Monday, June 8th, 2020
Hollywood Salon…on Zoom!
Our Special Guest: TODD NELSON – Producer, Director
Braska Films Monday’s Salon on Zoom marks 25 years of monthly Hollywood Salons – a total of 300 in a row! What has kept them going? You! Join us as we gather to celebrate the Hollywood Salon’s 25th Birthday and hear from a special FIRST TIME guest who finally agreed to sit in the chair on this occasion – the NCC founder himself!
* If you’d like to share a toast at Monday’s Salon, find instructions HERE , and see how to send a video if you can’t make the Zoom live. Bring your drinks!*
To attend the Salon, please RSVP via the link below. You’ll get the Zoom meeting info after you RSVP. You will have an option to make a donation, which helps us keep bringing the Salons to you.
Check in with your worldwide NCC Family. Let’s have some fun together!
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!
Monday, January 13, 2020
Our Annual Three Minute Film Fest: SalonFest 2020!
Happy New Year from the NCC! A whole new decade is here and it’s time to show us what YOU got…
Returning once again is SALONFEST: THE THREE MINUTE FILM FESTIVAL, our ever-popular NCC mini-film festival! This is where we will show three minutes of anything you want to showcase – up on the Big Screen!
There’s a ton of talented folks in the NCC, and many of you have created some amazing work in the past year. This is our chance to see a bit of what you’ve been up to.
Cue up your latest short, reel, or anything you helped to create, and we’ll show three minutes of it at the January Salon. You’ll get a minute to tell us about it, before or after. (Got something longer? Barter with others to share your time…) For format, we can screen from DVDs, thumbdrives or internet streams.
It will be an eclectic and fast-paced evening…no telling what surprises we will be seeing. Webisodes. New acting reels. Docs. Kickstarter promos. All kinds of YOUR latest masterpieces. Whatever you want to share with the group — this is your chance to show off.
If you know what you’ll be sharing, give us a heads up on our Facebook page — then we can update everyone here what to expect in the next email blast. Or just show up Monday and surprise us.
Come to share or come to see what your friends have been creating. It’s a great way to get to know all the talent in this group, develop collaborations, and to participate by showing us what you got in a safe and friendly environment. SalonFest is always one of the most fun Salons of the year.
HERE THEY ARE! Photos from the Holiday Salon can be found by following the links. View and download until January 14th. Check them out, organized by photographer so can give em a shoutout! JD Mata – Shaun Cleeton – Tim Woodward
Happy New Year!
See you Monday, January 13th 2020!
Monday, December 9th, 2019
Hollywood Salon Holiday Party
Celebrating the Creative Artists of the NCC
It’s time to make merry with your Nebraska Coast Connection Family! This month only we’re traveling away from the Culver – over the hill and through the woods to celebrate the holidays with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at the charming restaurant, Sloane’s Valley Village. Santa will be there with gifts for all attendees!
Our special guest this month? YOU. We are celebrating you and the connections you’ve created with your Home Sweet Home in Hollywood. Come and have a holiday toast all your NCC friends on Monday, December 9th. RSVP below!
The Nebraska Coast Connection has been going strong for over 27 years – but what that truly means is that you have been coming on out month after month to connect with like-minded trailblazers in order to grow and thrive as artists in Los Angeles. Whether you hail from Holdrege or Houston, we welcome you and your path to the Hollywood Salon. This Holiday Season we honor where we come from and celebrate where we are headed together in 2020!
You are cordially invited to the
27th Annual Holiday Salon!
Nebraska Coast Connection presents The Hollywood Salon…
Where Glamorous Nebraska Meets Down-Home Hollywood.
Monday, November 11th, 2019
Hollywood Salon: See into the Future
TED SCHILOWITZ, Paramount Futurist in Residence
3-D, 4K – Do you ever wonder what’s NEXT in the future of film and TV? That is not only our November guest’s job, but he leads the way in the ever-emerging cinema technology. Come with your questions, for he can see into the magic crystal ball!
Ted Schilowitz is Futurist in Residence at Paramount Studios where he is an expert on emerging technologies, focusing on virtual reality and augmented reality. He determines how entertainment can leverage these latest technologies to shape the next generation of film entertainment. Previously, Ted worked as a consulting futurist at 20th Century Fox where he combined art and science to create the film experience of the future.
