Mar 31, 2011

Big Brother Open Call

open casting call in Atlanta for the TV show "Big Brother".

There is no cost to audition. MUST BE at least 21 years of age.

Here are the open call details:

Saturday, April 9th 11am-3pm
Hard Rock Cafe
215 Peachtree St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

Eligibility requirements and applications are available at:


Mar 22, 2011


Immediate Action Requested

We urge all the members of the Georgia entertainment production community to contact their local elected State Representatives and Senators immediately by phone and urge their support for continuation of the Production Tax Credit program at its current level. It would be helpful if you call and relay your personal stories and impact of the entertainment industry on your particular business. It is particularly important for constituents of Majority Leader Larry O'Neal to contact him (district 146, Warner Robins area) and Representative Robert Channell, Joint Committee Chairman ( from district 116 , the Greensboro area). Please share this email with your local entertainment stakeholders and urge their participation.

Please also note the Governor's discussion in the news about this program in the link below.

Legislator’s phone numbers are available on the state’s website, to assist you in contacting your legislator

The calls should include but are not limited to the following points:

On behalf of ________ I urge your opposition to any legislation, which would sunset or reduce the state’s vibrant production tax credit program.

(Include personal stories here) My business____was created in ___ and expanded___ over the past ____. We have hired_____and expect to ___ If the production tax credit program continues. If the program is eliminated or reduced, the competition productions companies are cost minded and they will be forced to locate elsewhere and we will have to reconsider whether we will be able to make additional investment and job expansion in the state….))))

The film and television industry provides a critical stimulus for the Georgia economy. Tax Credits are an essential component to attract production jobs and permanent infrastructure.

ilm and television production locating to the state because of the film tax credit has added over $800M annually to the State Gross Product. It supports more than 11,000 full-time equivalent jobs. This number has increased five-fold since 2005.

In FY10, economic impact in Georgia from these productions conservatively amounted to more than $1.4 billion. In FY07, economic impact amounted to just over $240 million.

The Production tax credit program creates both production and non-production related jobs including marketing, construction, hotels and tourism.

A recent Georgia economic impact report* illustrated this industry’s significant contribution to the Georgia economy and the production tax credit program more than pays for itself. The report does not even quantify the additional benefits to the state in terms of tourism generated. Additionally, the promotional value of the Georgia logo in each Georgia production was never quantified in the study but this added value to the state would significantly increase any quantified return to the state. Since 2005 the film induced tourism spending has been conservatively estimated in excess of $400 million.

*Meyers Norris Penny Report for the MPAA February, 2011 “Economic Contributions of the Georgia Film and Television Industry”

Chez Group Workshop

Hi Agents,

The Chez Group is excited to announce that Shay Griffin will be teaching our next adult workshop (ages 16 and older), Saturday, April 16th from 9 AM to 6 PM.

Shay has a strong desire to keep our talent pool in the Southeast competitive. Because of her dedication to meeting this need, she is planning to teach a one-day workshop to share her experience and knowledge of the auditioning and acting process.

The morning session will be from 9 AM to 1 PM, followed by a one hour lunch break...the afternoon session will then be from 2 PM to 6 PM.

The location of the workshop is the Residence Inn by Marriott Buckhead/Lenox Park at 2220 Lake Blvd, NE, Atlanta, GA 30319.

The cost of the workshop is $155 for the day.

For complete details and to register, here is the direct link to the training page of the Chez Group website, .

If you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact me at We look forward to seeing your talent soon!

Mary Ann

The Chez Group
2221 Peachtree Rd NE
Suite D, Box 335
Atlanta, GA 30309
404-771-1361 (C)

Mar 14, 2011

VO Workshop

Mike Ray Studios will help bring out the best in you! Mike Ray is a working actor and voice-over artist who voices commercials nationally and internationally, for such companies as IBM, BMW, Victory Motorcycles, Nationwide Insurance, Publix Grocery Store, Infinity Insurance, The State of Maryland, Glory foods and many more. Mikes on screen credits span more than 20 years and include a 5 year stint in comedy clubs across the country. Learn what it takes to be successful in the voice-over industry at a reasonable price. Join Mike on Saturday, March 19th from 11:30-4pm, at his studio in Stone Mountain, GA. This fun, informative, and empowering workshop will teach you what you need to know about the voice-over industry.
If you think you have a great voice, if you’ve ever wanted to be the voice everyone hears on TV and radio commercials, or documentary and audio book narrations, this is your chance to move toward an exciting new adventure called voice-over. Don’t let anyone keep you away from obtaining your goals. Let Mike Ray give you the experience of a life time as he guides you through what it takes to make your dream a reality.
The workshop will cover many different types of voice-overs and what it takes to get started as a voice actor. You will be coached, evaluated, and have an opportunity to step inside the recording booth and record. Be ready to laugh, learn, and be inspired by comedian turned Actor and Voice Artist, Mike Ray.

