workshops

INDEPENDENT ARTIST Part 1 12pm

 How to navigate the freelance world of an independent dancer, musician, DJ, or Actor 

INDEPENDENT ARTIST Part 2 2:30pm

Freelancers Money Management, Health benefits, retirement etc.  

NOT FOR PROFITS 4pm

 How to start, run and fund a Not for Profit  organization, and the challenges ahead.  

master classes

TELEVISION & FILM AUDITION 1pm

What to prepare for professional TV & Film Audition

DJ BASICS 4pm

Want to become a DJ? Learn here

SCULPT! 1pm

Come express your artistic side!

COMMUNITY JAM SESSION! 1pm

Bring your instruments and lets JAM!

meet the panelists...INDEPENDENT ARTIST Part 1

DANCER - Daryl Richardson

 Daryl Richardson is a Native New Yorker, a veteran dancer of stage, television, and film, Director, Producer, Writer, Caterer, CEO and Founder of "The Me Nobody Knows"s self published Author and Director and Founder of the Allen Christian School Dance Academy from 2003 -2012.   

MUSICIAN - Travis Ferguson

  

Travis Ferguson, a queens native began his passion for music and guitar growing up in church at a young age of 12. He has had the opportunity to play for various artist and travel around the world, from Africa, France, Dubai, Sweden, and many others around the world. Playing for  artists such as 50 cent , Trey Songz, Jeremiah, Bridget Kelly, Neyo and many others of all genres, has allowed him to experience what music has to offer. His unique approach to music is to always try his best to let the music connect to the audience and allow them to experience what he does. One quote he carries with him is “Music is what life sounds like”, as he hopes to bring a life changing experience every time he plays his guitar.

  

ACTOR - Nick Reynolds

Nick received his MFA from Penn State and his BFA from Marshall University.  After training at David Rotenberg's Professional Actor's Lab in Toronto in 2010, Nick moved to New York and began working in TV and Theatre.  He has worked regionally in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Connecticut and West Virginia.   

Television credits include The Blacklist (NBC), Orange is the New Black(Netflix), The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon), Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt(Netflix), The Knick (HBO/Cinemax) and Alpha House (Amazon). 

DJ - DJ Spynfo

 DJ SPYNFO is without a doubt, one of New York's premier DJs. He began his thriving career in 2000, primarily catering to the diverse college community of St. Johns University (SJU). Throughout his college career, Spynfo mastered and expanded his skills at most of SJU's most popular events including but not limited to variety of parties, fashion shows, and concerts. Having mastered the college arena in Queens, DJ SPYNFO began to market himself to many of the countries most respected universities-names such as Yale, Howard, Princeton, Pace, Syracuse, and Rutgers were requesting his services for every major event on their campuses.  On January 7, SPYNFO along with five other DJs were inducted into the worlds most elite DJ crew-The Pitbulls-created in the late 1990's by Funkmaster Flex with member disco jockeys from radio circuits such as Hot 97 (DJ Mister Cee, Jazzy Joyce, Cipha Sounds, and Bobby Trends) in New York City, 99 Jams (DJ Khaled) in Miami, and from the international circuits.

INDEPENDENT ARTISTS Part 2 - Financial Literacy

Robert Jones CFA

  

Rob Jones, CFA, is a finance professional and emerging domestic markets investor with over 15 years of experience in data analytics, equity financing, equity research, derivatives, hedge fund operations, inferential statistics, treasury, real estate investing, venture capital/private equity investing, and finance technology.  He has a BA in Economics from Queens College, in Queens, NY, his home town.
 

Following his passion for helping the under privileged, Rob Jones left his management position at Morgan Stanley and devoted the next 5 years to counseling at risk youth, teaching, public speaking, campus ministry and spiritual outreach programs before joining the highly regarded hedge fund/private equity firm, Tiger Global.  After over a decade at Tiger Global, he founded ESE Strategies, LLC which stands for Economic Social Empowerment, and is a financial services firm with clients ranging from ultra high net worth individuals to hip hop executives to budding entrepreneurs.  He also created the ESE Financial Literacy School which is a non-profit established to demystify finance in previously marginalized communities. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife and two sons and volunteers as a deacon and board member of his local church, several charity based organizations and as an assistant coach of his sons' sports teams.

meet the panelists....NOT FOR PROFITS

Beverly Morrison Caesar - ACT Arts in Christian Theatre

Beverly Morrison Caesar, Associate Pastor of Bethel Gospel Tabernacle, Jamaica N.Y. Pastor Bev has a B.S. Degree from Hunter College and a B.Th. degree from Bethel Bible Institute, of which she is now a professor. Founder and Executive Director of Arts and Christian Theater (A.C.T.): a faith based theatrical company which produces over 10 plays per year and includes members of the communities in all facets of the production Founder and Executive Director of A.C.T. Studios: a theater program which provides training and exposure to the dramatic arts to inner city communities Playwright: written and directed five off Broadway plays including  The Hedge – a 21st Century Adaptation of the Life of Job and Author: Her book is titled Experiencing the 25th Hour.

Greg Mays - A Better Jamaica


A Better Jamaica was founded by Jamaica born and raised resident Greg Mays. Mr. Mays is a graduate of Jamaica’s P.S. 15 and I.S. 59. He graduated from Bayside High School before enrolling in Brooklyn’s Medgar Ever College for a year, and graduating from Howard University in Washington, D.C. with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in accounting. Mr. Mays also holds a Master of Business of Administration degree from Harvard Business School. 

Andrew Clarke - BRAATA Productions

 Andrew Clarke founded  Braata in 2009 to address the complete needs of theatre patrons in the U.S. by showcasing and promoting authentic Caribbean talent and culture through storytelling, music and dance.   We aim to foster and develop a greater interest, understanding and appreciation for the Caribbean region and Diaspora by showcasing its rich lifestyles, traditions and customs through the visual and performing arts.

master classes

Art Fair Balloon Workshop - Make it Fly, Not work @1pm Carlos Sandoval De Leon

Carlos Sandoval De Leon (born Sabinas Hidalgo, Nuevo León 1975) is a contemporary artist. He currently lives and works in New York City.
Sandoval De Leon explores political, social, and personal narratives through sculpture, photography and site-specific installations. While Sandoval de Leon’s work has been described previously as a process of embedding personal narratives and feelings into material objects he seems just as interested, if not more so, in the richness of the histories embedded in the materials themselves. During his last solo show in spring 2014, he explored closely the idea that materials exist in tandem with discourses and how they participate with and in.
He received a B.F.A from The Art Institute of Chicago in 1999 and later received an M.F.A. from Columbia University in 2008. Sandoval De Leon Has exhibited both nationally and internationally.

TELEVISION & FILM AUDITION SKILLS PREP @1pm Nick Reynolds

Nick received his MFA from Penn State and his BFA from Marshall University.  After training at David Rotenberg's Professional Actor's Lab in Toronto in 2010, Nick moved to New York and began working in TV and Theatre.  He has worked regionally in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Connecticut and West Virginia.   

Television credits include The Blacklist (NBC), Orange is the New Black(Netflix), The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon), Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt(Netflix), The Knick (HBO/Cinemax) and Alpha House (Amazon). 

DJ BASICS @ 5pm - DJ Skinny Da Nerd

A Brooklyn based free form Dj, Chad Holder (Dj SkinnyDaNerd) has made a name for himself in New York City, Rocking crowds and playing the very best in today’s music for companies such as T-Mobile, Adidas, & TGI Fridays to name a few.