Tuesday, March 28, 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 For 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 a 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.

Thursday, March 23, 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.

Elizardi Castro appeared with Emeline Ramos (shown right to left, in the photo at right) in the HOLAciudad! Orlando blog where his comedy video titled "Terapia de pareja: El 'laundry' ¿colores juntos o separados?" about whether a couple should wash articles of clothing together or separate them by colors and whites. To read the blog and see the accompanying video, which are both in Spanish (or rather, this time, in Spanglish), click here.

Angie Regina has joined the cast of the long-running show El Quijote. Adapted by Santiago García from the Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra novel, the production is directed by Jorge Alí Triana and is running at Repertorio Español, located in the Rose Hill neighborhood of Manhattan. For more information, click here.

A.B. Lugo, shown at left, was interviewed for an article in NBC News, where he spoke about the proliferation of solo shows, where the HOLA Award-winning solo show Growing Up Gonzales (written and directed by Félix Rojas and performed by Andrés Chulisi Rodríguez), now running at the Medicine Show Theater in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen/Clinton neighborhood, was featured. To read the article, written by former HOLA member Raúl A. Reyes, click here.

Jeannie Sol and Indra Palomo star in The 3 Pigettes & The Big Bad Lady Wolf/Las 3 cerditas y la loba feroz. An all-female adaptation of the children's musical Los 3 cerditos by Elsia Luz Cruz Torruellas and Manuel A. Morán, this version is adapted (with additional lyrics and music) by Morán in a bilingual version by him and Richard Marino, with new music and orchestations by Manuel Calzada (based on the original score) by Marvin Cardona. The production boasts the original choreography of Michael Capecci, is directed by Morán and will run in April at Teatro SEA, located in The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center (home to HOLA) in Manhattan's Loísaida neighborhood. 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?

Tuesday, March 21, 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.

A.B. Lugo, shown at right, will have his debut solo collection of poetry, Spanish Coffee: Black, No Sugar, released on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 (with pre-orders available starting Sunday, April 9, 2017) through La Casita Grande (an imprint of Black Rose Writing). For more information, click here.

Héctor Palacios is performing in the play The Grinder. One of the three plays in the trilogy Women You Thought You Know, written and directed by Stephanie Lynn Wilson, the plays (produced by WETBG Productions) are running in repertory in March at IATI Theater, located in Manhattan's East Village. For more information, click here.

Caridad de la Luz (also known by her nom de poésie et de musique La Bruja), shown at left, will be one of the special performers at the Gilberto Velázquez "Don Sonero" Birthday Bash event, taking place on Friday, April 7, 2017 at world famous SOB's, located in Manhattan's West Village neighborhood. For more information on the event, click here.

Víctor Cruz will be hosting an evening of standup comedy on Thursday, March 23, 2017  at Cocina Taller in the Inwood section of Manhattan. In addition, he and Ángelo Lozada will headline an evening of comedy and a screening of the former's award-winning feature film The Stockroom (which stars Cruz, April Hernández-Castillo, and Liza Colón-Zayas), which was written, produced and directed by Cruz and produced by Elaine Del Valle. The event will take place on Friday, March 24, 2017 at the Phyllis P. Marshall Student Center (MSC) Ballroom in the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. For more information, click here.


Mateo Gómez and Judy Torres are co-starring in the film Fists of Love. Written by Brian Pollock and directed by Daryl Denner, the feature film is hitting the film festival circuit, with its next stop being in April at the Manhattan Film Festival in New York City. 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, March 20, 2017

HACA and HOLA Present Honduras es Música con Aroma de Mujer: A Benefit Concert Honoring Honduran Women Composers

Honduran-American Cultural Association (HACA) and
Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA) present

Honduras es Música con Aroma de Mujer
BENEFIT CONCERT HONORING HONDURAN WOMEN COMPOSERS


Thursday, May 4, 2017

7pm-12am

WITH ESTABLISHED HONDURAN COMPOSERS
 
PERFORMING ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS

Karlibeth Ortega
Norma Erazo Pineda
Nina Irena Maier Paredes
Paula Sevilla
Antonieta Máximo
Myrna del Río
Sayda Bulnes
Juanita Guerrero

BALLADS, BACHATA, JAZZ, PUNTA, FOLKLORIC MUSIC


Giando On the Water
400 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11249


ITALIAN DINNER BUFFET AND OPEN BAR
TICKETS ARE $130.

