LifeRaft Video Gallery

Welcome to the LifeRaft Video Gallery

2014 
05.22.14 Understanding the Role of the Commercial Agent
 As the winter and spring commercial seasons wind down, several commercial agents will spend an evening discussing the current commercial climate. Panelists will also discuss how they do their jobs, how they work with clients and advice on what steps to take to be a successful commercial actor. Join us for an informative and inspirational evening.
 Moderator: Dennis Baker; Panelists: Robin Harrington, Gloria Hinojosa, Stuart K. Robinson, Janet Tscha
05.21.14Q&A with SAND CASTLES
 A gritty and intricate tale around the cornfields of small-town Indiana. Noah and his poverty-stricken family wrestle with the mysterious return of his now mute sister Lauren, who was kidnapped and held captive for over a decade.
 Moderator: Dennis Baker; Panelists: Jordon Hodges, Scott Jemison
05.01.14Q&A with AS HIGH AS THE SKY ***SPOLIER ALERT***
 After being jilted by her fiancé, Margaret manages her loneliness by obsessively-compulsively organizing her perfect home. When her older sister and niece arrive unexpectedly, Margaret's life is thrown into disarray. Although initially resistant to their bonding efforts, she slowly loosens up and learns a new definition of family. But just as she begins to embrace her new life, she discovers the truth behind the visit.
 Moderator: Dennis Baker; Panelists: Nikki Braendlin, Caroline Fogarty, Bonnie McNeil
04.30.14Q&A with HOW WE GOT AWAY WITH IT
 Returning home from jail just before the arrival of his friends for their annual reunion weekend, Henry discovers a shocking tragedy. His rash and unpredictable response sets in motion a chain of events of secrets, revenge and murder that will forever change the course of everyone's lives, sweeping up the innocent and threatening to destroy them all. Inspired by the new-wave crime dramas of the 1960s and '70s, this mysterious and suspenseful noir is a taut and explosive mix.
 Moderator: Dennis Baker; Panelists:  Jeff Barry, McCaleb Burnett, Jon Lindstrom
04.29.14Understanding the Coogan Law
 Do you really know where ALL your child's money is? Confused about Coogan? Do you know about the new Coogan law that just took effect in January 2014? Come and learn from the founders of the BizParentz Foundation about the recent changes, how to track your child's accounts in a very simple way, and how to be confident that you are handling your child's money well.
 Panelists: Paula Dorn, Anne Henry, Tina Hookom, Ina Williams
04.24.14Independent Film Producing Series: Post-Production
 The SAG Foundation's LifeRaft program is hosting a bicoastal producing series dedicated to providing actors with the tools and inspiration needed to make their dream project a reality. This series will provide a five-part online, digital filmmaking guidebook covering finance, pre-production, production, post and distribution. The series intends to capture and celebrate the spirit of indie filmmaking. The Los Angeles events will cover pre-production, production and post while the New York events will cover finance and distribution.
 Moderator: Kelly Thomas; Panelists: Sebastian Dungan, Shaun O'Banion, Jeff Castelluccio
04.07.14Asian Americans on Stage
 Join us for an evening with Asian-American actors who have made significant contributions on both the stage and screen. This conversation is meant to highlight the multifaceted careers of the stage actor today. The discussion will range from the specificity and range of roles for the Asian-American actor today as well as the actor's craft.
 Moderator: Pun Bandhu; Panelists: Joel de la Fuente, Francis Jue, Greta Lee, James Saito
04.01.14Female Leaders in the Industry
 Vice Presidential candidate, Geraldine Ferraro, once cleverly quipped, "Some leaders are born women." Though many strides have since been made, three decades later, gender equality in leadership remains unbalanced, especially in the entertainment industry. This inspiring panel discussion will focus on leadership qualities and approaches, work-life balance, professional development, mentorship, and building a community of dynamic, supportive peers. Panelists will also delve into the topic of gender parity, and the promotion and preservation of the female voice in the entertainment industry.
 Moderator: Claudia Chan; Panelists: Beth Janson, Pat Mitchell, and Debra Zimmerman.
03.31.14Discussion with Larry Moss
 Inspiring and insightful discussion with Larry Moss.
 Moderator: Kim Krejus
03.26.14Independent Film Producing Series: Production
 The SAG Foundation's LifeRaft program is hosting a bicoastal producing series dedicated to providing actors with the tools and inspiration needed to make their dream project a reality. This series will provide a five-part online, digital filmmaking guidebook covering finance, pre-production, production, post and distribution. The series intends to capture and celebrate the spirit of indie filmmaking. The Los Angeles events will cover pre-production, production and post while the New York events will cover finance and distribution.
