Mark Your Calendars for the Twin Cities Actor Expo


Being from the Midwest originally, I like to escape the Big Apple for a bit and head home for the annual Actor Expo in the Twin Cities. Held in Hopkins, Minnesota, the event is for both novices (those new to the entertainment industry) as well as seasoned actors (actors with representation, who’ve been through auditions, and have some work under their belts). There are seminars and panels targeted to each audience. It’s a great opportunity for growing voice over artists as well. I’m really excited to be co-hosting a couple workshops at the event and I’ll tell you a little more about them below.

A great idea is born.

The Expo is the brainchild of Bill Cooper and Beth Chaplin and several others who saw a need to not only educate Twin Cities’ local talent on the industry, but to provide even more creative opportunities for them. Beth and Bill wanted to create one place where actors could go for answers. They invited casting directors, agents and an array of other individuals who influence an actor’s career (like coaches). Thus, the Twin Cities Actor Expo was born. But these days, they don’t ask casting directors and agents to participate, rather, they’re being asked by these folks to be included in the event!

One day that can change your career.

Aside from the invaluable seminars and panels, the day’s events at The Hopkins Center include meet and greets with agents, auditions for a panel of filmmakers, and an evening improv event, which by the way, some of the best improv I have ever seen! It’s like Whose Line Is It Anyway? meets Survivor.

I so appreciate the array of talent I meet at the expo. Moreover, it’s nice to pay it forward. If you live in or near the Twin Cities, you’re a professional in the entertainment industry or you’re interested in finding out more about it, the Twin Cities Actor Expo is a must.

Check out my workshops!

1. Hope to see you Saturday the 2nd for my professional track seminar, Auditioning for VO: Stand out from the crowd! Hosted with the talented Beth Chaplin, we’ll be discussing auditioning for voice overs (VOs). What do you do once you have the copy? Who are you talking to? What’s the story? Where are you? We’ll help you answer these questions and more.

2. Then, on Sunday April 3rd, I get to co-host another workshop, Professional Voice Over Workshop – with Beth Chaplin and Tom Hambleton at Undertone Music. Join us for a 5-hour, hands-on VO session. Participants will work at the mic in Tom’s professional recording booth, with immediate coaching and feedback from Beth and me.

If you’re at the Twin Cities Actor Expo, whether you’re registered for one of my seminars or not, I hope you’ll stop and say hi. I look forward to meeting you!

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