Speaking the Language of Hollywood 
How actors successfully communicate with agents and casting directors

Three Hours. Three Experts. Infinite Wisdom. 

An afternoon of Shattering Industry Myths and Empowering Actors with Current Inside Information, Innovative Resources and Psychological Fortification.
   Your Industry Expert Speakers: 

Emmy Nominated Actress & Author

Senior Agent, Metropolitan Talent Agency

Casting Director, General Hospital

  • Learn what Agents & Managers do and why.
  • Fully 
    understand the role of Casting Directors.
  • Discover how a working actor sustains a career in Hollywood.  
Spend three hours with Carolyn Hennesy, Sarabeth Schedeen and Gwen Hillier learning the ins and outs of the greatest, most challenging business in the world.
Now that you're in Hollywood with your headshots and resumes, how do you keep from psychologically "going under"?  
How do you maintain a positive, pro-active attitude in the face of such overwhelming odds?  
What can help you beat those odds?  How do you stay true to yourself and your goals while walking the minefield?  
A working actress, an "A" agent and a proven casting director share the tips, secrets, life lessons, psychology and the philosophies that have made them working successes for a combined 80+ years in the business  of "show."  
Learn how to stay sane, better your odds and still play nice.

Sunday, March 10 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
(Daylight Savings Time begins - Set your clocks ahead!)

7461 Beverly Blvd. Ste. 202
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Call: 323.302.9152

Carolyn Hennesy
Emmy Nominated Actress and Author

Most recently Carolyn Hennesy dazzled as the deliciously vicious "Rosalyn Harris" on Alan Ball's critically acclaimed HBO series TRUE BLOOD. Hennesy joined the cast for the fifth season of the sleek vampires-meet-world saga and fast became a fan favorite as the ageless vamp with a Texas twang, tossing one-liners like firecrackers and occasionally enjoying a juicy stake.
Prior to TRUE BLOOD, Hennesy was best known for her memorable work as "Barbara Coman" on ABC's COUGAR TOWN and for an Emmy nominated run as "Diane Miller" on ABC's GENERAL HOSPITAL. Kids across America also know her as the hilariously haughty Mrs. Chesterfield on Disney Channel's JESSIE. On the big screen, Hennesy's credits include CLICK starring Adam Sandler, LEGALLY BLONDE 2 with Reese Witherspoon, and TERMINATOR 3 starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Hennesy received her training at the esteemed American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Her razor sharp comedic timing was honed as a member of The Groundling's Sunday Company and in ACME Theatre's main company. Hennesy has appeared in over a hundred productions worldwide. Among other accolades, the LA Drama Critics Circle has distinguished her with the Natalie Schafer Award and the LA Stage Alliance has honored her with an Ovation Award.
Hennesy's creative endeavors also include a successful career as a writer. She created the wildly popular "Pandora" (Bloomsbury USA) children's book series as well as penned the New York Times Bestseller "The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli" (Hyperion).
When not on set, Hennesy is privileged to lend her time and talent to a number of causes including caring for our wounded warriors, animal rescue, and fitness for kids. She lives in her native Los Angeles with husband, actor Donald Agnelli, two groovy dogs and two cool cats. 

Agent, Producer & Entrepeneur

Sara has spent the last 28 years working in senior and managerial
positions as a talent representative. Leaving college to become a
performer she moved to NYC. Beginning in 1980, to support herself
Sara managed restaurants, ran fashion show rooms and found herself handling accountancy responsibilities for a chain of successful Manhattan restaurants. But working behind the desk at an advertising agency and a talent agency cemented her interest in the other side of the curtain.

Heading west, she spent a dozen years as a Senior Talent agent MOB (at what would become Metropolitan Talent Agency.) Starting as receptionist, she eventually oversaw the actors division as well as a separate comedy and personal appearance department. She took a break from agenting and ran her own management company for another dozen years. Returning to Metropolitan 5 years ago. Sara also has a keen interest in theatre and in the most recent union upheavals, she kept busy producing theatre. With the multi award winning musical "Louis and Keely Live at the Sahara" that ran in 3 theatres around LA in 2008 and 2009, ending its run with 8 sold out months at the Geffen Theatre in Westwood. she produced the musical tribute to John Lennon "Just Imagine." With rave reviews it ran for 3 sold out months at the No Ho Arts Center.

She sits on the board of "TRAIN'EM UP ACADEMY." A nonprofit created by her longtime client, actor, Bobby Hosea. A football tackle training system committed to changing the culture of youth football and preventing the destructive deaths, illness and injuries incurred in old fashioned tackle

Gwen Hillier
Casting Director 

Gwen Hillier has been associated with ABC's award winning "General Hospital" for the past 22 years and was Associate Casting Director for "General Hospital/Night Shift", (2007 and 2008) the first original series for the SoapNet channel. 
She was also the Associate CD for the "GH" spin-off, "Port Charles" for its entire six year run. (1997-2003). Her responsibilities include casting the adult actors as well as children and babies, studio teachers and nurses, animals, stunt performers, choreographers, language coaches and translators, and various other specialty skilled performers. 
She started her casting career with theater, television, and independent film and is also known for her work as a director and choreographer. Before Gwen went into casting she had a long career in front of the footlights. 
She has appeared on Broadway and toured the country in such shows as "HELLO DOLLY", "IRENE", "PIPPIN", "MACK AND MABEL", "EVITA", "42ND STREET","MY FAIR LADY","HELLZAPOPPIN"," SUGAR BABIES" working with everyone from Gower Champion to Bob Fosse. Her television and film credits range from "The Patty Duke Show"(!!) to "Pennies From Heaven" with Steve Martin. 
She has directed and choreographed for theater (Sacramento Music Circus, The Desert Inn/Las Vegas, Papermill Playhouse, New Jersey) and for commercials, television and film. Her directing credits include the critically acclaimed "BLITHE SPIRIT" at the Old Globe Playhouse in West Hollywood, "THE TAMING OF THE SHREW" for the Shakespeare at Play Company, "CYRANO" the New American Musical at the El Portal Theater. 
She has had the opportunity to work with and choreograph for such stars as Ethel Merman, Phyllis Diller, Rex Harrison, Mickey Rooney, Ann Miller, Juliet Prowse, Jerry Lewis, Constance Towers and Tommy Tune to name a few!
Actors Comedy Studio
7461 Beverly Blvd. Ste. 202
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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