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AAWIC Educational Series

The AAWIC Educational Series is presented monthly, featuring established professionals in the entertainment industry discussing various career insights. Presented by Ufront Media and hosted by Roger Maloney, CEO of UFront Media, the audience is provided with the opportunity to learn from and direct their questions to industry leaders regarding their chosen profession.
The AAWIC Education Series will take place on the last Friday of each month—from 7:00-7:10pm EST—via live stream.
The series is free and open to the public. Space will be limited—on a first come, first served.

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So You Want to Come to Hollywood?

Participants will gain insight on what to expect when moving to Los Angeles as an actor, including clarity on why you want to come, how to prepare to make the move, the present climate in the industry, resources, the importance in identifying a community, mentor, and more!

April 30th – 7:00-7:40pm EST

Host: Roger Maloney, CEO & Founder of Ufront Media

A long-time media professional, Roger has worked with and for companies like HBO, Katz Media, MTV, BET, Grey Advertising, Emmis Broadcasting, Health Science Center, Billboard Magazine Music Conference, and Social Media Week. 

On ufrontmedia.com, Roger hosts, The Spotlight with Roger Maloney, where he interviews entrepreneurs from industries such as advertising, technology, and social and traditional media. 

As a media literacy expert and career development specialist for NYC Board of Education, Roger creates media-related conferences for all levels of education. He also connects executives from technology and media with students at various grade levels through the Building Partnerships for NYC Schools program.

Adilah Barnes

Guest Speaker: Adilah Barnes

Adilah Barnes is one of few veteran actors in Hollywood who has mastered the art of utilizing all of her many creative skills—all the while staying true to herself and maintaining her integrity. She has guest-starred on on numerous TV shows, and is probably best known for her 7-season role as “Anne Marie” on ABC’s Roseanne. Recent guest-starring TV credits include NCIS and ShamelessHer feature film credits include playing opposite Sandra Bullock in Murder By Numbers and the Universal blockbuster, Erin Brockovich, with Julia Roberts. 

As an acting instructor and coach, Adilah’s many celebrity clients have included Freda Payne, Florence LaRue, Toni Braxton, Jada Pinkett, Kym Whitley, Benjamin Bratt, Don “DC” Curry, Chris Brown and Lauren Lane—among many others.

Among her many other personal achievements, Adilah released her first book, ON MY OWN TERMS: One Actor’s Journey, in December of 2008. It landed the #3 Non-fiction Paperback rating in Essence magazine’s June 2009 issue; following President Obama’s two books. 

Adilah’s many awards and accolades include being named of the 50 most influential alumni at UC Santa Cruz in 2010. 

Join Us Live on April 30th, 2021

African American Women In Cinema invites you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: So You Want to Come to Hollywood? Time: Apr 30, 2021 @ 7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting on April 30th You will need to have a Zoom account to participate. You can register for a free Zoom account here.

Previous Series Presentations

Screenplay Writing 101 - Replay
Acting 101 - Replay
Cinematography 101 - Replay

The Presenters

African American Women In Cinema (AAWIC) organization has served as continuous support for the vibrant work of women filmmakers for the past twenty-two years. AAWIC has provided a platform to showcase experienced and novice filmmakers, directors, producers, screenwriters and/or actors. Our mission is to expand, explore and create business opportunities for minority women filmmakers throughout the entertainment industry. It is the goal of AAWIC to give artistic women a path to fulfilling their dreams through showcasing their talents, exposure to peers’ interaction, and mentoring by established professionals.
In addition to donating to the grants for the individual featured filmmakers, we welcome and greatly appreciate any additional donations to the AAWIC Online Media Series project. You can make your tax deductible donation by clicking on the button below.
If you have any questions or would like more information regarding the AAWIC Online Media Series, or any of our other programs, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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