unexpected surprises. It’s all happening in a city and county where odd, interesting, and unusual are the norm. Located in a diverse arts community we show films from high school and college students, new and burgeoning filmmakers, as well as established pros. We not only screen films, we make you experience them.

Baltimore International Black Film Festival  –  (Baltimore, MD)  Founded in 2014, the Baltimore International Black Film Festival is produced by the not-for-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt social /service organization: SOGAA, Inc. Our mission is to support unity in the community and foster education with the best in independent film-making while enhancing the diverse cultural landscape and economic vitality of Baltimore City. With its unique paring of films by African-American, the African Diaspora and members of the Same Gender Loving – Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (SGL-LGBT) communities, the Baltimore International Black Film Festival (BIBFF) serves a dual purpose of educating the community while providing a venue for independent films for, by and about African Americans, the African Diaspora, and members the SGL-LGBT community locally, nationally and globally.


Gemini Man  –  An over-the-hill hitman faces off against a younger clone of himself. Starring Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Clive Owen.

The Addams Family  –  An animated version of Charles Addams’ series of cartoons about a peculiar, ghoulish family. Starring Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, and Chloë Grace Moretz.

Jexi  –  A comedy about what can happen when you love your phone more than anything else in your life. Starring Rose Byrne, Justin Hartley, and Adam Devine.

The Sky Is Pink  –  It is based on the love story of a couple spanning 25 years, told through the lens of their spunky teenage daughter Aisha Chaudhary, who was diagnosed with Pulmonary fibrosis. Starring Zaira Wasim, Priyanka Chopra, and Farhan Akhtar.




Small Group Sessions: THE AUDITION –  (Los Angeles, CA) The audition is not only how one prepares the material. It is also about the mindset actors have about auditioning, how they conduct themselves in the room and how they let it go. This session will cover the many ways actors can prepare mentally, physically and psychologically for the audition. Please bring a pencil or pen along with something to take notes.


Marina del Rey Film Festival –  (Marina del Rey, CA) The Marina del Rey Film Festival was created in 2012 as an independent film festival on the westside of Los Angeles. Jon Gursha and Peter Greene worked the international markets for independent film distribution. During this time they created the Marina del Rey Film Festival to make a world-class independent film festival for independent filmmakers. The idea started on a flight back from the European Markets and festivals in 2011 the festival was born. The Marina del Rey Film Festival was founded by Jon Gursha and Peter Greene


Zombieland: Double Tap  –  Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, and Little Rock move to the American heartland as they face off against evolved zombies, fellow survivors, and the growing pains of the snarky makeshift family. Starring Zoey Deutch, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil  –  Maleficent and her goddaughter Aurora begin to question the complex family ties that bind them as they are pulled in different directions by impending nuptials, unexpected allies, and dark new forces at play. Starring Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, and Imelda Staunton.

The Lighthouse  –  The hypnotic and hallucinatory tale of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s. Starring Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson, and Valeriia Karaman.

Jojo Rabbit  –  A young boy in Hitler’s army finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home. Starring Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, and Scarlett Johansson.




Small Group Sessions: THE BRANDING WORKSHOP –  (Los Angeles, CA) This twenty person workshop serves to aid the actor in understanding how people see them, the type of feeling people receive from them and how they might be cast. The workshop uses the categories of visual, essence, stereotypes and profession. This is a three-hour event and participants must stay for the entire workshop. Please note how you dress for this workshop will factor into your results. Actors are recommended to attend this workshop two to three times per year, each time in a different look. This workshop was inspired by the creation of Kevin E. West – Founder, The Actors’ Network.


DTLA Film Festival  –  (Los Angeles, CA) Established in 2008, the festival has screened more 1,000 films, held more than 200 events and partnered with more than 75 other profit and nonprofit businesses in DTLA. Our programming reflects downtown L.A.’s vibrant new urbanism, the unique ethnic and cultural diversity of its neighborhoods, its burgeoning independent film community, its singular blend of late 19th and 20th century architecture, and the seminal role it played in the early days of American cinema (epitomized by the world’s largest group of vintage movie palaces located in the Broadway Theater District). Set against this dramatic backdrop, DFFLA serves as a beacon for movie fans and industry professionals throughout Southern California and beyond


Countdown –  When a nurse downloads an app that claims to predict the moment a person will die, it tells her she only has three days to live. With the clock ticking and a figure haunting her, she must find a way to save her life before time runs out. Starring Charlie McDermott, Anne Winters, and Elizabeth Lail.

