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Monday, May 13th, 2019
Hollywood Salon
Our Special Guest: ALEXIS DVORAK, 2nd Assistant Director, Directors Guild of America

Our May 13th guest has an incredible opportunity to share with the NCC! Alexis Dvorak is a 2nd Assistant Director and member of the Director’s Guild of America – and she is looking for Production Assistants to add to her roster. As a Nebraskan, she is looking forward to receiving the resumes of hard-working individuals like YOU that she can call on for projects RIGHT NOW! Bring your resume and come meet her at our next Salon!

Alexis was raised in Laurel, NE, a small farming community in the Northeast corner of the state. She attended Laurel-Concord Public High School and graduated Wayne State College in 2008 with a degree in Broadcasting and Advertising, and again in 2011 with a Master in Business Administration.

Upon graduation, she worked for the Norfolk Daily News as their first Staff Videographer and Graphic Artist. In 2012 she was hired as a Costume Production Assistant on set of NEBRASKA under designer Wendy Chuck.

In January of 2014, she left her Nebraska roots and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film/television. She was a production assistant on shows such as GLEE, FURIOUS 7, BABY DADDY, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, and HART OF DIXIE.

She was accepted into the highly competitive Directors Guild-Producer Assistant Director Training Program (ADTP) 2015 class, and over two years, was under the ADTP’s tutelage on shows such as AMERICAN CRIME STORY, BONES, BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, KINGDOM, and SUPERSTORE.

In December of 2017, she graduated from the ADTP and became a member of the Directors Guild of America as a 2nd Assistant Director. Since then she has worked on a variety of shows such as 9-1-1, CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND, KIDDING, DIRTY JOHN, STRANGE ANGEL, SAVING ALEX, and currently, TACOMA F.D. on TruTV.

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet a working AD with a burgeoning career. Find out all about the DGA Assistant Director’s Training from someone who’s been through it. You may even land a position as a PA…at the Salon on Monday, May 13th. See you there! 

Holiday Party: Dec 9, 2013

Save the Date: DECEMBER 9th! That’s our annual NCC Salon Holiday Bash. And it’s going to be the best party ever. Live Music and…special surprise guests…Santa…great food & drinks…awesome raffle prizes. 8pm in the mezzanine at the Culver Hotel. See you there!

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Help: How to automatically print the next salon date.

The NCC website contains special code that will automatically calculate and print out the date of the next salon. For example, you can write a post with the sentence, “Join us at the next Hollywood Salon, [ncc_next_salon_date]!” and the date will always be current and correct, without the need to ever update your post.

How to do this:

  1. In your post, where you wish the date to appear, type:
    [ncc_echo_code][ncc_next_salon_date][/ncc_echo_code]

Requires: [ncc_echo_code]NCC Shortcodes[/ncc_echo_code] plugin.

Important: If you want to refer to a specific salon date, say Monday, December 13, 2010, then do not use this code. Type out the specific date instead. Using this code always updates each month to show the next salon date.

Notes: If the date does not appear, go to the plugin section of the Admin Page and check that the [ncc_echo_code]NCC Shortcodes[/ncc_echo_code] plugin is installed and active. If the words “the second Monday of every month” appear instead of the date, this indicates an error occurred inside the plugin. In that case, contact the site developer or webmaster with a detailed explanation of the error.

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(photo) Producer Darryl Zanuck at work.

The Hollywood Salon

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Everybody knows about the legends of the entertainment world who got their start in Nebraska… Johnny Carson, Marlon Brando, Fred Astaire, Darryl Zanuck. In an industry where it’s all about who you know, it’s not a bad idea to stick together. The Nebraska Coast Connection is an alliance of people who share a common spirit and a link to the Midwest. You can be part of us if you actually come from the state, or if you come from a Nebraska state of mind. Either way, we’re kind of a Nebraska Mafia. We take care of our own.

In 1992, Producer/Director Todd Nelson started the NCC with about thirty fellow Nebraskans to be both a network for entertainment professionals and a bridge between home and Hollywood. The idea was fostered by Todd’s frequent trips home. He often visited late UN-L theatre professor Dr. Bill Morgan, who connected him with former students who were pursuing careers in the arts. With support from the University of Nebraska Foundation, the first NCC cocktail event in Bel Air drew 200 people, and the Nebraska Coast Connection was up and running.
(photo) Producer Darryl Zanuck at work.Since then, they have hosted barbeques, play nights, Halloween parties, Christmas caroling and comedy nights. They’ve produced radio commercials, a few short films and two extensive websites.