A PORTION OF PROCEEDS GO TO FUNDACIÓN ESCLEROSIS MÚLTIPLE AMOR (FEMA), A MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS FOUNDATION IN HONDURAS.

To buy tickets, 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.

Raúl Rivera, shown at right, is featured in the Héctor Luis Sin Censura blog (edited by Héctor Luis Rivera) on account of his starring role in the two-hander El diablo ya no vive aquí. Written by Giovanny Cruz and directed by José A. Bonilla, the Casa de la Cultura Navarrete-USA (CCN-USA) production also stars Claribel Ortiz and will take place in April at El Comisionado Dominicano de Cultura en EEUU (CoDoCul) in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood. To read the blog, which is in Spanish, click here.

Danny Mendoza is a producer of the upcoming Nickelodeon series "I Am Frankie". For more information on the series, click here.

Elaine Del Valle, shown at left holding award, received Best Actor honors at the Filmgate.Miami/I'm Not Gonna Move To L.A. Festival (in Miami, Florida) for her debut short film as a director, Final Decision (which she also produced). The film also stars Berto Colón and Elyn Jaime Jenkins.

Raquel Almazán is serving as actor and playwright in The Future is Female Festival. Presented by MultiStages, the festival will take place in March at The Shop Theater @ CAP21, located in the Flatiron District of Manhattan. For more information, click here or here.

Vivienne Jurado, Mario Golden, and A.B. Lugo will be recreating their 
HOLA Award-winning roles in the Domnica Rădulescu's play Exile is My Home in a reading as part of the 13th National Symposium of Theater and Performance Arts in Academe. The play reading will be directed by original director Andreas Robertz and feature the original music of Alexander Tanson. The cast will feature original cast members (and fellow HOLA Award recipients) Nikaury Rodríguez, Mirandy Rodríguez, and David van Leesten; and newcomer to the cast Florinda Ruiz. The event will take place on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at the Stackhouse Theater in the Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. 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?


Saturday, March 18, 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.











Edmi De Jesús, Edna Lee Figueroaand Jerry Soto, shown left to right in the photo at above right, were featured, alongside director Gerardo Gudiño, shown at above left, in El Blog de Pablo (edited by Pablo García Gámez), as a result of their participation in the Txemi Parra play La terapiaThe production will be presented as part of the second season of Teatro SEA's Micro Teatro New York festival, which will run through April at Teatro SEA's namesake theater in The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center (home to HOLA) in Manhattan's Loísaida neighborhood. To read the blog, which is in Spanish, click here.

Vanessa Verduga
 
co-produced the feature film H.O.M.E. by Gaslight Films. Written by Héctor Carosso and Daniel Maldonado and directed by Maldonado, the film has been hitting the feature film circuit, with its next stop being its premiere in Los Angeles, California at the NoHo CineFest. The film will screen on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at the Laemmle NoHo 7 Theater in the North Hollywood section of Los Angeles. For more information, click here.

Daniel Anthony Hidalgo, shown at right, will co-star in the Benjamin Benne play Querencia. Directed by Maydé Alpi, the Joust Theatre Company production will be presented in March and April at the Nuyorican Poets' Café, located in the Loísaida neighborhood of Manhattan. For more information, click here.

Alberto Bonilla
 and Suni Reyes booked guest-starring roles in episodes of the first season of the Netflix series "Iron Fist" (which is currently streaming online).

Vladimir Ríos directed the Preston López music video "Erótico". To see the music video, click here (caution: some adult themes and imagery).

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?

Friday, March 17, 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.

José Roldán, Jr., shown at right, will follow up his upcoming performance of his award-winning, self-penned solo show Father Forgive Me For I Have Sinned (developed with and directed by Dante Albertie) on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Feinstein's/54 Below (located in the theater district of midtown Manhattan) with a role in Juan Ramírez, Jr.'s play Honor Among Thieves. Directed by Ramírez, the play will be presented as part of the Downtown Urban Arts Festival (DUAF) at the Cherry Lane Theater, located in Manhattan's West Village. For more information, click here or here.

