Latinos In The Industry

Calling all Latino Actors, Talent and Performers: April 16 is NALIP 10 Actorfest!

NALIP 10 Opens with another FREE special Latino edition of Back Stage's Actorfest. Scheduled for Thursday, April 16 at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach, this full day of open calls, auditions, master classes, meetings with casting directors is open to ALL interested talent. You do not need to be registered for the Conference to attend. But if you are, you should come early!

Did we mention: It’s free!?

Latino/a actors of all ages welcome, whether you are represented or not! Meet and drops scheduled with managers and agents, independent casting directors, studios, and networks. Plus a great series of conversations with special guests and guild information presented by SAG.

You don’t need to be registered for the Conference, and you don’t have to be member of NALIP - although we hope you join! Details on the day, the industry execs, the protocol available here. Plan to arrive at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach no earlier than 9:45am, the event lasts from 10:00am-7:00pm. Go to the Palm Garden tent for registration and orientation. (Parking on site is $12 for the day at the Island Hotel). Bring LOTS of pictures and resumes, dress beautifully and comfortably, plan patience. ****First Come First Served***


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Article by Marvin V. Acuna

When I first arrived in LA I knew I had to meet people, I needed to make friends. This was crucial. No friends or relatives in the business of show, so I had to make them.

I made it my mission to attend as many functions/events as possible. I recall occasions that involved three to five functions in an evening – the invitations didn’t always come. Some were fee based, others were not. I had to find creative ways to get invited and pay for the fees, if applicable. I’d pop in, shake some hands, and kiss some babies (wink) then move on to the next soirée. I met a lot of interesting people each with their own dream. Some have become dear friends and others business partners.

Fifteen years later, I now have a vast rolodex of established professionals I can call upon.

I had a few basic principles as I entered each function/event. Here they are:

1. Stand out. Be remarked about. Have an identity. I’ve been called a lot of things in my life. Believe me: boring is not one of them.

2. Have Fun! This is not war, it’s a party. I’m not on a mission to do business, I’m on a mission to meet people and make friends.

3. Be resourceful and helpful to others. Connect people. Recently, I was at a cocktail party and met a pharmaceutical rep in search of a new gig. It so happens that I know a key executive at major pharmaceutical company and offered to introduce his resume.

4. Don’t sell. This is not the place to sell any of your goods. It’s simply an opportunity to make friends, ideally great friends. As these new friends get to know you, they may not need or want what you have, but they may know someone who does. Their friends may become your business contacts. Some of my best business relationships are the result of an introduction and recommendation. I sold a show to Fox many moons ago because a friend I met (an accountant) introduced me to his cousin, a big deal Producer.


Deadline Approaching: NALAC Leadership Institute

The National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC) is currently accepting applications for its 9th Annual NALAC Leadership Institute. The NALAC Leadership Institute is the premier professional development program for the Latino arts field, providing valuable administrative skills and leadership training to the next generation of Latino arts leaders. This highly-acclaimed training takes place at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas, from June 22-27, 2009.

The deadline to apply for this year's training is Monday, April 20, and the application is available online at

Described as "transformational" and "amazing" by recent participants, the NALAC Leadership Institute brings together emerging Latino artists and key staff of community based Latino arts and cultural organizations from across the nation for intensive training in nonprofit arts management and leadership development.

"Latino artists and arts organizations play a significant role in communities across the country, but there are few professional development programs available for them," says Maria De Leon, Executive Director of NALAC. "The NALAC Leadership Institute provides exactly the kind of training that is needed right now to help Latino artists and arts organizations survive these tough economic times."

In addition to excellent administrative training, the NALAC Leadership Institute provides the unique opportunity to meet and network with peers from around the country. Fifteen to twenty applicants are selected to attend each year, and NALAC Leadership Institute graduates form a powerful national network of Latino arts leaders, whose creative intellect is shaping the future of Latino arts and culture. Participation is open to artists in all disciplines and from all Latino cultural backgrounds.

