The SAG-AFTRA National Asian Pacific American Media Committee and National Native Americans Committee invite you to a free panel and workshop Nov. 16. Business of Acting: The Inside Scoop on Casting at the Starz Denver Film Festival will provide the opportunity to practice your auditioning skills in front of a network casting director.
This will be an informative, interactive panel discussion and workshop on the acting industry taught by casting directors, professional actors and other industry experts during the 2014 Starz Denver Film Festival. This free event is open to all ethnicities, SAG-AFTRA members and the general public.
Casting director Fern Orenstein (Senior VP Casting, CBS) will lead a workshop and panel discussion on topics like auditioning, headshots, resumes, reels, representation, self-taping, social media resources and more. Additional panelists include writer/director Sara Colangelo (Little Accidents); talent agent Kathleen Ham; SAG-AFTRA National Board member, Colorado Local President, actor, director and producer Sheila Ivy Traister; SAG-AFTRA National Asian Pacific American Media Committee Chair and actor Ren Hanami; and SAG-AFTRA National Native Americans Committee member and WGA writer Brían Wescott.
When: 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 16
Where: Sie Film Center
2510 E. Colfax
Denver, CO 80206
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As part of this panel and workshop, a select group from the audience will have an opportunity to practice auditioning with on-the-spot feedback from the workshop leaders and casting director.
Submitting to Audition: If you are interested in the opportunity to participate in the audition portion of the workshop, send your digital headshot and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than noon MST, Nov. 5. In the subject line of your email, please write “Workshop Audition: FirstName LastName.”
The workshop casting director will select a diverse group of participants from a wide range of ethnicities, ages and acting experience. You will be notified in advance of the event if you are selected to audition, and you will receive sides to practice. If you are not selected, you will still have the opportunity to drop off your headshot in person at the event for the casting director and workshop leaders. For more information or Americans With Disabilities (ADA) accommodations, please contact SAG-AFTRA EEO & Diversity at email@example.com or (323) 549-6644.
Meet the panelists:
Fern Orenstein, Senior VP Casting, CBS
Fern Orenstein joined CBS as Vice President, Casting in 1999 where she currently manages casting of long-form and event series, reality programming and original mobile content. She also oversees actor showcases and workshops as part of CBS’s Diversity Institute program. In September, Fern was promoted to senior VP of casting, her current role at CBS.
Sara Colangelo, writer and director
Sara Colangelo is an award-winning writer and director. Little Accidents is her first feature film, based on a short film of the same title and was workshopped through the Sundance Screenwriters and Directors labs before premiering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Sara was named one of Filmmaker magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2010. She received her MFA at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Little Accidents will be screened at this year’s Starz Denver Film Festival.
Kathleen Ham, Director, Media Division, Donna Baldwin Agency
Kathleen Ham has over 20 years in the industry, beginning her career in NYC, managing a casting facility and working as a freelance casting director. As the lead media agent at the Denver-based Donna Baldwin Agency, her days are spent coordinating and facilitating auditions for commercials, industrials, radio, television and film work for clients. Kathleen is also an instructor at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
Sheila Ivy Traister, SAG-AFTRA National Board member and Colorado Local President
Sheila Ivy Traister is an award-winning actor with over 30 years in film, television, theater, broadcast, animation and voiceover work. Her depth of experience behind the camera as a director, writer, script consultant and coach of actors, directors and writers gives her a unique perspective on auditioning and the industry.
Ren Hanami, Chair, SAG-AFTRA National Asian Pacific American Media Committee
Ren Hanami began her professional acting career on stage while still in school at UCLA, landing a role in A Flower Drum Song. Soon after, she added television and film to her credits, working alongside a number of Academy Award-winning performers. Select credits include Air Force One, ER, Without A Trace and Disney’s Mulan.
Brían Wescott, SAG-AFTRA National Native Americans Committee
Brían Wescott, Athabascan Native, was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, where he lives when not in L.A. His film credits include It Gets Dark Here and Christmas in the Clouds, the groundbreaking Native American comedy. Brían is not only a long-time SAG-AFTRA member but also a member of the Writers Guild of America, West.
This workshop is not intended to imply an endorsement of any individual or company by SAG-AFTRA. The information provided through the workshop is given for informational purposes and may not be a suitable substitute for the advice of other industry professionals. You should always use good judgment in these matters and should not act or refrain from acting based solely on information provided through the workshop.