 Moderator: Kelly Thomas; Panelists: Lucy Mukerjee-Brown, Jennifer Dubin, Matthew Hsu
03.19.14The Self-Destructive Creative Artist
 In light of recent tragic events, the SAG Foundation is bringing together medical specialists to facilitate a discussion around self-sabotage, addiction and treatment. Does great artistry have to be accompanied by hidden dysfunction, or can artists thrive both professionally and personally? Panelists will discuss topics regarding self-sabotage, substance abuse, addictive behaviors and the steps creative artists can take to address or prevent these issues.
 Moderator: Dennis Baker; Panelists: Dr. Cheryl Arutt, David Lisonbee, Dr. Drew Pinsky
03.13.14Commercial Contracts
 Join SAG-AFTRA's Commercials Department for a Commercials 101. Are you interested in learning more about what you are entitled to under the Commercials Contract? Do you want to know how to put yourself in a position to make more money in commercial work? Business Representatives from the Commercials Department will be teaching an informative and occasionally humorous course on everything from the audition process to how much you can expect to get paid. We'll cover both Principal and Extra rates and working conditions in the Commercials Contract and the Radio Commercials Contract.
 Panelists: Eddie Barnes, Beth Haynes, Tracy Hyman
02.27.142014 Spirit Awards Nominees: Casting Directors
 The Film Independent Spirit Awards are a celebration of the year's most compelling independent productions. The LifeRaft program celebrates the hard working independent casting directors whose films have been nominated. Come hear how they are diversifying the casting process in America, what inspires them, and why they enjoy working within the independent film community.
 Moderator: Matthew Lessall; Panelists: Tracy "Twinkie" Byrd, John Jackson
02.27.14Sideline and Parallel Careers to Support Artistic Aspirations
 Some entertainment professionals look for sideline careers to align with their dream jobs, yet others want parallel careers for something more meaningful. This career panel will discuss what might be the best fit for you.
 Moderator: Joanne Webb; Panelists: Peter Katona, Aliza Pearl, Elizabeth Sampson, Scott Alan Smith
02.26.14Independent Film Producing Series: Pre-Production
 The SAG Foundation's LifeRaft program is hosting a bicoastal producing series dedicated to providing actors with the tools and inspiration needed to make their dream project a reality. This series will provide a five-part online filmmaking guidebook covering finance, pre-production, production, post and distribution. The series intends to capture and celebrate the spirit of indie filmmaking. The Los Angeles events will cover pre-production, production and post while the New York events will cover finance and distribution.
 Moderator: Kelly Thomas; Panelists: Kevin Comer, Susan Dynner, Fredrick Thornton
02.20.14Broadcast, Storytelling and the News: An Evening with Rich Lamb and Charles Osgood
 SAG Foundation invites you to participate in "Storytelling for the 21st Century" -- a LifeRaft event series. This carefully curated program aims to explore the emerging tools and modes of narratives available to storytellers in the new century. Panels will cover a range of topics from adventure games to indie filmmaking to portrait documentary, broadcast and the news, interactive storytelling, shifting trends in musical theatre and transcending race and gender boundaries on the stage and screen. New media platforms, tools and concepts provide innovative ways for the performer to become involved in the entertainment industry. This series is intended to inform and equip a new generation of artists with the skills and trailblazing ingenuity to weave stories that are personally, socially and culturally relevant.
 Moderator: Dana Tyler; Panelists: Rich Lamb, Charles Osgood
01.29.14Q&A with LONELY BOY
 Franky is stuck in a directionless rut of cold isolation. As a uniquely spirited young man in constant pursuit of romance, Franky attempts to navigate the mercilessly harsh world of dating. There's just one caveat: he suffers from schizophrenia and recently decided to liberate himself from his medication. After losing his job because of his illness, things take a tragically funny turn for the not-so-good. When he finds a genuine connection with Alex, he inadvertently sets on a path towards self-actualization. Franky searches to uncover the truths about his family's past in hopes to bring him peace and clarity. However, what he finds may in fact cloud his reality further.
 Moderator: Dennis Baker; Panelists: Dale Farbrigar, Howard Meltzer, Troy Daniel Smith.
01.27.14Goal Setting and Strategic Planning
 How do you define a successful year? What goals do you still have on your list from 2013? Do you have clear action items for each goal? Panelists will discuss methods of goal setting and strategic planning to set up for a successful 2014.
 Moderator: Dennis Baker; Panelists: Ryan Basham, Oona Mekas, Daisy Swan, Ben Whitehair.
01.23.14The Heads Up on Headshots
 Panelists discuss what are the elements of a quality headshot. Hear as photographers and casting directors discuss all aspects of the headshot process from preparing for a session, working with a photographer, and what casting looks for in a professional headshot.
 Moderator: Lauren Donoghue; Panelists: Joanna Brooks-DeGeneres, Chris Game, Peter Konerko, Rob Mainord, Lindsey Weissmueller.
