Breaking Into Show Business In Northern Nevada

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If you've ever considered testing your chops in front of a camera, you might find getting started is easier than you think, and you don't even have to leave Northern Nevada. Just this week it was announced teen musical group "Savvy" is planning to film a pilot episode for a new TV show in our area. Bringing more show business to the Truckee Meadows and Tahoe is a big focus for the RSCVA right now. Local casting director Toni Suttie says there's a lot of opportunities for local actors right now.

Suttie says getting started can be as easy as putting together a headshot and a resume, but she warns against showing up for cattle calls hosted by out of state agencies. "There are a lot of companies that I would consider to be unscrupulous," she says. "They are normally companies that come into our communities for a short period of time. They advertise on radio or television or print 'come to this casting session' when really it's a sales event."

Working actor Brian Cory tells KOLO 8 that's one of the pitfalls he's had to navigate in starting his career. "When there's just a big buildup of fees on a piece of paper, it's no good," he warns. "You shouldn't have to pay for an agency." Cory has worked on commercial and film sets locally and in Los Angeles. He says if an agent or manager wants you to pay up front, just walk away.

Performer and acting coach Christine Hilts says entertainment is a business like any other. She says being prepared is important, so always have an audition monologue ready to go. They all say the most important thing to remember is to never take it personally.

If you're ready to to learn more about breaking in to show business, actress Lee Garlington will offer a four-hour workshop on how to get started-and keep going-as an actor in Hollywood. The workshop is presented by Sierra School of Performing Arts in conjunction with the E. L. Wiegand Performing Arts Collaborative and Bishop Manogue Catholic High School. The price is $40, or $25 for students with ID. Catholic school student with ID are free.

Space is limited. To reserve a spot call 530-400-4472. For questions or more information, contact Janet Lazarus at
Made possible by a generous grant from the E. L. Wiegand Foundation
WHEN: Saturday, March 2, 11 am to 2 pm (Please arrive no later than 10:45.)

WHERE Church Fine Arts Building, Room 19, University of Nevada Reno

WHO: The E. L. Wiegand Foundation, headquartered in Reno, Nevada, embodies the spirit of Edwin L. Wiegand and works to personify his adherence to the work ethic, profound confidence in democracy and the free market system, lifelong scientific curiosity, and appreciation of the fine and performing arts. Established in 1982, the Foundation funds programs and projects of exemplary organizations which further this legacy and promote the emergence of tomorrow's great ideas.