Leadership Institute training includes in-depth instruction from national Latino arts leaders in such areas as:
* Fundraising and Grant Writing
* Capacity Building
* Audience Development
* Outreach & Publicity
* New Technologies
* Trends in Philanthropy
* Leadership Transition
* Case Study Reviews

Past Leadership Institute instructors and presenters have included Rosalba Rolon (Pregones Theater), Abel Lopez (GALA Theatre), Maribel Alvarez (The Southwest Center), Anthony J. Garcia (El Centro Su Teatro), Jesse Borrego (Actor), Tomas Ybarra Frausto (independent scholar) and John Phillip Santos (Writer/Filmmaker). Travel stipends are available from the Mid-America Arts Alliance for participants from Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas who are selected to attend the 2009 NALAC Leadership Institute.

Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, NALAC is a national Latino arts service organization which serves as a catalyst for community cultural development, creativity and the ongoing stabilization and sustainability of the national Latino arts sector. NALAC's core programs include the 9th annual NALAC Leadership Institute, the 7th NALAC National Conference, NALAC's Regional Arts Training Workshops, the NALAC Fund for the Arts (NFA), the Transnational Cultural Remittances grant, the monthly eBoletin newsletter and the national Latino arts magazine El Aviso.



Drug Gangs Shut Down Mendes, Hartnett Film
(NBC DFW) - A film that would have starred Eva Mendes and Josh Hartnett was forced to halt production because of alleged threats made by members of Mexican drug cartels, according to reports. FULL STORY

Elephant Eye takes North American rights to Sundance winner La Nana
(ScreenDaily) - Elephant Eye Films has made its first narrative acquisition, swooping on North American rights to Sebastian Silva’s Chilean film La Nana (The Maid) following its award winning premiere at Sundance. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

Visit the NALIP Job Opportunities page for all the latest listings.

HBO Manager, Film Programming (NYC)
Responsibilities are to screen and evaluate film submissions for HBO/Cinemax (including late night and home video/other rights titles), with an emphasis on submissions for HBO Latino. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Spanish Speaking Law Clerk Intern for Equal Rights Advocates (SF)
Be a part of the exciting cutting-edge legal work of a non-profit women's law firm devoted to advocacy for women on issues such as sexual harassment, Title IX, and sex discrimination. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

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David Ortiz, Alex Rivera, and NALIP 10 on Pocho Hour of Power

Pocho Hour of Power on KPFK 90.7FM Los Angeles will interview NALIP Conference Co-Chair David Ortiz in-studio on Friday, April 10. The interview will be live in Universal City from 4pm to 5pm. David is schedule to be interviewed starting around 4:25pm.

Also scheduled to be interviewed on the program (around 4:40pm) is NALIP founding member Alex Rivera, whose sci-fi film Sleep Dealer was an award-winner at Sundance 2008.

Next week Pocho Hour of Power will be broadcasting LIVE from NALIP 10 on Friday, April 17 from 4pm to 5pm. Political Pocho Satirists Lalo Alcaraz, Esteban Zul & Patrick Perez.


Juliette Carrillo
LPA Fellow directs prestigious play at Mark Taper Forum

NALIP member Juliette Caririllo (LPA 2004, LWL 2005) is opening a play at the Mark Taper Forum with the Center Theatre Group. Lydia was written by Latino playwright Octavio Solis.

Set in the 1970s on the Texas border separating the United States and Mexico, Lydia is the deeply emotional story of a group of people dealing with loss and teetering between two worlds. A lyrical and magical meditation on family and cultural identity.

Regular Performances:
April 2 to May 17, 2009.

For more information about Lydia and tickets, click here

A Mexican-American family is mired in grief and guilt over a daughter tragically disabled. The Flores family welcomes Lydia, an undocumented maid, into their El Paso home and is immediately set on a mysterious journey of discovery that threatens to uncover elusive secrets. Her nearly miraculous bond with the girl first elates and then startles the household.

Mature themes. Recommended for adults only.


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