Local actors, filmmakers and individuals aspiring to break into the entertainment industry had the opportunity to gain insights from a powerful group of entertainment professionals thanks to the vision of local actress and entertainment attorney, Jalene Mack.
Mack, founder of Mack Performing Arts Collective (MPAC), a 501(c) 3 organization dedicated to the formation of avenues into the professional world of entertainment, launched the inaugural Entertainment MPAC Empowerment Houston Tour, themed “Empowering You to Succeed in Entertainment,” in conjunction with visionaries Rushion McDonald, Emmy-award-winning executive producer of the Steve Harvey Show and Entertainment Attorney Ricky Anderson. The event took place Oct. 2-3 at the University of Houston’s Student Center.
The two-day event kicked off on Friday, Oct. 2 with a welcome message from Mack and a Money Making Conversations segment presented by McDonald, who offered attendees an insightful insider’s view of the entertainment industry.
On Day 2, attendees had the opportunity to garner a wealth of insider knowledge and information from a selection of information-packed workshops, including“Casting with Kim” presented by elite Hollywood Casting Director Kim Hardin, who shared insights on character development, scene study and audition techniques. Actress and talk show host, Sherri Shepherd, presented “Television Talk” and shared tips for developing, packaging, and selling a viable television program. “From Script to Screen,” led by Jalene Mack, filmmaker Greg Carter and Sara Finney Johnson (writer and producer for such shows as Moesha, Family Matters, The Parkers and The Game) gave attendees insights on the journey through TV/film development, production and distribution.
Actress and comedian Kym Whitley of OWN Network’s “Raising Whitley” was on hand to present“Funny Business,” sharing tips on how to build a successful comedic career and laugh all the way to the bank as well as journalist and News One Now host Roland Martin who presented a segment called “Business of Broadcast” and shared information with attendees on how to move from the side line to the front line in the world of Talk TV, radio and print. McDonald and Entertainment Attorney Ricky Anderson teamed up to present “Show Business” and shared insights on the business and legal side of dealing with concepts to closing deals.
Workshops and panels, underwritten by The Wayne Duddlesten Foundation, were moderated by Amelia Jeffries (A&E’s hit show Longmire), Charnele Brown (A Different World), Melinda Spaulding (Fox 26), Preston Middleton (CEO, Next Wave Entertainment/Next Wave Films), sports journalist, Kim Davis and Darian Ward (former KRIV-TV (Fox) anchor and current press secretary for Mayor Annise Parker).
MPAC provided 100 free tickets to area high school students to attend the casting, television and script writing workshops as a part of its outreach, network and education mission.
The informative and eye-opening event concluded with a networking reception that allowed attendees to talk personally with the various Hollywood movers and shakers.
Look for more insights shared by presenters from this power-packed event in the print and digital editions of the upcoming Fall issue of Empower Magazine, available online and in display stands at the close of October.
For more information on MPAC, visit www.mpac-arts.org.