There’s a lot of discussion in Baton Rouge about the entertainment industry’s tax incentives and if the state is getting a return on its investments. The Louisiana Film Entertainment Association is asking the public to voice its opinion on the matter. The association set up a form where the public can write a message to Governor Bobby Jindal, state senators, and state representatives explaining how the entertainment industry has affected them.

According to a study released in 2014, Louisiana took the crown for the world’s production capital pushing aside California and New York.  The study pointed to the sheer amount of films shot in Louisiana. Eighteen of the 108 films released in 2013 were shot in the Bayou State.

Filming in Hollywood South:

Two successful HBO shows were shot in Louisiana — “Treme” and “True Detective,” now they’re launching another show called, “Quarry,” which will air on Cinemax. “Lawless” and “The Road” director John Hillcoat will take on the project set to star Stellan Skarsgard and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Production started last week (April, 1) in New Orleans.

Making history Al Pacino and Anthony Hopkins will work opposite each other for the first time in their new film, “Beyond Deceit,” which started rolling in New Orleans last week.

Other films shooting in Hollywood South:

“The American Can,” starring Will Smith.

“Scream Queens,”  starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Lea Michele, Emma Roberts, Nick Jonas, and Ariana Grande — just to name a few.

“The Long Night” starring Mark Wahlberg.

Movies shot in Hollywood South that’s in theaters now:

“Focus,” starring will smith.
“Get Hard,” starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart.

"Should Hollywood South stay in Louisiana." WGNO. WGNO Web Desk and Jabari Thomas. Web. 3 April 2015. Updated 6 April 2015. ‹›. 
Madeline Zerbe. Photography by German Roque.
We caught up with JRP New Orleans Model Madeline Zerbe as she prepares for her big trip to Asia. 

Madeline attended our open model casting call back in October 2013. She had no previous model experience, only a dream and a passion for modeling. She won our grand prize modeling scholarship to IPOP (a national talent showcase in Los Angeles where agents world wide scout for their next talent). Through 3 months of intensive model training at JRP New Orleans she developed an elegant model walk, poise, and a stronger self confidence that led her to becoming IPOP's Adult Top Model of the year! She is officially signed with Next Model Management one of the top modeling agencies world wide.  Madeline is currently preparing for her big trip to Asia and we had the opportunity to catch up with her prior to leaving the country.

JRP: As you prepare for your travels to Asia, what are your thoughts? 
Madeline: As the time approaches, the idea of visiting another country is exciting, but it makes me a little nervous. I have never been outside of the United States and my biggest fear is getting lost in a foreign country. I do however know how big of an experience this is and I plan to take full advantage of it!

JRP: How do you feel the experience of traveling to Asia will benefit you as model?
Madeline: Traveling to Asia will not only allow me to build my portfolio, but help me grow as a person. Modeling has always been my dream and each day is more and more exciting. The confidence I will gain while in another country, out of my element, will benefit me in the long run. Meeting a ton of new people in the industry is also exciting!

JRP: What advice can you give to aspiring models as you leave the country?
Madeline: As I leave, I want aspiring models to know even when you think its not possible, it very well may be. A year ago, I would of never thought that I would be embarking on an opportunity to explore another culture while building my modeling portfolio. Remember that even though one person may not like you or your particular style, someone else may love you! DON'T EVER GIVE UP!

For more information on Madeline's success; check out her modeling portfolio on Next Model Management's Webpage. CLICK HERE

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Do you think you have what it takes to peruse a career in modeling like Madeline Zerbe? CLICK HERE for more information.

From left to right, George Clooney, Sandra Bullock, Tom Hiddleston, and Gerald Butler. Image source:
George Clooney, Sandra Bullock, Gerard Butler, and Tom Hiddleston are all headed to Louisiana this fall for a variety of upcoming film projects, including "Our Brand Is Crisis," "Geostorm," and "I Saw the Light." They will soon occupy the vacated spaces of the recently filmed "Terminator: Genisys," "Jurassic World" and "Fantastic Four" among other locations throughout Hollywood South.

Clooney and Bullock are reportedly expected to co-star in the Warner Brothers-backed comedy "Our Brand Is Crisis," which George Clooney and Gran Heslov are producing. "Our Brand Is Crisis" is based on Rachel Boynton's 2005 documentary, which focused on the use of American political campaign strategies in Bolivia by President Clinton's former consultants James Carville and Stan Greenberg. The comedy is expected to begin filming September 29th. 

