NBC News Features Key Hollywood Influencer Rick Najera

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NBCIn a report published this week by NBC News, writer Raul A. Reyes talks to key Hollywood influencer Rick Najera on the response of a recent study released on Latinos in the entertainment industry.

Lights, camera, struggle? A recent study from the University of Southern California made headlines after concluding Latinos continue to be the most underrepresented group in Hollywood films. The report only confirms what Latino actors, producers, and advocates already know: It is tough to make it in Hollywood, but it is even tougher for Hispanics.

“If you are not seeing Latinos on camera, that means there are probably few Latinos behind the camera, or writing scripts,” says Najera.

Read full article here. 

Rick Najera Announces Acting and Writing Empowerment Workshop in San Antonio

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Award-winning Writer/Actor Rick Najera
Award-winning Writer/Actor Rick Najera

On Saturday August 23rd and Sunday August 24, 2014, Rick Najera will present a special engagement Acting and Writing Empowerment workshop in San Antonio, Texas.

Schedule:

Saturday, August 23; 10am – 4pm; Be the Script, Own the Room!

  • Audition lab: breaking down the script; put your stamp on it
  • Callback lab: what do casting directors expect; nailing it
  • Working on something? Get Rick’s expert coaching on one prepared comedic monologue or scene.

Sunday, August 24; 10am – 4pm; Write your Way to Success!

  • Be your memorable self; help producers find and hire you.
  • Identify your most marketable self
  • Choices that get you hired
  • Finding your voice in monologues, scenes, sketches, scenarios for the web or sparking conversations

Already writing? Get Rick’s feedback on up to five (5) pages of original material as performed by you.

BONUS EVENT: “Writers Roundtable with Rick Najera” Saturday, August 23, 2014 6pm – 9pm Become inspired by a master storyteller Bring your writing ideas to a casual dinner with Rick Najera

PURCHASE HERE, THEN REGISTER BELOW:
Option 1: 2-day Acting & Writing Workshop with Rick Najera ($350)* see reduced rates below
Option 
2: Writers Roundtable with Rick Najera ($50)
Option 3: Combo – 2-day Acting & Writing Workshop PLUS Writers Roundtable ($370)

NEW!! REDUCED RATES:

DAY 1: only $99 (was $175) Acting and Writing Workshop with Rick Najera
DAY 2: only $99 (was $175) Acting and Writing Workshop with Rick Najera

For information on Scholarships and Discounts call 210-368-6241 or email idiaporto2012@gmail.com.

ONCE YOU PAY, PLEASE FILL OUT the RN San Antonio Registration form.

“After years of working with Rick Najera at CBS, I can say he is by far, one of the best acting and writing coaches in the industry. He’ll teach you what you really need to know!” – Fern Orenstein, VP of Casting Movies & Miniseries for CBS.

Venue and location of workshop: Edgewood Fine Arts Academy 607 SW 34th St. San Antonio, TX 78237
Questions? Call 210-368-6241 or email Lidia Porto at lidiaporto2012@gmail.com.

Rick Najera entertains the audience in the Bay Area, 2014 (LAM's keynote speaker)
Rick Najera entertains the audience in the Bay Area, 2014 (LAM’s keynote speaker)

Rick Najera Becomes Regular Contributor on NPR; Collaborates with Michele Martin, Director Bill Duke, more

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Rick Najera has contributed on Michele Martin’s NPR radio show, “In the Know” as part of the ‘Barber Shop’ roundtable for the last year, commenting on current issues, political affairs, sports, culture and of course, diversity.

Rick’s keen sense of humor mixed in with his knowledge of pop culture and politics has been an asset to the show.

Recently Najera, Director of CBS’ Diversity Sketch Comedy Show, was asked to collaborate with along with one of the industry’s most prestigious directors, Bill Duke, on race relations in the US. Duke has directed many blockbuster films in Hollywood such as Sister Act 2, Not Easily Broken and has appeared in front of the screen as well.

Listen to the contributions of Michele Martin, Rick Najera, Bill Duke and more in the latest NPR radio show:

Racially-Charged Casting Call: ‘Surprising’ But Not Shocking To Insiders
Rick Najera, Director Bill Duke, Julian Najera
Rick Najera, Director Bill Duke, Julian Najera

 

Rick Najera’s Book, Almost White, Wins First Place Award for Most Inspirational

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On Saturday, June 28, 2014 in a special ceremony held in Las Vegas, Rick Najera’s book, Almost White: Forced Confessions of a Latino in Hollywood, won first place for “Most Inspirational Non-Fiction Book” at the 2014 International Latino Book Awards in association with the American Library Association 2014 Conference.

