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Midweek Memo | December 11, 2014

December 11, 2014


"BONES" & 'BIG BANG THEORY" Actress Laura Spencer Returns to The Factory for a Q&A 

Watch Her Tonight on The Special 200th Episode of BONES


Laura Spencer has had a busy fall TV season, recurring on three series. And this week is even busier. She was interviewed earlier in the week in Backstage, she returns tonight as "squint" Jessica Warren in the highly-touted 200th episode of the Fox series BONES, and she is on set this week filming her next appearance as Raj's girlfriend Emily on the smash CBS sitcom THE BIG BANG THEORY. That's this week.


Next week, she will be at The Actor Factory.


Join us as we present a very special Factory Forum: An Evening With Laura Spencer on Thursday night, December 18, from 7:00-9:00 pm. 


It's hard to believe that just five years ago Spencer was an employee at The Actor Factory, heading up the Young Performer Audition for Camera class, and taking occasional workshops while auditioning and adding credits to her resume before her planned move to Los Angeles in mid-January, 2015. Since then she has done an amazing job securing representation rather quickly in LA, and amassing credits in feature film, network television, national commercials and New Media projects. Among her credits listed above, she starred as Jane Bennett in the amazingly popular New Media series THE LIZZIE BENNETT DIARIES with nearly 2 million views on Youtube, plus her work in the WIGS channel series VANESSA & JAN and then in the spinoff series JAN. Her TV work includes appearances on the sitcoms 2 BROKE GIRLS, ANIMAL PRACTICE and MAD LOVE, in addition to recurring roles on the ABC Family series SWITCHED AT BIRTH and recently as Caroline as SLEEPY HOLLOW (the third series she recurred on this TV season). All this and not to mention her very popular zombie commercial for Sprint, and her weirdly hysterical Skittles commercial.

Laura Spencer as Jessica Warren (pictured with series star Emily Deschanel) in the FOX series BO

Yes, all these credits in less than five years.


In those five years she has changed agents, changed managers, learned the importance of social media and how to best use it, hired a publicist, managed red carpets, press interviews, fan conventions and tried to have a personal life.


She will discuss all of this at the Factory Forum. From being a local Oklahoma City actor fresh out of college to juggling popular roles on two of television's biggest series. In the very informal setting, Spencer will discuss the mistakes she made, the things she has learned, and the advice she will give.


"I have been begging Laura to come back and teach a workshop at the studio for months and months," said Factory Director and Founder Chris Freihofer. "Laura is amazing. One of the best auditioners I have ever seen, clearly one of the best actors I know, and one of the sweetest, most down-to-earth people out there. She has been driven to always maintain her Middle-of-the-Country ethics when it came to business decisions, even when advised by industry big-wigs to act otherwise She has a wealth of knowledge and insight about the changing Hollywood and people will benefit from sitting in with her.  This is an event I have long looked forward to hosting."


The workshop is limited to only 50 participants.  This will be an informal, small gathering.  Your questions will be answered.




Laura Spencer and David Boreanaz in a scene from tonight's 200th episode of BONES, 9/8c on FOX.

Be sure to tune in for BONES' 200th episode tonight (Thursday, 12/11) at 9/8c on Fox.  The episode, "The 200th in the 10th," reimagines the Jeffersonian and FBI in a 1950s Hollywood world. Brennan (Emily Deschanel) plays an LAPD detective battling sexism while Booth (David Boreanaz) is a jewel thief framed for the murder of a rich socialite.


The show has already run several alternate reality and fantasy-esque episodes, though this one is particularly special, said creator Hart Hanson. Producer Stephen Nathan "has had it in mind since the second season," he said. And with a bigger budget for the special 200th, "Bones" circa 1950 finally happened.


In the episode, Laura Spencer plays......well, we don't want to ruin the surprise.


"You're going to love the episode," she told The Morning Memo Wednesday night. "It's absolutely stunning. The leads are incredible and it's just all truly spectacular."


Laura Spencer as Emily on the smash CBS sitcom THE BIG BANG THEORY


And what's in store for Emily and Raj?  Has Raj finally found someone to be with him? Or is Emily too nutty even for this group?  You'll just have to ask Laura in person next week.


"Truly, these two hours with Laura are going to be fantastic," Freihofer said. "I know our students will benefit greatly from her experiences and insights."


Cost for the Forum is $40.  Payment must be made in advance. This event will not be webcast.


