2017 New Mexico Actor Showcase

Submissions are now closed. Thank you to the 51 actors who submitted!

actor showcase categoriesNew This Year! We have added a 5th category, Senior: 55+ in age. 
Finalists will appear live at on March 17 at the South Broadway Cultural Center.

New Mexico has talented actors and the New Mexico Film Foundation is providing this opportunity to showcase their abilities. We are presenting the New Mexico Actors Showcase, a live audition/performing arts event. New Mexico actors have the chance to perform an audition live on stage with a director in front of an audience.

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2016 New Mexico Actors Showcase Finalists

2015 New Mexico Actor Showcase Finalists

sarah minnich

Sarah Minnich

Sarah Minnich – Master of Ceremony
From the silver screen to television and music videos, Sarah Minnich has built herself a multifaceted career in entertainment. She is best known for her roles in Roadside Attraction’s ‘Priceless’, Black Label Media’s ‘Sicario’, and Happy Madison Production’s ‘The Ridiculous 6’. Sarah’s most notable TV credits include AMC’s ‘Better Call Saul’, AMC’s ‘Preacher’, WGN America’s ‘Manhattan’ and El Rey Network’s ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’. 2017 promises to be a major step forward for Sarah’s career, with multiple film and television appearances already in the can.A California native, Sarah was raised by incredibly active parents who taught her how to take care of herself and the value of spending time in nature. After moving to New Mexico to be close to her family and escape the pollution and congestion of California, she completed herBachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree at the University of New Mexico, with hopes of one day pursuing a PhD. Over the years, Sarah’s passion for acting has led to her training with Bob Jesser Studios, the SAG Foundation, and the Actor’s Company, LA. With her talent, she aims to touch the lives of many through the performance of complex human emotions and struggles. Moreover, she hopes to one day be a public influencer and have the opportunity to pass along the knowledge that she has gained from her own struggles and past decisions, specifically to young women.

Jocelyn Jansons

Jocelyn Jansons – Director
Jocelyn is a filmmaker in Santa Fe who grew up in downtown Manhattan as the daughter of an artist. Her first job was as a teen host on NBC-TV, interviewing Andy Warhol and Iron Maiden for Emmy Award-winning Kids Just Kids and Fast Forward.  Jocelyn worked on indie features in New York and later in Los Angeles where she was Associate Producer on Chuck & Buck and Director and Producer of What’s Your 20?, a webisodic that went behind-the-scenes on Monster’s Ball and The Slaughter Rule.Jocelyn wrote, produced, and directed two short films in New Mexico.  Baby Monitor is a recipient of a New Visions/New Mexico Award. Lobster is a Winner of the Women in Film and Television International Showcase and continues to screen in theaters worldwide. Both Baby Monitor and Lobster were selected for the Taos Shortz, Albuquerque, and Santa Fe Independent Film Festivals and are winners of the New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase.  The films are distributed through the Spiritual Cinema Circle, a division of Vivendi.  Other directing credits include the premiere of Eve Ensler’s play, I am an Emotional Creature, at the Lensic and a New Mexico Women in Film fundraising piece for Komen for the Cure.
Merritt C. Glover

Merrit Glover

Merrit Glover – Reader
With over 34 theatrical credits, and 18+ film and television credits under her belt, Merritt is a New Mexico native pursuing her career in film and theatre. After graduating the University of New Mexico as magna cum laude in performing arts, Merritt moved to Portland, Oregon to pursue professional theatre. When asked what brought her back to New Mexico only three years after re-locating to Portland, Merritt laughs: “The pilot of Breaking Bad….I knew this ground breaking show was something of which I needed to try and be a part. The show was going to make history.” Shortly after seeing the pilot of Breaking Bad in her living room, Glover moved back to Albuquerque, New Mexico to start her pursuit of a film career in addition to her theatrical career. Two years later, Merritt booked her first SAG speaking role on the popular series: ‘In Plain Sight,’ as Sheila.
Shaun Riley

Shaun Riley

Shaun Riley – Producer
For 3 years and 103 episodes Shaun served as Production Manager and Floor Director of the weekly television variety program The After After Party w/ Steven Michael Quesada which was broadcast statewide on KOB TV, My 50 and the CW Network. He was producer of three separate weekly local arts and entertainment series for Comcast 27 in the Albq/Metro area (Spotlight On, The Pulp Film Lab and Talking Better Call Saul).”Home Country” interstitial films producer (20) and providing hands on film production training to the film students at the Digital Arts and Technology Academy (DATA) under the City of Albuquerque’s jobs shadow grants program “Running Start” are also in Shauns repetoire. Other positions include touring events coordinator for The Sundance Film Panel, Project coordinator for the first Youth Digital Media Program (2015) for the Department of Cultural Services/City of Albuquerque which was funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, production volunteer at the WESST/Comcast Digital Media Center, Community advisory board member at the South Broadway Cultural Center/Dept. Cultural Services. Shaun is a Filmworks Barry E. Wallace award nominee (2015) for contributions to New Mexico Film. Currently working as production staff member at NBC affiliate station KOB TV/Albuquerque.

 

NOTE: Our judges reserve the right to reallocate an actor’s submission to another tier based on their discretion.
Complete  Rules

 

 

    “This showcase  is not an audition or employment opportunity. There is no promise that when the showcase is over, the casting directors judging this showcase will  be taking home or be given access to your headshot, resume or any other of your promotional materials”

NOTE: Our judges reserve the right to reallocate an actor’s submission to another tier based on their discretion. 

Resources:
These links may help you in developing a more professional presentation for your acting abilities:

How to light yourself for video workshop by Toby Younis and Streaming NM
Lighting Workshop for Actors

Professional Websites for Actors by Nathan Brimmer:
Professional Websites For Actors- 5 videos
PDF of Powerpoint used in workshop
Website Tools for Actors

Audition Deal Killers – Faith Hibbs-Clark- Good Faith Casting
Top 10 Audition Deal Killers pdf file

How to select a talent agent – Carissa Mitchell – Mitchell Talent
Selecting an Agent

Branding YourselfNathan Brimmer
Branding yourself as an Actor