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     The curtain is rising on the entertainment industry once again. The latest news is that the industry will be allowed to renew production activities on June 12th. Though they still must get approval from county officials in the area where filming will take place, the good news is that Hollywood is open for business. However, the question remains—what kind of Hollywood will be returning?
     Sure, there will be new restrictions on film, which may include measures such as mandatory testing, access to personal protection equipment, staggered call times, new restrictions on call time, and the end of those wonderful buffets. However, what interests me is what kind of industry we will soon see. The optimistic perspective is that there is so much pent-up demand that producers will struggle to find enough studio space for all the shows they want to shoot. If this happens, there will be more opportunities for actors than ever before.
     However, we also need to be prepared for another possibility. All these new restrictions caused by the pandemic will add a significant amount of cost to production. This situation could lead productions and studios to find ways to cut costs, and the working actor could be first in line. Producers may choose scripts with fewer characters or pay actors the minimum amount possible. Indeed, nearly every time we thought that new technology or a new development would result in a boom for actors, the opposite has occurred. Many working actors in the 70s and 80s earned higher salaries than actors today. I am not talking about inflation-adjusted income but rather income in absolute terms. I am talking about actual dollars. 
     So, what does this mean for actors? I think actors need to be flexible. If the best-case scenario happens and new opportunities abound, actors need to be prepared. They need to have professional headshots and demo reels. They need to bring a sharp skill set and the determination to chase whatever opportunities arise. On the other hand, if the opposite happens and few opportunities become available, actors need to remember why they are in the business. It is important that they try to create opportunities for themselves. In the end, acting is not a 9-to-5 job. It is a lifetime love that people would do for free. So, if your great chance comes—smile. If it does not, be grateful anyway because you are pursuing a passion, an opportunity very few people have.

By Michael Gavino

  Coming Back!
Hi coffee chatter fam!
  I have to constantly remind myself that we are STILL in a pandemic! I am anxious for more auditions and I have been curious about what that process is going to look like.  I have been trying to keep on top of how the industry is going to reopen so I have been reading the trades. A friend of mine sent me this very detailed article from VARIETY about possible production protocols being discussed and I wanted to share it with you!

 Also, I don’t know if any of you are subscribed to CastingAbout

     CastingAbout provides you insight into projects that are going into production or not.  It also provides the names of casting directors and producers on your favorite shows as well as films. I think it’s a great tool to keep you knowledgeable of the who, what and when.

     Finally, I was able to get a national commercial filmed in February ( Opdivo / Bristol Myers Squibb) right before the shut down( a still  from the commercial). There was a crew of about 100 people that I saw. I am sure there won’t be any more of that type of a production for quite a while!  I am so grateful for that opportunity and my 5 seconds of glory! Be safe and I can’t wait for our next group chatter!
By Jackie Marriott
 Actor/ Writer/  Coffee Chatter Chairwoman

Racism & Showbiz


A very special thank you to Zoom guest speakers actress Anne Marie Johnson and actor Joseph Marcell (pictured right) and all the participants on discussing the topic of race in the showbiz industry from the USA to London England. Excellent communication, thoughts, concerns and respect with all participants. 
Photo Credit Writer Roslyn Davis Ingram.
Gluten and dairy free Mackerel Cakes
• 15 oz canned Mackerel 
• 2 eggs or egg white equivalent
• 1/4 cup of vegan Parmesan cheese
• 1/2 cup of gluten free breadcrumbs
• 2 tbsp. of spicy mayonnaise
• 2 tbsp. of mustard (reg or spicy)
• 2 tbsp. of chopped chives or scallion
Mix all ingredients. Shape into small parties, and pan fry.
Bon Appetit

Stefani Whiteside

That's A Wrap!
See you in September!
Stay safe, Stay positive, Stay courageous against hate!
Lynne Burnett
Founder- Coffee Chatter
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