A group shot of Houston-based SAG-AFTRA members.

The Houston-Austin Local is focused on helping performers hone their acting tools. To that end, the Houston Conservatory invited social media expert Heidi Dean to present a March 24 workshop on marketing and promotion for actors. Members of all ages and varying technical skills traveled across south Texas to learn the art of social media in today’s workspace. Performers learned the value of positive social media and its importance to their brand as professionals. There were lots of questions, lots of answers and lots of new Twitter and Instagram users.

Meanwhile, on April 27, Austin members and producers were treated to an extensive course on production management given by Randy Polk, a retired media production professor from the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication at University of Houston. The Austin Conservatory hosted this event at the Austin Public TV studios as part of its ongoing season of workshops.

Photo: Houston-based SAG-AFTRA members at the social media workshop on March 24.

Polk stands in front of a projection screen and addresses seated members.
Members learn about production at Randy Polk's April 27 presentation.

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