Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Gloria Estefan To Receive 2017 Kennedy Center Honor

Singer-songwriter-actor Gloria Estefan is scheduled to be one of the five recipients to receive the 2017 Kennedy Center Honors from The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where her lifetime artistic achievements will be celebrated at the 40th annual ceremony on Sunday, December 3, 2017 in Washington, District of Columbia.
Other honorees this year include dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade, hip-hop artist-actor and entertainment icon LL Cool J, television writer and producer Norman Lear, and musician and record producer Lionel Richie.

Other Latinos to receive Kennedy Center Honors include Plácido Domingo (2000), Chita Rivera (2002), Martina Arroyo (2013), Carlos Santana (2013) and Rita Moreno (2015). CBS will broadcast the gala as a two-hour prime-time special on Tuesday, December 26, 2017. For more information, click here.

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to “gossip”. In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members or Friends of HOLA who are getting acting, performance or similarly artistic gigs and/or recognition in the media. The names of HOLA members and Friends of HOLA are listed below in boldface. To see what other HOLA members are doing currently, click here.

A.B. Lugoshown at right, was featured in the Latina Book Club blog where his book of poetry, Spanish Coffee: Black, No Sugar (La Casita Grande) was selected as Book of the Month for August 2017. For more information, click here. In addition, the film The Devil's Breath (written and directed by Julián Juaquín, and co-starring and associate produced by Lugo) is an official selection of the Viva! Latino Film Festival, scheduled to take place in September in midtown Manhattan in New York. For more information, click here.  

Gualterio Alomar's documentary Colonization is Extinction is an official selection of the Viva! Latino Film Festival, scheduled to take place in September in midtown Manhattan in New York. For more information, click here.

Edison Carrera and Raúl Riverashown at left and at right, were featured in the Héctor Luis Sin Censura (written and edited by Héctor Luis Rivera), which told of their latest artistic ventures. To read the blog, which is in Spanish, click here.

Phoenix Ximénez co-stars in the feature film Children of Hip Hop (written and directed by Antonio De La Cruz). The film is hitting the film festival circuit, and its next stop will be at the Viva! Latino Film Festival, scheduled to take place in September in midtown Manhattan in New York. For more information, click here.

If you are an HOLA member or a Friend of HOLA and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail. If you live in the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, why not join? If you live outside the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, you can find out more information on how to do so, by clicking here. If you are not a Friend of HOLA, why not become one?

Monday, August 7, 2017

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to “gossip”. In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members or Friends of HOLA who are getting acting, performance or similarly artistic gigs and/or recognition in the media. The names of HOLA members and Friends of HOLA are listed below in boldface. To see what other HOLA members are doing currently, click here.

Elaine Del Valleshown at right, wrote, directed, produced and stars in the short film Final Decision. Also starring Berto Colón, Elyn Jaime Jenkins and José Roldán, Jr., the film is on the film festival circuit, with a recent stop in July at the CineOdyssey Film Festival in Charlotte, North Carolina, and an upcoming stop in November at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Yvette Quintero will be acting in the Unhinged: Women's Work Short Play Festival. Produced by New Perspectives Theatre Company, the plays are written by 
Kendra Augustin, Rae Binstock, Cayenne Douglass, Holly Hepp-Galvan, Cara Hall, and Alisa Zhulina, and directed by Melody Brooks, Mary Hodges, Alex Keegan, Mary McGinley, Melissa Skirboll. The production will take place in August at the New Perspectives Studio, located in Manhattan's Garment District. For more information, click here or here.

Mónica Delgadoshown at left, is nominated for the Best Supporting Actress award from the Berlin International Film Festival 2016 (in Berlin, Germany) for her role in the feature film Bx3M (written and directed by Judith Escalona). She previously won the award in the same category for the same role at the recent International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema Milan in Milan, Italy. For more information, click here.

Caridad de la Luz (also known by her nom de poésie et de musique La Bruja) will be performing with the Camaradas Salsa Orchestra (under the leadership of Desmar Guevara) at the 13th anniversary of the famed boîte Camaradas El Barrio, located in Manhattan's El Barrio neighborhood. The event will take place on Friday, August 18, 2017. For more information, click here. 

