My name is Lisa Gold and I am an industry expert having over 10,000 hours of professional stage and on camera experience. I moved to New York in 1996 with my sites set on Broadway and somehow made a RIGHT turn into the networking, education and training biz. Seeking the ultimate flexible day job, my friend Tony Nation and I decided to buy a small mom and pop networking company called Actors Connection in 2000. Whew, we had no idea what we were in for but somehow have managed within a short few years to grow the studio into the #1 Networking/Educational facility it is today. I found out I love business and the creative aspect of owning and running one, and though it was something that took me by surprise, I must say that every day it lights me up and turns me on. Go figure.
I′m the daughter of a comedian father and a stay at home mom. Somehow I ended up being this loudish, funny, very outgoing singer, dancer, model, actress, waitress…and now a trainer and coach/consultant in the area of show business education for actors.
I attended North Carolina School of the Arts and also the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music before leaving to study acting and singing privately with several fabulous coaches and teachers in both LA and NY. My first professional gig was as a singer/dancer in “Hooray for Hollywood”, doing 5 shows a day, 6 days a week, at Carowinds theme park in Charlotte, NC when I was barely 16. To this day I’m surprised my parents let me go there for the entire summer on my own!
In the few short years since then (tee hee) I’ve also had the privilege of performing for Presidents, Astronauts (the 20th anniversary of the first lunar landing) and in a ton of musicals. One of the highlights of my acting career was the three months I spent working on the soap, All My Children, as I’ve been a fan almost since the beginning of the show…ok, now you know I’m a bit older than I may have earlier implied.
What I do these days
I created Act Outside the Box to empower actors who want to build a career, not just get a job. Even with many actors gaining representation, getting auditions and gigs through Actors Connection, I still saw this huge gap for many more. Since I had developed so many wonderful relationships with so many agents and casting directors over the years, I had the opportunity to really listen to what they were looking for, and needing from, actors. I heard time and time again that most just don’t realize that this is a business and that truthfully, talent just isn’t enough. Just like love I guess…which may be why I′m still single at my age, but I digress.
I began to study traditional marketing, then social media marketing, and with my own business background and skills, combined with what I learned over the years from these industry professionals, I created a business curriculum that delivers this very important information. This stuff isn’t taught in any school – I’m sorry, one class or a semester in college, taught by someone not currently in the biz, is totally insufficient to navigate the tricky waters of the business of show!
Why I do it
As a child my fondest desire was to be up there on that stage, accept my Emmy/Oscar/Tony/Grammy etc., and travel to exotic locations, walk the red carpet and go to fabulous parties. (You, too?) But after years as a performer, and then the years of listening and learning at AC, I realized I loved making an impact on a lot of lives, not just my own. I’m just a big softie, wanting to be a contribution to others and end the “starving artist” syndrome, that’s all. Now I dream about, talk about, and love working all aspects of Act Outside the Box. I enjoy most being up on my “new” stage and teaching the business to actors so that they (again, you) can have a real shot at attaining your dreams. Not the airy fairy stuff that is promised elsewhere…we all know those people and places abound, but to genuinely inspire folks to take ACTION to produce their own results. There really is no such thing as that mysterious “big break”. It’s hard work over time. There, mystery solved.
How to connect with me
I love to help actors start and build their careers, and have created seminars and workshops, available as audio and video downloads, DVD’s, CD’s – you name it. There are so many ways for you to get the vital info you need, it might be hard to choose! You already know the SHOW, now you can learn the other half, the BUSINESS.
Unique traits: 4 octave range singer with perfect pitch
Love Me as I Am
Film (Short, Comedy and Romance) Actress A young couple's long-term relationship is on ice. Tommy Palarra, an unemployed writer, hypnotizes his workaholic girlfriend, Cara Venito, with a sacred potion and mantra he discovers on an Indian infomercial. With hopes of making her a better girlfriend, he hypnotizes her into three different trances: LOVE, SEX, and TRUTH. Surprisingly, she transforms into a smothering maniac, an abusive dominatrix and a brutally honest tramp. Driven to the climax of disappointment, Tommy confesses and realizes that he should have accepted Cara for who she was. Written by Khaled Ouaaz
Saved by the Pole
Film (Short and Comedy) Casting department A Catholic girl inherits her father's strip club.
Film (Short, Adventure, Comedy and Drama) Casting director Photo Finish is a short comedy about a frumpy middle-aged woman who is caught on camera having an illicit affair with a young boy toy. When the photo ends up on public display at a nearby art gallery, she and her friend go to great lengths to steal the photo and negatives to prevent her husband from finding out. But alas, the incriminating photo lands on the front page of the morning newspaper in her husband's hands, setting the stage for one lively breakfast conversation. Written by Anonymous
As the World Turns
Television (Drama and Romance) Actress Set in the fictional town of Oakdale, this long-running serial focuses on the relationships and difficulties of its inhabitants.
All My Children
Television (Drama, Romance and Mystery) Actress Set in the fictional East Coast suburb Pine Valley, All My Children is the decades-old, risk-taking soap that centers around Erica Kane and her long line of husbands.
Film (Drama) Actress To help his actress girlfriend regain her confidence a Hollywood bigshot bankrolls a small budget film being made by a first-time producer and director pair. Despite the hand-to-mouth way it has to be made the film starts to come good, as does the off-set relationship between the actress and her unknown male lead. Written by Jeremy Perkins <firstname.lastname@example.org>
University of North Carolina School of the Arts