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Major Houston Mixer & Networking Event

Sponsored by Women in Film & Television, Houston Cast & Crew, and Marketing Dynamics

It’s been some time since there’s been a major networking mixer here in Houston. Many of you have asked us When & Where. So this is for everyone in our industry. If you have never attended a film & television industry mixer, this will be a real treat for you, and it’s all about the people who attend, and the professionals who will be there to help and advise you. You will meet the “who’s who” in the Houston film and television industry.

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Who Attends Our Events?

Actors and models of all ages, filmmakers, film and stage directors, casting directors, talent agents, screenwriters, as well as actors and producers who regularly hold workshops to improve actor’s auditions, and the delivery of their lines, etc. (like Joanna Sanchez and Gary Chason). If you need new headshots or a demo reel edited, there are always photographers on hand who will serve you for very reasonable fees. Also, crew members of every description are always in attendance along with vendors who help film projects succeed. Now, here’s the Where and When:

When: Thursday, Nov. 5th, 7:00 PM till 11:00 PM (the biggest networking night of the week)

Where:  Fox and Hound (Westheimer and Wilcrest between Beltway 8 and Hwy. 6) 11470 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas 77077, (281) 589-2122. Plenty of parking and a full menu of delicious appetizers, spicy wings and sandwiches.

Tell your FB friends, and come ready to meet, greet, learn and grow (let’s pack the house).  See you there…

Your Organizers/Sponsors:

Anita Long

Anita Long

Anita Long is the current president of Women in Film-Houston. She is a recognized storyteller, documentary filmmaker, and public health consultant who was born in New York and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has received numerous awards for her research work at Smithsonian and produced numerous documentary films. Since moving to Houston to take care of her ailing father, Anita works as a publicist and media consultant. She brings much to the Houston film community and we are delighted that Anita came to Houston and we are honored that she is one of our co-sponsors. In her work with WIFT, she works with some of this nation’s most prolific women filmmakers, and is dedicated to helping her membership advance in their work and career.

Rod Mitchell

Rod Mitchell

Rod Mitchell has worked as an entertainment and literary publicist since 1984. He began his career as a radio personality and since 1996 has produced six reality television programs. His first, was about the work of Bounty Hunters (American Bounty Hunter), was America’s first introduction to the unique work of Bounty Hunters. Rod has also worked on numerous films projects as a Unit Publicist and has organized numerous industry message boards here in Houston since 1996, including IndieFilmWorkers on Yahoo groups for 10 years. In 2010 he launched Houston Cast & Crew on Facebook. Rod is all about helping members of our industry advance and find opportunities. Rod is a full time guest and story booker, working with national cable and broadcast network news programs and such talk shows as Today Show, Good Morning America, Fox and Friends and more than 20 other syndicated national TV and Radio programs.

Photo by Sanjay Patel

Photo by Sanjay Patel

Andy Valadez is founder of Marketing Dynamics focused on technology, broadcast, entertainment, publishing, and startups. He is a former United States Marine (Desert Storm/Desert Shield) and Graduate of Texas A&M University (BBA Marketing) and Tulane University (Applied Business). Andy enjoys advising actors and helping movie makers to advance in their work, get recognized for it, and move up the ranks to professional levels. He has vested in many of Houston producers gain impressive recognition and accolades through his countless events, mixers and training programs, working with some of this nation’s most recognized actors and producers, who share their knowledge and time through workshops and seminars and business development. Visit: www.TeamMarketingDynamics.com


Houston-Austin SAG-AFTRA 1st Vice President Mykle McCoslin Voices Her Vision to Expand Roles for Women

Mykle McCoslin Photo by Kenneth Dolin

Mykle McCoslin
Photo by Kenneth Dolin

Speaks to aspiring actors about the future of television and film and leading parts for diverse characters

Houston, Texas (October 28, 2015) – Hollywood Producer/Actress/Acting Coach Joanna Sanchez (www.JoannaSanchezEntertainment.com) returns to Houston to conduct her second “Take 2: Enrichment and Immersion Tour” for actors of all ages and experience levels beginning November 5th through November 8th. “I just love Texas and have been coming to this market for over five years in order to connect with those who are doing remarkable things in entertainment. Mykle McCoslin is amazing,” says Joanna.

Mykle will speak to about 20 people to include actors, other producers, and crew in a private setting in a 3,500 square foot home in League City, TX on Sunday 11/8. The actors will be treated to viewing of their dailies on an 85” screen in surround sound shot the previous day from scenes from their movie written by Screenwriter Norman Fitts and Directed by Zulema Nall. Mykle will share her experience and professionalism with the actors in a speaker’s series to include other industry juggernauts Dale Johnson, Make-up and Special Effects, Producer/Director Rebecca Allen of Rebel Video Production, and Rod Mitchell, Founder of Houston Cast and Crew and TalkGuests.com.

“Our industry needs more diversity in the roles that are being created and this includes women in lead roles in film, television and stage. I am proud to be half Hispanic and Half Irish American and proud to portray a more diverse example of what our culture looks like,” says Miss McCoslin.

“I am excited to be starring as the lead in a new play in February 2016 here in Houston called, ‘ The Boundary’ written by Houston Playwright Doug Williams which will be premiering at the new Queensbury Theater and directed by Malinda Beckham. It’s time for women to take on larger roles, be the leads, produce, direct. It’s our time and I am so grateful to represent this change in our industry,” says Mykle.

“The future is here and it is an exciting time to be a regional actor in the Southeast, with so many productions being filmed in our area and with virtual auditions you no longer have to live in Los Angeles and New York to have a successful career as an actor,” says Mykle.

About Mykle McCoslin:

Mykle McCoslin is an Actress, Producer, Writer/Director, and Founder of REEL ACTORS STUDIO. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre from the University of Southern California and has been a working actor in film, television, theatre and commercials for over twenty years in Los Angles, New York, Texas and Louisiana. Mykle currently serves as the 1st Vice President of the Houston-Austin Local SAG-AFTRA Board and starred in this summer’s ABC series, The Astronaut Wives Club. www.MykleMcCoslin.com


Welcome to Joanna’s Blog/Website

Joanna Sanchez is excited about her career in acting.  She is constantly honing her craft and sharing her expertise with others.  We’ve asked Joanna to share her Hollywood experience where she can be found meeting with producers, casting agents, fellow actors, talking to investors, and sharing her passion for film and television.  Take a quick look at some of her accomplishments here on her own site dedicated providing everything you would want to know about her acting abilities.

Joanna’s Demo Reel: Reel Access