Nosotros and the LA Casting Connection Announce American Latino 2005 National Star Search Casting Workshop Series

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Nosotros Organization has joined forces with the LA Casting Connection LLC to create the American Latino 2005 Â? National Star Search & Casting Workshop Series traveling to seven major cities in America.

For the first time in its 35-year history, the Nosotros Organization and its President, Jerry Velasco, are joining forces with an outside entity, the LA Casting Connection LLC, to create American Latino 2005 - National Star Search and Casting Workshop Series that will reach out, on a national level, implementing one of the organization’s original mission statements. As defined by its founder, Ricardo Montalbán, one of Nosotros’ primary goals is to go out into the Latino communities to seek out, promote, nurture and support the talents of Latino performers.

Nosotros — "Us" in Spanish — was founded in 1970 by legendary actor Ricardo Montalbán to improve the image of Latinos/Hispanics as they are portrayed in the entertainment industry, both in front of and behind the camera; to expand their employment opportunities in the industry; to train its members to become better actors and industry professionals; and lastly, to reach out to the community and seek creative youngsters and encourage them to enter their chosen profession in the entertainment industry. Original board members included Desi Arnaz, Vikki Carr and Anthony Quinn among others. Nosotros has been instrumental in furthering the careers of many actors such as Edward James Olmos, Salma Hayek, Lupe Ontiveros and Lorenzo Lamas.

According to Mr. Velasco, “The American Latino 2005 Casting Workshop Series will educate adult and young Hispanic actors on all aspects of the entertainment business and on the dangers of coming to Hollywood unprepared. We will give them guidance on how to prepare for that experience and provide a way for them to network with Nosotros after we leave their city. Every workshop participant joins Nosotros with a one year membership.”

The American Latino 2005 Casting Workshops will provide a rare opportunity to learn the business of show business and make valuable contacts with actors, casting directors, Hollywood agents and managers.

Coinciding with the workshops is the American Latino 2005 National Star Search, a corporate-sponsored competition where winners are selected from each regional workshop and are flown to Los Angeles in the summer of 2005 for the American Latino 2005 Hollywood Showcase at the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre located near the intersection of Hollywood & Vine in Hollywood, CA.

The American Latino 2005 National Star Search regional winners will then compete in the American Latino 2005 Hollywood Showcase for generous cash prizes and acting scholarships which will enhance their opportunities for a professional career in the entertainment industry.

Latino actors, including Michael DeLorenzo, Jesus Nebot, Victor Rivers, Douglas Spain and Aimee Garcia, are scheduled to attend American Latino 2005 Casting Workshops to share their personal experiences of getting into the entertainment industry.

American Latino 2005 is scheduled for these cities:

•Los Angeles, CA

•Phoenix, AZ

•Houston, TX

•Miami, FL

•New York City, NY

•Chicago, IL

•San Francisco, CA

Full information, an online media kit and high resolution images are available for American Latino 2005 at our website:

http://www.AmericanLatino2005.com

American Latino 2005 is Another Nosotros Community Program.

A portion of the proceeds of American Latino 2005 directly benefit the educational programs of Nosotros. Nosotros is a 501 [C]3 nonprofit corporation.

http://www.Nosotros.org

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