To enroll in this Forum, click here or call The Actor Factory at 405.701.1673. 



Trailer Released for THE VEIL

The Veil : Official Teaser Starring William Levy

Earlier this week, the first look teaser trailer for the feature film THE VEIL was released on Variety.com. The film was made entirely in Oklahoma in the fall of 2013 and has been in post production ever since.


Several Actor Factory students appear as principal roles and extras in the film, and braved very cold weather during scenes filmed mostly outdoors at night. 


The film stars William Levy, Serinda Swan and William Moseley. It was written by Jeff Goldberg and directed by Brent Ryan Green. Local casting was by The Factory's Chris Freihofer, CSA.


There is no word yet on a release date.


View the trailer by clicking the video above.



SAG Award Nominations Have Special Factory Connection

Chris Freihofer

When the nominations for the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild were read yesterday morning, most people didn't realize there was a special Actor Factory connection this year. But Factory Director and Founder Chris Freihofer, a SAG-AFTRA member actor since 1999, served this year on the feature film nominating committee. He served last year on the nomination committee for television.


The SAG Awards are unique, in that only actors vote on actors.


"It has been a fun few months, for sure," Freihofer said. "Viewing screeners for just about any film you can think of has been a time-consuming duty, but I'd happily do it again."


Nominating committee members agree months in advance to serve in the position, and commit to seeing as much work in the category as possible. They are also asked to work in secret until the nominations are announced. Ballots were due at 2:00 pm CST Monday, December 8 so nominations could be announced Wednesday, December 10. 


Committee members were asked to nominate up to 5 performances per category.


Feature film categories are Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cast and Best Stunt Ensemble.


How did he do?


Of the 30 nomination slots, Freihofer's ballot agreed with 18 of the final nominees. He agreed with all five Best Actress nominations, the only category that completely matched his ballot.


The Morning Memo asked him who he voted for that didn't make the list.


"Look, there isn't a single performance I would remove from the list of nominations," he said. "Everyone that made the final list of nominees is very deserving to be there. They were all fantastic performances. But there were others that I felt deserved recognition. Bradley Cooper is fantastic in AMERICAN SNIPER. Laura Dern is absolutely stunning in CAKE. Young Jaeden Lieberher was wonderful in ST VINCENT. I also wish there was a place for Adriana Barraza for her performance in CAKE. And while there was no press for him, and wonderful, wonderful performances for Best Actor makes that category very tough, I wish Billy Crudup had made a list for his performance in RUDDERLESS.  Yes, I voted for the home team, but he was funny, charming, tragic and heartbreaking. He hit all the beats in that film and more than once his performance brought tears to my eyes each time I have seen the film."


Freihofer said most of the disparity, though,  came in the Outstanding Cast category.


"Remember, this is Best Cast, not Best Picture," he said.  It's an acting award, not taking script, directing, camera, editing, any of that into consideration as you would for something like the Academy Awards.  At least that's how I viewed my nominations ballot. And I don't think you can get much better of an ensemble cast than what was assembled for INTO THE WOODS.  Everyone in that is absolutely top notch.  Everyone. It is the true definition of ensemble. I also felt performances were all above par in GONE GIRL. Not my favorite movie, but the acting was stellar from the top down. Same for FURY. Not a weak performance in the bunch in that film and I think that film deserves more recognition than it is getting. I nominated THE IMITATION GAME, and that is the only ensemble that made the final list.  But CAKE is also perfectly acted by everyone in it."


All SAG-AFTRA members that are paid up in their dues are eligible to vote in the SAG Awards in all categories. Ballots will be mailed to actors by December 16 and voting ends January 23. The 21st Annual SAG Awards will air January 25 on TNT and TBS.


To view a list of all SAG Awards nominees, click here.




Below is the enrollment status for classes and workshops beginning soon at The Actor Factory in Norman, OK. For questions, or to enroll by phone, call 405.701.1673.  To enroll online by credit card, click the icon below.  For more information on these classes, click the title of the class or workshop.





