This summer will mark 25 years of monthly Hollywood Salons, and in all that time we’ve never missed a month. April’s Salon was our first-ever to be held as a Virtual Salon on Zoom. It was great to see all the faces of our NCCers and hear how everyone is getting along during the crazy days of this global pandemic. It wasn’t the same as being together in person, but until we can do that safely, it’s all we got!
And we were thrilled to have some folks attending from Nebraska and far-flung parts of the planet — the technology now allows our world to be even smaller, and we plan to keep offering ways for people to join us from wherever they are even when we return to the Culver Hotel. Hope you can make time to join us for the next Virtual Salon this month and keep our connection going. We are here for you!
Monday, May 11th, 2020
Hollywood Salon…on Zoom!
Our Special Guest: CRYSTAL CARSON, Acting Coach
Ever wanted to work with LA’s TOP acting coach? Our special guest will be sharing her knowledge and her tried and true audition technique with YOU at our next Salon. You might even get to work with her live! (See below for details…)
Crystal Carson has been one of the top acting coaches in LA for 25 years, and is the creator of “The Actor’s Mind” visualization method, “ReActing by Heart” emotional connection exercise and “Auditioning by Heart” audition technique for film and television. She grew up in Nebraska and majored in theatre at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Not a stranger to the life of a working actress, she was a series regular for five years on GENERAL HOSPITAL, had recurring roles on JAG and DALLAS, and starred in films like WHO’S THAT GIRL with Madonna.
Crystal’s many clients in television, film, and stage learn from her the secrets to become masterful actors who book jobs. She began as a sought after teacher at the Margie Haber Studios for 12 years. Crystal now conducts workshops in Los Angeles, London, Dublin, Atlanta, Orlando, Omaha, NYC, and Vietnam.
ACTORS…Don’t miss this opportunity to meet and work with a top level coach! Crystal will be working scenes with a few lucky actors over our Zoom call!
DIRECTORS…Learn how to improve your game by watching Crystal’s actor communication.
Do YOU work with actors? Crystal will share her incredible insight into an actor’s process.
Crystal is one of very few elite acting coaches who has devoted her primary career to perfecting the coaching of professional actors. Her outstanding reputation is testimony to her unique ability to inspire others to rise to their potential. A sampling of her clients include: Jennifer Beals, David Boreanaz, Brian White, Rachel Nichols, Paula Abdul, Brenda Strong, Melissa Joan Hart, Catherine Bach, Ricardo Antonio Chavira, and she is recommended by Russell Crowe.
Check in with your worldwide NCC Family. Let’s have some fun together!
In almost 25 years of Salons, we’ve never missed a monthly gathering – and now in the global pandemic we need our group more than ever. Join us for the First Ever Virtual Hollywood Salon! – Todd
Monday, April 13th, 2020
Special Guest: NATE JOHNSON, Leadership and Mindset Coach
While embracing social distancing, we want to check in with you – hear how you are doing and what you need. Our guest is an NCCer and expert who will empower us through this crazy time. RSVP below for this month’s FREE Salon!
Nate Johnson is a coach, writer, speaker, and actor from Nebraska. As a professional he has guided his peers as a business development manager at Inc. Magazine, as the founder of a digital marketing company, and as a coach and counselor.
Nate has also combined travel with leading others. While living in New Zealand he became a whitewater rafting guide, and a cattle rancher in the Australian Outback. Having survived a boating accident in the Philippines, started several businesses, and confronted stage fright to take improv classes, he is no stranger to the emotional highs and lows of pushing yourself to experience your fullest potential. Nate has a lovingly no BS approach to helping his clients wake up to what’s really possible in their lives and then making that a reality.
To attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will send you the link to register. This month’s Salon is FREE, but we need your RSVP to get you the info and to be sure we have the right-sized Zoom room!
Give us an update on YOU and check in with your NCC Family.
We’re all in this together, so let’s help each other make the best of it!