01.16.14Voice and Dialect for Film and Television
 Voice and dialect coaches are vital in helping the actor on issues of credibility, consistency, and intelligibility. The panelists will provide information on how an actor can support their character development through voice work. The discussion will center around specific techniques and trends for film and television.
 Moderator: Anne James; Panelists: Amy Chaffee, Bob Corff, Susan Hegarty, Barbara Houseman.
2013 
12.18.13Prepping for Pilot Season: Marketing
 A product's successful marketing campaign can make all the difference. What does effective actor marketing look like? How do actors reach the casting directors, producers and directors in a positive, productive way? How can an actor measure marketing results in a subjective field? Come hear the answers to these questions and more from a panel of marketing industry professionals.
 Moderator: Dennis Baker; Panelists: Blair Hickey, Patrick Stack, Lance Still, Dallas Travers
12.17.13Prepping for Pilot Season: Audition Technique
 Pilot season can be a rigorous time for actors. What can ground an actor during this time is a solid audition technique. Hear from these industry professionals on tools an actor can use to succeed in the audition room during pilot season and year around.
 Moderator: Dennis Baker; Panelists: Howard Fine, Margie Haber, Lesly Kahn, Warner Loughlin
12.13.13Audio Books: A Discussion with Industry Experts
 The rapid growth of Audio Books has generated an abundance of opportunities for actors to showcase their skills and work as audio book narrators. Whether you are new to audio books or already on your way, this informative discussion will help you navigate the ins and outs of audio books and help you understand the latest trends in the industry. We have assembled a panel of experts from Audible Studios/ACX, Deyan Audio, Outloud Audio and more to provide a comprehensive overview of what it takes to maximize your opportunities and find success in Audio Books.
 Moderator: Scott Brick; Panelists: Debra Deyan, Mark Kondracki, Jason Ojalvo, Jessica Kaye
11.24.13A CAREER IN CASTING - Reflections from legendary CD Lynn Stalmaster
 As the most acclaimed casting director in motion picture history, Lynn Stalmaster has been a pioneer and creative innovator since the early 1950's and a passionate advocate for casting women and minorities in diverse roles. In 1968, Lynn received the first ever single card "Casting by" credit in the main titles of a film ("The Thomas Crown Affair"). IMDb conservatively lists over 400 productions cast by Lynn Stalmaster & Associates, including "Tootsie", "The Graduate", "Superman", "Harold & Maude", "The Right Stuff", "An Officer and a Gentleman", "Judgment at Nuremberg", "West Side Story", "The Untouchables", "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Deliverance".
 Moderator: David Rubin; Panelist: Lynn Stalmaster
11.13.132013 Artios Awards Nominees: Television Drama
 With the Artios Awards in November, the SAG Foundation's LifeRaft program celebrates the hard working television casting directors whose projects have been nominated. The goal of this panel is to provide a treasure trove of well-earned advice for actors from superstar industry professionals, as well as stories and anecdotes from the television shows that were nominated.
 Moderator: Matthew Lessall; Panelists: Sara Isaacson, Nancy Perkins
11.11.13The Film/TV/Theater Crossover: Part Three - Actors
 The SAG Foundation's Liferaft program, in partnership with the LA Stage Alliance, is thrilled to present an exciting three-part series of panels populated by industry professionals who work both in film, television and theater. In this panel, actors will discuss their work in all three mediums.
 Moderator: Terence McFarland; Panelists: Tony Amendola, Gigi Bermingham, Peggy Blow, Dakin Matthews
10.30.132013 Artios Awards Nominees: Features
 With the Artios Awards in November, the SAG Foundation's LifeRaft program celebrates the hard working feature film casting directors whose projects have been nominated. The goal of this panel is to provide a treasure trove of well-earned advice for actors from superstar industry professionals, as well as stories and anecdotes from the films that were nominated.
 Moderator: Steve Chagollan; Panelists: Denise Chamian, Lora Kennedy, John Papsidera, Ronnie Yeskel
10.25.13Series Retrospective with Breaking Bad and Dexter
 As Breaking Bad and Dexter both concluded at the end of September, the SAG Foundation celebrates by hosting a panel with the casting directors from both shows. It will be a great time to reflect over the past seasons and talk about the joys, challenges and triumphs of casting these popular shows.
 Moderator: Michael Bofshever; Panelists: Sharon Bialy, Shawn Dawson, Sherry Thomas
10.16.13Breath and Voice: Vocal Health, Technique and the Creative Connection
 The care of the voice is essential to the professional actor and singer. The more solid, practiced and unconscious the technique, the freer the performer is to grow, mature and access emotional range and creativity. But a host of common bad habits coupled with stress, flu season, hectic schedules, frequent performances, smoke, certain foods and drinks, body tension and many other challenges can make maintaining healthy vocal production a mystery and impede the creative process.
