North Portland’s Waypost Coffeehouse and Tavern was the place to be for Oregon actors on Monday February 18! Over thirty performers (and two agents) from around the Portland area gathered to mingle, network, and find out more about the Alliance of Professional Performers NW efforts to raise the bar of professionalism in our industry.
Drinks and smiles were shared aplenty, and the conversation flowed before members of the APP-NW Committee addressed the assembled performers. Harold Phillips gave a brief history of the movement, and encouraged Northwest performers to stand up for themselves (and their fellow actors) by asking for professional standards in their workplace. Nathaniel Applefield discussed those standards in detail, and Lindsae Klein introduced a new series of educational workshops APP-NW will be presenting in the coming year, including a new “Talent Expo” to be produced in conjunction with the Oregon Media Production Association’s annual Oregon’s Got Talent event! We want to know which topics you – professional Northwest actors – would like to see covered in those workshop sessions! Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know!
But that’s not all! The evening was rounded out by a lively Q&A led by Lanie Hoyo, and a raffle to raise funds for the organization and pay for the aforementioned educational workshops. APP-NW members Nathan Will, Anita Barry and Anthony Green helped support the cause and took home some fabulous prizes!
While the assembled performers left energized and ready to take charge of their professional careers, we know several of you weren’t able to make it to the event and are looking forward to attending the next one. Be sure to send us your contact information so we can keep you informed about APP-NW’s progress, and let you know about our upcoming events.
2013 can be the year of the Northwest Actor – lets make it happen together!