In October, Butler is set to star in the Warner Brothers-backed sci-fi adventure feature film "Geostorm" that has been in pre-production since early July. He will reportedly play the role of a satellite designer who has to work together with his estranged brother to save the world from a man-made storm of epic proportions. 

From October to December, Hiddleston is set to play country music icon Hank Williams in "I Saw the Light," directed by Marc Abraham. Don't worry though. He has been known to pull off a role before. He is aware that society will feel that giving a British guy the part of an American legend is unconventional, but he is determined to make sure everyone knows he takes his role very serious. "It's a huge role for me and a huge responsibility. I'm going to give it everything I've got," he told the Daily Mail. Not convinced he can pull it off... Watch short film, "Thor: The Dark World." It just might give you some insight to the actors capabilities. 

As pre-production continues and filming begins with these well-known stars, keep an open eye out for star sightings and let us know who is spotted where, doing what, and when through our Spot the Star page (SPOTTED). 

Written by Blog Contributor: Samantha Doucet
The film industry and the production of feature films is exploding in the South. Last year Louisiana saw an increase in the number of feature films released theatrically. Now the film industry is expanding towards Mississippi where potential is seen within the industry.

Was Louisiana the start of something big in the film industry? Cameras and production crews are being spotted all over the South. Spill over from Louisiana has opened doors for many in the South Mississippi film industry, including up and coming actors. 

Several films have already been shot in South Mississippi and a production company is currently on the coast working on a movie titled, "Impact Earth." Earlier this summer, cameras and production crews were spotted on the set of the reality show "Party Down South" on the beach in Biloxi.

With the film industry expanding across the South, we can now say the South has become the new Hollywood!

Written by blog contributor: Samantha Doucet 
PictureActing Coach Spence Maughon
We caught up with JRP New Orleans Acting Coach Spence Maughon on what was the most important step on becoming an actor.

“If there is anything else you love, do that, because this business is too hard for the faint of heart.”  At the age of 19, those were some of the first words I heard from an acting teacher.  Over the years, I’ve seen friends and colleagues move on to other careers and the minority of us stuck with the entertainment industry in some facet.  The difference is, for the few, there wasn’t a choice.  Performing isn’t just a hobby it is an obsession.  Even if you fit into the obsessed category, remind yourself daily, it’s called Show BUSINESS, not just Show.  Too many actors forget this part of the industry. 

The first step in the business side of show is defining your goal.  What is your goal?  Don’t limit your goal to, “I just want to work.”  The problem with a goal of  “I just want to work,” is that it’s uninspiring to you and future collaborators.  And don’t confuse a “to do list” as goal achievement.  A laundry list will not help you achieve success.  So, how do you define your goal?   When creating a goal, make sure it is specific and your own.  Don’t get caught up in someone else’s vision of what you should do.

First, start with your ultimate career goal. After defining your long-term career goal, work backwards to achieve it.  Who would you most like to collaborate?  What movies or Television shows do you envision yourself working?  Who casts these projects?..  Working backwards, give yourself a timeline and actionable steps.  Create this timeline with yearly/monthly/weekly/daily steps.  If you do not create an action plan, years from now you may find yourself with the same goal, but nowhere near accomplishing it.  I know this may sound daunting or you’re not sure where to begin.  One of my first steps before moving to New Orleans was research the local market.  What kind of films and Television shows are being shot here?  Do these projects fit my “type?”  Who are the local casting directors?  Which talent agency should I sign?  Where do I meet these future collaborators?  These are just a few of the questions I asked before moving from Los Angeles.

It should go without saying, write everything down and track your progress.  Don’t just keep your goals locked in your head. No consistent tracking = no awareness = no behavioral change.

After you have established your goals, create a support group of like-minded entertainment professionals.  Check-in with each other weekly and share your accomplishments, as well as your plan of action for the following week.  Just like when preparing an audition, it’s not real until you say it out loud.  Voice these goals to your support group in order to be held accountable.  Accountability will make you more productive. 

