When I was just starting out as a comedy writer, I didn’t know one person in the entertainment business. I had to go out and meet each and every person I ever met on my own. If I had known of a company that could arrange for me to meet people in the entertainment business I would have jumped on it, but it didn’t exist.
Now it does. Alycia Kaback’s V.I.P. Talent Connect, does just that, in a very helpful and professional way. This past Saturday. Dec. 14th, 2013 I spent the entire day at Carolines on Broadway, addressing and meeting with young people who wanted to break into “the biz.”
The day starts around 8 A.M. and goes until 5 P.M. and the attendees get to hear presentations from people like 5-time Billboard Magazine Award winner, and #1 N.Y. radio personality Valerie Smaldone, award winning record producer Phil Nicolo, who has producued albums with stars ranging from Bob Dylan to Nine Inch Nails, and prolific Broadway and Off-Broadway Producer Pat Addiss, who has her name on so many shows including the longest running show in the world, “The Fantasticks”, as well as the new hit Off-Broadway show “Buyer & Cellar” starring the incredibly talented star from “Ugly Betty”, Michael Urie.
Michael was there as well to do a presentation, and I was so happy to see him again. I had last seen him at the Friars Club Comedy Film Festival when he made his directorial feature debut with the indie film ” He’s Way More Famous Than You”, written by Halley Feiffer and Ryan Spahn, both of whom were there, and featuring Ben Stiller, Mamie Gummer, Ralph Maccio, Natasha Lyonne, Jesse Eisenberg, and of course Michael Urie who co-starred as well as directed the film.
Each of the speakers gave a 15 minute presentation followed by a Q&A while onstage.
Michael came to VIP even though he had a performance that afternoon in his one-man hit show “Buyer and Cellar”, at the Barrow STreet Theatre. I was called to go onstage to do my presentation right before he was, and because I was concerned about him getting out on time, I cut my Q&A a little bit short, because I knew I could stay all afternoon to answer questions, and he had to leave and fight traveling in the snow.
I will definitely be seeing “Buyer and Cellar” right after the holidays! But you shouldn’t wait and should probably go tonight, no matter what time it is when you read this! Even if the theatre is already closed! just go!
And tell them I sent you! (LOL)
Despite a freezing snowstorm, lots of people showed up for this event, and the attendees got more than their money’s worth. Aspiring models like Nina Tang, Kristina Beepot, and Ann Sekyiwah got to meet Ryan Colby from Colby KMM Models, and everyone gets a photo shoot and 8×10’s with a resume and bio to hand out to the industry speakers. I personally met many talented young people who I know will be some of tomorrow’s stars.
As I said, I wish I had a VIP Talent company when I was coming up, but what can you do? I had to do it the hard way!