The Future of Acting: Creating Your own Content
One of the first things you will hear in Hollywood is to create your own content. In an ever-changing industry, making your own work could mean making your career. This panel will discuss creating digital content, distributing it, and leveraging your creative talents to create your future for yourself.
Ben Whitehair is a champion for social change through art and business. He is a working actor in Los Angeles, Chief Information Officer of TSMA Consulting—entertainment’s leading social media management and growth firm—and co-founder of the premier business academy and coaching community for actors, Working.Actor. He is a serial entrepreneur, certified business/mindset coach, and a SAG-AFTRA National Board Member. Catch him on social media (@BenWhitehair on all platforms), grow your own social media at TSMAConsulting.com, or visithttps://working.actor to learn everything you need to know to be a working actor.
Walid Chaya is a Los Angeles based director/actor, member of SAG-AFTRA and associate member of the Stage Directors Choreographer Society. He has a B.F.A. in Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University, rated #1 School of the Arts by U.S. News & World Report, and is an alumni of the SpringBoardNYC directors program by The American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony® Awards. He is known for the recently released feature film “Skin” opposite Jamie Bell and directed by Oscar-winner Guy Nattiv. He can also be seen in “Madam Secretary” (CBS), “The Blacklist: Redemption” (NBC) and his original short “Driving Ms. Saudi” which recently won the Silver Metal for “Best Comedy Short” at the Asia South East-Short Film Festival and is currently in the festival circuit. Walid is also the Program Director of Actors Connection Los Angeles, a professional development and educational studio for actors taught by industry professionals. Learn more at walidchaya.com.
Gregg Martin is an actor, writer, director, producer and content creator, as well as a member of the Television Academy and SAG-AFTRA.
His acting resume extends to network television including appearances on Marvel Agents of Shield, Body of Proof, Jimmy Kimmel Live in addition to the Kirstie Alley Michael Richards’ sitcom and the Nickelodeon show Game Shakers as well as various web-series and TV movies and commercials.
He has partnered with some of the world’s largest social media stars, creating professional short form, digital branded, and long-form MCN content. To date he has written and acted in over 100 videos including directing one with Jennifer Lopez shot in Vegas.
Additionally, Gregg has gained prowess as an expert of social media’s influence in the entertainment world – being featured in a number of publications and conferences including the NY Times, Screen Actors Guild, AFI and NBC Primetime.
Little known fact is that Gregg has long running standoff with Sacha Baron Cohen based on his near perfect impersonation of Borat.