Some of best advice I was given at an early age was, “Keep it simple.”  We are a consumerist society.  We go out daily and spend money on things we do not need and are not important.  If you’ve left the luxury of your parents’ home, don’t rent the nicest apartment in your ideal neighborhood and then fill it with all new furnishings.  Don’t buy the brand new car.  I’ve seen too many friends not pursue their careers because they were too busy just paying monthly bills.  Keep it simple, so you can spend money and time doing what is important to advance your goals.

Lastly, identify what you’re good at – and work hard at making that your daily focus. Keep in mind that what you can’t do now, you are capable of improving. You are who you are and that’s what you’re selling. 

Article written By: JRP New Orleans Acting Coach Spence Maughon

Everywhere we turn life is becoming hyper social and digital. For those of you who have and maintain your social networks kudos! If you’re lagging behind on keeping your profile information up-to-date on your social media accounts here are some tips fromJRP New Orleans Marketing Director on how to take advantage of social media to help you be open and connect with opportunities:

Facebook Fan Page
: If you’re an actor, I suggest building a fan page that is professional and separate from your personal profile. The benefit is it’s an interactive online press kit that anyone can view especially if you don’t have a website. Your fan page should focus mostly on news, images, videos, and updates on your current work.

Twitter & Instagram: Twitter and Instagram are two great resources to share your press, information, and work. With the #hashtag and @ feature you have direct access to other actors, celebrities, directors, casting directors, etc making your posted content searchable and accessible. If you’re trying to get your new acting or modeling projects some publicity, Twitter & Instagram are the most effective. Best of all when you post on one you can automatically upload to the other. Don’t like being stuck behind a screen socializing? Meet up is an excellent site that gives people the opportunity to plan and execute gatherings in their neighborhood based on similar interest like acting, modeling, singing, etc. The best way for an actor to use this service is to search for production and studio related events. At meet ups, you can expect a much more laid back vibe (unless noted otherwise) with people who just want to meet other people. You never know who you’ll meet, and at the end of the day, enjoying the company of like-minded individuals is wonderful.

Stay connected with JRP New Orleans Acting and Modeling  check out our social handles! Most importantly share your happenings, success, and work with us so we can share about the great things happening in Louisiana Hollywood South!

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PictureMadeline Before & After at her first Los Angeles Photoshoot.

Meet JRP New Orleans
Model Madeline Zerbe. Madeline attended our open model casting call back in October
2013. With no experience but a dream and passion for modeling Madeline won our grand prize modeling scholarship to IPOP (a national talent showcase in Los Angeles where agents world wide scout for their next talent). Through 3 months of intensive model training at JRP New Orleans she developed an elegant model walk, poise, and a stronger self confidence that led her to becoming IPOP's Adult Top Model of the year! Big congrats to embarking on her modeling career she is officially signed with Next Model Management on of the top modeling agencies world wide and already living in Los Angeles. We caught up with Madeline after her move to Los Angeles.

JRP: Wow, What a great last few months for you and major transformation. How has your life changed since training at JRP New Orleans and going to IPOP?
Madeline: Since JRP approached me about IPOP my life has changed in so many ways! I'm a different person in such a good way. They not only gave me the opportunity to become a model and helped me get there but, I am NOW, a model signed with Next Model Management so the best part is I have the career of my dreams.

JRP: How does it feel to be named model of the year at such a huge event?
Madeline: It felt so amazing! After that I felt like I could accomplish that I want to. I had excellent coaches and mentors to fully prepare me and as a team we killed!

JRP: What did it take to prepare for IPOP?
Madeline: It was a lot of work. It wasn't easy there was a lot about me that needed to change before I could truly pursue this industry (before I started training I cold barely walk in 4 inch heels!). modeling classes at JRP New Orleans for IPOP were one of my favorite things to do, it was a lot of fun to learn all these new things that I now carry with me, and use every day.

JRP: We are so excited about your move to Los Angeles so quick after after IPOP. How has it been in the other LA?
Madeline: Moving to Los Angeles has been so crazy! In a great way of course! I have already learned my way around the city, and I love it here. Best of all I'm looking forward to traveling internationally.

JRP: What Advice can you give to aspiring models out there?
Madeline: If you want to become a model, then give it everything you have. Never give up no matter how many times you get turned away, just keep trying and be determined. Hard work always pays off. I am proof of that.

CLICK HERE to stay tuned in on Madeline's Success by checking out her modeling profile on Next Model Management Webpage !

CLICK HERE for more information for on upcoming modeling auditions in New Orleans and talent auditions!

