MOVE OVER ENERGIZER BUNNY!
FILM, TELEVISION AND COMMERCIALS ARE
HOPPPING THIS SPRING IN MANITOBA !!!
WOW! Has it been a busy first 4 months of the year!
We have cast 9 different projects including a Feature Film, a Television Drama, a CBC documentary, 3 commercials, a corporate in-house video, an ad campaign and Lori was once again involved with the NSI Drama Prize director's bootcamp!
It's been great to be so busy and offer so many of you the opportunity to submit and work on our projects!
Project CRY/FLY is now wrapped. Thank you to all who braved the weather and came out to be part of this truly magical production!
Now is the time to prepare for the numerous projects coming including our next one - "STRINGS" - by making sure you have an updated industry standard headshot and upgrading your skills so you are prepared for every opportunity.
We have just started prep on STRINGS and are currently recruiting dancers! If you are a dancer and a teen (15yrs and up) or have a "high school look" please see below under CURRENT PROJECTS for exciting news including an opportunity to dance for our world famous choreographer BRIAN FRIEDMAN!!
Please see below for information on a great deal on headshots and the awesome course
" 5 LINES AND UNDER" to prepare you on how to nail your next audition!!
Remember your heashot is your calling card - you don't have a good one, you will be passed over for all work that is picture cast.
Not to mention it appears to directors you aren't investing in yourself - if you don't invest in yourself - why should a director?
Present a proper package of a professional headshot and resume and they will take interest!
If you are new to us or haven't submitted in a while, please make sure we have your current headshot and resume on file!
See proper procedure below in red under current projects.
This is a career and you have to work at it. Make sure you are the best you can be!
You have to prove to the director, producer, and client you are ready for their challenge!
The best way to do this is ongoing training! Take a look below at two great courses being offered later this month - Breaking In & 5 Lines and Under!!
With the year only getting busier there is no better time to invest in your career!
Sign up now before they're sold out!
Advance your talent and knowledge so you are prepared for the coming projects!!
Plus if you miss out on these it may be a while before Lori is available and they are offered again!
If you want to do commercial, film and television work, please make sure we have your most current headshot and resume on file. Mostly all non-speaking film, television and commercial roles are chosen by your photo - and if it's not a professional headshot, directors and producers don't take you seriously.
You should, like we do, want to (and do!) work at a certain level of professionalism. For you - part of that is presenting a proper industry standard headshot of yourself (the other part is ongoing training!)
We can't stress enough how much you are helping your career by having a proper headshot!
IT IS AN INVESTMENT NOT AN EXPENSE
... make the investment in yourself and your career and get a professional headshot done!
Not every photographer knows how to take a proper industry standard headshot.
Support local artists! Get your North American standard headshot done with a photographer from Winnipeg!
Next session: MAY 5TH, 2013
Email now to reserve your spot before they are all gone!!
Please include your name and contact number in the email.
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
Note: when applying for a project please follow the steps requested. If you don't do this correctly it makes us question whether you will be able to follow directions on set or in the studio!
When emailing us:
- Always include the project and your name in the subject line! i.e. Project ZZ - Your name here
- Always include your contact number(s) in the body of the text!
- Always submit your headshot in jpg format no larger than 1mb and resume in Word (.doc)
- And send all submissions to
Just announced! We are thrilled to be part of the casting team on "STRINGS".
We will be casting the background as well as helping with the dancers.
Please see below for current action during prep and stay tuned for further details as we get closer to the shoot at the beginning of June!
Another good way to stay in touch with the latest updates is on our Facebook page: Lori at Next
We are currently recruiting dancers for Project STRINGS.
If you are a dancer aged 15-19yrs. or have a "high school look"
You are welcome to come out to our...
Dancers Open Casting Call
Friday, May 3rd
Shelley Shearer School of Dance
Unit 125-133 Scurfield Blvd.
(In the Whyte Ridge Shopping Centre/corner of Kenaston and Scurfield)
Sign-in: 11:00 a.m.
Auditions: 12 noon - 4:00 p.m.
Dancers must be versatile. All shapes and ethnicities welcome!
If you are attending, please print off the form found on our Facebook page at "Lori at Next" and bring it with you completed. If you are under 18 yrs old and coming without your parent, they must fill the form out in advance. Minors without a form completed by parents will not be allowed to audition.
We will also be at:
Saturday, May 4th
Portage Place Shopping Centre
Edmonton Court (where the clock is)
12 noon - 4:00 p.m.
We'll be recruiting dancers and background performers! All ages, sizes and ethnic backgrounds welcome to drop by!
Time to get your industry standard headshot and a new training credit on your resume by taking "5 Lines and Under".
One of the most important things for a director to see on your resume is that you are training!!
We're getting rave reviews on our latest ...
WORKSHOP - "5 LINES AND UNDER"
- How do you create character with just one line?
- Is your character important to the project if you have just one line?
- How do you make your one or two lines "pop" in an audition
Most local actors land roles in the "actor" category. That is 5 lines or less.
As many of you know - there is much more to even one line than those few words!
This workshop will teach you how to prepare a nuanced and layered character for your audition even though you are delivering only a few lines.
We will work in a comfortable, supportive environment - allowing you to grow and see changes by putting what you learn into action right there in classroom!
Never underestimate the power of only a few lines - Oscars have been won on these performances!
Workshop date : SORRY due to instructor being unavailable (too busy!) we have to push the April session to sometime in May (Saturday and Sunday)
Please stay tuned for new dates - there will be limited spots available so act fast once announced!
The first three were a huge success!
Sides will be mailed out to actors 48 hours in advance. Don't wait till the last minute to register!
A great course to take:
We are constantly casting - make sure you have what it takes to earn one of those roles!
You will learn;
- how to further your career as an actor
(Saturday and Sunday)
- Email in and get your name on the waiting list. Limited spots available
Thank you so much for your invitation to attend the “Breaking In” workshop this last weekend. Over the last two years Leigh has been focusing a lot on her acting and I have learned a lot about the industry over that time. Attending the “Breaking In” workshop increased my knowledge 10-fold!! I walked away from this course with SIXTEEN pages of notes!!! Both Leigh and I are so thankful for attending!
"BREAKING IN is a must for anyone interested in pursuing an acting career in film. I'd recommend it to anyone, whether you're pursuing background or principal roles, Lori and Jeff cover everything you'll need to know before you even step foot into an audition room. I learned how to properly prepare for an audition, what to expect, what to do (and what not to do) when I get there, as well as how to effectively deliver my best performance possible. I've signed up for courses and seminars in the past, and always felt like I didn't really take anything with me....definitely not the case with BREAKING IN. Despite having past experience in Theatre, Television, and Film, this seminar was exactly what I needed to take that much needed step towards achieving the level of success that I've always desired. Whether you're a beginner, or just looking to learn more about the craft and what is expected of you, this seminar should definitely be at the very top of your "to do" list. I left with a renewed sense of confidence, feeling refreshed, and inspired....but most of all I'm excited to put into action all of the advice and information that Jeff and Lori gave us. It actually felt like they cared and wanted to see us all succeed. I made new friends, gained new contacts, and I feel as though I've now got all the basic tools I need to take my career to the next level. Bottom line....BREAKING IN is well worth the price of admission....and then some. Thank you so much!"
What is the difference between a Casting Director and a Talent Agent/Agency?
We are often asked this question. Here is the answer;
A Talent Agent is part of an agency that works to represent talent. They actively pursue acting opportunities for their clients. For this, the client pays a commission to their agent/agency on all work they receive. The industry standard is 15%. No one should be asked to pay a fee up front to join an agency.
A Casting Director works on behalf of the production. They are hired and paid by the production to find the appropriate talent for the project. They do not respresent talent and do not take a percentage of talent's earnings.
Manitoba is the only location in North America where you don't need an agent to be involved in a film, television or commercial. And because of that many people are self represented and submit directly to us.
The two positions are very different and separate from one another.
We have no affiliation with any agencies.
Project CRY/FLY - union Feature Film
Congratulations to all the actors and background performers involved in this magical experience. We were so privleged to have Claudia Llosa come here with her amazing project.
Many of you wrote to us about your experience on this set as being one of the best experiences of your life. Please know that the crew felt the same way and Ms. Llosa and her team were delighted in each and everyone of your performances!
Project SRS - non-union Drama
Congratulations to all the talent selected for this very unique project! The writers have left us wanting more - and fingers crossed they be back to shoot just that!
Shot: March/April 2013
Project MTS2 - union commercial:
Congratulations to Alicia Johnston, Pierre Bohemier, Danielle Savage, Sharon Mohammed and all the students! With special congratulations to our hero boy Joshua S.
Keep an eye out for this commercial coming soon!
Shot: March 2013
PROJECT IMC - billboard ad campaign
Congratulations to: Jazmine Lozenski, Bryan Wassenaar, Nadia Douglas, Dean Marcotte, Glenn Odera, Jen Varga, David Sutherland, Angela Sutherland, Mario De Negri, Elizabeth Stephanson and Joel Parker.