But the centerpiece of the group since 1995 has been the regular monthly gatherings called The Hollywood Salon. Not to be confused with the place you get your hair done, the idea of an artist’s salon has a rich history. From ancient times, writers and painters and poets and politicians have met in salon settings to share their art and discuss events of the day. In Athens, Paris and New York, Salons were important ways for ideas to germinate, artists to be discovered and valuable relationships to blossom. The Hollywood Salon continues that tradition with a slant toward careers in showbiz.

(photo) Actor Crystal Carson with screenwriter Lew Hunter.More than 2,000 Nebraskans have found their way into the Coast Connection. About sixty of them attend each monthly salon. Writers, actors, directors, producers, musicians, execs, PAs and more than a few waiters take part. New comers and wanna-be’s are most welcome. It’s here, with the support of friendly folks from back home, where dream-sharing is encouraged. Over the years, hundreds of newly arrived Nebraskans have found jobs, apartments, friends, collaborators, even spouses through The Hollywood Salon. It’s a casual, after-work gathering place for a drink and a bite to eat. It’s a place to reunite with old friends and get to know new ones. It’s an exciting resource and networking opportunity. Special guests like Director Alexander Payne , Screenwriter Lew Hunter, Actress Harley Jane Kozak and other prominent Nebraskans in Hollywood often drop in to share their secrets of success.

Join us. Be a part of the proud tradition of people from the heart of the country who have made their mark in Hollywood.

We’re here to help you follow your dreams.

Join us at the next Hollywood Salon, [ncc_next_salon_date].

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Bob Wiltfong

Bob Wiltfong, comedian, actor, “World’s best spokesperson in the world.”

He’s probably starring on a commercial on your tv right now. (If not, just wait a minute or two). And he’ll be starring at our Salon on Monday…

You’ll likely recognize our June Salon guest from his Nationwide Insurance commercials, where he’s known as the “World’s Best Spokesperson in the World.”

Bob Wiltfong started his comedy career in his hometown of Omaha, at Creighton Prep, doing skits for pep rallies.  Continue reading

Holt McCallany in the role of boxer Patrick “Lights” Leary

Holt McCallany stars in FX’s Lights Out

Creighton Prep grad and Nebraska native Holt McCallany stars in a new boxing drama Lights Out, which premiers on the FX Network Tuesday night, January 9, 2011, co-staring Stacy Keach.

From the Omaha World-Hearald, January 8, 2011, By Bob Fischbach.

Lights Out is the story of a struggling former heavyweight champion tempted to return to the ring to support his wife and daughters, a part McCallany says he was born to play–as a kid in Omaha McCallany took up boxing with his younger brother, now-deceased Golden Gloves champ Michael McAloney and as the son of show biz parents McCallany was drawn to acting at an early age.

Among his inspirations: “Alexander Payne was a year ahead of me at Prep,” McCallany said of the Oscar-winning director-screenwriter. “He was an honors student, considered brilliant. I was considered a juvenile delinquent who would amount to nothing.”

McCallany is the son of legendary actress and cabaret singer Julie Wilson, an Omaha native, and the late Broadway actor and Tony-winning producer Michael McAloney (“Borstal Boy”).

Holt McCallany on IMDB

Chris Klein & Holiday Bash

Monday, December 14th, 2009

A Red Hot Deal on the Red Hot Party of the Year. Santa just heard that you’re not signed up yet for the NCC Holiday Party on Dec 14th. How would $10 bucks off the price of admission suit you?  It’s a SPECIAL DISCOUNT, but you have to act fast. A limited number of tickets are now only $15,
until Dec 12th.  (And yes, volunteers still get $5 off for helping, so you can actually attend for just $10!).  When they’re gone, they’re gone, so don’t wait. These SPECIAL DISCOUNT TICKETS were provided by one of our Champions, so no one will have to miss this great party.  The discount tickets are designed to help those in our group who might be a little stretched this holiday season.  Unemployed actors and under-appreciated writers deserve a great party, too!  If you can buy your ticket at the regular price of $25, it will help those who wouldn’t make it otherwise.  And to show our gratitude, all $25 tickets come with not just one but TEN raffle tickets, so you are practically guaranteed to win one of our fabulous prizes.

Ticket Prices: SPECIAL Discount – $15.00; Regular Price – (w/10 raffle tickets) $25.00;  SPECIAL Volunteer $10.00.