 For the longest time we have focused on the success of  JRP New Orleans students. You’ve seen them on our wall of fame, on our website and in our newsletter. From commercials and print to TV and Film JRP New Orleans clients are booking booking booking. However, the amazing thing about being a success story doesn't have to mean we get to see your face on TV. Many clients have achieved so much success from training at JRP it all just depends on what you wanted to get out of this from the beginning. Clients have went from shy to senior class president, from training in film but now on stage. There are so many way to label success and for one client her success keeps on coming. Not on TV, not on stage but on the side of the industry we never talk about. Her journey started with JRP and as of today she is the assistant to one of televisions biggest stars! Meet Ericka Bonilla! Ericka began her journey in the business in 2002 and what a journey it has been. From the JRP Student to the JRP receptionist to an assistant for an  LA talent agency to a Junior Agent to a production assistant  to a casting assistant and now her current position as the assistant to Nina Dobrev of Vampire Diaries , Ericka has done it all and never regrets that the industry took her this route instead of in front of the camera. We sat down to chat with her about her journey and how a little bit of JRP New Orleans has always been apart of it.

JRP: When were you a student of John Robert Powers? Why were you attending?
EB: It feels like it was AGES ago!! Well, because it really was! I started at JRP in 2002 as a receptionist first and after a week there I knew I had to take some acting classes because they looked soo fun! After my first class I was hooked and took as many classes as I could. Everything from commercials, TV1/2, scene study, monologue even fashion & commercial print!  It was the best thing I've ever done.

JRP:  Describe your journey since you were a student at JRP and how has JRP been apart of that?
EB: Honestly, I learned more then just acting at JRP. It made me a more confident person. Which without confidence you cant go very far in this industry. The reason why I am where I am now (which currently is sitting on set on the new Fox comedy "Let's Be Cops") is because of what I learned and the contacts I made at JRP. After being at JRP for 5 years I decided I wanted to work at a talent agency and move to LA and because of the contacts and the support I received from my JRP family I've come as far as I have. There is some truth when they say its all about who you know

JRP: You've had to amazing opportunity of being an assistant at a huge talent agency to a Junior agent to an assistant to a huge celebrity. Tell us what part of this business was more rewarding for you and why?
EB: I feel like I've done everything there is to do in this crazy industry we all love! I can't say that there was one specific job that I found the most rewarding because I've learned so much from everything I've done. But I can say the most rewarding part was working at the talent agency because you get to be apart of someone's growing career and seeing how hard work and determination pays off.

JRP: Working for a Celebrity , how is that?
EB: It's the most fun and hardest job at the same time. I've gotten to learn the ins and out of the industry from the point of view of a working actor. If you think it's luxurious you've got it all wrong! (Well some of it is pretty fancy :) )  Working in representation I always knew that actors work hard but I didn't realize how hard they work until I started assisting one! If their not on set their coaching or auditioning for the next project or hoping on planes every weekend for work events. It's non stop! On my side it's all about making their life easier and assisting in whatever they need. Anywhere from communicating with their agents, managers, publicist to booking travel to picking up dry cleaning! No task is too big or small. At the end of day I know that I'm apart of something much bigger and look forward to where this journey will take me next!  

JRP: If you could give advice to young actors what would it be?
EB: KEEP TRAINING! I've worked with many many actors and the first thing they all have in common is that they still train with an acting coach, whether it be on set, off set, even on Skype! Their always working on their craft. Also, and I'm sure you hear this ALL the time, don't get discouraged when you hear no after no after no. If this is truly what you are passionate about you need to let those No's motivate you even more to keep pushing through BC it will happen! 

JRP: Do you hope to work on more projects together? Why?
EB: Yes, we both agree we would like to work on more projects together.  We both love to act and hope to have many more bookings. We, of course, know each other well and have great chemistry and enjoy working together.  We have had so much fun together on set. We are each others cheerleader and offer support to each other often.  

JRP:  If you could give advice to the aspiring young that would love to be apart of the industry in production, direction, assisting and any other aspect of this business?
EB: Network network network!! Get to know as many people as you can! The one thing about moving up in this industry is who you know. Bottom line! So, submit your information to all the productions going on in Louisiana, get in as an office PA or set PA thats where you will meet the people that can refer you to the next job and just keep hustling until you get to where you want to be.  As Drake would say "Started from the bottom now were here!".

