We start off the evening with an introduction by our panel, and a brief discussion on how the acting business works and how a manager can help you.
Thursday, July 11th | 6:00pm–8:00pm | Pearl Studios 500 8th Ave.
Good Advice Article: What Agents And Managers Are Looking For At A Talent Showcase
TALENT MANAGER BIOS:
Christopher D. Silveri – President/Owner, Center Stage Management LLC
Christopher D. Silveri takes great pride in his career in the entertainment industry that has spanned the last two decades since his graduation from the New York University Theater program. Christopher is the President and CEO of Center Stage Management LLC, a talent management company with headquarters in New York City.
After a brief stint in acting, Christopher began his entertainment management career casting commercials with Liz Lewis Casting Partners, moved on to head up the Legit Department (Theater, TV, and Film) at Gilla Roos, Ltd. and most recently was Vice President of Talent Management at Prestige Management Group. Christopher started his own talent management company in 2017, serving clients on both coasts and in all mediums of the entertainment business.
Christopher’s clients have recurring roles on FBI, Bull,Blue Bloods, God Friended Me (CBS), Gotham (FOX), Manifest, New Amsterdam, The Blacklist, Blindspot,Law and Order SVU (NBC), Orange Is The New Black, Jessica Jones, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, House of Cards (NETFLIX), Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Mozart In the Jungle (AMAZON), Billions, Homeland (SHOWTIME), Power (STARZ) And those are just the recurrings! His theatrical clients have been in nearly every Broadway show you can think of: Moulin Rouge, Bandstand, Escape to Margaritaville, The Color Purple, TheLion King, Jersey Boys, Book of Mormon, Million Dollar Quartet, Beautiful, Hamilton, Clueless – The Musical,Heathers—The Musical, etc. Film: The First Purge,The Post, Ocean’s 8, The Only Living Boy in New York,What Happened Last Night, Going in Style, etc.Many of his clients have national ad campaigns and/or major print advertisements running as well!
Lorna Rainey – Owner, Talent Express
Lorna has been in the talent representation end of our industry since she started The Talent Express in 1991. Talent Express works with both union and non-union talent in film, TV, pilots, commercials, voice-overs, hosting and industrials. Their talent consistently gets into the busiest casting offices and books! Currently they have clients on projects across the board. Most recent TV bookings are two new series which have been bought for the summer season, “Locked Up Abroad” and “Bear Swamp Repo” and the feature film “Excuse me for Living” (starring Robert Vaughan & Jerry Stiller). Recent commercials for Verizon, Spike TV, Direct Auto, DSW Shoes, Metro Cable, KY Jelly, Black Opal Cosmetics, and Direct TV, have made this the company to watch. Strong showings in print as well.
Jacob Schott – Manager in the NY Office of TalentINK. LA-Chicago-NY
Having a performance background and a BA degree in Theater Studies, emphasizing in acting/directing, gives Jacob an understanding of the business from the actor’s perspective.
TalentINK. NY represents actors age 8 to 80 for TV/Film, Theater and On Camera Commercials. Clients have booked roles as Series Regular, Guest Star and Co Star roles on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, HBO, Showtime, Netflix, HULU and Amazon. TalentINK. NY has three clients currently on Broadway right now, Jawan Jackson in Ain’t to Proud, Johanna Moise in Hamilton and Kalilah Black in The Lion King. Clients have booked national network commercial campaigns for major brand products. Clients also booked Lead and Supporting roles in Studio and Independent Films, National Tours and Broadway.
Lanier Williams – Madison Square Artists Mgmt.
Madison Square Artists Mgmt. is a new talent management company in New York City representing actors in film, and television. Recent client bookings have included: The Blacklist, FBI, Crumpet (Apple TV), The Loudest Voice (Showtime), Bull, Modern Love (Amazon Studios), New Amsterdam, Law and Order SVU, Blue Bloods, Blindspot, Iron Fist, Random Acts of Flyness (HBO), 17 Bridges starring Chadwick Boseman, and M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass. In addition to pitching his clients for film and TV, he works with a number of agencies with his clients in the areas comm. and VO. Comm. and VO agencies include: Atlas Talent Agency, Innovative Artists and DDO.
Manager Lanier Williams is both a member of the Talent Managers Assn. and a SAG AFTRA certified talent manager. Currently, he is interested in meeting talented actors of all types-all ethnicities (18+) and is looking to cultivate new and exciting talent!
Jenny Banes-Kievit – JHA Management
Jenny is an associate manager at JHA Management. She works with clients in Television, Film, Theater, Commercial, Voiceover and Print. She has experience working in casting, as well as, other talent representation offices. Client Bookings: Law & Order, Blue Bloods, The Deuce, Bull, Dear Evan Hansen, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Orange is the New Black, and many more.
