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Holiday Party Dec 10th with Special Guest, Marg Helgenberger!


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The NCC Hollywood Salon
Holiday Party 2012

It’s the Annual Nebraska Coast Connection Christmas Party…
Monday, December 10th at the Culver Hotel – 7pm
with our Special Guest:  Marg Helgenberger!PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS IN THE NEXT 3 DAYS

You heard it right.  The one and only Marg Helgenberger will be joining us at the Hollywood Salon Holiday Party 2012 on Monday, December 10th at the Culver Hotel.
An Emmy, a People’s Choice Award, a star on the Walk of Fame.  Twelve years on America’s #1 hit show, CSI.  But acclaimed actress Marg Helgenberger is just a small-town Nebraska girl at heart. And she’ll be celebrating with us in style at the Coast Connection on Monday, December 10th!
Fantastic food and drink in the sexy Mezzanine Lounge at the Culver. Live music. All your glamorous NCC friends in holiday spirits. Super raffle prizes, special guests, Santa, and much much more.
We all know there is no place like Nebraska, and there is no party like the Nebraska Coast Connection Holiday Party.

Tickets are required for our annual extravaganza. Buy yours in advance and save $10 over the day-of-party ticket prices.  Need more help?…ask about volunteering at the party in exchange for discounts on admission.  (And if Santa’s been good to you this year, we even have a way for you to donate a little extra to help our hard-working volunteers attend).

Tickets on sale now…
Eventbrite - NCC Hollywood Salon Holiday Party 2012

It’s holiday time at your Home Sweet Home in Hollywood…
See you there!


Monday, December 10th, 2012
from 7:00 PM11:30 PM

Monday’s Salon: Patrick Wilkins and HEARTLAND sneak preview

Monday, November 12th, 2012
Hollywood Salon
Our Special Guests:  
Co-Producer Patrick Wilkins, Director Erica Tremblay and Producer Bernard Parham with the special screening of a very moving documentary, HEARTLAND


Monday’s Salon will knock your socks off.  Literally.  Just like the tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri last year.  

Be prepared for an evening that will move you to tears and give you a strong dose of just what the power of film can really do.  We all know about tornadoes in the Midwest, and we all know the resilience of small town folks, but you ain’t seen nothing till you see this film.

At the November Salon, the NCC is proud to present the world-premiere sneak-preview of HEARTLAND, the Joplin Tornado Documentary, co-produced by our own Patrick Wilkins.

Regulars at our Salons know Patrick Wilkins as an actor. His face pops up often on commercials, for Google, Hyundai, Comcast, Bud Light, and the infamous Super Bowl M&Ms spots, among many more. (See his website here). 

Pat grew up in Lincoln, attended UNL and the National Shakespeare Conservatory in NYC before landing in LA. He’s been making it as a successful actor here for 20 years.

But lately, Pat’s been wearing a different hat, trying his hand at Co-Producing a documentary. And it is in this capacity that he joins us at the November Salon, along with the film’s director, Erica Tremblay and producer, Bernard Parham. (Erica grew up near Joplin, but called Lincoln home for four years, and other Nebraskans worked on the film as well).  We are thrilled to host the sneak preview of their film, HEARTLAND, about the heart-warming aftermath of the tornado that nearly destroyed Joplin, Missouri in 2011.

HEARTLAND chronicles the efforts of one woman as she sets out to collect and return thousands of photos displaced by the tornado. In some cases, these photos represent all that is left from life before the storm. Using home movie footage, police dispatch, news broadcasts and footage shot within weeks after the storm, HEARTLAND tells a story of survival and nostalgia. The film’s website has a trailer, press and more.

HEARTLAND is a reminder to us all that we should never lose sight of what is truly important in life. You can build a new house, you can buy a new car, you can buy new clothes but you can’t get your memories back once they are gone. HEARTLAND will be premiering at the St. Louis Film Festival on Wednesday, but we’ll be seeing it at the Salon on Monday night!

Don’t miss the chance to see this remarkable and moving film, along with Pat and the other filmmakers. It’s going to be a Salon people will be talking about for years to come.

Hope to see you Monday, November 12th at the Culver.  

Come early, as the hour-long film will be starting right after the Show-and-Tell at 8:30 so we’ll have time for a Q&A afterward.
Nebraska Coast Connection presents The Hollywood Salon at The Culver Hotel in Culver City…Where Glamorous Nebraska Meets Down-Home Hollywood.


Monday is the October Salon with CBS Exec Producer JJ Jurgens & Promo Panel

Monday, October 8th, 2012
Hollywood Salon
Our Special Guest:
CBS-TV Exec Producer JJ Jurgens
plus an All-Star Panel of CBS Promo Producers/Editors


You want to get into television at the network level?  Want to learn how to market and write and edit trailers and promos?  Do voiceover? Your Home Sweet Home in Hollywood on October 8th will have just what you’re looking for…

JJOctober’s Hollywood Salon will bring together several old friends of the NCC. They actually all got their starts at CBS through the Salon…

Jami “J.J.” Jurgens came to Hollywood after being a basketball star at the University of Nebraska. Following a dream to pursue acting, she made her first stop the Nebraska Coast Connection. At the Salon, an opportunity at CBS came up, and a career was born.