Natalia Ivana Escobar will be performing at The Peter Shaffer Memorial. A memorial of the English playwright and screenwriter, the event is being presented on Monday, April 3, 2016 by The Fundamental Theater Project at the American Airlines Theater, located in the theater district of midtown Manhattan. For more information, click here.

Edna Lee Figueroa, shown at left, is currently working on several projects. In addition to her starring role in the Txemi Parra play La terapia (in which she stars with Jerry Soto and Edmi De Jesús in the Teatro SEA/Micro Teatro New York production directed by Gerardo Gudiño), she is co-starring in the PopUP Theatrics production of Inside. Described as "an immersive theatrical experience", the production is written by Troy Deutsch, Peca Stefan, Zhu Yi (based on a concept by Ana Margineanu and Tamilla Woodard) and directed by Woodard, Margineanu, and France-Elena Damian (with assistant direction by Camilla Pérez). The production is scheduled to take place in March at the Campus of The Cathedral Church of Saint John The Divine, located in the West Harlem/Manhattanville area of Manhattan. She will then follow both of these productions up with a co-starring role in Ed Cardona, Jr.'s Bamboo in Bushwick. Also directed by Ana Margineanu, the Working Theater production will take place in April and May in a tour of the five boroughs of New York City. For more information about La terapia, which will have its final performance at Teatro SEA (located in The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center, home to HOLA, in Manhattan's El Barrio neighborhood), in April, click here. For more information about Inside, click here. For more information about Bamboo in Bushwick, click here. For more information about all things Edna Lee, click here.

Lucio Fernández and his wife Megan Fernández, shown at left and center, with Gilberto Camacho at right in the photo at right, received Excellence Awards from Communitarian Media Network and El Cambio newspaper/Cambio Publications Group, in the field of Social Services for their roles as directors of the Grace Theatre Workshop.

Jeannie Sol will be one of the performers at the benefit for the upcoming production of Ken Bravo's musical Papo's Variety Store. The benefit will take place on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at Nublu in Manhattan's East Village. 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?

Wednesday, March 15, 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.


Luis Salgado and Maite Uzalshown above, left to right, in a post-performance discussion and in character, respectively, were featured in a photo flash article from Broadway World where his role as director-choreographer and her role as Abuela Claudia in the upcoming Axelrod Performing Arts Center (APAC) production of the Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes musical In The Heights were highlighted. The production is currently running at Axelrod's eponymous theater in Deal Park, New Jersey. To read the article, which features production photography, click here.

Ileana Canal, with Kim Brantley, co-wrote, co-directed and co-produced the documentary Exiled From History-The Story of the U.S. Maroons. The documentary is being broadcast on DCTV all throughout March. For more information, including a schedule of airings, click here and here.

Caridad de la Luz (also known by her nom de poésie et de musique La Bruja), shown at right, will be teaching spoken word poetry in March and April as part of the sixth annual Hip Hop Academy, presented by Pepatián in association with BronxWorks. In addition, as part of the Academy, she was a panelist at the Entrepreneurship Panel and Career Lab which took place in March and April at BronxWorks (located in the Tremont area of the Bronx). For more information, click here or here.

Elizardi Castro will perform his standup comedy as the opening act for recording artist (and "Princess of Salsa") India, when she performs on Friday, June 30, 2016 at Joe's Live (in Rosemont, Illinois), at a concert produced by Mike Oquendo. For more information, click here.

The Héctor Luis Sin Censura blog (written and edited by Héctor Luis Rivera) announced the creation of LATA, the Latin Alternative Theater Awards. The awards will be handed out in 19 categories (with six special awards being presented out of competition), with the winners decided by popular vote. Among the HOLA members nominated for the LATA this year are Iván L. Argudo, Edmi De Jesús, Caridad del Valle, Berenice Di Piazza, Edna Lee Figueroa, Pablo García Gámez, Mario Golden, Vivienne Jurado, Billy Martin Mejía, Aileene Pérez, Angie Regina, Mafer Rodríguez, and Kathy Tejada; with A.B. Lugo, Yvette Quintero, Alfonso Rey, and Raúl Rivera garnering two nominations each. The award winners will be announced on Monday, March 27, 2017 at El Comisionado Dominicano de Cultura en EEUU (CoDoCul), located in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood. To see the full list of LATA nominees in the Héctor Luis Sin Censura blog (which is in Spanish), 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?