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Payne-NelsonCommunity. Networking. That’s what we’re about in the Nebraska Coast Connection. A bridge to each other in all areas of The Biz, and a link to those back home. An alliance of dreamers making their dreams come true.

Who are we? We’re pioneers. We’re the ones drawn to the bright lights of Hollywood from places in the heart of the country where most people talk more about the weather than about key grips and gross point multi-picture deals. We’re Hollywood professionals–actors, filmmakers, writers, artists–people who have something to do with the making of entertainment and communication and art. Or people who wannabe people like that. Or people who want to hang out with people like that.

A lot of us grew up there or went to school there, but no, to join us you don’t Mooten-Bokencamphave to be from Nebraska.

Our ties come less from a geographic boundary than a Nebraska State of Mind: good-hearted, straight-forward, humble hard-working folks who understand that although sometimes you have to walk through the bullshit, you don’t have to be the back end of the cow.

People connecting and working and dreaming together. Pioneering a new way–a Nebraska style–of making Hollywood a little more neighborly. A little more kind. A little more like home. Thanks to you all, we’re well on our way.

See you at the Salon.


Todd Nelson
Nebraska Coast Connection

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Become a Champion


The NCC and Hollywood Salon are run entirely by volunteers . And the people who contribute–either with time or financial support–are the backbone of our group. We can’t do what we do without them. They are our “Champions.”

You can become an NCC Champion too. Choose the level of annual support that suits you, starting with the basic contribution of just $75/year.

All Champions will have access to our upcoming exclusive NCC online Champion Directory (a Facebook for Champions). This is a great way to promote yourself to all the folks in the Nebraska Coast.  Watch for this cool feature in the early part of 2014. The annual Champion year runs January 1 through December 31 each year.

Champion Levels     Paypal-Buy-Now-Button-Transparent


  • access & listing in online exclusive Facebook Champion Directory

  • 2 free web billboard ads/year

  • an extra raffle ticket at each Salon

STAR ($150+)

  • all Executive perks

  • 5 free web billboard ads/year

  • free Salon admission all year

  • NCC t-shirt

LEGEND ($500+)

  • all Star perks

  • personal website biz card

  • dinner w/NCC Founders

CREW (work exchange)

  • 2 hours of service for each Salon worked (let us know how you'd like to volunteer: Salon set-up, web help, party-planning, etc) 12 hours equal up to Executive Status!

Champions Directory coming soon.

What is Nebraska Coast?

DSC_7852Everybody 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.

Untitled-2Since 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.

8-2013More 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, P.A.s and more than a few Waiters take part. “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 and apartments, friends, collaborators, even spouses through the NCC Hollywood Salons. 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 Marg Helgenberger 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. Follow @hollywoodsalon, like us on facebook, join the mailing list, or email and join us at the next Hollywood Salon