The Current War: Director’s Cut  –  The dramatic story of the cutthroat race between electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to determine whose electrical system would power the modern world. Starring Tuppence Middleton, Tom Holland, and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Paradise Hills  –  A mysterious boarding school perfectly reforms wayward girls to fit their surroundings’ exact desires. Starring Eiza González, Emma Roberts, and Danielle Macdonald.

Housefull 4  –  Themed on reincarnation. Starring Akshay Kumar, Kriti Sanon, and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

The Last Full Measure  –  Thirty-four years after his death, Airman William H. Pitsenbarger, Jr. (“Pits”) is awarded the nation’s highest military honor, for his actions on the battlefield. Starring Bradley Whitford, Samuel L. Jackson, and Sebastian Stan.

Black and Blue  –  ‘Black and Blue’ is an action thriller about a rookie cop (Naomie Harris) who inadvertently captures the murder of a young drug dealer on her body cam. After realizing that the murder was committed by corrupt cops, she teams up with the one person from her community who is willing to help her (Tyrese Gibson) as she tries to escape both the criminals out for revenge and the police who are desperate to destroy the incriminating footage. Starring Mike Colter, Frank Grillo, and Reid Scott.


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Casting Director Sibby Kirchgessner Weighs in on Emmy Nominees 

Casting Director Sibby Kirchgessner Weighs in on Emmy Nominees 

Casting directors have a unique perspective when it comes to Emmy nominations. Considering their area of expertise, casting professionals can offer informed takes on the nominees—in the acting categories, especially. And who better to comment on this year’s TV awards show than an Emmy nominee herself? Sibby Kirchgessner is known for casting many popular shows, such as Future Man, Baskets, and Grand Hotel

But Veep is the one that earned Kirchgessner and casting partner Dorian Frankel the Casting for a Comedy Series nom this year. The recognition is well-deserved based on the inclusion of Veep nominees in the acting categories for comedy series. As the limited series or movie categories are safe for the Veep casting director to weigh in on without conflict of interest, Kirchgessner spoke with Casting Networks to share her take on them.


Nominees for Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie:

Benicio Del Toro (Escape at Dannemora)

Hugh Grant (A Very English Scandal)

Jared Harris (Chernobyl)

Jharrel Jerome (When They See Us)

Mahershala Ali (True Detective)

Sam Rockwell (Fosse/Verdon)


Kirchgessner’s Pick:

Jharrel Jerome

“Jharrel’s performance brought tears to my eyes and broke my heart in a good way. He really made me feel everything Korey Wise went through and how he preserved.”


Nominees for Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie:

Amy Adams (Sharp Objects)

Aunjanue Ellis (When They See Us)

Joey King (The Act)

Michelle Williams (Fosse/Verdon)

Niecy Nash (When They See Us)

Patricia Arquette (Escape at Dannemora)


Kirchgessner’s Pick:

Patricia Arquette

“Her performance was subtle and nuanced. Playing a real-life person can be difficult. Patricia brought Tilly to life with her deep sadness and thirst for love and affection; that helped me to understand how a woman like that made the choices she made.”


Nominees for Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie: 

Asante Blackk (When They See Us)

Ben Whishaw (A Very English Scandal)

John Leguizamo (When They See Us)

Michael K. Williams (When They See Us)

Paul Dano (Escape at Dannemora)

Stellan Skarsgård (Chernobyl)


Kirchgessner’s Pick:

Ben Whishaw

“Ben tackled such a complicated and broken character with such skill. He was in one moment scared and timid, and [in] the next, confident and cocky. It was a rich and complex performance.”


Nominees for Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie: 

Emily Watson (Chernobyl)

Margaret Qualley (Fosse/Verdon)

Marsha Stephanie Blake (When They See Us)

Patricia Clarkson (Sharp Objects)

Patricia Arquette (The Act)

Vera Farmiga (When They See Us)


Kirchgessner’s Pick:

Marsha Stephanie Blake

“All of these ladies were magnificent, but Marsha Stephanie Blake stood out to me. I read somewhere [that] someone said When They See Us was the best and worst thing they had ever seen, and I felt that. Marsha’s performance conveyed fear, vulnerability, and strength.”