Hollywood Salon Holiday Bash Culver Hotel on the evening of Monday, December 14th.  Details at nebraskacoast.com. Our elves have been working overtime to make this an amazing night: Gourmet food & special drinks from the Culver Hotel. A LIVE concert by the sensational new band Jen & Abby The best raffle prizes of the year (signed poster from Alexander Payne Husker football collectibles, Omaha Steaks, Big Red shirts & caps & more…) THE NEBRASKA MARKETPLACE, with stuff for sale from our talented musicians, authors & artists:  CDs, books, DVDs, jewelry, coupons for massages or coaching — get all your Christmas shopping done at the party, and help your fellow NCCers in the process!  (Do you have stuff or services you want to sell at the Marketplace? Email claudiacox@msn.com for details. Can you pitch in?  We’ll knock $5 off your admission if you can.  To volunteer to help at the check-in desk or for any other questions email Misa: misamdoi@gmail.com. Invite your friends! This is your party, so come and celebrate with the gang at the Coast Connection…we can’t have a party without you!

…NEWSFLASH…NEWSFLASH…NEWSFLASH…CHRIS KLEIN (Election, American Pie) will be our special guest at the Nebraska Coast Connection Holiday Bash on Monday, Dec 14th. Chris is an Omaha-to-Hollywood success story.  Discovered as a high school student in the halls of Millard West by Director Alexander Payne in 1998, Chris Klein became an overnight sensation in Payne’s movie Election.  He then starred in American Pie (1 & 2), Rollerball, Just Friends, The Long Weekend, The United States of Leland and many more film and tv roles.This will be Chris Klein’s first appearance at a Hollywood Salon.  Don’t miss the chance to celebrate the season with one of Nebraska’s biggest stars. The party starts at 8pm on Monday, Dec
14th at the Culver Hotel in Culver City, California.  Details on our website at www.nebraskacoast.com. Our special $15 discounted tickets are going fast…get yours now here via PayPal or on the NCC website. After Dec 12th, all tickets will be $25.

Tonight’s the night…Chris Klein, Santa and other VIP guests, plus all your NCC friends at the Hollywood Salon Holiday Bash at the Culver Hotel in Culver City. Jam out! The awesome new band — Jen & Abby — will be playing a live concert. Stuff your stockings!  Nebraska Marketplace will offer sales of CDs, books and wearables made or contributed by NCCers. Party Hearty! Gourmet food and drink by the Culver.  Lights and decking of the halls by Kevin McMahon; the Cypress House production team. Win great prizes! Huge raffle of collectibles, autographed items, Husker-abilia, Omaha Steaks, music, books, and more. It all starts at 8pm Tonight, Monday Dec 14th at the Culver Hotel. Get your tickets on the website with PayPal.  Or email us if you plan to pay at the door so we can give the hotel an accurate count.  Hope to see you there!

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John Weller

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Come meet first-time Salon guest John Weller from Sony Pictures. John is the Senior Manager of Creative for Imageworks Interactive, a full service digital marketing agency within Sony Pictures Entertainment. His group provides creative campaign design and development for a diverse  roster of clients, including theatrical, home entertainment and television brands across Sony Pictures Entertainment. John’s latest campaigns include Casino Royale, Spider-Man 3, 2012, Zombieland and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. A native of St. Louis, MO, John graduated from UCLA’s prestigious Producers Program. He’s also worked for LA Opera. (And most importantly, he married a Nebraskan!) Come meet a major studio-insider who knows how to package and market in Hollywood. A new batch of the coolest Nebraska raffle prizes. Great food & drinks. Gorgeous new NCC T-Shirts for sale. Plus all the Hollywood Husker schmoozing you can handle. See you Monday, November 9th at the Hollywood Salon in Culver City! DETAILS, DIRECTIONS, RSVP INFO and more: www.nebraskacoast.com

THE 2009 NCC SALON HOLIDAY BASH IS DEC 14th!! Save the date: Monday, Dec 14th! That’s our annual NCC Salon Holiday Bash. And it’s going to be the best holiday party we’ve ever had. Music by the amazing ABBY & JEN…special surprise guests…Santa…great food & drinks…awesome raffle prizes. 8pm in the mezzanine at the Culver Hotel. We need volunteers for set-up, sign-ins, etc…let us know if you can help out. More details soon. DID YOU KNOW THE NCC IS NOW ON FACEBOOK?!!? Check it out and become a ‘Fan’ here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nebraska-Coast-Connection/61348913197. Nebraska Coast Connection presents The Hollywood Salon – in our new home – at The Culver Hotel in Culver City… …Where Glamorous Nebraska Meets Down-Home Hollywood.

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Brad Colerick to release new album

Brad Colerick will preform songs from “When I’m Gone,” his 3rd, soon to be be released album, with Lincoln musician Steve Hanson at the Hollywood Salon, May 11, 2009 at the Culver Hotel. Also catch them at The Falcon, May 13, Hollywood, Luna Playhouse, May 15, Glendale, and at Living Tradition, May 16, Anaheim Downtown Community Center. Audio Link: Will You Be There, from the new album.

www.bradcolerick.com

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