Frequently asked questions
Who can sign up to The Hollywood Initiative International Program held in Los Angeles?
The Hollywood Initiative and affiliates created an eligibility criteria which actors must meet to ensure efficiency of the program. The criteria is based on experience level, training and professionalism. It is not necessary to have an O-1 visa to attend. The application is free so take the initiative here. Apply now!
The Hollywood Initiative week is open to actors based on their age range. We run a program for Kids & Teens and another for Adults.
How do I sign up?
To Sign Up to the Hollywood Initiative, head to the website and fill in the sign up form on. Someone from our team will contact you so make sur to add us to your email contacts list otherwise it will go to spam: email@example.com
Please check your spam once you have signed up.
Do I need a visa to do The Hollywood Initiative Week?
You will need an ESTA visa in order to travel into the USA. You can purchase your visa online for under $20 at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/
The program is devised so that actors can test the waters in L.A. and see if it’s for them. The week is considered an educational, mini vacation. If the week proves successful, The Hollywood Initiative offers assistance in commencing the O1 visa process.
For those that already have an O1 visa, The Hollywood Initiative Program, provides personal introductions through the educational meetings and workshops which may create further opportunities.
Do actors get cast in a project or signed with an agent by doing The Hollywood Initiative week?
The main objective of the of this program is to educate. Further contact between the industry professionals and actors is rare after workshops. Although there are exceptions, the most important elements to take from this program are education and exposure.
How many people in each program?
Each international program has a cap at 16 people.
There is also a minimum to the program which is 6 people. In order for the program to go ahead we must have 6 people signed.
Can we come in a group?
Yes. We encourage to come with other actors so you all can experience this wonderful opportunity and really push each other. If you are coming on your own, no doubt you will make lifelong friendships here.
Are flights, accommodation, transport and food included?
Unfortunately, not. You must book all the necessary arrangements. However, we will help you once you have signed up. You are not alone in this. The Hollywood Initiative has you covered.
Have other questions?
Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org to further assist you with any queries.
What do we need to prepare?
Once you have signed up, we will then give you all the information and material needed to make sure you are well and truly prepared.
What is the schedule for The Hollywood Initiative Week?
Depending on the availability of the industry contacts, the schedule is created for each trip. Every day is divided between workshops, meetings and other activities. Other days will be dedicated to headshot and demo reel scene.
Who do we meet during The Hollywood Initiative Week?
During this intense week you will have the opportunity to meet key industry professionals ranging from known acting coaches, casting directors, agents, managers and many more
Do we offer refunds?
For the International Programs we offer refunds up to 10 days after purchase. If you cancel after the 10 days, you will be given a credit to use on a future program or any of our online classes.
How to join a zoom class:
Click the link that is provided via email. The link will either open up to zoom or it will need to be downloaded.
It is preferable to use a laptop or desktop computer.
If using a computer: When entering a Zoom meeting for the first time from a computer you will need to download and install a Zoom application.
This process is easy. After you’ve clicked on the meeting link, the application will either be automatically downloaded or you will be asked to save a file. On a PC it will be an .exe file and on a Mac it will be a .pkg file.
You should be able to install. just like any other computer program. If the download doesn’t begin, you can download the program here:
If using a mobile device: If you are joining from a mobile device (Android smartphone/tablet, Apple iPhone/iPad) then it will prompt you to download the Zoom Cloud Meetings app from the App/Play Store. For more, check out the help from zoom on getting started with a mobile device.
Is zoom free?
Yes. Zoom is free for students. You do need an account, but that is a free account.
Can I record my scene?
Pending on the class, you can record your scene unless the teacher states otherwise.
What is The Hollywood Initiative
The Hollywood Initiative offers in person classes and online classes for actors. The classes range from casting director workshops, acting classes, agents and managers showcases as well as Q&As.
Does THI provide scenes for classes?
Some Casting Directors prefer to hand out scenes during class, others will offer scenes in advance, but for those that require actors to bring their own, we have an online archive for members to dig through. For Agents and Managers showcases, you have the option to bring your own sides or monologue. Please bring a copy and highlight the readers sides. You must be OFF BOOK!
This works the same for Online Workshops. If scenes are provided you must send over your headshot and age range as soon as you book.
