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Getting the Part: Tips for the Working Actor

Sep 20, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

| $10

This Willifest’s fifth year! Once again, Center for Active Learning is acting as Willifest’s educational partner, presenting interactive, conversational panels that provide YOU the opportunity to get answers to YOUR questions. So, if you’re an aspiring actor, considering acting as a career, or in between acting jobs, this is an event you should not miss.

Learn directly from industry experts:

How to get up to date casting information
Where to network
Presentation/resume tips
How to land an audition
If you need an agent and how to get one


Lande Yoosuf is a television industry professional with several years of experience development, casting and production at numerous networks including MTV, NBC, Discovery, WEtv, truTV, Bravo to name a few. Lande Yoosuf oversees all aspects of casting and production at One Scribe Media (onescribemedia.com) with a strong emphasis on story composition. She also facilitates workshops or consults anyone in need of guidance for pitching television programming. Her responsibilities help to ensure that her client’s creative goals, vision and needs are met while keeping with One Scribe Media’s expressed brand.

Brian Wade aka DJ Stereotype (djstereotypemusic.com) is a film maker, actor, published writer and musician. In 2004, he founded Surburban Underground, a production company that produces a late night variety show by the same name. Surburban Underground has aired on GSTV and PeopleTV in Atlanta, and currently airs on Brooklyn Public Network. As a VJ Brian has interviewed the likes of OutKast, Tyler Perry and Janelle Monae just to name a few. Brian has also written a feature length screenplay, Colours, that has been produced as an Off Off Broadway play and is currently being produced for the screen (coloursfilm.wix.com/coloursfilm).

Eve Pomerance is co-founder of Major Motion Pictures, LLC. Founded in 2009 with Jonathan and Erez Mossek to make “As Good As Dead,” she also Executive Produced and cast “Festival of Light” which starred Aidan Quinn and Jimi Mistry. In 2015, Eve is slated to produce “Sleeping Shepherd,” written and directed by Frank Hudec, starring: Michael Pitt, Isabelle Hupper, Jeremy Irons and Rutger Hauer; and “Son of the South” directed by Barry Alexander Brown, producers Stephen Nemeth and Spike Lee. Eve recently cast “Pilgrims” for Ric Burns (PBS), “Tim Maia,” and “Dreaming Against The World” for Academy Nominated Tim Sternberg. In addition to the film work Eve has cast two video games for Sony: “Until Dawn” and “Silent Hill.”

Wendy McKenzie (inthewinkofaneye.biz), former model/dancer turned Casting Director possesses over 30 years of experience in the entertainment industry. As the lead New York Casting Director for the film Notorious, she was lauded for finding and introducing Jamal “Gravy” Woolard to the title role Notorious BIG. Ms. McKenzie’s client list includes Fox Searchlight Pictures, MTV, BET, SNL, Glamor Mag., G-Unit Clothing and ooVoo. Wendy has cast actors, dancers and models for numerous films, tours, print ads and music videos for artists including Mariah, Carey, Aretha Franklin and Jennifer Lopez…just to name a few.

Ariana Bernstein is a Brooklyn-based film producer, screenwriter and actor. Ariana has worked with, and learned from, some of the leaders in Independent Film, including Alex Orlovsky (Half Nelson, Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond The Pines), Azazel Jacobs (Momma’s Man, Terri) and Mary Jordan (Jack Smith and The Destruction of Atlantis). In television, Ariana worked as Amy Herzig’s assistant at CBS Casting, where she learned the craft of casting on such long-running shows as How I Met Your Mother and Criminal Minds. Ariana is preparing for her first theatrical release with Delusions of Guinevere (Actor, Producer, Co-Writer) and her second theatrical release Ft. Tilden (Executive Producer) winner of numerous film festivals including receiving the Grand Jury Prize at SXSW 2014.

Tracey Moore is a Casting Director and Acting Coach. She has cast feature films such as Just Another Girl on the IRT and New Jersey Drive, and has also cast Extras for the the popular television show New York Undercover. Tracey’s commercial credits include: Nike, Sprite, Pontiac and Taco Bell, just to name a few. Tracey teaches an audition technique class called The Spirited Actor and conducts private coaching sessions with musical artists such as Eve, Chico DeBarge, Missy Elliott and Darius Rucker. Tracey is also host of the BlogTalkRadio show The Conversation with the Spirited Actor. In this venue, Tracey’s celebrity guests answer questions and give timely advice to those pursing the performing arts.

Justin Lord’s dynamic and diverse career has spanned stage, television, film and music. His wide range of talents include music, modeling, acting, directing and writing. As an actor he was awarded the Drama-Logue cretics award and nominated for the Vivian Robertson Audelco Award for best direction of a drama. Some Justin’s television credits include: Passions, NYPD Blue and Who’s The Boss.

This event is being moderated by Adult Learning Specialist, Joanna White-Oldham, Founder of Center for Active Learning. Mrs. White-Oldham, who has worked in education for approximately thirteen years, is an advocate of informal learning opportunities for adult learners, and believes in making higher education accessible for everyone. Joanna has also been a producer at Brooklyn Public Network for eleven years. Her current project, Chronic Visibility: Celebrating the Survivor, currently airs on Wednesday afternoons at 2 PM.

Proceeds from this event will cover the costs of the venue and development of Center for Active Learning’s High School Equivalency program.


Sep 20, 2014
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm