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Native Actors Panel and Audition Workshop
November 17 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The 16th Annual LA SKINS FEST hosts its yearly workshop for Native American Actors. This year’s program is virtual and will feature casting personnel from Amazon, NBC and casting director Angelique Midthunder. They will discuss best practices for auditioning, breaking into the industry and maintaining your career as an actor.
Following the virtual panel, we will hold mock auditions for Native American actors to offer additional pertinent information on “nailing that audition.” This portion will provide feedback from our panel of experts to enhance our community’s ability to better audition and create more opportunities for Native American actors.
The Native American Audition Workshop and Actors Panel overall goal is to offer new opportunities for the Native American community. The workshop will provide new information vital to auditioning in the ever-changing media landscape, give our community fresh opportunities to generate new partnerships and gain access to networking collaborations. This is part of the 16th Annual LA SKINS FEST week of events. Check out the entire film festival schedule here.
Cara Jade Myers is a Native American actor and writer who is an enrolled member of the Wichita tribe. She was born on September 2nd in Phoenix, Arizona. Her grandfather, Bobby Hill, was a well-known Native American artist who painted under the name White Buffalo and her great grandmother was an acclaimed beader whose work has been displayed in the Smithsonian. In 2011, she headed to Hollywood where she got involved in acting classes and started writing. She was accepted into the 4th Annual Native American Writers Lab where she developed a TV pilot from pitch to 3rd draft. The same year, she was a semi-finalist in the ABC/Disney writers’ program. In early 2020, Cara was among 12 selected as part of A3 Artist Agency’s The Colony program, creating a TV pilot that is now in pre-proudction. She finished the year as a fellow of the Native American Feature Film Writers’ Lab. Over the years, she’s acted in a variety of indie and short films. In 2019, she was cast in an episode of the Emmy-Award winning series, “This is Us”. In 2021 she wrapped her role as Anna Brown in Martin Scorsese’s upcoming film, Killers of the Flower Moon. Cara is actively involved in the Native American Media Alliance and dedicated to helping the Native American community overall. She enjoys helping others and while in acting class in LA, created CRASH Cares whose main focus is to create care packages for the homeless in Hollywood.
Yolanda Guillen is a Senior Casting Executive at Amazon Studios where she is part of the US Casting team and oversees all casting for Mexico and Latin America, in addition to scouting Latinx talent for Amazon Studios. Having cast more than 700 projects in the Hispanic and general market, Yolanda has successfully worked with studios and networks like Sony Pictures TV, CBS, ABC, NBC, Disney, Nickelodeon and Freeform. Some of the projects she has been part of have won international awards like the Golden, Silver and Bronze Lions at Cannes and her knowledge and expertise in theater, commercial and theatrical film has helped her gain recognition in the entertainment industry.
Casting Director Sara Isaacson was born and raised in Chicago, and is now based in Los Angeles. Sara’s first job was as an assistant on Gilmore Girls followed by ER as an associate with casting director, John Levey. She gained valuable insight and experience while serving as an agent at Greene & Associates Talent Agency and as Manager of Casting and Talent and Lifetime Television. But casting is her first love. Some of her casting director credits include: Fringe (FOX), Bates Motel (A&E), State of Affairs (NBC), Law and Order True Crime: The Menendez Brothers (NBC), Manifest (NBC), The Baker and the Beauty (ABC), La Brea (NBC), and Connecting (NBC). Sara is currently casting Chicago Fire and Chicago Med for Dick Wolf Entertainment and NBC. Sara is proud to be a member of the Casting Society of America, at which she served on the Board of Directors for two years, as well as a Teamsters union member.
Angelique Midthunder has been working in casting for over 20 years and has developed a niche for casting Indigenous roles and prides herself on preserving authenticity and integrity in cultural casting. In 2022, she was nominated for an Artios Award for her groundbreaking work on Reservation Dogs. She was also nominated alongside Richard Hicks and David Ruben for an Emmy for her work on Georgia O’Keeffe in 2010. She is a current member of the Casting Society of America (CSA) and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Check out our prior Actor Panels, Workshops and Showcases: