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September Coffee Chatter Event:

     Saturday, September 26, 2020. Time 11:00 am. Producer, writer, comedian, actress, and motivational speaker Lydia Nicole will join Coffee Chatter sharing her expertise  on Producing and Surviving In Hollywood. Credits include  Common Sense Mamita, Los Americans, Playing For Love, Making The Five Heartbeats, and much more. 

Topic: Coffee Chatter: Presents: Producer/Actress Lydia Nicole
Time: Sep 26, 2020 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 795 6861 3992
Passcode: PPJy27

           THE SLOW ROLL OUT!
The industry is finally opening up, but, sadly, the opening is slow. Many hoped that, after months of inaction, there would be a backlog of projects that would lead to more opportunities for actors. There was even concern that there wouldn’t be enough studio space to handle all the projects. As with so many things, this was overblown: There is no flood of new opportunities, just a trickle of highly-contested jobs.
There are still those who argue that the flood of opportunities will come. After all, there are a multitude of projects that have been on an extended hiatus due to the shutdown, and the studios and networks are starved for new episodes and content. There will, hopefully, come a time when these projects will have to go into production, leading to the flood we’re hoping for. While that may happen, I don’t think we should count on it. 
We need to be prepared for an extended period of limited production and highly-contested jobs. This means putting our best foot forward. We need to ensure our headshots make us stand out and our demo reels show off our acting abilities. Most of all, we need to work on our acting – it has to be brilliant. Self-tapes are becoming more prominent in the audition process, so we need to have the proper technology to make our tapes look professional. 
In the end, while we can’t control how, and when, the industry opens up, we can make sure we’re ready for any opportunities that arise.
By Michael Gavino
Coffee Chatter Secretary

         THE VOTE!

      Hi Coffee Chatter Family!
     This year has been one for the books! Confusion, delusion, exclusion, isolation, procrastination and heartache in general. I am always happy for Coffee Chatter’s Zoom meetings and Safe distant gatherings because those two things contribute to the hope and unity that is so diminished in these current days.  As someone famous once said “We are participants in our own evolution.” The things around us are ever changing but what we decide is our purpose guides our life. I believe it’s what kept john Lewis going and Chadwick Boseman. My dreams come with goals and purpose. I decided I am going to help in a political way by becoming a Poll worker .Yes,a watch dog for a fair election:) if you would like to join me in that fight. Click the link below
 By Jackie Marriott
 Coffee Chatter Writer's Chairwoman.

Good evening friends:
On Friday, August 28 2020, the 57th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have A Dream” speech, the world premiere of TEARS: The Event Against Racism and Stereotyping, will begin streaming at 6:00 pst on
This is a project I’ve been working on, with my production partner Richard Stellar, on behalf of our non profit organization, The Man/Kind Project.
I hope you will tune in. We have wonderful artists sharing honest, and sometimes painful stories about their personal experiences with racism and all forms of intolerance.  They also share words of wisdom and hope. With the power of the spoken word and music, TEARS will hopefully help us better understand each other and strengthen our empathy muscles.
The first episode stream on Friday, Aug 28th. The final episode streams 6:00pm (pst) on Friday, September 4th, the 63rd anniversary of the “Little Rock 9.”
This is a family friendly event.
I hope you can tune in.

Take care,
Anne-Marie Johnson.
Actress, Producer, Advocate


A very honest, powerful, insightful and beautiful interview from actress Anne Marie Johnson.
I was sitting at home one day watching tv and God spoke to me and said He wants me to tell my story by writing a book. I was like noooo because I didn't want to tell people my dirt and secrets, but then He said " It's not for you but to help others know that the same way I saved you I can save them. That touched me.
    June 2015 I wrote my book in 3 days’ time and thirty (30) days later my book was published and I held my very first copy. But I want my story to be heard all over the world so I thought of the impossible.... make a movie. Because some people prefer to  watch a movie before reading a book and vice versa.
    Now the hard part began.....I made lots of calls, researched, spoke to lots of people and finally I got to work. I hired a young lady Monica Mikell from Tampa Fl to write my story and then I met a producer by the name of James Hunter to do my movie. James hired the cast and crew after I gave him the money.
     I never knew how much work goes into making a movie. First he had to do interviews of different people to hire people he thought were very talented for the different roles. He even hired celebrities like Dorien Wison(The Parkers), Tray Chaney(The Wire), Cary Tagawa( Mortal Kombat), Ashley Marie actor Will Smith younger sister and lots of local talent Essex Obrien, Sarah Vaughn, Parnesha Ingram, Danielle, Colby Christina, Tiffany Jordan and many more. Had  the phenomenal Jami McCoy-Lankford as a producer, Jay Gourdine and Donna Davis and lots more and Milton Dorta the guy that does some of everything and then you have the camera crew lots of them including Derrick Hammond ( Actor Will Smith cousin) and so many more.
    Then you have different places, different, different cities to shoot different scenes then you have wardrobe (Katrina Jones) where she had to furnish outfits for the era of the 1960's through 1980's and she had to do that for each actor in front of that camera. Then you had the make-up artist Tara Renee and her job was to make sure everyone face was camera ready and the makeup had to be in sync with the lighting of the cameras etc.....
    And according to budget you had a certain amount of days to film and everyone had to do their part and be on point. We ran into a few hiccups but they always got handled quickly and then you have to make sure the actors coming in from out of town had a place to stay or book a hotel had to have transportation etc...
    A lot goes into making a movie and then after you yell " ITS A WRAP"   It's still not over then its more work because now you have to have the movie edited and some scenes may be deleted or cut then you have to have your sound guy ( Moises Shepard) inject different sounds and music to go with the movie etc..... editing and sound can take another six (6) months to a year before you finally have a movie you're satisfied with.
    First time author and first time doing a movie. It can be very overwhelming but I did enjoy the process. It was a learning experience indeed.
By Roslyn Davis Ingram.

That's A Wrap!
See you in October.
Keep pushing through productive doors and stay on the journey.

Lynne Burnett
Founder- Coffee Chatter


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