After that first gig on promos for CBS’s BIG BROTHER, she worked her way up through post-production to write, produce and edit promos for many CBS shows, including NCIS:LA, THE AMAZING RACE, MEDIUM, THE YOUNG AND RESTLESS and PRICE IS RIGHT. J.J. is now the new Executive Producer of Daytime for CBS On-Air Promo.  She is also a voiceover actor (see her long list of credits at and host of AfterBuzz TV shows.

Whether you want to pursue voiceover, editing, or management in broadcasting, you won’t want to miss this Salon!  Joining JJ at the Salon on our panel of CBS Promo people (yes, Nebraskans are taking over CBS!):

Jamie Ball (Grand Island) has been making short films and music videos since 1997 and began using professional editing software in 2001. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelors degree in Cinema before moving to LA in 2008. She now works at CBS International Promo as a producer/editor assistant.
Cullen Wright (Kearney) has been writing and directing shorts, commercials, and music videos for the past 5 years.  He is a partner in Cypress House Productions.  For the past two summers on BIG BROTHER, he drove and managed  the 24 hour record system and pulled the clips for the writer/producers to edit their promos.
Todd Nelson (Holdrege) is our own NCC Founder.  His company, Braska Films, makes all the promos for CBS-TV International.  He’s been a Exec and Producer/Director working in Hollywood at networks and studios since 1984.

Hope to see you Monday, October 8th at the Culver!

Nebraska Coast Connection presents The Hollywood Salon at The Culver Hotel in Culver City…Where Glamorous Nebraska Meets Down-Home Hollywood.

September’s NCC Hollywood Salon – Actor-turned-Director Randy Crowder on Monday!

Monday, September 10th, 2012
Hollywood Salon
Our Special Guest:
Actor-turned-Director Randy Crowder


You going to the football game this weekend? Come hang out with your NCC friends and former NE football players at the awesome Tailgate party this weekend! Furthermore, learn how you can take a free acting class, as well as what spectacular guest we have for our Hollywood Salon this Monday! We’ve got a lot in store for you this September…

Randy CrowderRandy Crowder is a face you’ll recognize from his many roles in film and tv. Now he’s reinventing himself as a Director, and he’s bringing his latest success to the Salon in September.

INFINITY is a short film that Randy wrote and directed. He’s been in festival-mode this year, with appearances and awards at festivals in Manhattan, Memphis, Catalina, the Black Hills, Dallas and more.

Here’s some of the stellar reviews: “INFINITY…an ambitious, dark, evocative film. 

A definite must see.”A compelling film, beautifully done, which asks questions of the audience to which there are no simple answers.”

“Filmmaking at a very high level.”

Come meet Randy, as well as his cast and co-producers, Renee O’Connorand Jed Sura. We’ll show the film and in the Q&A you can ask them all about the secrets of making a successful short. Randy’s partner is Jeanette O’Connor — a top casting director and beloved Salon guest — she’ll be there, too!

Hope to see you on Monday, September 10th at the Culver!

HUSKER VS. UCLA Tailgate Party! – September 8th

HuskerMax™ will be hosting a tailgate the day of the UCLA game located 10 minutes from the south end of the stadium.

The tailgate start time is Noon Pacific Time and will end at 4 PM. Kickoff is 4:30 Pacific Time. Tickets are $55 and include the following:

  • California themed music played by former Beach Boy, Chris Farmer
  • Slow roasted pulled bbq pork served with bbq sauce and other great fixin’s
  • Two drink tickets for beer, wine, or soft drinks
  • And more!

Auditioning by Heart – The Crystal Carson Method



If you are still trying to decide whether or not to attend the full workshop, Crystal is giving an amazing offer of a FREE AUDIT on Sept 7th!! You will be able to improve your ability to make to auditioning fun, compelling and profoundly connected to your truth, which is what Auditioning by Heart is all about.

Get more info on Crystal’s website.

Email Crystal at

Nebraska Coast Connection presents The Hollywood Salon at The Culver Hotel in Culver City…Where Glamorous Nebraska Meets Down-Home Hollywood.

Tomorrow’s Salon: Actor Nick D’Agosto

Monday, August 13th, 2012
Hollywood Salon
Our Special Guest:


Are you ready for a hot summer Salon?  We’ve got a great one for you tomorrow night…

Last month we brought you the long-awaited return of Production Designer Sandy Veneziano. She brought along surprise guests Director Dan Petrie, Actress/Author Harley Jane Kozak and Propmaster Blanche Sindelar. You just never know who you’ll meet at the Salon…

And we also got the report on Todd Nelson‘s trip back to Kearney to celebrate Jon Bokenkamp‘s new World Theatre opening with Alexander Payne.