If you are an HOLA member or a Friend of HOLA and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail. If you live in the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, why not join? If you live outside the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, you can find out more information on how to do so, by clicking here. If you are not a Friend of HOLA, why not become one?

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to “gossip”. In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members or Friends of HOLA who are getting acting, performance or similarly artistic gigs and/or recognition in the media. The names of HOLA members and Friends of HOLA are listed below in boldface. To see what other HOLA members are doing currently, click here.

Jesús E. Martínez, shown at right, was featured in the Héctor Luis Sin Censura blog (written and edited by Héctor Luis Rivera, also see below) on account of his co-starring role in the Lina Sarrello play Out There/Allá afuera. The play, directed by Michael León, was presented as part of the Broadway Bound Theater Festival in July and August at The 14th Street Y, located in Manhattan's East Village. To read the blog, which is in Spanish, click here.

Larissa Santiago, shown at leftwas featured in the Héctor Luis Sin Censura blog (written and edited by Héctor Luis Riveraalso see above) as a result of her co-starring role in the play Próxima parada. Written, directed and co-starring Prince Porto, the Teatro Experimental Blue Amigos production was presented in August at the Teatro Rafael Villalona at the Comisionado Dominicano de Cultura en EEUU in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood. To read the blog, which is in Spanish, click here.

Caridad de la Luz (also known by her nom de poésie et de musique La Bruja) was featured in the Appalachia (Virginia/Kentucky)-based daily newspaper The Coalfield Progress as a result of her starring role in the award-winning musical BETSY! (conceived and developed by Ron Short, Dudley Cocke, Beegie Adair, Rosalba Rolón and Desmar Guevara and directed by Rolón), which was developed by Roadside Theater and Pregones-PRTT. The production will be presented in August at the Appalshop Theater in Whitesburg, Kentucky. To read the article, click here.

A.B. Lugo and writer-publisher Jonathan Marcantoni were interviewed by Rachelle Escamilla (also known by her nom de poésie Poetita) for the KKUP 91.5 FM, Cupertino, California-based radio show "Out Of Our Minds" (the longest running poetry radio show in the United States), where he performed some of his poetry and spoke about his recently published book of poetry Spanish Coffee: Black, No Sugar (La Casita Grande). To hear the interview, click on the image below.



If you are an 
HOLA member or a Friend of HOLA and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail. If you live in the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, why not join? If you live outside the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, you can find out more information on how to do so, by clicking here. If you are not a Friend of HOLA, why not become one?

Monday, July 31, 2017

Banner Ads Now Available on HOLA Website

Wanna promote your upcoming stage production? Your upcoming film screening? Your upcoming special event?

HOLA members often get publicity in our Members in Performance page, but what if you could promote on our main homepage, or in our directory (The HOLA Pages), where more people can see your ad?

What if you had a project with no HOLA members that you wanted to promote?

What if you wanted to promote something that wasn’t a show (like your production company itself or a new website)?

Now you can do so by BUYING A BANNER AD on the HOLA website.

Banner ads come in half-page and full-page sizes and can be on the HOLA website for one week, two weeks, three weeks or a whole month. HOLA can also link your ad to a particular website at no additional cost.

Prices on the banner ads are affordable. Also, not-for-profit organizations receive a 10% discount on ad prices.

The HOLA website receives thousands of visits each month. The HOLA website is viewed by many professionals in the industry and is a unique way of reaching the Latino/Hispanic and mainstream audiences, which make buying a banner ad a smart investment for you.

Wanna buy a banner ad? Call (212) 253-1015 or e-mail us for prices and ad dimensions.

HOLA Regional Membership Available To Those Outside New York Metropolitan Area

If you are an actor who lives in an area of the U.S. outside of the New York metropolitan area, New Jersey or Connecticut (HOLA's programming and administrative headquarters region), HOLA is proud to announce its Regional Membership level - for only $65 (versus a $125 regular NYC region membership price) for one full year!