 Moderator: Shane Ann Younts; Panelists: Dr. Linda Dahl, Jane Guyer Fujita, Kristen Linklater, Deric Rosenblatt
10.16.13THE SUBLIME AND BEAUTIFUL Q&A
 The greatest loss any family can suffer is the death of a child. One week before Christmas, David and Kelly Conrad are having a normal day when their lives are struck by tragedy. Kelly and their children are hit by a drunk driver and while Kelly survives, the children are killed. What follows is David and Kelly's descent into their own personal hell and how they eventually make the first steps toward healing.
 Moderator: Dennis Baker; Panelists: Anastasia Baranova, Marci Liroff, Blake Robbins
10.10.13Health Insurance & the Affordable Care Act for Performers
 The biggest changes in health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act are set to began October 1st. At that time, people can start signing up for coverage in new state health exchanges. Representatives from SAG and AFTRA Pension and Health, as well as the Actors Fund, will discuss how one qualifies for health coverage, an overview of the various health plan benefits and how the uninsured can gain the required coverage by the 2014 deadline.
 Moderator: Dennis Baker; Panelists: Amanda Bernard, Daniel Kitowski, Karen Ortolani
10.07.13The Film/TV/Theater Crossover: Part Two - Directors
 The SAG Foundation's LifeRaft program, in partnership with the Los Angeles Stage Alliance and Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, is thrilled to present an exciting three-part series of panels populated by industry professionals who work both in film, television and theater. In this panel, directors will discuss their work in these fields, how they balance their work flow, and what they notice in actors who thrive in all three mediums.
 Moderator: Terence McFarland; Panelists: Paul Lazarus, Tom Moore, Oz Scott
10.02.13LIFE INSIDE OUT Q&A
 When a mother returns to her musical roots, she rediscovers the passion of her youth, and finds a way to connect with her troubled teenage son.
 Moderator: Dennis Baker; Panelists: Maggie Bird, Jill D'Agnenica, Lori Nasso
09.12.13Creating the Character with Costume Designers
 On set everyone relies on one another to make the best possible film. One close working relationship is that of the costume designer and actors. SAG Foundation's LifeRaft program is thrilled to present a panel populated by expert costume designers who will provide insight into how they work with actors to help create a character.
 Moderator: Rachael Stanley; Panelists: Christine Bieselin Clark, Trayce Field, Salvador Perez, Mary Vogt
09.12.13Think Like a Producer: How to Take You Project from Script to Screen
 Your great idea is now a script. Now what? Learn how to assemble your crew, produce great work on a limited budget, raise funds and set your dream in motion on screen. Come hear the wisdom and experiences of emerging filmmakers, set a concrete action plan in motion and make your passion project a reality today.
 Moderator: Chuck Rose; Panelists: Jayce Bartok, Amy Hobby, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Viviana Leo, Stuart Luth, Kate Wetherhead
09.11.13HITTING THE CYCLE Q&A
 Battling back from a debilitating knee injury and struggling with his own inner demons, Rip, a professional baseball player nearing the end of his career, reluctantly revisits his long-forgotten hometown to finally face his estranged, dying father. Through a journey of self-discovery, redemption, and forgiveness, Rip learns that life isn't always played between the chalk lines of the baseball diamond.
 Moderator: Dennis Baker; Panelists: Darin Anthony, J. Richey Nash
09.09.13The Film/TV/Theater Crossover: Part One - Casting Directors
 The SAG Foundation's LifeRaft program, in partnership with the Los Angeles Stage Alliance, is thrilled to present an exciting three-part series of panels populated by industry professionals who work both in film, television and theater. In this panel, casting directors will discuss their work in these fields, how they balance their work flow, and what they notice in actors who thrive in all three mediums.
 Moderator: Terence McFarland; Panelists: Nicole Arbusto, Chemin Bernard, Jami Rudofsky
08.29.13CASTING BY Q&A
 The surprising, never-before-told tale of the indispensable yet unsung casting director Marion Dougherty, an iconoclast whose keen eye, exquisite taste and gut instincts redefined Hollywood.
 Moderator: Richard Hicks; Panelists: Joanna Colbert, Sarah Finn, Laray Mayfield, David Rubin, Lynn Stalmaster.
08.26.13HELLO HERMAIN Q&A
 Set in the not so distant future, in Any Town USA, sixteen year old Herman Howards makes a fateful decision.
 Moderator: Dennis Baker; Panelists: Michelle Danner, Sandra Valde-Hansen
08.26.13Adapting Shakespeare for the Modern Age
 Hear from our panel of experts who are infusing contemporary nuance and ingenuity into the Elizabethan classics through interactivity, breaking the fourth wall, reimagined platforms, music and technology.