Notably, he has been an essential contributor to emerging technology, altering the direction of cinema. As a founding member of RED Digital Cinema he developed the RED Camera which shifted the industry standard to a high-resolution technology. He also developed G-Tech, advanced hard drive storage used by professionals. Previously, he launched the Macintosh desktop video division of the AJA Video Systems.
While working with Barco Escape, he developed an immersive theater experience which added right and left screens to movie theaters. Barco Escape projects include STAR TREK BEYOND, THE MAZE RUNNER, and THE SCORCH TRIALS.
You’re invited to see into the future with Ted Schilowitz on November 11th! We look forward to seeing you – in the future!
Monday, October 14th, 2019
Hollywood Salon: Art and Activism
ERICA LARSEN-DOCKRAY, Animator, Calibraska Arts Founder, Director, & Teaching Artist
MARY-LYN CHAMBERS, Award-Winning Director, TIJUANA
Get FIRED UP! Our fall season continues with TWO October guests. Both are challenging the gender-specific status quo in the film industry, blazing the trail and shaping the landscape of the future. Come Monday, October 14th with your burning questions!
Erica Larsen-Dockray is an Animation and Media Artist, Entrepreneur, Educator, and Activist. She is also adjunct faculty at her alma mater, CalArts, in the Film/Video School’s Experimental Animation program. Erica’s class,THE ANIMATED WOMAN, was featured in the Los Angeles & New York Times.
In 2013 she founded the CALIBRASKA ARTS INITIATIVE, a cross-cultural summer program bringing teaching artists from California to Nebraska. Erica also co-founded SCV ADVENTURE PLAY FOUNDATION with her husband Jeremiah, creating play spaces for children and adults.
Her art practice includes hybrid installations which have been showcased in cultural institutions including the Los Angeles Municipal Gallery and at the Art Festival Kesenian Indonesia. In the fall of 2019, she is slated to create an installation at The New Children’s Museum in San Diego, CA.
Mary-Lyn Chambers was born in Fiji, raised in New Zealand, and is known for creating narratives about inequality in Spanish and English. She is a Fellow in the Sony Diverse Directors Program and Film Independent’s Project Involve. She is currently in the Alliance of Women Directors Career Advancement Program.
TIJUANA, her award-winning 1920’s film screened at Slamdance, Bentonville, Hollyshorts and is an IMAGEN AWARD nominee. THE PLURAL OF BLOOD won BEST TV PILOT at Downtown LA Festival and released on Amazon. DEBRIS ESCOMBROS, exploring child refugees in US Immigration Detention Centers screened during the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and won BEST SHORT from Manchester Film Festival and BEST FEMALE DIRECTOR from Hollyshorts.
Chambers is known for hiring women and minorities and is vocal about human rights and inclusion. She spent a decade working on the Spirit Awards and the LA Film Festival. Between 2010-2013, she worked in Qatar for the Doha Tribeca Film Festival.
Come and witness these change-makers in action. We look forward to seeing you on Monday, October 14th!
Monday, September 9th, 2019
Hollywood Salon Double-Header
JAMIE VESAY, Location Scout, Manager, and Producer &
DAVID RABINOWITZ, Oscar Award-Winning Screenwriter – BLACKKKLANSMAN
This month brings double the talented guests for your Salon pleasure. One is even FLYING IN special just for YOU. That’s TWO incredibly giving and talented September guests!
Jamie Vesay is a Location Scout, Manager, and Producer for commercial photographers, filmmakers, and advertising creatives. Beginning in Special Effects he took his Hollywood-honed skills to Nebraska where he shifted to working in production as a manager and producer, and then additionally as a location scout. He collaborated with Alexander Payne on DOWNSIZING in Omaha and was the lead Location Scout and Key Assistant Location Manager on NEBRASKA. He is making a special trip from NE to share his knowledge!
David Rabinowitz is an Oscar-winning screenwriter and co-producer of BLACKKKLANSMAN. He got his start working as a multimedia producer for the Wall Street Journal. Since, he’s worked as a freelance video editor, copywriter, and motion graphics artist. David is from East Brunswick, New Jersey, and a graduate of Quinnipiac University. David and his writing partner are currently penning an action-thriller called THATCHER ISLAND forBerlanti Productions, which is an adaptation of the book ANIMAL by NY Times bestselling author Casey Sherman.
It’s going to be an action-packed double header at this month’s Salon. We look forward to seeing you on Monday, September 9th!