Keep up with + and her production success by CLICKING HERE and checking out her filmography on IMDB.
For more information on getting your prepared for a career in the film industry CLICK HERE

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Actress/Coach Nicole Barre
For those of you just starting out in show business, you may be puzzled, surprised, and possibly even overwhelmed by how much there is to learn. Deciding to be a performer- whether you are an actor, dancer, model, singer or stuntsperson requires countless hours of training, research, networking and studying. All successful working actors have trained somewhere—and for a long time. It takes years to develop your craft, but dedication to it will sharpen your skills so you are ready when your big opportunity arrives. And remember, training does not guarantee you an acting job. You must work for it! But commitment and training will more often than not lead you to an acting job because you will have the talent and tools to book your auditions. 

There are several basic and mandatory steps to the process of becoming a professional performer. And remember the learning never stops. Here are a few key aspects to ponder as you continue your journey to being a working actor. 

1.     You Must Treat Class Like a Job: Bring you’re A-game to every class. Work on your material at home and in class as if you were getting paid to perform it. Applying realistic conditions will prepare you for the real thing. Don’t miss your training classes—even if you’re not performing. Watching others and TAKING NOTES is an important part of training. In the classroom don’t play it safe—take risks, make bold choices and if you call flat on your face LEARN FROM IT. 

2.  Assess Your Ability Honestly and Carefully: Often actors think they are more capable than they are or they spend all day giving themselves anxiety about how awful they are or how badly they did at the audition. Enjoy your successes in this business when they come and learn from your struggles. Don’t beat yourself up because you had one bad day and when you have a great audition, callback or booking—CELEBRATE! 

3.  Know The Terminology of the Business: I cannot emphasize how important it is to TALK the TALK. In this industry there are words, phrases, and even abbreviations that are used on a daily basis. Here are a few terms to get you started: 

·   Audition: to try out for a role or to try out for an agent. 

·   The Breakdowns: A summary prepared by the casting director listing speaking roles to be cast. These are ONLY provided to talent agents to assist them in their actor submissions. 

·   Casting Notice: Similar in format to a breakdown, but not restricted to agents only. 

·   Cold Reading: Unrehearsed reading of a scene which can occur in class or at an audition. 

·   Day Player: A principal actor hired on a daily basis rather than on a longer term contract. 

·   Eighteen to Play Younger: An actor legally 18 years old or older who can convincingly be cast as a younger age. 

·   Agent: Represents talent, finds auditions for talent, acts on talents behalf, negotiates bookings and also defends, supports and promotes the interest of his/her clients. An agent gets a percentage of talents salary only when they book a job—usually 10-15%. Agents are very familiar with their clients’ abilities so they can properly submit them for appropriate jobs. There are

·  Casting Director: is the liaison between director, actors and their agents/managers and the studio/network to get the characters in the script cast. In the early stages of the casting process actors are videotaped at the casting director’s office, using memorized scripts (called sides) that are emailed to agents and then passed along to talent.  THE CD then attaches resumes and headshots and shares the taped auditions with producers, directors and studio representatives. From there, actors are selected to come in for a callback. 

·   Callback: Second round of auditions in front of the director.  Sometimes there are several rounds of auditions before the cast is in place. 

·   Callback for an Agent Audition: this simply means that the agent is possibly interested in working with you and taking you on as a client. 

·  Residual: The fee paid to actors for re-broadcast of commercial, film or TV program.

Clearly there is much to learn… and this is merely the tip of the iceberg. I have been a professional actor since I was 15 years old and I can honestly attest to the fact that I am STILL learning everyday. The basics of the business will always remain the same for the most part, but there are trends that come and go and with the rapid advancement and mind-bogglement of technology, you must keep up. I took an acting class myself the other night with a nice gentleman from Los Angeles and as I looked around I recognized people that I’ve seen on television—working actors like myself, sitting in a chair, in a classroom, as you all do, soaking up as much knowledge as possible. I learned a lot that night and was inspired to be not only a better actor but also a better teacher. I just looked over the notes I took from that night. Here are three sentences I wrote in my notebook:

“Before you can be an actor, you must be a detective…”

“The camera sees you thinking, it sees what you know. So you better KNOW…”

“Take classes. “

Happy acting, auditioning, studying and booking!!

Written by: Actress/Coach Nicole Barre