Two of Kirchgessner’s picks—Jharrel Jerome and Marsha Stephanie Blake—are first-time nominees. The same is true of their When They See Us co-stars Aunjanue Ellis and Asante Blackk. Another actor in a limited series who’s making her Emmy nom debut may come as a surprise: Michelle Williams. Check out the talent making the list for the first time this year, and tune in to Fox on September 22 to find out which ones end up taking home a statuette at the 71st Emmy Awards.


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Casting Director Julie Ashton Weighs in on Emmy Nominees

Casting Director Julie Ashton Weighs in on Emmy Nominees

As industry professionals continue to make their predictions on which nominees will be taking home statuettes at this year’s Emmy Awards, Casting Networks spoke with casting director Julie Ashton to get her take on this year’s nominations. Ashton is known for casting comedies, and she has some impressive TV credits under her belt that include Bob’s Burgers, 2 Broke Girls, and Disney Channel’s upcoming High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. Starting in 1991, there are 136 total casting credits listed on IMDb under Ashton’s name, and those years of experience inform her top picks for the major supporting acting categories.


Nominations for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:

Alan Arkin (The Kominsky Method)

Anthony Carrigan (Barry)

Henry Winkler (Barry)

Stephen Root (Barry)

Tony Hale (Veep)

Tony Shalhoub (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)


Ashton’s Pick:

Stephen Root

“I think Stephen’s contributions to comedy have been overlooked for too long. With his character of Fuches, he manages to play very dark and complex scenes while also being subtle, believable and ultimately hilarious. And he somehow makes a deplorable character strangely loveable.”


Nominations for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:

Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)

Anna Chlumsky (Veep)

Betty Gilpin (GLOW)

Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)

Marin Hinkle (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)

Olivia Colman (Fleabag)

Sarah Goldberg (Barry)

Sian Clifford (Fleabag)


Ashton’s Pick:

Kate McKinnon

“Kate’s fearlessness is what makes her so great. She is absolutely willing to do whatever it takes for a laugh and always gets one because of her total commitment to the comedy. And her versatility in her characters is unparalleled.”


Nominations for Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:

Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones)

Chris Sullivan (This Is Us)

Giancarlo Esposito (Better Call Saul)

Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul)

Michael Kelly (House of Cards)

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones)

Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)


Ashton’s Pick:

Jonathan Banks

“Jonathan has always been a favorite of mine, and knowing him personally, it blows my mind that he has a way of making me forget he is not actually Mike Ehrmantraut. He’s that good.” 


Nominations for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:

Fiona Shaw (Killing Eve)

Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones)

Julia Garner (Ozark)

Lena Headey (Game of Thrones)

Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones)

Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones)


Ashton’s Pick:

Lena Headey

“Lena is flawless in her performance of Cersei, and there is never a false moment. She showed us an impressive duality and made me want to root for her in the last episodes despite the unpopularity she had amassed throughout the series.”

This year’s nomination for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series is Headey’s fifth for that category and role, but she has yet to win it. It’s co-star Gwendoline Christie’s first nomination in the category for her portrayal of Brienne of Tarth, and she made the list after submitting herself.


Christie wasn’t the only Game of Thrones actor whom HBO failed to put up for consideration. Alfie Allen is another actor in a supporting acting category that beat the odds to become a nominee through a self-submission. But the idiosyncrasies of this year’s nominations are not limited to the popular HBO drama. Check out what’s already making this year’s show stand out and make your own top picks by reviewing the full list of nominations before it’s here.


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September 2019 Events Calendar

September 2019 Events Calendar

There is always an opportunity to immerse yourself in your acting community. We’ve got your September weekends mapped out with classes, film festivals, movie screenings and more!



Voiceover Lab: AUDIOBOOK WORKOUT  –  (New York, NY) Come by the VO Lab and spend a few hours working on your craft! Step behind the mic and practice voicing audiobooks. You will receive instant feedback from prolific audiobook pro & VO Lab engineer/booth director, Tatiana Grey, which you will be able to apply in your subsequent reads. Come out and work with your VO community members in this constructive, supportive, safe and fun workout. You will hear the difference in your takes.