We will explore the following:
-Voice-Over Techniques
-The All Important Demo
-Should You Join the Union?
-Home Recording Studios
-Different Types of Voice-Over Work
-Capturing Your Audience
-Analyzing a Script
-Methods for Effective Delivery
-Audition Etiquette
-Accents In Voice-Over
-Microphone Techniques
-Getting Ready For The Gig
And Much More...
Click this link to register, we will also except cash on the day of the workshop
Visit our website

When...March 19th 11:30am - 4pm
Where...Mike Ray Studios in Stone Mountain
Cost..... $75 payment options: VISA, AMEX, MC, Check,
Mike Ray Studios LLC
Email us at: for directions and more info.
Atlanta (678) 360-8845
Mike Ray Studio LLC
P.O. Box 871328 • Stone Mountain, GA 30087

Mar 7, 2011

Margie Haber is BACK!!!!

Learn from one of the TOP LA Coaches, she is coming to Atlanta!!!

Margie Haber, Hollywood's top acting & audition technique coach, is coming back to the Margie Haber Studio affiliate, YourAct, to share her knowledge!

Margie has coached A-list talent including: Brad Pitt, Halle Berry, Vince Vaughan, Mariska Hargitay, Lisa Rinna, Harry Hamlin, Rick Springfield, Kelly Preston, Heather Locklear, Micah Sloat (Paranormal Activity), Haaz Sleiman, (2008 Spirit Award Nominee for The Visitor), Colin Egglesfield (of the upcoming Kate Hudson film, Something Borrowed) and the list goes on and on...

Author of How To Get the Part Without Falling Apart, Margie Haber teaches actors to "Stop Acting and Start Living the Life of the Person!"

Margie will be giving her Audition Technique & Cold Reading Seminar for Teens in Atlanta on Wednesday, April 27th, and she will be teaching her 3-day Master Intensive for adults on April 29th - May 1st. All classes will be held at the YourAct studio.

For more information on Margie's upcoming workshops & seminars in Atlanta, and for instructions on how to enroll, please visit:

Best regards,

Margie Haber Studio
Winner 2009 & 2010 Backstage Readers' Choice Award
(310) 854-0870 phone
(310) 854-0462 fax

Chez Group Workshop

Back by Popular Demand...
(for more information go to
Shannon Eubanks!

Chez Studios is excited to announce that Shannon Eubanks will
be teaching her one-day Camera Techniques acting workshop for
adults (ages 16 and older) on Saturday, March 5th (SOLD OUT).
Due to an overwhelming response, a second date has just been added for
Shannon Eubanks' SOLD OUT on-camera workshop. The new date is Saturday, March 19th
from 9 AM to 6 PM. Please take the time to register now, as space is limited and
will again be filled on a first come, first served basis...!

Shannon's process has been developed through over thirty years of teaching in Los Angeles and in M.F.A. programs across the country, As explained by Shannon, her on-camera workshop agenda differs from others in that, rather than giving you a script, asking you to step out into the hallway to work up the scene, and then putting you on camera to be critiqued, Shannon's focus is on giving you the tools to actually work up the scene while you are out in the hallway.

In her own words, Shannon describes her workshop agenda as follows: I teach a proprietary process that is suitable for all levels from beginner to professional: a practical, step-by-step approach that carries the actor from first reading and analysis of the sides, through a unique prep process that allows the performer to merge with the material and have it manifest correctly for camera, the end point having the performer comfortable and ready for an audition. A) ECU - extreme close-up work. Prepping for shots that drastically limit physical movement, but demand complete emotional fluidity. B) Physical characterizations under audition limitations. How to immediately - as in before you even SPEAK - demonstrate a specific persona (arrogant jock, insecure businessman, feather-brained salesgirl, etc,) in a fine-tuned emotional state, when your agent's sending in the mandatory "head and shoulders" shot. The morning session will involve teaching my techniques.

The afternoon session will consist of taping and playback. A note: my "intro" class is challenging and effective even for actors with long-term experience, as it is unlike anything they've had before. It is NEW TOOLS. The morning session is scheduled from 9 AM until 1 PM, then a one-hour lunch break, followed by the afternoon session scheduled from 2 PM until 6 PM.

Please remember this workshop will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Shannon keeps class size small in order to focus closely on each individual actor.


The cost of the one-day workshop is $145. We offer PayPal for your convenience. If you choose to register through PayPal, please contact Mary Ann at to give her the name and age of the person you are registering. You will receive a confirmation email in return.

The workshop location is the Residence Inn by Marriott Buckhead/Lenox Park at 2220 Lake Blvd, NE, Atlanta, GA 30319. The phone number for reservations is 404-467-1660. For any questions or for additional information, please feel free to contact Mary Ann at

For any questions or for additional information, please feel free to contact Mary Ann at