I am back home in Toronto after a 36 hr whirlwind trip to Manhattan.. there and back.. After waking up at 8:30 Saturday morning..then stealing away at 1:30 am Sunday morning we hit the road going through the Catskills.. <that was beautiful!!… I can only imagine how colorful it would be in the fall…We arrived in Manhattan at our hotel ( Hilton) around 12 noon deliriously sleep deprived. After somewhat settling in and refreshing ourselves we made our way to the expo which was in the hotel.
I didn’t have any expectations other than to see what all the fuss was about..There were seminars, auditions etc..and the trade show aspect as well…that in itself was the crock. Vendors from acting studios, photographers to make up companies and yes.. even Cirque de Soleil was there.
There was an area called “Headshot Alley” where headshots and resumes were lined up in a row..along with a comment box beside them..
On the opposite aisle .. message boards such as ‘Classifieds’ and ‘For Sale’
Ok.. lied.. I did go with expectations.. I expected to meet directors, producers..film makers…but really.. the majority of what I saw was hopeful neophytes..Silly me.. why did I think directors, producers and filmmakers would be there? .. my optimism eludes me sometimes and this was one of those times. However, it has given me ideas how to make money from unsuspecting dreamers.. lol
After doing the once around.. we were itchy to get out of there so on my way out I handed my badge/pass to a woman waiting in line to get in.
I must say there was one company that I found of interest and I think people who are on the production side of business will appreciate this. DODDLEME.com
So with that being said….. we went back to our hotel room, ordered a bottle of red, filet mignon and cheesecake and crashed by 6:30 pm.. woke up at 6:30 am Monday and headed back to Toronto.. .
It’s been awhile since I had last been to NYC..and it is ALIVE as ever…next time I go it won’t be because of a ‘Showbiz Expo’