Casting Access: MICHAEL VIEYRA  –  (Los Angeles, CA) This class will include a Q&A and a commercial cold reading session with an experienced casting professional. Michael Vieyra has booked over 50 national commercials and most notably the Got Milk campaign in 2007. He has been working as a Commercial Session Director since 2000, most recently with Ross Lacy Casting, who is undoubtedly the busiest commercial casting director in town. He has run hundreds of sessions and auditioned thousands of actors.


Telluride Film Festival  –  (Telluride, CO) We proudly announce artist Edwina White as our TFF 46 2019 poster artist. Telluride Film Festival’s prestigious annual gathering for film industry insiders, cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers and critics takes place every Labor Day weekend in the picturesque town of Telluride, Colorado. The 46th edition of TFF will run August 30-September 2, 2019.

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)  –  (Toronto, ON) Starting out in 1976 as a collection of films from other festivals — a “festival of festivals” — the Toronto International Film Festival has become one of the most beloved cinematic events in the world, universally regarded as an ideal platform for filmmakers to launch their careers and to premiere their new work. The Festival has been described as “the most important film festival in the world — the largest, the most influential, the most inclusive.”


K-12 –  A brave-hearted girl and her charming best friend make a bewitching pair as they embark on a mission to take down the oppressive schooling system of K-12. Starring Melanie Martinez, Emma Harvey, Zión Moreno.

It Chapter Two –  Twenty-seven years after their first encounter with the terrifying Pennywise, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back. Starring Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, and Bill Hader.

Night Hunter –  A weathered Lieutenant, his police force, and a local vigilante are all caught up in a dangerous scheme involving a recently arrested, troubled man who’s linked to years of female abductions and murders. Starring Alexandra Daddario, Henry Cavill, and Minka Kelly.

Strange But True –  A woman surprises the family of her deceased boyfriend by telling them she’s pregnant with his child. Starring Margaret Qualley, Mena Massoud, and Brian Cox.

Reality Queen! –  Reality Queen. follows an heiress’ quest to show the world she isn’t just another “it” girl and pretentious celebutante, chronicled by renowned BBC journalist Diana Smeltmarlin. Starring Julia Faye West, Denise Richards, and Mike Tyson.




Small Group Sessions: REPRESENTATION  –  (Los Angeles, CA) Building one’s team is an important component to an actor’s career. This small group session will cover what an actor has to keep in mind when looking to add a commercial agent, theatrical agent, and manager to their team. Small Group Sessions are facilitated discussions with the goal of digging deeper into some of the information and advice shared within the panels. These sessions provide a time to break down concepts into practical action items by which an actor can individually apply to their professional pursuits. This session will last for 1.5 – 2 hours. Participants must stay for the whole time.

Casting Access: CANDIDO CORNEJO –  (Los Angeles, CA) This class will include a Q&A and a cold reading session with an experienced casting professional. Candido Conejo has worked on over 20 films and 8 TV shows. He was an associate on THE FOSTERS, HATFIELDS & MCCOYS, and DELIRIUM.


SF IndieFest  –  (San Francisco, CA)  SF Indiefest is a year-round, non-profit organization that has been operating since 1998. We present four annual festivals: the SF Independent Film Festival (SF Indie for short), the SF Documentary Festival (DocFest for short), the SF Independent Short Film Festival (IndieShorts) and Another Hole in the Head, our genre film festival. In the past, we’ve presented the Northern California Action Sports Film Festival, the US edition of the touring International Short Film Festival, and numerous music festivals and one-off parties and events.


Hustlers  –  Inspired by the viral New York Magazine article, Hustlers follows a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients. Starring Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, and Julia Stiles.

The Goldfinch  –  A boy in New York is taken in by a wealthy Upper East Side family after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Starring Nicole Kidman, Finn Wolfhard, and Sarah Paulson.

Freaks  –  A bold girl discovers a bizarre, threatening, and mysterious new world beyond her front door after she escapes her father’s protective and paranoid control. Starring Emile Hirsch, Bruce Dern, and Lexy Kolker.

Haunt  –  On Halloween, a group of friends encounter an “extreme” haunted house that promises to feed on their darkest fears. The night turns deadly as they come to the horrifying realization that some nightmares are real. Starring Katie Stevens, Will Brittain, and Lauryn Alisa McClain.