— TESTIMONIALS —
After years of doing background work, I wanted to find an Avenue of opportunity to further my career by seeking representation of a legit Agent/Manager. Thank you Tina and NYCastings for hosting and presenting the TV and Film Showcase! In my judgement, it was the best place to achieve my goal! In a small classroom setting, there were “5” Reps from different agencies who gave us some background of who they are and afforded us an opportunity to ask questions before we began one by one so we could deliver our best audition to the 5 Reps. One day later I was contacted by The Steinberg Management group who offered me a contract which I immediately signed! NYCastings is a great place to launch your Career, so what are you waiting for!
– Phill H.
With showcases here it’s more than just showing what you’ve got. At NYCastings, the panel’s are always top notch. Aside from a very informative Q&A, the best part? You get to take their feedback and adjustments because you get a 2nd chance to make that first impression. After that you get feedback again. It’s awesome. I’m very grateful for these showcases. Thank you NYCastings! – Chermaine W.
I have been doing plays and singing from age 6. I was turning 16 soon and I wanted to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. In my heart, I knew I was ready. My parents signed me up for the Film & TV Showcase at NYCastings. I met with five of the top agencies and performed my monologue. All the agents were very professional and provided good feedback. I was soon signed to a multi-year contract by an agency I performed for. I have already been on a movie shoot and I know there is a lot more to come! Tina was awesome. She is very helpful and encouraging. – Collin K. L.
My very first showcase was with NYCastings. I auditioned in front of five agents and afterwards, received so much information on the business as well as critical feedback on my performance. After some follow-up emails, I was invited to meet with Gina Manfredi of DDO and David McDermott of Jordan, Gill, and Dornbaum! A huge shoutout to Tina for the support, she’s amazing! – Sean. M. H.
I recently attended Angela Mickey’s On-Camera Commercial Acting class. I received a lot of valuable acting pointers and advice. When the class ended, I was encouraged to attend the Commercial Talent Showcase. Within days of attending the showcase I was signed by one of the agents. I am now receiving job opportunities on a continual basis. NYCastings is extremely proactive in helping clients to succeed. I will continue to use them as a resource for professional and personal advancement. I encourage anyone looking to break into commercial acting to work with NYCastings. Thank you so much for helping me receive this amazing opportunity! – Peter Z..
After attending the commercial showcase, I was contacted by Jaime Baker Management and have begun freelancing with them. This showcase is a wonderful opportunity to be seen by multiple agents/managers. NY Castings keeps the workshop size smaller than other classes I’ve been to which makes you feel like you get a fair amount of time to read and incorporate feedback from the agents. Tina and Aron create a warm and welcoming environment–they really care about actors and want to see them succeed. It makes it easy to have an open discussion about everyone’s work so you really can learn and understand the audition process and what agents are looking for. – Regina R.
I had an amazing time! It was the best opportunity I’ve had to be able to showcase myself to these top agents in the industry. I will definitely be back for other upcoming showcases at The Studio at NYCastings! Thank you! – Armand M.
NYCastings brings in only the top people in our industry. They help to put the right people behind the table for actors to ask the tough questions. It’s nice to know that they want their actors to succeed. They strive to set us up for success with the proper industry professionals. I would not have met my current Manager if it were not for their platform that they provided. It is definitely worth the time and energy to take classes with NYCastings and stay up to date with whatever they may be offering. Thank you Aron and Tina for the great evening and for helping connect me to, what would become, my first representation in the city.” – Jesse M.
My Showcase experience was absolutely phenomenal and an excellent learning experience for me! I thoroughly enjoyed listening and learning best practices and technique from the panel, along with gaining insight and feedback on both of my performances and those of other attendees. I highly recommended this event – Hands-down! – D. Dumb…
“This was a well worth it event! The casting directors provided great personal feedback that will help you in the long run. They were all honest about the entertainment and the business side of the industry. I definitely recommend this to anyone trying to get the right l head start getting their feet wet when it comes to auditions and obtain longevity success in this industry.” – Thelma H.
Through NYCastings, I had the ability to meet with reputable agents and casting directors in NYC, a really exciting experience for me as an actor working in the Southeast for several years. I learned the the acceptable audition standards for the area and what is expected of me if I’m to make it in the NY acting market, including being a self-driver on your career. I attended multiple agent showcases and landed a manager with Zanee entertainment. It’s been a long ride but NYCastings has been my go to source of acting classes and has been a great opportunity to establish connections in the area. Tina has also been an incredible help and connection to have, and has helped me navigate this crazy landscape. I owe a lot to their services and am excited to attend further classes and showcases with them. – Jacob L.