The Muslim Public Affairs Council’s Hollywood Bureau announced today it is hosting its first actor’s workshop for those pursuing a career in the entertainment industry. The four-hour intensive workshop will give actors the edge they need to get ahead in the often competitive field. Get your head shots and resumes ready, and prepare for a day of hands-on instructions from two of Hollywood’s most influential acting coaches.
“MPAC’s Hollywood Bureau serves as a vehicle for aspiring artists who may not have access to these types of insiders and opportunities,” said Deana Nassar, MPAC’s Hollywood Liaison. “We are excited to see Muslim Americans enter into the field, and we are here to help their endeavors. In this past year after the success of our screenwriter’s workshop, MPAC’s Hollywood Bureau is proud of the opportunities we can bring from the relationships we have nurtured.”
The intensive workshop will include two sessions. The first session will be taught by veteran acting coach Scott Sedita, who has had more than 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry. Sedita began his career in New York as a talent agent, where he helped launch the careers of many of today’s top stars, including Courteney Cox (“Friends”), Matt LeBlanc (“Friends”), Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: SVU”), and Vincent D’Onofrio (“Law & Order: CI.” Sedita will be speaking about the business of acting, the reality of the industry and how to successfully navigate your way through the Hollywood waters.
The Islamic Center of Southern California was recently part of a group of mosque and church congregations gathered together for education and conversation – a picture the creators of the “Standing Together” program hope will materialize in Southern California starting this fall (also read about it here and in the LA Times).
At the national convention of the Episcopal Church held in Anaheim (CA) last month, the co-founders of the Christian-Muslim Consultative Group unveiled a seven-series study guide and a two-hour DVD for Standing Together, a new interfaith project.