Shot: March 2013
Project U - non-union in-house corporate video
Spokesperson - Congratulations to Shane Cooney!
Shot: March 2013
PROJECT P - CBC Doc Zone Documentary
Psychopath - Congratulations to Geoff Banjavich
Female Victim - Congratulations to Nadine Pinette
Thanks to all those who did featured and background roles! You're awesome too!
Shot: February/March 2013
PROJECT MSC - union commercial
Congratulations to: Candace Smith, Julia Arkos, Adam Hurtig, Darren Ross and Tyhr Trubiak
Shot: February/March 2013
PROJECT CC - non-union 3 x 30 sec. commercials
Congratulations to Erik Athavale!
Shot: Friday, January, 2013
PROJECT CB - non-union commercial
Congratulations to all 30 who participated (we promise to list your names soon!)
What a win/win situation - clients loved the talent's work and the talent had a blast on set!
Shot: Tuesday, December 4th, 2012
PROJECT Z - union sanctioned low budget short / Live Action Film and Video - 13:00
Congratulations to Adam Hurtig!
Shoots: December 2012
PROJECT GMS - GUY MADDIN'S SEANCES
We are happy to have cast a live version of this project for Guy's installation at the WAG for Nuit Blanche and 3 other dates.
Congratulations to: Leigh Truant, Samantha Walters, Jessica Lemanski and Hayley McMurray on a job well done!
Here is a link to what the Globe and Mail thought about the installation (definitely worth the read!):
(you may have to cut and paste!)
PROJECT PDF - non-union / brand in-store video and commercial
Shot: November 6th
BUSINESS MAN - congratulations to Marc Bobei!
FASHIONABLE WOMAN - congratulations to Flo Oramasionwu!
GRANDMA - congratulations to Gail Brigham!
SPORTS GUY - congratulations to Damian Sokolowski!
MOM AND CHILD - congratulations to Kirsten and Arthur Klueckmann!
PROJECT SRS - 1 HR. DRAMA (non-union) - will air Globally!
Federica - congratulations to Victoria Hill!
Man - congratulations to Harpreet Turka!
Sasha - congratulations to Terry Michalyshyn!
Injured Cameraman - congratulations to Nickolas Petuhoff!
Medic 1 - congratulations to Sasha Tsilinsky!
Medic 2 - congratulations to Damian Sokolowsky!
Evenki - congratulations to Ed Gutierrez!
Evenki II - congratulations to Sonny Ayson!
Shooting will continue in 2013!
PROJECT DD - COMMERCIAL (union) - will air Provincially
1 X SOC Male
- congratulations to Jason Wishnowski!
1 X YOUNGER SOC MALE
- congratulations to Jeff Sutton!
1 X BG Grandparent
- congratulations to Susan Kelso!
1 X BG Male Parent
- congratulations to Pat Harris!
1 X BG Female Parent
- congratulations to Cheryl Soluk!
1 X BG Teen Sibling
- congratulations to Megean Haber!
1 X BG Girlfriend
- congratulations to Candice Heylinger!
1 X BG Priest (or Minister / non-specific denomination)
- congratulations to James Janssens!
9 X BG Friends:
- congratulations to: Christopher Freeland! Nicole Brokopp! Jacqueline Rano! Griffin Haughian-Shillingford! Bryan Young! Nazariy Demkowicz! Satara Subedar! Aisha Alfa! and Jordan Dock!
Shot: early August and mid September 2012
PROJECT G&R - COMMERCIAL (non-union) - will air on TV and website
- congratulations to Veronica Ternopolski!
Shot: early August 2012
Watch for her commercial airing now
PROJECT ST - COMMERCIAL (non-union)
This commercial will air in Canada and the US!
1. Wife - congratulations to Kim Zeglinski
2. Woman - congratulations to Pilar Floyd
3. Man - congratulations to John B. Duff
Shot: end of June 2012
PROJECT WSI - VIDEO (union)
Nisha - congratulations to Reena Shah!
Clara - congratulations to Elena Anciro!
The Supervisor - congratulations to Ernesto Griffith!
Raul - congratulations to Carlos Romero!
Clara' s child - congratulations to Kaitlin!
Shot: end of April 2012
PROJECT RRB - VIDEO (non-union)
Male - Congratulations to Shane Cooney!
Female - Congratulations to Aisha Alfa!
