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  • Harvardwood Heads To... Budgeting Nuts & Bolts 8/3

    Tuesday, August 03, 2021 at 09:00 AM - PDT

    9:00am PST / 12:00pm EST

    This workshop is held monthly on the first Tuesday of each month (except holiday weeks), and some Wednesday evenings at 5:00 pm ET.

    A single-session workshop focused on identifying financial goals and getting specific about the flow of money in your lives. Participants will learn simple strategies for tracking income and expenses in a way that makes sense for performing arts and entertainment industry professionals who don’t always earn and spend the same way each month, and get connected with resources and an action plan to take the next step.

    More info HERE

  • 12:00pm PST / 3:00pm EST

    This is a recurring event taking place on the first Tuesday of each month.

    In response to the troubling rise of violence and hostility against members of the AAPI community, The Actors Fund is offering a monthly virtual gathering for Asian American and Pacific Islander performing arts and entertainment professionals to come together for supportive conversation. Together they will explore how to balance and navigate your feelings and support and celebrate your resilience.

    Free and confidential to all performing arts and entertainment industry professionals nationwide that are part of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

    More info HERE

  • 6:00pm PST / 9:00pm EST

    Join Harvarwood for a conversation with Gene Pao, SVP of Shout! Factory and Harvardwood board member!

    Gene Pao joined Shout! Factory in 2013 and is currently Senior Vice President of Digital Enterprises, where he leads all digital video efforts for the company—including direct-to-consumer digital businesses, YouTube channels, and digital marketing.  In 2015, Gene spearheaded the launch of Shout! Factory TV, a new digital streaming service offering classic and cult TV and film that shape today’s pop culture.  The service is available on a wide variety of devices including Roku and Apple TV, and branded channels on Twitch, Amazon, Pluto TV, and Comcast Xfinity among others.

    Gene’s 20-year career in digital media started in 1997 at Digitas, a digital marketing agency.  In 1999 he joined Firstlook.com, an idealab! Company, who pioneered the use of digital video for promoting music, movies, and video game titles.  After the first dotcom crash in 2001, Gene found himself at Disney/ESPN where he developed digital and interactive video businesses such as VOD and interactive television.  From 2008 to 2011, he was VP, Digital Media and International Development for Fuel TV, the action sports cable network owned by Fox, where he merged television broadcasting principles with digital and social media to produce live webcasts of action sports events such as surfing, skateboarding, and snowboarding. 

     


    Register for this event at the link below. Harvardwood members, friends, and non-members are ALL welcome, but every attendee must register for themselves individually. So if you're inviting others to join you for this panel, please forward them the link to this page so they can sign themselves up. Thank you!

    Non-Members, Register Here

    Purchase ticket   $5.00 Non-Members & Friends


    This is a free event for Harvardwood members and summer interns!

    If you can't access the RSVP button for dues-paying Harvardwood members, make 
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  • Harvardwood Heads To... Staying Present: Improv for Acting

    Tuesday, August 03, 2021 at 10:00 PM - PDT

    10:00am PST / 1:00pm EST

    Host: SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris
     
    Special Guests*:

    • Sarah Claspell, Actor and Instructor, Upright Citizens Brigade
    • Johnny Meeks, Actor and Director of Education, Upright Citizens Brigade
    • *Additional guests to be announced

    Ever want to know how to break into improv comedy? Here’s your chance to learn about this form of acting, which is all the rage right now and a valuable skill for performers across any genre.

    Join SAG-AFTRA on Tues, Aug 19 as they are joined by members of the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) here to walk you through some comedy basics with a few interactive demonstrations that will be sure to tickle the funny bone. 

    UCB's world-class instructors use improv and storytelling as a lens through which to train a wide range of professional skills – focusing on creative collaboration, better communication, active listening, brainstorming, presentational skills, and more, while generally improving participants’ abilities to think on their feet. 

    Get ready to get your giggle on! This livestream is hosted by SAG-AFTRA’s President's Task Force on Education, Outreach & Engagement. 

    More info HERE

  • 9:00am PST / 12:00pm EST

    Come together with others in the Entertainment Community, experiencing and learning Mindfulness practices utilizing the breath and meditation.

    This 30-minute meditation practice is grounded in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).

    Bring a sense of balance to your day, and give yourself a little rest from the unrest.

