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The H.U.R.D. Casting Network - Helping yoU Reach Dreams Message Board › TRAINING FOR ASPIRING ACTORS...Shreveport


Bossier City, LA
"Win The Audition and Succeed in Show Business"


Whatever your level of experience, we have a workshop designed for you.

2/10, Friday, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. - "Winning The Audition"
2/11, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - "Winning The Audition"
2/11, Saturday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. - "How to Succeed in Show Biz"
2/12, Sunday, 1:30 to 3 p.m. - "Kids Do Commercials, Too"
Veleka Gray, an actress and master teacher, is coming to Shreveport on
February 10, 11, and 12. Her workshops can help you gain proficiency in
your craft at an accelerated rate. On Friday evening or Saturday
morning, learn the basics of acting. On Saturday afternoon practice advanced
acting skills. On Sunday afternoon, kids age six to twelve learn how to
shine at auditions for commercials and learn protocol for being on a


The "Winning The Audition" workshops cover the basics plus certain
advanced skills of acting and auditioning for film and commercials. For
your convenience, you can choose to take this workshop on either Friday
evening or Saturday morning. These classes are designed to train actors
eight years old and up.


- How to overcome nervousness and shyness

- The Hollywood game

- The do's and don'ts of auditioning for the movies

- How to put your best foot forward when meeting agents, casting
directors, and film personnel

- How to slate and hit your marks

- Essential production terms such as the meaning of "boom" and "key

- Projection of voice and personality

- How to respond emotionally to scene partners

- How to focus your attention so outside influences don't distract you

- The fundamentals of Actors Studio Method Acting

You'll have fun performing with scripts for commercials and films that
we provide, then see your acting on TV at the end of the class. Actors
will finish this class armed with the essential skills needed to
audition competently and successfully.


Here are reviews by students at Ms. Gray's last Shreveport workshop on

"I enjoyed every part of class. Everything was extremely informative. I
learned a lot of vital information in this workshop... detailed cold
readings, memorization techniques. Veleka is awesome. I felt so
comfortable with her."
- Rashonda Brokenberry

"The hands-on training from the instructor brings a lot of love to the
training. Very fun and entertaining. Gives you confidence."
- Ron Wheeler

"My daughter and I took Veleka's class and loved every minute of it.
We learned a lot that day. We can't wait for her come back. Veleka has a
way of making even the newest actor/actress feel as if they could take
on the world."
- Becky Holland

"Veleka was very attuned to all of us. It is a wonderful workshop to
open the mind and let talent come out in earnest. This is great for any
actor to know. It is also affordable."
- Tiffanie Chosa

"It's not just about acting. It can help you with a lot of stuff, even
if it doesn't have to do with acting or theatre work."
- Sierra Duncil

"The whole thing was great. There was never a dull moment. I learned a
lot. If anything could be included, I would say more time. I wasn't
ready to leave. Even a very experienced actor would have fund in this
class. It's very fun, and you learn new things about yourself. Veleka is
- Tim Smith

"I learned more than I thought I would. I really learned about myself.
You can learn about yourself as much as acting. I want more!"
- DeAnna Charett

"More time should be added."
- Victoria Fowler

"I liked opening up to let my inner self and feelings show without
being self-conscious. Never thought of myself as one that would be
interested, but... I would love to do this."
- Eve Morreale

"I liked doing the commercial. It was the most fun because nobody was
nervous. It felt like I have known them forever."
- Taylor Loftin

"I learned more than I thought I would."
- McKenzie Robinson

"I learned to look deeper than the clothes or face."
- MacKenzie Roberts

"I learned everything I needed to know."
- Chelsea Lewis

"I LOVED IT! I loved it and learned so much. I thought it was perfect.
It is so informative and fun. Anyone would love it."
- Victoria Talleferro

"Perfect! Highly recommended!"
- Chuck Halley

"Veleka was WONDERFUL!"
- Brooke Ward

These workshops get rave reviews. Find out why.


Acting coach Veleka Gray is an accomplished stage and screen actress
who was inducted into the Louisiana Hall of Fame in 2004. She learned her
craft from Bobby Lewis, one of the founders of the famed Actors Studio,
and she has over twenty years experience in nurturing and promoting the
careers of over twelve hundred students in collegiate, corporate, and
private venues.

For fifteen years Ms. Gray starred in eight different roles in six soap
operas, including "The Young & The Restless," "As the World Turns,"
"Love of Life," "Somerset," "How to Survive a Marriage," and "Love Is a
Many Splendored Thing," as well as guest star appearances in prime time
shows such as "Divorce Court" and "The Mod Squad." She was also a judge
for the Emmy awards for fifteen years and was televised presenting the
award for Best Director during her stint on "Love of Life."

In addition to her roles in daytime drama, Ms. Gray has had leads in
four films, twenty-seven plays, and hundreds of commercials. After
working nearly daily on the five soaps taped in New York, she often performed
at night on- or off-Broadway, and for six years she penned celebrity
articles and a bi-weekly personal advice column, "Veleka Advises," for
"Soap Opera Digest.

Ms. Gray transitioned smoothly from theatre to film and television and
will teach others to do the same in these unique workshops that inform
the beginner and enhance the knowledge and performance of the more
experienced actor.


Presented by The HURD Casting Network.

Classes will convene at 2030 Line Avenue in Shreveport.

Each four-hour session is $100. If actors who take the Friday night or
Saturday morning session are at least fourteen years old and wish to
return for the Saturday afternoon class, they may attend either of the
beginning classes plus the advanced session at a special rate of $175.

A new Sunday afternoon kids' class is one-and-a-half hours for $35.

For reservations and to make a deposit to hold your spot, phone Tara
Duncil at (318) 573-0039 or e-mail her at­ If you would prefer to pay for
your classes with a credit card, ask us how to use PayPal for tuition.
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