 ACTING FOR CAMERA with Darryl Cox 8-week class  Tuesdays, 7:00-9:30pm beginning Jan. 13.  12 Seats total.  - $350  - 9 Seats Left


ACTING TECHNIQUE with Alissa Mortimer   8-week class  Sundays, 6:00-8:00 pm beginning Jan. 18   14 Seats Total - $250 - 10 Seats Left


ADVANCED CAMERA TECHNIQUE with Darryl Cox*  8-week class  Wednesdays, 7:00-9:30 pm beginning Jan 14.  12 Seats total.  - $275  - 1 SEAT LEFT


AUDITION FOR FILM & TELEVISION with Chris Freihofer, CSA  6-week class  

Mondays, 6:30-10 pm beginning Jan. 12.  10 Seats total.  - $375  - 5 Seats Left


Fridays, 10:30am-1:00pm  beginning Jan. 12.  10 Seats total.  - $375  -  4 Seats Left


IMPROV TECHNIQUE with Rebecca McCauley  8-week class  Sundays, 4:00-6:00 pm beginning January 18. 16-Seat Limit.  $275 - 10 Seats Left


MEISNER TECHNIQUE with Kato Buss  8-week class  Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 pm  beginning Jan, 15.  14-Seat Limit  - $275 - 11 Seats Left


 VOICE OVER TECHNIQUE with Jeff Nokes   8-week class  Thursdays, 6:30-9 pm beginning Oct. 30  14 Seats total.  - $295  - 12 Seats Left




AUDITION FOR CAMERA with Tiffany Feese 7-week class  Mondays, starting Jan. 12.  10-Student Limit. $175

     Ages 8-11 - 6:00-7:15 pm - 8 Seats Left

     Ages 12-15 7:30-9:00 pm - 7 Seats Left


ACTING & CHARACTER STUDY with Happy Frejo 6-week class  Thursdays, starting Jan. 15.  10-Student Limit. $125

     Ages 8-11 - 6:00-7:15 pm - 10 Seats Left

     Ages 12-15 7:30-9:00 pm - 10 Seats Left


TEEN IMPROV with Zach Delaune & Hanna Slaymaker  6-week class  Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 pm beginning Jan 13.  14 Seats total.  - $150  - 12 Seats Left


 TINY PERFORMER INTRO TO CAMERA with Kasey Weir  6-week class  Tuesdays, 5:00-6:00 pm beginning Jan. 13.  10 Seats total.  - $100  - 9 Seats Left




FACTORY FORUM: The 5-Second Audition with Chicago Casting Director Sarah Clark

  Fri Jan, 9  7:00-9:00 pm.  Ages 16+  $25   30 Seats Total -  5 Seats Left


AUDITIONING BEFORE, DURING & AFTER with Chicago casting Director Sarah Clark  Sat. Jan, 10

     Ages 8-11   8:00a-12:00p   $95  10 Seats Total - 2 Seats Left

     Ages 12-15  2:00-6:00pm   $95  10 Seats Total - 6 Seats Left


AUDITIONING BEFORE, DURING & AFTER with Chicago casting director Sarah Clark

 Sun Jan, 11.  Ages 16+  9:00am - 5:00 pm.    $135  12-Seat Limit - SOLD OUT. ON WAITING LIST


ONLY SMALL ACTORS with L.A. Casting Director Ricki Maslar & L.A. talent agent Robert Haas   Fri Jan. 16  Ages 5-15.   6:00-9:30 pm  $95 - 18 Seats Total - 3 Seats Left


SHOW & BUSINESS with L.A. Casting Director Ricki Maslar & L.A. talent agent Robert Haas

. Sat-Sun.  Jan. 17-18  9:00am-5:00 pm  Ages 16+.  $395 - 22 Seats Total - 10 Seats Left





Class enrollment is instant and credit cards are charged once enrollment is confirmed, provided there is space in the class.  Credit cards are not charged for slots on the wait list.  


Refunds, minus a cancellation fee of $35 are available if the start of the class is beyond 7 days.  If cancellation is requested within 7 days, The Actor Factory will make every effort to fill the slot from a wait list, if there is one.  If no replacement can be found, no refunds will be given.


Some workshops, classes and camps may have different cancellation policies.  Please check the event listing on the website for specific policies.


The ending dates of the classes are approximate.  Since Actor Factory instructors are working professionals, classes may be postponed when a professional conflict arrises.  In that event, a week will be added to the end of the session.  In the event of severe or extreme weather, The Actor Factory will make a determination if class can safely be held.  If conditions require postponement, a week will be added to the end of the session.



*Enrolling in Advanced Camera Technique requires previous enrollment in Darryl Cox's Acting for Camera either at The Actor Factory or at one of his university classes.  Other Acting for Camera classes do not qualify.  Enrollment in this class is subject to verification.  If enrollment is proved ineligible, the student will be canceled and will forfeit a $35 cancellation fee.


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