 Moderator: Joe Salvatore; Panelists: Noah Brody, Andrew Goldberg, Melinda Hall, Tom Ridgely
08.21.13Producing 101
 In this panel, producers will discuss the foundational tasks one needs to complete in order to produce a project. The panelists will walk the audience through pre-production, production, and post-production, highlighting the role of the producer in each of these three areas.
 Moderator: Kelly Thomas; Panelists: Karin Chien, Nina Leidersdorff, Ace Marerro, Kate Roughan
08.13.13Made in NY: Excellence in Indie Filmmaking
 The talk will bring industry professionals from the world of independent film to share their experiences of bringing their unique voices to the screen. The conversation will gather together a talented group of filmmakers and casting directors who have used New York City as the inspiration and setting for countless indie films as they discuss their careers and why New York City remains a favorite place to bring their artistic vision to life
 Moderator: Todd Asher; Panelists: Rashaad Ernesto Green, Chiemi Karasawa, Celine Rattray, Ira Sachs, Paul Schnee
07.18.13Improv & Sketch Comedy: Part Three - Production and Promotion
 The SAG Foundation's LifeRaft program concludes its three-part series with a panel discussion about the production and promotion of sketch comedy material. The goal of the panel is to share tips and strategies on what steps are needed to promote digital comedic content.
 Moderator: Barrett Garese; Panelists: Michael Busch, Brian Gallivan, Kristen Studard
07.10.13Creating the Solo Performance
 Solo Performers celebrate our natural instinct for storytelling. They insist that each of us holds a multitudinous of selves when they jump skins in ways that traverse gender, ethnicity, religious, sexual and psychological boundaries.
 Moderator: Nancy Hechinger; Panelists: Moe Angelos, Joel de la Fuente, Benjamin Endsley Klein, Monica Hunken
07.09.13An Evening with Casting Directors
 With a combined work experience in over 338 films and 57 television shows, gain a big picture perspective of what it is like for these industry professionals to work with agents, managers, directors, producers, studio executives and actors.
 Moderator: Gregg Kilday; Panelists: Ronna Kress, Mindy Marin, Jeanne McCarthy, Vicki Thomas
07.08.13The New Generation of Musical Theatre
 There's a new generation of musical theater mavericks taking New York City by storm. The days of the standard musical are waning and the genres as you know them are bending into exciting hybrids
 Moderator: Sheri Sanders; Panelists: Rick Elice, Jeff Bowen, Benj Pasek, Amanda Green, Stafford Amiri, Kelly Devine
06.27.13Life of a TV Guest Star
 Learn from these veteran actors on what it takes to have a successful career as a TV guest star.
 Moderator: Jessica Gardner; Panelists: Jordan Black, Larry Hankin, Tara Karsian, Fred Stoller, Jim Turner
06.19.13SAKE BOMB Q&A
 A comedic road movie about a sarcastic Asian American and his Japanese cousin.
 Moderator: Rochelle Rose; Panelists: Eugene Kim, Sat Phan, Jessika Van, Junya Sakino
06.17.13 Improv & Sketch Comedy: Part Two - Happy Teams
 Part two, of this three part series, about creating and maintaining a happy improv and sketch comedy team.
 Moderator: Susan Isaacs; Panelists: Heather Anne Campbell, Colton Dunn, Gian Molina and Mindy Sterling.
06.13.13Tales from the New Media Front: Content Creators Share Their Secrets
 Panel is populated by new media creators who will provide insight and inspiration by sharing lessons they learned, mistakes they would have done differently, and how they applied what they learned to future projects.
 Moderator: Zadi Diaz; Panelists: Yuri Baranovsky, Mark Gantt, Helenna Santos-Levy, Ian Moffitt
06.06.13 Made in LA
 Panel of professionals discuss the positive impact and success of local filming and California Production Incentives from script to screen.
 Moderator: Ilyanne Morden Kichaven; Panelists: Paul Audley, Chris Baugh, Stephen Collins, Felipe Fuentes, Amy Lemisch, Richard H. Prince, Steven J. Wolfe
05.23.13 HOMEBOUND Q&A
 Homebound is the story of Richard Lynn, a successful young man who returns to his small hometown, El Campo, Texas.
 Moderator: Dennis Baker; Panelist: Fanny Véliz
05.17.13 Anatomy of an Indie Hit: Ben Lewin
 A discussion of Ben Lewin's extraordinary life and career and examination on the development, casting, and production of The Sessions.
 Moderator: John Alan Simon; Panelist: Ben Lewin
05.15.13 Hacking Your Actor Life: Actor Productivity
 A panel which explores both the theory and the practical application of what it means for an actor to be productive.
 Moderator: Dennis Baker; Panelists: Jodie Bentley, Heidi Levitt, Kevin E. West, Ben Whitehair
05.08.13Improv & Sketch Comedy: Part One - Training
 Part one, of this three part series, will explore improv and sketch comedy training and techniques.