    You must register one time for this on-going event and you will receive confirmation of your registration via Zoom in order to attend this meditation.

    More info HERE. 

     

  • 12:00pm PST / 3:00pm EST

    This is a recurring event taking place on the first Wednesday of every month.

    With all the highs and lows of 2020, one thing that stood out was the need for friendship and supportive community. Realizing the very real and ever-present challenges faced by Black people, The Actors Fund continues its efforts to provide support by offering recurring gatherings for Black professionals to talk, laugh, grieve and celebrate their unique and shared experiences as Black people in entertainment.

    Focusing on healing and affirmation and offered via Zoom at 12 pm PT, these gatherings will be facilitated by Black mental health professionals from the L.A. office. 

    More info HERE

  • 4:00pm PST / 7:00pm EST

    Business of Creating and WGF are partnering with Chinese In Entertainment to bring you a dynamic interactive panel and Q&A with seasoned entertainment professionals to discuss how to produce, market, distribute and write for the Chinese marketplace.  With China surpassing the U.S. in global box office and with a robust TV industry, learn how to make your project appeal to Chinese audiences. This includes:

    • The difference in how Chinese vs non-Chinese writers approach storytelling

    • Key tips to making your project more marketable to China - what to do and what to avoid.

    • How to get your film accepted by the CFG (China Film Group)

    • Understanding the scope of the China Entertainment Industry

    • ….and more!

    Moderated by Jennifer Mangan, Producer/Writer, Beautiful Day Productions!

    Panelists:

    • Thomas Lim - Head of Sun Entertainment Culture Los Angeles

    • Dongyang (Patrick) Liu - Head of Overseas Operations of Sansang Media

    • Winnie Wei Wei - Senior Consultant, North America, Ent Group

    • Michael Fisk - Owner, InterMark Strategy & Consulting

    More info HERE. 

  • 5:30pm PST / 8:30pm EST

    Whether you are writing drama, comedy, or any other genre, families and the dynamics of familial relationships offer a deep well of stories and perspectives. For this session, WGF partner with Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting for a discussion about writing diverse families on television. They will explore how TV writers have expanded depictions of the family unit over the years and how they’ve developed storylines that reflect the complexity and universality of these inescapable bonds.

    Moderated by Dr. Rosanne Welch, Director of Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting!

    Panelists:

    • Sheryl J. Anderson - Creator and Executive Producer, Sweet Magnolias

    • Lang Fisher - Co-creator and Executive Producer, Never Have I Ever

    • Marja-Lewis Ryan - Executive Producer, The L Word: Generation Q

    • Anthony Sparks - Executive Producer, Queen Sugar

    More info HERE

  • Harvardwood Heads To... 2021 The Virtual Creative Classroom Symposium

    Saturday, August 07, 2021 at 10:00 AM - PDT

    10:00am PST / 1:00pm EST 

    Are you interested in becoming a teaching artist to supplement your work in the industry?
    Already working as a teaching artist, but would like to explore new virtual and in-classroom job opportunities?

    • Learn how teaching artists are joining virtual hybrid model classrooms during these challenging times.

    • Discover effective ways to navigate the employment landscape as a teaching artist

    Keynote Speaker:
    With 20 years of experience in the arts education field and 22 years as a professional dancer, Shelby Williams-González has a career made up of overlapping networks.  Artist, educator and leader, Shelby is always pushing for social change.  As the new President and CEO of Inner-City Arts, Shelby brings her extensive experience to this role.  She also serves on the Board of Directors of Suarez Dance Theater and is a member of the Los Angeles Chapter for the Undoing Racism Collective.

    Topics to be Discussed:

    • Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
    • Social Justice

    • Teaching The Arts Through Virtual Platforms And Hybrid Models

    • Teaching Artist Best Practices

    More info HERE

     

  • 10:00am PST / 1:00pm EST

    In order to participate fully in the activities set out during this workshop, you’ll need to use either a computer or tablet and not a phone when signing onto the Zoom link. 

    Do you need help figuring out how to look for work during the current crisis? Are you wondering how to stay focused on your long term career goals when there is a hiring freeze? If so, please join us for the How to Job Search During a Pandemic workshop.

    In Part Two of Job Search During a Pandemic you will:

    • Discuss how to manage job market uncertainty
    • Explore how to search for remote or currently hiring positions
    • Discover how to keep your long term job search active during the slow down 

    More info HERE. 

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