Shot: beginning of May 2012
PROJECT TCH - MOW (union)
THE CHRISTMAS HEART has now wrapped!
It is a lovely and touching family story about a teenage boy who receives a new heart for Christmas starring Teri Polo (Meet the Fockers).
Thanks to everyone who participated in making another project a wonderful success shot in Winnipeg!
PROJECT C3P - PSA COMMERCIAL (non-union)
1. Mom - congratulations to Angie Spearing!
2. Daughter - congratulations to Aimee Cadorath!
3. Dad - congratulations to Roy Nelson!
4. Son - congratulations to Garnet Verhaeghe!
PROJECT SA II - animated full feature (non-union)
Congratulations to the following actors who landed roles:
Gene Pyrz, Pete Hudson, Laurie Mustard, Bernard Boland, Gary Jarvis, Naz Infante and Tristan Mackid as the lead Nicolas!
Don't miss your chance! Continue to check in and stay tuned for this year's projects...
PROJECT CAA: commercial (non-union)
Shoot dates: TBA - still waiting for more snow and cold temperatures! Congratulations and "break a leg" to the below local talent...
Spot #1: "NEIGHBOURS"
1 x female - congratulations Virine Bahadoosingh!
1 x male husband - congratulations Erik Athavale!
1 x male neighbour - congratulations Roy Nelson!
Spot #2: "THEN AND NOW"
1 x female motorist - congratulations Angie Spearing!
1 x male CAA employee - congratulations Craig Harrison!
PROJECT DR (non-union commercial):
Two (ice) skaters - have fun shooting your commercial with a Winnipeg Jets player this month to:
1 X male - congratulations Wyatt Alexander!
1 X female - congratulations Jackie Smith!
Commercial is for company sponsoring upcoming Jets game.
Those chosen will be shooting the commercial with A WINNIPEG JET IN THE MTS CENTRE!!
And it will be seen on the jumbo tron during a Jets home game!
Don't lose the momentum! Stay active in your pursuits!!!
We have received wonderful and inspiring emails from many of you that caught the buzz from being on the set of GOON, LUCKY CHRISTMAS and other projects!
If you are interested in future work - such a being featured or in a commercial or even auditioning for a role YOU MUST have a good headshot!
Directors and producers will not take you seriously if you do not have one!
This is your calling card - your first and sometimes only chance to make a good impression!
If you are interested in getting a good headshot done but don't know where to go, please email us and we will help you make an informed decision.
"This is an investment not an expense"
I am proud to have been in a business that gives pleasure, creates beauty, and awakens our conscience, arouses compassion, and perhaps most importantly, gives millions a respite from our so violent world.
PROJECT MASA: feature (union)
MY AWKWARD SEXUAL ADVENTURE
Congratulations to MASA and all who created it for being a TIFF 2012 selection! Catch it in local theatres now!!
That's a wrap! Thanks to all who came out for this adventure!
Please be sure to support this made in Manitoba featuring Manitoba talent feature film when it hits the theatres. We will keep you posted on release dates.
We are so proud of the great successes Jonas and Sean have become. And can't thank them enough for bringing their project home!
A bit about the project...
We love it when talented people remember their roots and come home!
How exciting to have National talents; writer/actor JONAS CHERNICK and director SEAN GARRITY come back from Toronto with their project.
This romantic comedy stars JONAS CHERNICK as conservative accountant Jordan Abrams. To win back his unsatisfied ex-girlfriend, Jordan enlists the help of Julia - an uninhibited exotic dancer - to guide him on a quest for sexual experience, leading him into a world of strip clubs, sensual massage parlors, cross dressing and S & M.
PROJECT POS - Feature (union):
What a thrill it was to spend the end of our summer working with local talents; writer/director/producer -Jeremy Torrie and actor/producer Adam Beach (we can still claim him as a local right lol!)
They along with the other fabulous local talent, out of town talent and great collective crew made for a wonderful experience for all involved.
...and I think Jeremy's script made us all a little smarter - or if not, then definitely more enlightened!
Can't wait to see the end results! Congratulations and thanks to everyone involved for making this a memorable and positive experience.
PROJECT CP - Feature (union):
CLASS PROJECT is a feature film starring Abigail Breslin and Mira Sorvino.
Teenage sisters SANDRA and BETH have been at the mercy of their sad alcoholic mother - and her abusive boyfriends - for as far back as they can remember. The situation is getting worse with each passing day and no one seems willing to help, so the sisters decide to take matters into their own hands and put their mother out of her misery. But when they take some high school friends into their confidence, they complicate what could have been the perfect crime...
