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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Free Networking & Career Development - April 18!

I'm very excited to welcome Lianne Robertson to this blog to write a guest post about an incredible event for actors that she's spearheading, called the Actors Pro Expo. I first got involved with the event last year, when I "live-tweeted" from the Expo floor and from a few workshops on behalf of the NY Actors Tweetup (for which I'm a co-founder!) I have been to many trade shows, and this one really had a warm vibe and had great opportunities for the actors who attended. And of course this makes sense, because the event has been designed and created by actors!

I'm especially impressed by the seminars and workshops that Lianne has put together. Love musicals? Check out the seminars with Jay Binder (Binder Casting) and Justin Huff (Tesley & Co Casting). Want on-camera work? Take these incredible workshops on Dramatic Improvisation and Audition Technique. Each seminars & workshop is only $30 - totally affordable for an actor on a budget.

I've invited Lianne to say a little bit about what makes this event special, and to encourage you to join me in New York City on April 18 - it's going to be an amazing time!

Lianne Robertson, Actors Pro Expo
"The acting industry can sometimes be a tricky place to navigate, there are so many different components that you need to take into consideration when growing yourself as a business! You’ve got to get your headshots, make your website, organize your taxes, find an agent, find a flexible job that will support your sporadic audition-based lifestyle, try to find said auditions and above all get your name out there to casting directors! Sheesh, what a balancing act! But what if we told you that there’s a place you can go which has all the information and advice on every one of these components? Don’t believe us? Then come along to Actors Pro Expo on April 18th and see for yourself! 
Actors Pro Expo is an event designed by actors for actors with our fundamental goal being to help you create opportunities to develop and sustain your career. We have over 25 vendors from every sector of the industry to give you the most complete advice possible; it really is the ultimate Actors Tool Kit. Guerrilla Photography will be there to offer headshot assistance, eStage for all your website needs, Bambridge for all your taxation questions, The Actors Project to help you land an agent, Mustard Lane, FSS and Atrium to help you find a flexible part-time job and Backstage, actors access, Casting Networks Inc and CastingAbout to ensure you have all the info on the latest castings and how to apply. We’ve also got The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, Stellar Adler Studio of Acting, Playing With Reality, The Accent Kit, Scott Powers Studios, Methuen Drama, Roger Hendricks Simon Studio, Art & Soul Acting, David Brunetti, Broadway Dance Centre, Play by Play, The Actors Enterprise and Studio 4 to ensure your acting skills remain top notch and to give you ongoing advice and training after the event. Finally SAG-AFTRA as well as Criscione, Ravala & Tabatchouk, LLP will be there to offer any legal advice you require.  
Aside from all these incredible vendors, Actors Pro Expo will also be hosting an OPEN CASTING for director Rob Margolies next project a ‘SAG-AFTRA new media agreement’ Web Series! Registration opens at 10am and is first come, first served so arrive in plenty of time to secure your slot! 
There will also be ongoing seminars and workshops on throughout the day held by Casting Directors and other industry professionals so you can get in-depth information on specific aspects of the industry that you want to know more about.     
Finally, in terms of helping you get your name out to Casting Directors, we will be offering Casting Director Dropboxes. Simply print out your resume and pop it in one or all of the boxes. Each CD will then review their box after the event and who knows, you may be getting a phone call!  
Overall Actors Pro Expo is here to help you build, grow and brand yourself as a business. Oh and did we mention, it’s FREE?! You can register here for your free entrye-ticket and to book some seminars & workshops.  
We can’t wait to see you at the event!  
The Actors Pro Expo Team"

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Erin Cronican's career as a professional actor and career coach has spanned the last 25 years in New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego. She has appeared in major feature films and on television, and has done national tours of plays and musicals. She has worked in the advertising & marketing departments of major corporations, film production companies, theater magazines, and non-profit acting organizations. To learn more, check out

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