Casting Access Specialty: HARRIET GREENSPAN (Ages 9-17 only) –  (Los Angeles, CA) Actors will be added to the class from the waitlist on a first-come, first-serve basis after we verify that they are between ages 9 and 17. This class will include a prepared reading session with an experienced casting professional. Harriet would like to see you perform something you did recently for an audition but did not receive a callback on. Together you will work on what you could have done differently. Please bring two copies. Please also be aware to choose material appropriate for an under 18 audience.

IndieLink 2019: Composers –  (Los Angeles, CA) How can you find the perfect composer for your next project? Come to IndieLink to watch reels from – and meet – a variety of talented composers. If you are a producer or director; whether your project is a short, doc or narrative feature, this is a unique opportunity to get to know a diverse group of composers in just one night. All you have to do is reserve a spot to attend. Following the event, there will be a networking reception. This event happens only once a year, so register now!


Writer’s Salon: IRL –  (Los Angeles, CA) Film Independent’s Writers Salon is back, bringing together some of today’s top screenwriters to talk about a specific aspect of their craft in an intimate setting. This session’s topic will cover writing about real people and events, and dramatizing history for the screen. We have an exciting list of writers who will be participating, including Jane Anderson (The Wife), Julian Breece (When They See Us) and Allison Schroeder (Hidden Figures). The evening will begin with a tea and dessert reception at 7:00 pm for all attendees. The conversation will begin at 7:30 pm.


Rambo: Last Blood  –  Rambo must confront his past and unearth his ruthless combat skills to exact revenge in a final mission. Starring Sylvester Stallone, Paz Vega, and Yvette Monreal.

Ad Astra  –  Astronaut Roy McBride undertakes a mission across an unforgiving solar system to uncover the truth about his missing father and his doomed expedition that now, 30 years later, threatens the universe. Starring Brad Pitt, Liv Tyler, and Tommy Lee Jones.

Downton Abbey  –  The continuing story of the Crawley family, wealthy owners of a large estate in the English countryside in the early 20th century. Starring Joanne Froggatt, Matthew Goode, and Michelle Dockery.

Villains  –  After a pair of amateur criminals break into a suburban home, they stumble upon a dark secret that two sadistic homeowners will do anything to keep from getting out. Starring Bill Skarsgård, Maika Monroe, and Jeffrey Donovan.

Corporate Animals  – Lucy (Demi Moore) is the egotistical megalomaniac CEO of Incredible Edibles, America’s premier provider of edible cutlery. In her infinite wisdom, Lucy leads her staff including her long-suffering assistants, Freddie (Karan Soni) and Jess (Jessica Williams), on a corporate team-building caving weekend to New Mexico. When disaster strikes, not even their useless guide, Brandon (Ed Helms), can save them. Trapped underground by a cave-in, this mismatched and disgruntled group must pull together in order to survive. Starring Demi Moore, Ed Helms, and Jessica Williams.

Running with the Devil  –  The CEO of an International conglomerate sends two of his most regarded executives to investigate why shipments of cocaine are being hijacked and over cut somewhere on the supply chain. Starring Cole Hauser, Nicolas Cage, and Leslie Bibb.




Small Group Sessions: THE AUDITION –  (Los Angeles, CA) The audition is not only how one prepares the material. It is also about the mindset actors have about auditioning, how they conduct themselves in the room and how they let it go. This session will cover the many ways actors can prepare mentally, physically and psychologically for the audition. Small Group Sessions are facilitated discussions with the goal of digging deeper into some of the information and advice shared within the panels. These sessions provide a time to break down concepts into practical action items by which an actor can individually apply to their professional pursuits. This session will last for 1.5 – 2 hours. Participants must stay for the whole time.


57th New York Film Festival  –  (New York, NY) This major annual film event—a centerpiece of New York culture since 1963—will introduce the most essential new cinematic works from around the world to U.S. audiences in its Main Slate. NYFF will also continue to feature a variety of titles in different sections and sidebars, including Spotlight on Documentary, newly rejuvenated classics in Restorations and Revivals, a diverse selection of international and locally made Shorts, the ever-expanding experimental showcase Projections, and the immersive storytelling experiences of the cutting-edge Convergence. Additionally, there will be an exciting lineup of special events, free filmmaker talks and panel discussions, and the latest editions of our annual Artist and Critic Academies.

