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The H.U.R.D. Casting Network - Helping yoU Reach Dreams Message Board › Star in a Pilot for TV!

Star in a Pilot for TV!

Veleka G.
Have you ever dreamed of being on TV? Maybe in a soap or a prime time series? Well, now is your chance!

For the next three semesters, students of The Actors Alliance will hone actors' dramatic skills and help develop a pilot for a dramatic series... either a soap opera or a prime time show... to debut on local TV in the fall. Students will learn to produce and perform in a show that's good enough to be picked up by a network or sold to a production company.

And the actors who participate in development will be given the opportunity to be leading characters in the pilot!

By working together to develop the pilot, students will learn flexibility, concentration, intuitive thinking, listening skills, communication, continuity, characterization, and, most important, teamwork — all critical skills for actors. You will practice everything you need to prepare yourself to develop your character and the pilot, from playing theatre games to scene study to practicing acting for the camera while your performance is recorded for playback.


To develop the project, actors will study screenwriting and script analysis as well as acting techniques. Being proficient in these skills gives you an advantage over your competition at auditions and on the set when you're hired.


Students of The Actors Alliance are given the opportunity to...

★ Train with the top acting coach in Louisiana

★ Showcase for top industry guests in the sixth and final week of each semester

★ Network with other actors, casting directors, producers, and filmmakers on a private Facebook page, created just for members of The Actors Alliance

★ Get the seasoning needed to create personal charisma and star quality

★ Have first crack at auditions for The Actors Alliance Productions and get referred to filmmakers doing other projects


• Metairie - Monday evenings - 7 p.m. to 10, starting May 21

• Baton Rouge - Wednesday evenings - 7 p.m. to 10, starting May 23

• Covington - Thursday evenings - 7 p.m. to 10, starting May 24

Tuition for each semester is $275 with a $50 deposit paid in advance, or $300 at the door. Mature actors age 14 and up may enroll.

You can study acting for film until the cows come home, but until you are performing in front of a camera, you won't get the feel for the work or the necessary experience. Doing the work and then seeing yourself on camera is essential, and that's one more thing that studying with The Actors Alliance gives you.


* "I absolutely LOVE this class, and you, and everyone else involved!! I look forward to it all week, as terrifying as it is at the same's a game changer :) And you're amazing! That is all :)"
-- Jess Ordean, Baton Rouge

"Absolutely enjoyed this evening's class! I almost wasn't able to make it tonight and I'm so glad things worked out so that I could. It's been a total delight. I really liked seeing my character begin to develop and can see how she will continue to build into something quite entertaining."
-- Kristina Kingston, Mandeville

"Last night was so cool. I really enjoyed and learned a lot from the documentary we saw. I also learned a lot from watching others act. Can't wait. I am getting so excited. Thanks for a great class! Love you."
-- Shirley Tregre, Denham Springs

"I had so much fun tonight!!"
-- Michael Williams, Ponchatoula

"And ANOTHER one of 's students makes the cut! :)"
-- Tony Severio, Pine Grove

* "I just wanted to thank you for bringing me out of my shell in your class. Whether it is sexiness, tears, anger or pure silliness - you always provided a safe place. I want you to know that I realize, that however hard I worked, you were behind me working ten times harder to get me there. I love you !!!!!" ~ Jennifer Bergeron, New Orleans


Veleka Gray, a native of New Orleans, is a professional actress, educator, writer, director, casting director, and award-winning producer with credits in film, television, and Broadway.

She has shared the stage or screen with luminaries such as Sigourney Weaver, Joel Crothers, Ted Danson, Jobeth Williams, Ron Harper, Madeline Kahn, Elliot Gould, Dana Delany, Jameson Parker, Rue McClanahan, Armand Assante, Lisa Loring, Gerald McRaney, Michael Cole, Bo Svenson, Jack Cassidy, Woody Brown, Eileen Fulton, Larry Bryggman, Diana Douglas, Keir Dullea, Andrea Evans, Chandler Harben, Anthony Herrera, Fawne Harriman, Terry Lester, Gene Bua, and Margaret Colin among many others.

Since returning to New Orleans in 2000, Veleka has been cast in six films, including the features “Flag of My Father,” “Flood Streets,” and “Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D,” which wrapped at the end of September, plus the short “Fingers,” which is now in film festivals. She played the infamous Judge White in “Blood in The Grass” last April, for which she was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress award at the upcoming UNO Film Festival.

Veleka is a judge in real life for film and television shows. For seventeen years she has been chosen as a judge for the National Emmy Awards. And she is frequently asked to be a contest judge, hostess, or moderator for such industry events as the Mississippi International Film Festival, the Ozone Film Festival, and the Cutting Edge Music Business Conference and Roots Music Gathering.

She is now casting films as well. After casting two films with her students, “Reunion” and “For Better, For Worse,” she cast “Vigorsol Mystery,” a short film for an Italian production company, in March.

As a coach, Veleka has trained actors for twenty-five years in New York, San Francisco, at the College of DuPage in Chicago, and, since 2000, all over Louisiana. In addition to the workshops and classes she teaches weekly in Metairie, Baton Rouge, and Covington, she brings her coaching to Shreveport, Monroe, Alexandria, Lafayette, and Jackson, MS.

She was on staff for six years at “Soap Opera Digest,” writing a column, plus she wrote feature articles about her actor colleagues for other fan magazines. She also sold a screenplay to Columbia and is currently studying screenplay writing with to make a career move into writing for motion picture production.

In January, 2009, she added producing to her curriculum vitae. Her first credit behind the camera was as executive producer of the award-winning short film “Halfway,” which was shown at the New Orleans Film Festival in October. She was the writer/director of her own student film “Reunion,” also shot in October.

In 2010, Veleka was executive producer for a short shot for a Lionsgate contest. Her fourth stint as executive producer and screenwriter was for the award-winning short “Achtung!” submitted to the 2010 48 Hour Film Project.

She has been Executive Producer of five films and has written the screenplay for four of those. She is currently completing production of "For Better, For Worse," starring students of The Actors Alliance to help them acquire excellent scenes for their demo reels. She started principal photography for her third class film, "Cabin Fever," the first of May.

Collaborating with colleagues in her professional organizations, such as Women in Film and Television, PSA, and the Louisiana Filmmakers Meetup, Veleka is developing other projects, including a pilot for a television series. She is a member of MENSA, is vested by more than ten years of credits in both Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA, and was inducted into the Louisiana Hall of Fame in 2004.


Call 504-812-3379 or e-mail

Students accepted must be teenagers or older. Once registered, students are expected to attend all classes or make them up in the same semester. All deposits and tuition are non-refundable.

Being an actor is about making acting a regular part of your life. Join the actors in The Actors Alliance and network with the finest talent in the South. You'll learn how to fulfill your dreams and make great friends who share your dreams.

Transform your acting from good to great with new, fun skills today!

"Great acting is a science...
Learn how at The Actors Alliance"


"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is therefore not an act but a habit." -- Aristotle

"I will prepare, and someday my chance will come." -- Abraham Lincoln
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