Queens, New York -Entering into its 3rdyear, the Success in the Arts Seminar (SITA) provides insight and intros into the entertainment industry by established professional entertainers. A grass-root organization built by the love of theater and acting of SITAfounder, playwright and teacher, Dara Bragg wanted to reach local and talented young artists who may not be able to attend Julliard or take time off work to enroll in classes or just don’t know where to start or who to call. And that would never stop a New Yorker any way, soSITA brings internationally and locally known industry vets to them...well technically to the The Holiday Inn on 57th Street.
SITA brings acclaimed entertainers to lead a series of panels on dance, acting, filmmaking, singing and modeling, business acumen and entrepreneur skills to give a broad overview on how to enjoy longevity in your career and what are the steps to start it. Over the years attendees got the “real” from many of New York’s industry alumni including author and actor, Kim Wayans, actor Julito McCullum (The Wire, Akeelah and the Bee), Kiki Haynes (co-star or Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse) and casting director, Wendy McKenzie (“Notorious B.I.G., Secret Lives of Bees, The Blind Side) who have all shared their valuable knowledge and experience with many of New York’s talented young artists. This year the seminar will include make up and hair styling for success.
SITA has become an integral player in the local performance community and has garnered the support of Assemblyman William Scarborough, District 29, for the last three years in addition to the vendors and sponsors who offer their support.
“The goal has always been to let the talented up and coming entertainers learn first had what to expect, how to navigate and who to know in the industry to help propel their careers forward and what they won’t learn in a classroom”, says Bragg, “everyone gets an opportunity to talk one on one, exchange contact information and promote their projects with each other, building their own community of supporters as well.