Don't Take the Summer Off

Calling Houston Creatives

Art and acting opportunities on the horizon

By Maggie Berardo May 11, 2015

As we head into summer, the arts season slows down and catches its breath. But for the creative types among us, there’s still some opportunity on the horizon.


The Big Show is now taking applications and submissions by local artists. This year, the Lawndale Art Center elected George Scheer— the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Elsewhere, an art museum and residency program in North Carolina—as submissions juror. He’ll be evaluating works by Houston-area artists, defined as those who live within a 100-mile radius of the metropolitan area. Each artist may enter up to three works.

The Big Show has been exhibiting new artists and works since 1984. Make sure to enter by June 3. The selected works will be on view at a July 10 reception at Lawndale. There’s also a chance to win $3,000 cash.

Bringing Hollywood to Your Hometown

Houston-area actors now have a new way to addition for TV, movie roles, commercials and other work. LA casting studio Hollywood Casting & Film is bringing its web-based audition platform to Houston. The studio’s clients have landed positions on popular TV shows like 90210, NCIS, Once Upon a Time and more.

Actors can upload video of themselves performing, which casting directors—local, on the West Coast and beyond—can browse. Becoming part of the HCF roster requires a monthly subscription. Vinay Bhagat, co-founder of HCF, has emphasized the benefits of expanding the business to include online auditions, saying, “Rather than forcing these people to move to Hollywood for the chance to even audition, we’ve instead decided to bring this casting service to select hometowns throughout the country… Now artists anywhere in the country, and specifically in Houston, can hone their craft and forge relationships with other creative professionals in their communities."


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