Connecticut Film Festival  –  (Bethel, CT) The Connecticut Film Festival returns to the scene of the crime September 26th. Back to where it all began in Bethel, CT when it was originally called The Bethel Film Festival in 2005. The one-day September festival will play host to a group of thought-provoking film events that are all FREE!


Zeroville –  A young actor arrives in Hollywood in 1969 during a transitional time in the Industry. Starring Danny McBride, Seth Rogen, and Joey King.

Judy  –  Legendary performer Judy Garland arrives in London in the winter of 1968 to perform a series of sold-out concerts. Starring Renée Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, and Rufus Sewell.

Abominable  –  A magical Yeti must return to his family. Starring Albert Tsai, Chloe Bennet, and Sarah Paulson.

The Day Shall Come  –  An impoverished preacher who brings hope to the Miami projects is offered cash to save his family from eviction. He has no idea his sponsor works for the FBI who plan to turn him into a criminal by fueling his madcap revolutionary dreams. Starring Anna Kendrick, Jim Gaffigan, and Kayvan Novak.


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July 2019 Events Calendar

July 2019 Events Calendar

There is always an opportunity to immerse yourself in your acting community. We’ve got your July weekends mapped out with classes, film festivals, movie screenings and more!

JULY 5-7


Casting Access: BRIAN HILL  –  (Los Angeles, CA) Brian Alan Hill first discovered acting in college while attending Rice University – his first play was a one-act version of The Monkey’s Paw. From there, he left Rice to pursue theatre in a more meaningful way; which is to say he waited tables and read every book on the craft that he could get his hands on. During his seven years in Chicago, Brian worked with several companies as a performer and technician. He is most proud of the company he founded in 2001, Visions & Voices Theatre Co. In three years, V&V produced six shows, 4 of which were Jeff Recommended by the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee and two of the shows received awards from Best New Work. Brian has happily retired from acting so as to focus exclusively on casting where he’s offered his skill and talents to three network pilots, the Criminal Minds spin-off, “Beyond Borders,” “Complications,” and “Pretty Little Liars” for Freeform. Brian A. Hill is a CSA Casting Associate at Zane/Pillsbury Casting.


Street Food Cinema: Griffith Park  –  (Los Angeles, CA)  Put together outdoor screenings of popular movies, live music from up-and-coming local bands and some of the city’s most famous food trucks, and you’ve got the perfect L.A. summer experience. Street Food Cinema features a different lineup of eats and entertainment for a fabulous variety of fun under the stars. Grab some blankets, pillows, picnic items — even your dog — and come on out. Films are screened in high-def DLP projection, with cinema quality picture and sound.


Spider-Man: Far from Home –  Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever. Starring Zendaya, Tom Holland, and Marisa Tomei.

Midsommar –  A young woman reluctantly joins her boyfriend on a summer trip to a Swedish festival where things quickly go awry. Starring Florence Pugh, Will Poulter, and Jack Reynor.


JULY 12-14


Casting Access: ANI AVETYAN  –  (Los Angeles, CA) Ani Avetyan is a casting director who worked on HELLCATS and THE CLOSER in the past. Ani’s other casting credits include PRIMO, LEAVING BARSTOW, HOMECOMING, STALKERS, EMILY OWENS MD, HOLIDAY SPIN, SCHOOL AND BOARD, TRUST ME, TWENTY GOOD YEARS and BAD TEACHER.


LA Feedback Film Festival (FREE Special Event)  –  (Los Angeles, CA)  A showcase of the best of Short Films from around the world. All are multiple award-winning short films in the ACTION/HORROR/SCI-FI/THRILLER Genres. Check out the program page and to RSVP your tickets by emailing the festival on the program page, or simply emailing the festival at festival@lafeedbackfilmfestival.com and stating the # of tickets you require. You can come for FREE or make a donation on the night.


Crawl  –  A young woman, while attempting to save her father during a Category 5 hurricane, finds herself trapped in a flooding house and must fight for her life against alligators. Starring Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, and Ross Anderson.

Stuber  –  A detective recruits his Uber driver into an unexpected night of adventure. Starring Karen Gillan, Dave Bautista, and Betty Gilpin.