As an HOLA Regional Member, you'll be entitled to the following member benefits:

• Your headshot, resume, reel and voiceover demo* showcased on the HOLA Pages, the internet's only concentrated source of Latino acting talent. The directory is a trusted resource for casting directors, producers and talent agents receiving, on average, over 5,000 visits per month. (* There is an additional charge 
of $15 for adding your voiceover demo.)

• Your performances listed and promoted via HOLA's website and social media pages (Facebook and Twitter) that reaches thousands of people in the entertainment industry.

• Casting notices that will alert you to employment opportunities tailored to the Latino actor.

• Advocacy to combat stereotypes of the Latino/Hispanic community in media and entertainment as well as the opportunity to join in solidarity with the Latino/Hispanic acting community.


Application for regional memberships accepted by telephone order only. Call HOLA toll-free at (212) 253-1015. (VISA, MasterCard and American Express accepted.) Please submit your headshot (in .jpg format) and resume in a Word 
document or in Portable Data Format (.doc or .docx; or .pdf) via e-mail to HOLA.

Why Join HOLA? Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About HOLA

WHY JOIN HOLA?
Frequently Asked Questions

• Is HOLA an agency or management company?
No. While we work similarly to an agency or an artist management company, we do a lot more. In essence, HOLA is a membership organization, a not-for-profit arts service and advocacy organization that offers jobs and casting opportunities, workshops and seminars and special events to its membership.

• Does one have to audition for HOLA?
No. HOLA is a membership organization. Just pay the annual membership and you become an HOLA member.

• I am a new actor. Does HOLA apply to me and how so? (Or conversely, I have a fair amount of experience. How does HOLA apply to me?)
HOLA members range from the beginner to the established and everywhere in between. HOLA will apply to you at every stage of your career.

• Do I have to speak Spanish (or Portuguese) to be an HOLA member?
No. HOLA members speak English only, Spanish only, or both languages fluently. Our Brazilian members speak Portuguese as well as English. There is no requirement for any member to speak Spanish (or Portuguese) to be an HOLA member.

• What kind of casting notices do you receive?
HOLA receives all kinds of casting notices— from union and nonunion, through the disciplines of film, television, theater and voiceover. The majority of our notices are distributed to our membership. There are some instances, whether because of short notice or because of the search for something very specific, that HOLA makes referrals to certain talent.

• I have signed representation. Would that be in conflict with HOLA?
No. In fact, we would put your signed representative’s name and number on your online profile. It would be another way to promote yourself without conflict.

• If I book a job through HOLA, do I owe you a commission?
No. We are not an agency or artist management company. You are under no obligation to give us a commission. (But if you want to show your appreciation with a donation, we’ll be forced to take it, I suppose.)

• I am in the process of getting my citizenship. Could I still join HOLA?
Yes. As long as you can legally work in the U.S., you can join HOLA.

• Does HOLA have a social media presence?
Yes. We are on FacebookTwitter and have our own channel on YouTube. In addition, we are on Wikipedia and have our own blog, titled El Blog de HOLA.

• What if I am not an actor but I like what you do?
You could support HOLA by becoming a Friend of HOLA and donating to the organization. If you are a producer or director, a Friend of HOLA donation allow us to promote your productions!

All About Becoming an HOLA Member or Friend of HOLA

Wanna be an HOLA member? Wanna know more about HOLA first?

HOLA
 is a not-for-profit arts service and advocacy organization founded in 1975.


HOLA members get their headshots and resumes on our web directory. In addition, HOLA receives casting notices from various sources that we pass on to our members (or in specific cases, help refer actors to the casting director).

HOLA offers low-cost workshops and seminars, professional counseling, special events and networking activities. We also produce the HOLA Awards which honor outstanding achievement by Latinos in entertainment.


HOLA has a Facebook page and a Twitter page in addition to this blog (imaginatively titled El Blog De HOLA). Whenever a member is doing a project, we can promote via e-mails we send out, through our Members in Performance page on the website or in El Blog on our HOLA Member Bochinche column (only good bochinche, never bad bochinche). It functions as another outlet to promote your work. HOLA is also on YouTube and on Wikipedia.