Are the Q&A's Mandatory to attend for the casting director workshops?
Yes. Our Q&A sessions at the beginning of class are mandatory. You don’t want to miss the opportunity to ask those questions you’ve always wanted to know. The Q&A sessions are put in place so you can get an understanding of all the different types of things Casting Directors prefer. Every office is different so make sure you take note of each specific office requirements.
Do I need to bring a headshot and resume? Do I get them back?
For in person workshops:
Yes, you must bring in a current headshot and resume. However, they will be given back to you at the end of class. Please note: In accordance with the law, workshops are only a learning experience. It is not an audition or an employment opportunity. When the workshop is over, the instructor will not take home nor be given access to your headshot, resume, or any other of your promotional materials. However, the guest will view your headshot and resume during your performance and will provide feedback, take notes, and give constructive criticism. Your material will be returned to you after your performance and before the class is over.
For online workshops:
Headshot's are sent to THI and sent to the casting director to assign scenes. They do not keep your headshots.
How are the classes structured for all workshops?
Casting Director Workshops: Each class starts off with a Q&A. The casting director/instructor will introduce themselves, productions they have worked on and exciting things that are coming up (if they are able to share.) After the Q&A’s, each casting director will run the workshops according to their preferred structure. You will know of the structure at the time of purchase.
Agent and Manager Showcases: Each showcase starts off with an introduction to all the delegate. We proceed to the showcase section. Once everyone has had their turn, we then go into a speed round. Our speed round gives you a couple of minutes to chat with the agents and managers. This is your chance to shine so prepare and kick ass!
Special Guest Q&A: This is a very chilled and relaxed environment. Grab your notebook and coffee. Sit back, relax and take it all in.
What do I need to bring to each workshop or showcase?
You are a professional actor. So, make sure you have the following.
Casting Director Workshops: One headshot with your updated resume on the back. Please make sure they are stapled in all four corners. Two copies of the sides. Please highlight you readers sides. A notebook to write in. A USB drive. Water and snacks for your quick brake in between. (Please note we do have pens and USB drives for purchase in studio)
Agent and Manager Showcase: FIVE headshots with your updated resume on the back. Please make sure they are stapled in all four corners. Two copies of the sides. Please highlight you readers sides. If you are doing a monologue, please bring in a copy. A notebook to write in. A USB drive. Water and snacks for your quick brake in between.
Special Guest Q&A: Our special guests can be anyone from Directors, Producers, Writers, Celebrities and Filmmakers. This is a brilliant way to learn more and get all your questions answered. Please bring: A notebook to write in. Water and snacks for your quick brake in between.
Do you issue refunds?
No. We do not offer refunds. Our guests are extremely busy and in the event of a cancellation by them or by you, you will be issued with a THI credit. This will never expire, and you can use at your next booking. Please email us if you can’t attend the workshop at email@example.com
If you do not email us before the workshop we can not issue you a credit. Each workshop will state the conditions and terms.
What if the workshop I want to participate in is booked out?
If the workshop you want to attend happens to be booked out we can pop your name down on a waiting list, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org . If a slot becomes available everyone on the waitlist will be notified. First to respond gets the spot. Please note: We do recommend booking as soon as the calendar is available. This is your career. Don’t wait to be put on a waiting list. Take charge and make things happen!
What time should I arrive online or in person?
Be it online or in person:
Treat this as you would any appointment. Arrive 15 minutes early to allow for parking and check-in or be ready in the zoom virtual waiting room. Better to arrive early and relax, look over your sides. If you are running late contact us on +1 (818) 296-9684. If your workshop is in person and you do not let us know the door will be locked and you will not be able to participate.
What is the address and contact details?
Location 1:CBSI Studios: 10660 Riverside Dr, Toluca Lake, CA 91602
Location 2: The Melrose Lounge: 7551 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Contact Number: +1 (818) 296-9684
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Are you a bonded company? And what does that mean?
The Hollywood Initiative is in full compliance and bonded (#5255708) with the SurTec Insurance Company.
You can check the data base on
https://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/DLSE-Databases.htm under Fee Related Talent Service Bonds.
You must have a bonded company in order to have Casting Director Workshops and Agent and Manager Showcases. If you don’t it is illegal. Please read the
Krekorian Law for more information.
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