 Moderator: Susan Isaacs; Panelists: David Jahn, George McAuliffe, Johnny Meeks, Doug Morency, Mile Stroth
04.18.13How to Self-Tape Auditions: Part Two - Post Production
 Part Two, of this two-part series, will cover the process of uploading, editing and submitting a self-taped audition.
 Panelist: Markus Lodewyk
04.03.13Walking in LA
 In celebration of National Walk Day, this panel will cover topics that include alternate transportation and the benefits of local living within Los Angeles. 
 Moderator: Stephen Box; Panelists: Ed Begley Jr., Enci Box, Cindy Marie Jenkins, Cathy Reinking, Alissa Walker
03.28.13How to Self-Tape Auditions: Part One - Production 
 In part one of this series, we will show you how to properly set up the equipment as well as cover other technical details one needs to know to properly self-tape an audition. 
 Panelist: Sharon Garrison
03.22.13 SAG-AFTRA 101: Inside Acting Podcast 100th Episode
 A panel of SAG-AFTRA board, committee, and staff members, in addition to a representative from the SAG Foundation, will share their unique perspectives on national and local issues, answer questions and educate the audience on how the union will be moving forward post merger. 
 Moderators: Trevor Algatt, AJ Meijer; Panelists: Ray Bradford, Ilyanne Morden Kichaven, Jill Seltzer, Woody Schultz, Ned Vaughn
03.21.13Building Resilience: Bouncing Back from Misstep & Misfortune
 This discussion will center around how to face adversity with fortitude, how to re-frame your perception of events with positivity, and how to use undesirable outcomes to your advantage. 
 Moderator: Michelle Kristine Best; Panelists: Katja Esson, Amy Gross,Freddie Kimmel, Emiliya Zhivotovskaya  
03.18.13Building Your Team
 Panel of agents, managers, lawyers and PR reps in how they work together to make to an effective team. 
 Moderator: Alex Ben Block; Panelists: Laura Ackerman, Paul Matthew Brown, Chad Christopher, Tyler Grasham, Jordyn Palos
03.14.13Changing Landscapes - An Evening with Female Directors
 An inspiring and academic evening with women at the top of their careers in TV, Film and Theater.
 Moderator: Melissa Silverstein; Panelists: Neema Barnette, Liz Diamond, Leigh Silverman, Rose Troche, Claudia Weill
03.04.13Audits with Chuck Sloan
 The discussion will touch on preparing your return properly, thereby lowering the chances of getting that feared letter from the IRS in the first place.
 Panelist: Chuck Sloan
02.28.13Starting a Small Business
 Panel will help you to better understand the process and recommended steps of starting your own business.
 Moderator: Joanne Webb; Panelists: Catherine Grooms, Tora Brown, Carolynne Warren, Gary Corbin, Sam Younnis
02.21.132013 Spirit Awards Nominees - Casting Directors
 Spirit award nominated casting directors talk about what makes these films special, how they chose these projects and why they enjoy working with the independent film community.
 Moderator: Jenelle Riley; Panelists: Danielle Aufiero, Amber Horn, Julia Kim
02.19.13SHOWING UP - A Conversation about the Audition
 Q&A with filmmakers and some of the cast from the documentary film "Showing Up - A Conversation About the Audition."
 Moderator: Risa Bramon Garcia; Panelists: James MorrisonCurrie Graham, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kristen Cloke
02.12.13Understanding the Role of the Publicist
 Panel of seasoned professionals will shed some light on this very important behind the scenes job.
 Moderator: Graham Clarke; Panelists: Richard Hoffman, Nicole Perez-Krueger, Jillian Roscoe
01.23.13Prepping for Pilot Season: Part Three - Casting Directors
 An exciting series of panel discussions populated by superstar casting professionals and focused on pilot season.
 Moderator: A'da Woolfolk; Panelists: Patrick Baca, Amy Jo Berman, Krisha Bullock, Fern Champion, Howard Meltzer
01.17.13Prepping for Pilot Season: Part Two - Casting Directors
 An exciting series of panel discussions populated by superstar casting professionals and focused on pilot season.
 Moderator: Seth Coltan; Panelists: Sharon Bialy, Wendy O' Brien, Geralyn Flood, Richard Hicks, Seth Yanklewitz
01.11.13Prepping for Pilot Season: Part One - Casting Associates
 An exciting series of panel discussions populated by superstar casting professionals and focused on pilot season.
 Moderator: Seth Coltan; Panelists: Gohar Gazazyan, Ty Harman, Mike Page, Troy Daniel Smith, Eric Souliere
01.10.13How To Get Paid For Reading Books
 Learn the skills needed to be a good audiobook narrator, the dos and don't of a demo and how to get started auditioning for audiobook work.