Rick Najera (Virtually) Accepting Award for Most Inspirational Book for Almost White, Saturday, June 28, 2014; photo by Graciela Tiscareno-Sato
Rick Najera (Virtually) Accepting Award for Most Inspirational Book for Almost White, Saturday, June 28, 2014; photo by Graciela Tiscareno-Sato

The Awards were held at the Clark County-Las Vegas Library Theater. Over the last 16 years the Int’l Latino Book Awards has grown to become the largest Latino literary and cultural awards in the USA. Amongst this year’s 231 honorees were well known authors like Alma Flor Ada, Isabel Allende, Rudy Anaya, Mary J. Andrade, Edna Iturralde, all of whom are past ILBA Award Winners. Other honorees include Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and celebrities like TV chef Pati Jinich, the late singer and actress Jenni Rivera, singer Linda Ronstadt, screenwriter Rick Najera, and TV personality Lilliana Vasquez. Winners were from across the USA and from 18 countries outside the USA.

 

In addition to winning first place for ‘Most Inspirational Non-Fiction Book’  Najera’s book also took home second place in the ‘Best Biography’, category whereas Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was awarded first place.

Almost White is Najera’s fourth book and has received consistent 5-star reviews on Amazon.com.

To see a full list of winners, visit https://app.box.com/s/n5jar49ckpbzltfv2umc.

For more information on the collection of works from Rick Najera, visit www.ricknajera.com.

Rick Najera Receives Proclamation from City of Los Angeles

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On Friday, June 20, 2014 Rick Najera was honored by the City of Los Angeles by Councilmember Gil Cedillo, as one of the most influential media pioneers in the industry.

Rick Najera Receives Proclamation from LA City Councilmember Gil Cedillo, June 20, 2014
Rick Najera Receives Proclamation from LA City Councilmember Gil Cedillo, June 20, 2014
Rick Najera Receives Proclamation from LA City Councilmember Gil Cedillo, June 20, 2014
Rick Najera Receives Proclamation from LA City Councilmember Gil Cedillo, June 20, 2014

 

Rick Najera Receives Proclamation from LA City Councilmember Gil Cedillo, June 20, 2014
Rick Najera Receives Proclamation from LA City Councilmember Gil Cedillo, June 20, 2014
Rick Najera Receives Proclamation from LA City Councilmember Gil Cedillo, June 20, 2014
Rick Najera Receives Proclamation from LA City Councilmember Gil Cedillo, June 20, 2014
Rick Najera Receives Proclamation from LA City Councilmember Gil Cedillo, June 20, 2014
Rick Najera Receives Proclamation from LA City Councilmember Gil Cedillo, June 20, 2014

Rick Najera to Receive Proclamation from City of Los Angeles June 20

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On Friday, June 20, 2014 the city of Los Angles will honor Rick Najera with a proclamation of service in a special ceremony presented by councilmember Gil Cedillo. The event is open to the public and guests are warmly invited and welcomed to attend.

Date: Friday, June 20, 2014
Place: Los Angles City Hall Council Chambers
200 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Please allow enough time to park and clear security.

Proclamation 2014 Rick Najera

Rick Najera to Serve as Master of Ceremonies at WiLDCOAST’s 3rd Annual Baja Bash, June 28

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Rick Najera to MC WiLCOAST'S 3rd Annual Baja Bash, June 28, Coronado, CA
Rick Najera to MC WiLCOAST’S 3rd Annual Baja Bash, June 28, Coronado, CA

Award-winning screenwriter-performer-director-author and motivational speaker Rick Najera will serve as  master of ceremonies at WiLDCOAST’s 3rd Annual Baja Bash on Saturday, June 28 at Coronado Cays Yacht Club in Coronado, CA.

Now in its third year, this annual culinary and wine fest attracts thousands of food and wine enthusiasts from both sides of the border as well as those who support the conservation efforts of WiLDCOAST.

The special event will kick off at 5pm with a Baja-inspired tasting menu designed by world-renowned Baja California and San Diego chefs, including regional wines, beer and tequila, and live music from Los Hollywood.

Baja Bash will bring together the best flavors of the region with chefs from both sides of the border, including Javier Plascencia of Mision 19  and Romesco’s Mexiterranean of Tijuana and many other restaurants, Flor Franco of Indulge Catering and Encuentro Guadalupe, Drew Deckman of Deckman’s en Mogur and Deckman’s Los Cabos. There will also be beer courtesy of Stone Brewing Company, an assortment of wines from Valle de Guadalupe and tequila by Nobleza Tequila.

3rd annual baja bashThis year, the Baja Bash will be honoring the late Don Pachico, known as the “grandfather of the whales” in Laguna San Ignacio, who past away in 2013. For his inspiring relationship with gray whales and his belief in the ability of wildlife and wild places to transform our lives and make the world a better place, Pachico will be remembered and his son will be in attendance to accept this honor.

Tickets are $75 per person, including food, drinks, and entertainment, and are available at wildcoast.net or by calling (619) 423-8665 x200. Reserved tables are also available for groups of 8. Proceeds from the event will benefit WiLDCOAST’s continued efforts to conserve the most threatened coastal habitats and wildlife in the Californias and southern Mexico.

Coronado Cays Yacht Club is located at  is located at 30 N Caribe Cay Blvd, Coronado, CA 92118.  For more information, visit wildcoast.net or visit the Facebook event page.