What if you are not an actor? You can support HOLA by being a Friend of HOLA. For more information, click here.

To become an HOLA member online (New York metropolitan area), fill out the member application form here.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

New York Legislators Approve Groundbreaking TV Diversity Tax Credit

New York’s state Assembly and Senate have passed a bill backed by the Directors Guild of America (DGA) and Writers Guild of America, East (WGA East) that would create a tax incentive program for TV shows that hire women and people of color in top writing and directing positions. The bill would allocate up to $5 million in new tax incentives to encourage the hiring of women and people of color as TV writers and directors.
The bill will now head to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign. Cuomo has been a strong supporter of New York’s entertainment community and tax incentive programs to grow the volume of production in the Empire State. The next big hurdle will be getting $5 million set aside in the state’s budget to fund the credit.
WGA East and DGA leaders hailed state Senator Marisol Alcántara and Assemblyman Marcos Crespo for guiding the bill through their respective chambers. The bill is the first of its kind in the nation in linking a tax incentive to a diversity hiring program.

People in the TV industry have understood for years that enhancing the diversity of writing and directing improves the stories that appear on screen,” said Lowell Peterson, executive director of the Writers Guild of America, East. “The missing link for policymakers has been putting money at the point of hire, and this legislation is an important step in that direction.

For more information, read the Cynthia Littleton article in Variety by clicking here, or Thom Geier's article in The Wrap by clicking here.

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to “gossip”. In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members or Friends of HOLA who are getting acting, performance or similarly artistic gigs and/or recognition in the media. The names of HOLA members and Friends of HOLA are listed below in boldface. To see what other HOLA members are doing currently, click here.

Víctor Cruz, shown at right, can be seen guest-starring in episodes of "The Good Fight" (CBS) and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" (Netflix) this season.

Lucio Fernándezshown at left, and the music group Máxima Alerta, of which he is a member, will perform on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at the Havana on the Hudson concert at the Hoboken Amphitheatre in Hoboken, New Jersey.

The Alberto Bonilla-helmed production of William Shakespeare's King Lear at The Secret Theatre (in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens and which co-starred A.B. Lugo) picked up two New York Innovative Theatre Award (NYIT) nominations– one for Outstanding Actor in a Featured Role (Zachary Clark) and one for Outstanding Revival of a Play. The awards will be announced in a ceremony on Monday, September 25, 2017. For more information, including a full list of nominees, click here.

The Comisionado Dominicano de Cultura en los Estados Unidos, which just recently completed its VII Festival de Teatro Hispano del Comisionado (which was dedicated to actor-playwright-director Marco Antonio Rodríguez and which ran from May through July 2017 and which presented 27 productions) at the Teatro Rafael Villalona in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood and just announced their award nominations for the festival in which HOLA members are prominent and are listed below.

• Best Actor: David Ponce*, La orgía (Havanafama); Claudio Weisz*, Cinco hijas feas (Teatro del Aire). 
[* Also nominated as part of Best Ensemble for their respective productions.]
• Best Actress: Lissette Montolío, Esta noche se improvisa (Laboratorio de Teatro de Fermín Suárez/Teatro Thalía Hispanic Theatre).
• Best Director: Héctor Luis Rivera, Mirandolina (TEBA); Raúl Rivera, La lechuga (Coquí Theater).
• Best Lighting Design: Alfonso Rey, Asesinas anónimas (IShow Productions).

For more information, including a list of the nominees, click here (note that website is in Spanish).

If you are an HOLA member or a Friend of HOLA and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail. If you live in the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, why not join? If you live outside the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, you can find out more information on how to do so, by clicking here. If you are not a Friend of HOLA, why not become one?

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to “gossip”. In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members or Friends of HOLA who are getting acting, performance or similarly artistic gigs and/or recognition in the media. The names of HOLA members and Friends of HOLA are listed below in boldface. To see what other HOLA members are doing currently, click here.