 Moderator: Jason Ojalvo; Panelists: Scott Brick, Patrick Fraley, Hillary Huber
01.07.13Plan Your Taxes Now
 The panel provides actors with knowledge that will assist them in gathering materials and information to aid in their preparation for filing their 2012 tax return.
 Moderator: Dennis Baker; Panelists: Beth Lynn Kelly, Ed Manning, David Rogers
2012 
12.18.12End of the Year Reflection Series: Part Four - Actors
 Panel will discuss the arc of their careers, inform us about their current projects, and share specific anecdotes of triumphs and struggles.
 Moderator: Jessica Gardner; Panelists: L. Scott Caldwell, Lee Garlington, Eve Gordon, Mo McRae, Romy Rosemont, Illia Volok
12.10.12Vocal Health and Technique
 Panel about how your voice works and the techniques to keep it healthy for your arsenal of talent.
 Panelists: Deric Rosenblatt,  Dr. Linda Dahl
12.06.12Crowdfund Your Passion Project
 Panel covers the ins and outs of online donations and microgranting for a truly independent way to fund your creativity.
 Moderator: Joshua Cohen; Panelists: Jayce Bartok, Jed Cohen, Dianne Debicella, Courtney Harge, Susan Miller
12.03.12End of the Year Reflection Series: Part Three - Agents/Managers
 Panel will discuss the arc of their careers, inform us about their current projects, and share specific anecdotes of triumphs and struggles.
 Moderator: Markus Flanagan; Panelists: John Kelly, Budd Burton Moss, David Shaul, Marilyn Szatmary
11.26.12End of the Year Reflection Series: Part Two - Casting Directors
 Panel will discuss the arc of their careers, inform us about their current projects, and share specific anecdotes of triumphs and struggles.
 Moderator: Dana S. Feldman; Panelists: Randi Hiller, Beth Klein, Joseph Middleton
11.14.12End of the Year Reflection Series: Part One - Film Producers
 Panel will discuss the arc of their careers, inform us about their current projects, and share specific anecdotes of triumphs and struggles.
 Moderator: Dennis Baker; Panelists: Chay Carter, David Klawans, Judi Levine, Sean McKittrick
10.30.12Hyphenate! - Becoming an Actor-Writer
 Panel covers how actors can develop an effective writing practice, as well as the do's and don'ts for creating character, dialogue, and structure.
 Moderator: Seth Weitberg; Panelists: Syd Field, Karl Iglesias, Matt Price, Allyn Rachel, Patrick Carlyle
10.25.12Social Media Career Panel
 Understanding what the career landscape looks like in Social Media and how best to navigate oneself through it -- part-time or sideline careers that are flexible.
 Moderator: Joanne Webb; Panelists: Teri Thompson, Rob Getzschman, Serena Ehrlich, Bonnie Ebner
10.24.12Corner Your Market - Fostering Your Marketing Savvy
 Panel of seasoned industry experts will share how actors can conceive, implement, and assess their marketing strategy.
 Moderator:Jeff B. Cohen; Panelists: Madelyn Hammond, Blair Hickey, Brian Wold, Paul Weber
10.23.12"Well Woman" Health Expo
 The goal of this dynamic panel is to educate, inform and inspire people from across the entire spectrum of the entertainment industry to not only take control of their own health, but spread the word on the importance of women's health at every stage of life.
 Moderator: Star Jones; Panelists: Richard Roundtree, Dr. Kristie Funk, Dr. Chrisandra Shufelt, Dr. Dennis Holmes, Naz Sykes
09.10.12"Must Have Strong Improv Skills"
 With more and more breakdowns reading, "Must have strong improv skills," this panel will discuss how actors can be best prepared for when they are told to "just have fun with the script."
 Moderator: Caroline Liem; Panelists: Robert Cohen, Stephanie Courtney, Michael Donovan
08.24.12Form & Function - Creating a Unique and Agile Website
 Panel will discuss industry protocol for choosing your best material, highlighting your work, and creating a dynamic site that is easy to navigate.
 Moderator: David H. Lawrence XVI; Panelists: Gavin Doughtie, Ellen Treanor, David Cosgrove, Markus Lodewyk
02.29.12Performance Capture Revealed
 Find out how to act for Performance Capture during this panel discussion with some of the top performers in the field
 Moderator: Ron Bottita; Panelists: Jacquie Barnbroook, Julene Renee, Gary Roberts, Simon Well
2011 
10.25.11Building An Authentic Hollywood Network
 Learn how to create authentic relationships with directors and producers, sustain significant ties with people over time, build trust and dispel "what do you want from me?" concerns
 Panelist: Keith Ferrazzi
10.03.11Don't be obSETHed! What Not To Do In A Casting Office
 In this media project Seth Coltan shares his painful lessons with some of the CSA's top Casting Directors and the audience at large.
