The film and television division of the Reno-Sparks
Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA) will present a workshop at the
Reno-Sparks Convention Center on Thursday, December 12, at 4:30 p.m., for local
individuals who would like to work as actors and extras in future film, television
and advertising productions once SB165, Nevada’s new film and television
production incentive, takes effect on January 1, 2014. The free event will take
place in room D4 and will feature representatives from the Screen Actors Guild-American
Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Directors Guild of America,
Integrity Casting, and Take 2 Performers Studio as well as one of America’s best-loved
actors: Jerry Mathers, of “Leave it to Beaver” fame.
According to Christopher Baum, president and CEO of the
RSCVA, “This is NOT a casting call for specific projects; it is an educational
session to help actors - and prospective actors - achieve a realistic
understanding of what is really involved in launching a career in front of the
camera in future film and television productions in Nevada. It will also
provide a helpful primer on how to avoid the “casting director” scams that
often pop up when unscrupulous individuals learn that Hollywood is coming to
Featured panelists for the December 12 event, which will be
moderated by the RSCVA’s Baum, include:
Professional actor Jerry Mathers, who rose to stardom as
Beaver Cleaver in the iconic TV series “Leave it to Beaver,” starred in 234
episodes of the hit show, which is still airing throughout the U.S. more than
50 years after the final episode wrapped. Mathers will discuss career options
for up-and-coming talent who want to get involved in the entertainment
industry, and will offer advice on pursuing acting in a competitive marketplace.
Toni Suttie, who heads Reno-based Integrity Casting, is a
licensed casting director and has worked in the entertainment industry since
1977. She specializes in placement, workshops and instruction for actors.
Justine Reyes, a former model and actor, operates Take 2
Performers Studio, which trains and develops actors for careers in film and
Barbara Grant has been involved in theater since her youth and
has been a member of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television
and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) since 2000.
Reno-based Directors Guild of America (DGA) member Jerry Dugan
of FLF Films is an award-winning director experienced in commercials, music
videos, documentaries, television and film.
Jeff Spilman of Bottom Line Entertainment is a Michigan-based
film and television producer who also acts as film liaison for Reno Tahoe
Anyone who is interested in northern Nevada’s film and
television industry is invited to attend this free, informational presentation.
Please note that this is not a casting call; headshots and resumes will NOT be solicited