The Art of Self-Defense  –  A man is attacked at random on the street. Enlists at a local dojo, led by a charismatic and mysterious Sensei, in an effort to learn how to defend himself.
Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, and Imogen Poots.

Saving Zöe  –  It’s been a year since her older sister’s murder, and Echo is still far from being completely alright. Echo has been trying her hardest to be the strong one, while her mother takes too many antidepressants and her father works too much. Now, at the start of her freshman year of high school, Echo receives an unlikely gift from Zoe’s old boyfriend: her diary. Echo is hesitant to read it but can’t put it down after she gets caught up in Zoe’s secret life. Starring Laura Marano, Giorgia Whigham, and Vanessa Marano.

The Farewell  –  A Chinese family discovers their grandmother has only a short while left to live and decide to keep her in the dark, scheduling a wedding to gather before she dies. Starring Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, and Gil Perez-Abraham.

Super 30  –  Based on life of Patna-based mathematician Anand Kumar who runs the famed Super 30 program for IIT aspirants in Patna. Starring Hrithik Roshan, Mrunal Thakur, and Pankaj Tripathi.

Darlin’  –  A direct sequel to 2011’s ‘The Woman.’ Starring Pollyanna McIntosh, Nora-Jane Noone, and Cooper Andrews.


JULY 19-21


Keri Tombazian’s Beyond the Music (3-Day Voiceover Intensive Course)  –  (Los Angeles, CA) This is a 3-Day, 3-Class Voiceover Intensive Course that will focus on several key components that every voiceover performer needs to know. Keri’s Music of the English Language classes have been highly coveted classes at the VO Lab and her new 3-Day Intensive is bound to expand on those successes. This course is aimed at advanced performers and will emphasize the importance of the breath and body connection to voice, balancing surrender and control in recording sessions, properly reading the room and remembering the music of language. Whether voicing commercials, video games, narration, animation, audiobooks or even acting on-camera, this series will help you set words in motion and make you a more bookable performer.


Reading Fringe Festival  –  (Reading, England) The Reading Fringe Festival is an award-winning festival, started in 2013 by a marketeer, a producer and a writer. The Reading Fringe aims to support local emerging artists, provide an affordable platform for artists traveling up to the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe and to welcome exciting, vibrant acts to the town from all of the world. Since it was started, the Fringe has won the Pride of Reading Award for Cultural Contribution 2014, Festival of the Year at the inaugural Cultural Awards 2017 and was nominated for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2015.

CineShots  –  (London, England) 6 short films, 6 filmmakers, Q&A’s, drinks and chit chats. CineShots is a south London initiative that aims to give up-and-coming London-based filmmakers a chance to screen their short films as well as provide a platform for them to network.

Outfest LGBTQ Film Festival  –  (Los Angeles, CA) Founded by UCLA students in 1982, Outfest is the leading organization that promotes LGBTQ equality by creating, sharing and protecting LGBTQ stories on the screen. Outfest builds community by connecting diverse populations to discover, discuss and celebrate stories of LGBTQ lives. Enjoy 11 days showcasing the best of LGBTQ stories from around the world. The Festival Hub will be at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres at Hollywood & Highland.


The Lion King  –  After the murder of his father, a young lion prince flees his kingdom only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery. Starring Seth Rogen, Donald Glover, and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Above the Shadows  –  A young woman who has faded to the point of becoming invisible must find her way back with the help of the one man who can see her. Starring Megan Fox, Olivia Thirlby, and Alan Ritchson.


JULY 26-28


SIGGRAPH Animation Film Festival  –  (Los Angeles, CA) The Computer Animation Festival celebrates computer graphics as a medium for storytelling in animation, visual effects, games, and more. Since 1999, the Computer Animation Festival has been recognized as a qualifying festival by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and several works that were originally presented in this program have received Best Animated Short Academy Awards. Hundreds of short films are submitted to this prestigious program each year. An internationally recognized jury reviews and presents the best work of the year, with awards for Best in Show, Jury’s Choice, and Best Student Project.


Once Upon A Time in Hollywood –  A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie.

Skin  –  A destitute young man, raised by racist skinheads and notorious among white supremacists, turns his back on hatred and violence to transform his life, with the help of a black activist and the woman he loves. Starring Jamie Bell, Danielle Macdonald, and Daniel Henshall.


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