 Moderator: Seth Coltan; Panelists: Mark Teschner, Geralyn Flood, Tamara-Lee Notcutt, Scott David, Ivy Isenberg
07.19.11An Evening with Casting Directors: The Dos and Don'ts of Casting
 Moderator: Jamison Haase; Panelists: Pam Dixon, Heidi Levitt, Robert Ulrich, Jason Wood
07.12.11An Evening with Acclaimed Writer/Producer David Milch
 An intimate discussion with one of Hollywood's most acclaimed creators, David Milch (Deadwood, Luck, NYPD Blue, Hill Street Blues, LA Law, and John from Cincinatti) as he gives insight into how great television gets made and, more importantly, how actors can best integrate into that process.
 Moderator: Michael D. Cohen; Panelist: David Milch
07.10.11Auditions to Offer and Beyond...
 This evening is full of practical advice and strategies on the importance of building long term relationships with people who can hire you - not just chasing after the next random audition
 Moderator: Michael Bofshever; Panelists: James Jones, Monika Mikkelsen, Nicholas Tabarrok, Carlease Burke, and Emily Grace
05.26.11Thriving in Hollywood
 Learn how to maximize your opportunities, create reasonable goals and set a plan in motion that will keep you in the game long enough to start climbing the ladder in this industry
 Moderator: Bob Stewart; Panelists: Orion Barnes, Jami Rudofsky, David H. Lawrence XVII
04.19.11Taped Auditions
 Maximize your booking potential with your taped auditions.
 Moderator: Michael D. Cohen; Panelists: Kerry Barden, Rick Pagano, Richie Keen, Gary Marsh
02.22.11CrushIt: Using Your Other 8 Hours to Monetize Your Art
 Leverage social media to advance your career.
 Moderator: Steve Broback; Panelists: Gary Vaynerchuk, Robert Pagliarini, Heidi Levitt, Katheryn Winnick
01.27.11Prep for Pilot Season: The Work
 Q&A with acting coaches to help recalibrate your audition technique so that you can give the best auditions possible this pilot season
 Moderator: Bryan Burra; Panelists: Pamela Shea, Jory Weitz, RJ Adams, Margie Haber, Nancy Nayor
01.20.11 Prep for Pilot Season: Pilot Season in Hollywood
 Learn about pilot season from Hollywood agents, casting directors, and talent managers.
 Moderator: Seth Colton; Panelists: Pam Dixon, John Papsidera, Mara Santino, Susie Schwartz, Jason Wood. 
01.13.11Prep for Pilot Season: Participating from Regional Markets
 Learn some of the ways regional market actors can effectively create Hollywood network casting opportunities using online casting innovations and new technology.
 Moderator: Simon Abou-Fadel; Panelists: Betty McCormick Aggas, Gary Marsh, Lauren Bass, Kim Marie Swanson, Ross Grossman
2010 
11.04.10Health Insurance Options for Actors
 This seminar will provide valuable information on strategies for obtaining affordable health insurance, SAG and AFTRA's health insurance plans, individual coverage that coordinates with union insurance, subsidized plans for children, and details on the federal health care reform law.
 Moderator: Simon Abou-Fadel; Panelists: Amanda Bernard, Karen Ortolani, Carla Todaro, Dan Kitowski, Shana Alex Lavarreda  
06.23.10An Evening with Feature Casting Directors
 Delve into what really goes on when a film is cast as a group of top feature casting directors cover the "big picture" of the business and the art of casting films.
 Moderator: Lee Garlington; Panelists: Marci Liroff, Donna Morong, Joseph Middleton
04.27.10Marketing Yourself
 Panel of industry professionals as they examine the ins and outs of marketing for actors.
 Moderator: Carrie Wiita; Panelists: Blair Hickey, Brian Wold, Tammy Lynn, Stephen Meade
03.30.10An Evening with Television Casting Directors
 Some of the television industry's best casting directors share the inside track on what it takes to be effective in the audition room, what it takes to book the job, and earn a living in television.
 Moderator: Lee Garlington; Panelists: Rick Pagano, Paul Weber
01.19.10An Evening with Commercial Casting Directors
 Some of the commercial industry's best casting directors share the inside track on what it takes to be effective in the audition room, what it takes to book the job, and earn a living in commercials.
 Moderator: Bjorn Johnson; Panelists: Francene Selkirk Ackerman, Terry Berland, Danielle Eskinazi, Jeff Gerrard
01.12.10SAG Agency Department: An Evening with Agents
 Learn how difficult it is to secure the services of a good franchised agent, interviewing techniques to sharpen your skills, what a performer should look for in an agent, what agents are looking for in a client, and the intricacies involved in the agent-performer relationship.
 Moderator: Zino Macaluso; Panelists: Lisa Berman, Jaime Ferrar, Lalaneya Filuk, Gar Lester, Chaim Magnum
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