Now…about tomorrow’s August Salon…

Nick D’Agosto is one of the happening young male stars of movies and tv. But he’s also just a kid from Omaha. And he’ll be our guest at the August 13th Hollywood Salon.

Nick got his start on Alexander Payne’s “Election” back in 1999, and soon made the move to Hollywood and shows like “Boston Public,” “ER,” “House” and “The Office.” Film roles include “Rocket Science,” “Dirty Girl,” “Final Destination 5,” and the recent “From Prada to Nada.” He has also signed on to “Masters of Sex,” a new Showtime series coming next year.

Don’t miss this chance to come meet Nick and ask him about his secrets of taking Hollywood by storm. You can say you knew him “back when”…

Hope to see you tomorrow — that’s Monday, August 13th — at the Culver!

Nebraska Coast Connection presents The Hollywood Salon at The Culver Hotel in Culver City…Where Glamorous Nebraska Meets Down-Home Hollywood.

Tomorrow’s Salon: South Park Animator Ryan Quincy with his new IFC show

TOMORROW:  Monday, June 11th, 2012
Hollywood Salon
Our Special Guest:
now with his own new IFC show

He was the longtime Emmy-winning Director of Animation for SOUTH PARK.  Now he’s just got his own show on IFC. Come help celebrate the birth of a new Nebraska showrunner!

Ryan Quincy headed the animation team at SOUTH PARK from nearly the beginning of it’s run on Comedy Central.

Last time he visited the Salon in 2008, he had just won one of his Emmys for Best Animated Series, and he showed off some new characters he created based on growing up in Holdrege, NE. Now those very characters are going to star in their own show OUT THERE on the IFC Channel!

Come meet Ryan and hear his tales of how to get your personal show on a major cable network. He’s writing the scripts now, casting the voices, designing the merchandise — and you have the chance to ask him about the whole process.  

It is going to be a fun night, with a creative and funny small-town Nebraska guy who just happens to be doing what he loves in Hollywood with his creative funny talents.

ALSO on Monday…

Ryan Tweedy of Lincoln is making a documentary film, THROUGH THESE GATES, about husker fans and their community. Check it out at: Being a Cornhusker is bigger than football, its an identity and this film will explore what it means to be a Nebraskan and to be a Cornhusker. Ryan will be shooting the Salon on Monday and you’ll have the chance to be interviewed for his film!

It all happens TOMORROW NIGHT Monday, June 11th at the Culver!

Nebraska Coast Connection presents The Hollywood Salon at The Culver Hotel in Culver City…Where Glamorous Nebraska Meets Down-Home Hollywood.


Salon Monday: ICM Agent Michelle Scarbrough

Monday, May 14th, 2012
Hollywood Salon
Our Special Guest:

Are you one of those people who have always wondered about the inner workings of the big Hollywood Agencies? Even people who have agents think the whole profession is pretty mysterious. Come be enlightened with our guest this month…

Michelle Scarbrough was born and raised in Blair, Nebraska. While attending college in Florida, she booked her first band and put on her first concert. She realized the concert biz was her calling and she was on her way to becoming an agent.

Working her way up through band management and concert venue marketing, she made her way to LA and International Creative Management. She started at ICM as the 2nd assistant to the head of the Concerts Dept. Before long she was an agent herself and booking such diverse acts as Aretha Franklin, Beach Boys, Jay Leno, Alice in Chains, Kathy Griffin, Gym Class Heroes, Bob Saget, Jon Stewart and many more.

Michelle’s niche now is in discovering and booking bands and comedians for ICM. But she’s never left behind her roots in Nebraska, and she looks forward to sharing her story with you at the May Salon.

See you Monday night, May 14th at the Culver.

Salons are a great way to network, catch up with old friends and new ones, and have a taste of home in Hollywood.

Nebraska Coast Connection presents The Hollywood Salon at The Culver Hotel in Culver City… …Where Glamorous Nebraska Meets Down-Home Hollywood.

What are you bringing to show at tomorrow’s SALONFEST 2012?

Monday, January 9th, 2012
Hollywood Salon
It’s our Annual Three-Minute Mini Festival:  SALONFEST 2012!!

The first Salon of 2012! And it’s the one where YOU get to show us what you got…Yep, it’s the return of SALONFEST, our ever-popular NCC mini-film festival!  We will be showing three minutes of anything you want to showcase. Up on the Big Screen.Cue up your latest short, or your reel, or anything you helped to create on DVD, and you can share 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…)

It will be an eclectic and fast-paced evening…no telling what surprises we will be seeing.  Come show off. Come to see what your friends have been creating. Come see the latest Hollywood masterpiece-in-the-making. SALONFEST is always one of the most fun Salons of the year.
We’ll have the popcorn ready.

See you tomorrow night Monday, January 9th!