Monday, March 9th, 2020
BLAISE HOSSAIN – Visual Effects Artist
Has an image ever told you an entire story, making you feel excited or thrilled because you just can’t wait to see it played out? You’re invited to next Monday’s Salon to meet the VFX artist responsible for creating those images for film and more!
Blaise Hossain is an award winning motion designer and visual effects artist based in Los Angeles who creates content for feature film, television, streaming and live event projects under his brand Saffron Ember. Originally coming from a small town in Connecticut, Blaise moved to Los Angeles over 20 years ago to study film production at the Univ. of Southern California.
After graduating he began his career working as a motion designer at a number of trailer companies producing logo reveals and visual effects for trailers and tv spots on national and international campaigns for theatrical movie releases. At times he has art directed small teams of artists on a trailer campaign and independently creates original work for both live action and fully CG projects.
In addition to working on studio films, Blaise visual effects supervised the indie Sci-Fi drama AFTER WE LEAVE, creating various UI sequences, animated matte paintings and other world building VFX for the film which won Best Film at Sci Fi London 2019. See the trailer and stream by following the link above! Currently, Blaise is freelancing at a number of motion design studios collaborating on a number of main title sequences and show opens for film and streaming content.
Come ask your questions and
learn from the incredibly talented artist, Blaise Hossain!
Monday, February 10th, 2020
JIM HANNA, TV, Film, & Commercial Actor You may recognize this long-time NCCer who has graced the silver and small screen with hundreds of credits to his name. Hollywood hasn’t fazed this great guy, who isready to share his experience as a REAL working actor in Los Angeles with YOU. Jim Hanna was born and raised in Lincoln and graduated from UNL in 1991. After, he moved to LA to get an MFA at USC and has been here ever since. After years of the “starving actor” routine, he began working and has carved out a steady career in TV, film, and commercials.
He’s appeared in 100+ commercials and has dozens of film and TV credits, including roles in FRIENDS, WILL & GRACE, THE X-FILES, WAR OF THE WORLDS, RAY DONOVAN, PARKS AND REC, MOM, BATTLE OF THE SEXES, JANE THE VIRGIN and LA’S FINEST. Most recently he has appeared in ABC’s STATION 19 HBO’s upcoming PERRY MASON, and the Nebraska-set ABC comedy BLESS THIS MESS where he plays…a New Yorker visiting Nebraska.
He’s also appeared often in LA’s small theaterswith award winning roles in OTHELLO and EQUUS, among others. He’s a regular contributor to The Hollywood Fringe Festival as an actor, writer, and producer. His most recent effort, THE MAYOR’S DEBATE OF TRANQUILITY, NEBRASKA, was nominated for 7 awards including Best Comedy, and won the Theatre Unleashed Award for Top Ensemble Production. Even after nearly 29 years in LA, his Nebraska upbringing continues to influence his life and work.
Be sure to catch some of our talented NCCers in their upcoming shows on stage!
You’ll want to get a group together to see these highly anticipated shows…
EARTHQUAKES IN LONDON
Come see veteran actress Mari Weiss on stage! In a story that careens through decades, three sisters—a politician, a first-time pregnant mother and a uni drop-out— struggle to find any sliver of hope amidst a crush of familial fractures, societal disconnect and corporate greed. Pay what you can night is THIS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7, $20 minimum.
To find out more information about the production and for additional dates check out the Venice-based Rogue Machine Theatre here.
A BODY OF WATER
Starring TREVA TEGTMEIER
The Actors Co-Op, Hollywood, February 7 – March 15, 2020
Mark your calendars to see actress Treva Tegtmeier in her latest stage production! From Tony/Pulitzer-nominated playwright Lee Blessing comes the story of three people searching for lifelong answers to fundamental questions about our purpose, our past and our future. For tickets and more information on show dates, find the Actors Co-Op website here.
See you at the theatre!