Nosotros, a non-profit organization founded by living legend Ricardo Montalban; and Latin Heat Entertainment, the only English-language entertainment industry trade magazine focusing on Latinos in the U.S., have partnered to create a free conference to help guide Latino families whose children are interested in pursuing an acting career.
On June 18th , 2005, Future Estrellas: Young Latino Performers Conference will convene at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre, 1615 N. Vine St., Hollywood, CA 90028 from 8:00am to 5:00pm. With the generous support from the Walt Disney Corporation, this bilingual, one-day event will be free to over 600 registered English and Spanish speaking participants and host youths from ages 8-17 and their parents.
The conference will promote the importance of education and training. Entertainment industry professionals will provide essential insight into pursing an acting career in two panel discussions titled ?Training, Training, Training?, and, ?The Business of Show Business.? The panels will be presented in both English and Spanish. The English version will be presented in the morning and the Spanish version will be presented in the afternoon. Also included will be interactive components where young performers will audition for a pilot, learn audition techniques, have a free picture taken by a professional photographer, compose a professional resume on site and more?
Nosotros and Latin Heat Entertainment have been at the forefront of creating resources for Latinos in the entertainment industry. "In keeping with Ricardo Montalban's vision and Nosotros' mission, the Future Estrellas is another way that we continue to provide programs that will help improve the image and employment of Latinos in the entertainment industry," said Jerry Velasco, president of Nosotros.
"We are happy to partner with Nosotros who have an excellent track record in serving the Latino Entertainment Community by educating and informing our future talent of the opportunities in the entertainment industry," said Bel Hernandez, Publisher, Latin Heat Entertainment.
Nosotros and Latin Heat commend The Walt Disney Company for their commitment to a conference of this magnitude. Their financial support will undoubtedly be an example to other corporations to the importance of nurturing a pool of talent that will surely be a strong force in the years to come. In addition to all of the other diversity programs at The Walt Disney Corporation, the Future Estrellas is yet another example of Disney?s commitment to join in the pursuit of improving the employment numbers of Latinos in the industry.
For sponsorship information, volunteer opportunities and production questions, contact event producer Henry K. Priest (213)739-3385. For media and interviews contact Rafael O. Calderon (323)842-0403 or log onto www.latinheat.com or www.Nosotros.org