We are now wrapped on this project and would like to thank all those involved in making it such a successful shoot!
Sometimes you have the great fortune to work on a project with some of the best. We had that experience with the above the line on this one! and we are truly delighted to have been part of the project! Here's hoping we see more of producer turned director, the talented Mr. Stanley Brooks and the always level, calm and smiling producer Damian Ganczewski.
Thanks again locally to Juliette Hagopian of Juliejette Inc for bringing this one to town!
PROJECT C - ad campaign (non-union):
Congratulations to Kevin Aichele who was chosen to play both roles in this project!
PROJECT ACU - commercial (non-union):
Congratulations to the talent chosen for this project! It is already airing on local channels!
PROJECT LC - MOW for HALLMARK channel (union)
Thank you to everyone who participated!
This project premiered in Canada on the W Network in December 2011. Here's hoping it will become a Christmas classic aired every year especially because it stars Winnipeg's very own Mitchell Kummen!
Thanks locally to Juliette Hagopian of Juliejette Inc for bringing this one to town!
PROJECT MTS - commercial (non-union)
Congratulations to the chosen cast! As it happens, this project was also open to Toronto talent and they went with 3 from here and two from there - way to go local talent!!
Once again we thank Frantic for this project and the opportunity to work with the award winning director Yael Staav.
Please take the time to enjoy this commercial when you see it!
PROJECT S: Corporate video (union)
Congratulations to the ACTRA actors who landed this gig!
The client was very impressed with the level of talent we brought out.
PROJECT M: National commercial (union)
The talented ACTRA hockey players of Winnipeg along with the hockey playing boys in Brandon are still riding a high having shot a national Molson beer commercial at the end of March! Now the hockey season has started we all look forward to catching it on TV.
What a thrill to be part of the experience!
PROJECT NC: ad campaign (non-union)
What a wonderful feeling to be part of a new HIV awareness campaign!
Please watch for posters and billboards coming out soon!
And no matter who you are - play safe!!
PROJECT RI: Corporate in-house information video (non-union)
Congratulations to the talented people chosen for this project!
And we thank Centric for the opportunity to work with their dynamite team!
PROJECT D: Commercial (non-union)
We thank Frantic Films commercial division once again for this opportunity!
Congratulations to those chosen for the commercial.
Everyone was picked from their headshot - never under estimate the value of having a good professional headshot!
PROJECT MGEU: Commercial (union)
We continue to be so proud of the talent in our Province!
The client had no problem finding exactly who they needed for their upcoming commercial.
In fact, we are pleased to say it took some deliberation to narrow it down to the 12 cast!
Congratulations to those selected! And for all the rest of you - job well done on your auditions and know we will be calling again in the near future with more opportunities!
Thank you Frantic Films commercial division for this opportunity!
PROJECT G: GOON - Feature (union) - premiered at TIFF 2011!!
What a fun adventure this project was!
We feel so lucky to have been part of this very funny hockey comedy! Big thank yous to our incredibly talented director Michael Dowse, the always entertaining co-writer and actor Jay Baruchel, "Hollywood's Man in Canada" producer Don Carmody and the one who kept it all rolling ex-Winnipegger - line producer and production manager Hartley Gorenstein!
We thank you too! All of those who participated in making this project another success story for the Manitoba film industry! And congratulations - to the hard working crew on a job well done and all the talented local actors who received roles in this project!
Go see GOON now!
Project HD: HELLO, DARLING now renamed PASSIONFLOWER - premiered at VIFF 2011!!
...and continues to win awards and be part of film festivals including the Gimli Film Festival
- playing various dates from Sept. 21st to Oct. 4th at Cinemathique
Please see the beautiful PASSIONFLOWER trailer now on the website: Hello Darling
... and don't forget to become an 'Hello Darling' Facebook friend!
Thank you to the lovelies; Shelagh Carter (writer and director) and Polly Washburn (producer) for allowing us to be part of this magical production.
PROJECT CI: CASHING IN SEASON 3
We are thrilled to have done the principal casting for CI III! This highly successful series is almost entirely guided by incredibly talented women at the helm! Directed by Norma Bailey and Tracey Deer, produced by Vanessa Loewen of Animiki See Digital Productions, Jean Du Toit of Buffalo Gal pictures, and Tina Keeper who also appears as AURA SPHERE in the series!
Be sure to show your support for locally produced projects and watch this action packed series! Check out the fab CASHING IN website
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