Luis Salgado, shown at right, has been selected as one of the 12 Coors Light Líderes for his commitment to empower the Latino community. The 12 leaders (líderes in Spanish) are competing to become the 2017 Coors Light Líder of the Year through an online public voting competition. Should he win, his organization, R.Evolución Latina, will receive a $25,000 grant to implement towards their free programming. To cast your vote for him, click here. (Notes: Must be 21 to vote. Online voting is open now until Friday, August 18, 2017. Void where prohibited. One may vote up to ten times a day.)
Allison Strong, shown at left, was featured in Deadline, where it announced her co-starring role as Adam Sandler's daughter in the film The Week Of (written by Sandler and Robert Smigel and directed by Smigel), which also stars Chris Rock and is produced by Netflix and Happy Madison Productions. To read the article, click here.

Luis Galli was featured in the weekly New York newspaper El Especialito, where his starring role in the Peruvian miniseries "Rosa de Santa María" was noted. Also co-starring in the miniseries (which will air in various networks in Latin America) is Inma Heredia (who was also mentioned in the article. To read the article, which is in Spanish, click on the image at right.

Angie Regina co-stars in the short film Indentured Servant (written, directed and starring Bobby DeJesús). The film is an official selection of the Official Latino Short Film Festival in New York, scheduled to take place in September at The Poets Den Theater in Manhattan's El Barrio neighborhood of New York. For more information, click here.

Carlos NavedoYvette Quintero, and Héctor Luis Rivera star in the short film Quédate (written and directed by Wilton Reynoso). The film is an official selection of the Official Latino Short Film Festival in New York, scheduled to take place in September at The Poets Den Theater in Manhattan's El Barrio neighborhood of New York. For more information, click here.


Elaine Del Valle wrote, directed, produced and stars in the short film Final Decision. Also starring Berto Colón and Elyn Jaime Jenkins, the film is headed for the film festival circuit, with its next stop being in September at the Official Latino Short Film Festival, taking place at The Poets Den Theater in Manhattan's El Barrio neighborhood of New York. For more information, click here.


If you are an HOLA member or a Friend of HOLA and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail. If you live in the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, why not join? If you live outside the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, you can find out more information on how to do so, by clicking here. If you are not a Friend of HOLA, why not become one?

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to “gossip”. In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members or Friends of HOLA who are getting acting, performance or similarly artistic gigs and/or recognition in the media. The names of HOLA members and Friends of HOLA are listed below in boldface. To see what other HOLA members are doing currently, click here.

Marco Antonio Rodríguez, shown at right, is the recipient of the Dominican Day Parade New York Rising Star Award. The gala event will take place on Friday, August 11, 2017, with the parade taking place on Sunday, August 13, 2017 in Manhattan. For more info on the rest of the honorees and award recipients, click here. In addition, UrbanTheater Company will produce his award-winning play, Ashes Of Light (the English version of La Luz de un cigarrillo) this autumn at Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago, Illinois.

Blanca Camachoshown at leftis starring as Camila Rosario in the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera production of the Lin-Manuel Miranda-Quiara Alegría Hudes musical In The Heights. Directed and choreographed by Michael Balderrama, the production takes place at Pittsburgh CLO in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For more information, click here.

Edison Carrera, shown at right, is set to receive an Orgullo Ecuatoriano Award from the Ecuadorian-American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (EACCNJ). In addition, he has been designated as Actor of the Year for this year's New Jersey Ecuadorian Parade. The awards ceremony will take place at the EACCNJ annual benefit scheduled to take place on Friday, August 11, 2017 at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, New Jersey, with the parade taking place on Sunday, August 13, 2017 in Newark, New Jersey.

A.B. Lugo recently read from his recently published book of poetry Spanish Coffee: Black, No Sugar (La Casita Grande) at the Word Up Community Bookshop, located in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood. To see the reading, click here (note: adult themes). For more information on his book, click here.

If you are an 
HOLA member or a Friend of HOLA and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail. If you live in the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, why not join? If you live outside the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, you can find out more information on how to do so, by clicking here. If you are not a Friend of HOLA, why not become one?