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ISOLATION INTO CREATION: CAREER COACHING FOR PERFORMERS & BUSINESS OF ACTING - with Erica Palgon - Rita Powers - Dina Drew Duva - Erica Palgon Casting and Beyond


JUNE 15 & 22 at 2pm EST

COST: $80





Erica Palgon of Erica Palgon Casting & Beyond is an NYC Casting Director for films, TV, commercials, voice-over, TV, and webseries casting. She has been casting for 25 years and loves the opportunity to collaborate with so many diverse creative people. Erica’s commercial credits include: PSA for Michelle Obama’s organization Global Girls Alliance featuring Michelle Obama; Comedy Central many promos and commercials: Amy Schumer show, Broad City, Tosh.0, South Park, Secret Lives of Pets 2, Burger King, Twix, McDonald’s, Subway, 3 Musketeers, EHarmony, Kia, Geico, Uber, Dunkin, Lowes, Pop-Tarts,, Bud Light, Twizzlers, Geico, Uber, Dave & Busters..

She has cast for countless top brands in her 25 years in the business. Recent commercials: Intel, Milkbone, Nature Made, T-Mobile, Google, Disney, Boars Head, Kellogg’s, Bengay, Panera Bread, Certapro, Citibank,, Unisom, TV Land/Golden Corral, Target, Whole Foods, Volvo, Buzzfeed/Angry Orchard, Sobe (Superbowl commercial).

Erica expanded her love of collaborating, working freelance for several NYC casting companies. Grey Advertising casting for their top clients: Longhorn, Adore Me, Pantene, Gillette, Pringles, Febreze, Olive Garden, Trulicity, Invesco, TJ Maxx, Abreva, Advil, Hasbro. She also freelances for Telsey & Co commercial department: cast for Discover, Dunkin, Dollar Shave Club, Uber, GE, and Kipperman Casting commercials: Voice Over: Dunkin’ Gillette/Bic Razor. On-Camera: Macy’s, Applebees, Hyundai, Revlon, Cracker Barrel, MTV Ghosted, Fanduel, Firehouse Sub, Publix, Give a Spit About Cancer Campaign.

Erica’s film and tv credits: Studio and indie films casting work: The Project, Just Like the Son, Great World of Sound, Mean Girls, Something’s Gotta Give, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Trick, Shortbus, Party Monster, Hudson Tribes, Doomsdays, C Street, Dark, Hannah Has a Ho Phase (with Kate McKinnon). TV: Sesame Street, Rachel Dratch’s Late Night Snack, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Paramount Network, Viacom, A&E, Lifetime, History Channel, Mind Blown – a Children’s Series for Discovery, ESPY awards, Shorty Awards


Rita Powers began a career in entertainment in 1987 at Little Stars, a boutique children’s talent management firm in New York City. Ms. Powers started as an interviewer but was quickly promoted to office manager. After several years with Little Stars, Ms. Powers left to become a SAG agent with the A+ Agency. 4 years of experience with A+ gave Ms. Powers the opportunity to develop strong business contacts and build exciting relationships, providing her with the resources and confidence needed to open her own business. Rita Powers Management was an immediate success.  Having worked in the industry for many years Ms. Powers has placed talent in everything from Broadway to national commercials, films, television shows, voice-overs, and print advertisements. Based in  Tribeca, Ms. Powers has been surrounded by influential producers and casting directors. Years of experience and determination have led Ms. Powers in a new direction. Since 2003, Rita Powers Management has been working on casting projects for principle, featured and background talent. Working with prominent Bollywood producers Karan Johar and Adiyta Chopra, Ms. Powers continues to develop international expertise as well as additional casting experience. She opened Rita Powers Casting Group in 2013. In the past 9 years, Rita has worked on casting for television shows, commercials, feature and independent films, including critically acclaimed Half Nelson and 2011 Musical Chairs with Academy Award-winning Director, Susan Seidelman.


Dina Drew Duva is a seasoned actor, content creator, and photographer.  With over 20 years of professional acting experience Dina has made appearances on Blindspot, Blue Bloods, Limitless, Law & Order: SVU, White Collar and Rescue Me.  She has appeared in several national commercials and print campaigns including United Healthcare, Pristiq, Ajovy, ProNamel Toothpaste, Lipitor, Red Baron Pizza, Nestle Life Water, Helzberg Diamonds, Ragu, Invokana, Verizon and most recently in a spot for Blue Cross Blue Shield.

As a content creator Dina collaborates on the award-winning social media platform and comedy blog MomCaveTV. Most recently Dina and her co-collaborator Jennifer Weedon Palazzo were selected to be part of the WhoHaHa and YouTube Women in Comedy Initiative and were nominated as best comedy duo. Dina also contributes to the comedy blog Reality Moms and their most recent video collaboration has over 2 million views

Dina also runs a professional photography business. Using her years of experience in front of the camera and her artistic and professional eye she specializes in actor and corporate headshots, lifestyle, branding and portrait photography.

Dina lives in Northern, NJ with her husband, actor Rich Duva and their 2 children. She is honored to be a part of the Isolation into Creation team and is available for coaching, career consultations, and photography.

Disclaimer: Seminars or classes are for educational purposes only and will not secure or provide opportunity for employment in the field or representation by an agent or casting director.

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