"None of us suddenly becomes something overnight. The preparations have been in the making for a lifetime.- Gail Goodwin
This past weekend I had the wonderful opportunity of visiting Los Angeles for the E League's "Super Saturday." E League, short for Entertainment League, is a celebrity basketball league consisting of actors, directors, producers, agents, managers, musicians and other entertainment industry insiders. Their "Super Saturday" was filled with one event after another: Championship Game, 3 Point Shoot-Out, All Star Game and Wrap Party.
Dean Cain
Brian McKnight
Tia Mowry & Cory Hardrict
Texas Battle
I was able to attend as the representative for the Hard Rock Hotel since we sponsored the Rookie of the Year Award. The winner of this award, actor Robbie Jones from One Tree Hill, received roundtrip airfare for 2 to Vegas, hotel accommodations for 3 nights and a $200 gift certificate to any of our restaurants. Here we are during the awards presentation...

Me, Robbie Jones & Shane Duffy {E League Commissioner}
Michael Clarke-Duncan
Klaamation- AWESOME Dancers!
E League Champions

For more information about the E League visit their official website at E League Productions or their social networking site at www.eleague.ning.com.

Need to kick your networking game up a notch or two?
Want to know where the hottest Hollywood & New York Premieres and industry parties are being held? Then check out Hollywood News Service for a detailed listing of these events.

For $100 per month here is a sample of what you'll get:

10:00 a.m. - Gifting suite; Pre-Emmys Suite, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., through September 20. Penthouse Beverly Suites, Luxe Hotel, 360 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555

11:00 a.m. - Gifting suite; GBK Productions hosts its annual Emmy Award Gifting Suite to benefit Global Green, Jump Start and Save The Tatas. Mondrian Hotel, 8440 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555

5:30 p.m. - Film premiere; Dream Works' EAGLE EYE. Celebrities expected: from the film, Shia LaBoeuf, Michelle Monaghan, Billy Bob Thornton, Rosario Dawson, Michel Chiklis, Anthony Mackie, D.J. Caruso, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci; plus many others. 5:30 press check in;
6:30 arrivals; 7:30 screening. Grauman's Chinese Theatre, 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555 *

6:30 p.m. - Grand Opening of HLNR, (H.Lorenzo North Robertson), the world’s first all-green, eco-friendly High Fashion Boutique. Celebrities expected: Barry Manilow, Randy Jackson, Lionel Richie, Brody Jenner, Lauren Conrad, Whitney Port , Audrina Patridge and others. 6:30 press call time; 7:00 arrivals. HLNR, 474 Robertson Blvd. at Melrose, West Hollywood. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555

7:00 p.m. - The Buzz Girls Pre-Awards Season Prep Party co- hosted by Amie Yavor [Creative Artists Agency], Sarah Warda [United Talent Agency] and Heather Hope-Allison [The Buzz Girls]; new tastemaker network and event series for women in entertainment and lifestyle companies. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555

8:50 p.m. - Film premiere; Alliance Group Entertainment's HOTEL CALIFORNIA. Part of the 12th
Annual Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival. Celebrities expected: from the film, Tyson Beckford, Tatyana Ali, Simon Rex, Erik Palladino, Noel Gugliemi, Yancey Arias, Frank Sivero, Raymond J. Barry, Brandon Molale, Leilene Ondrade, director Geo Santini and many others. The Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd. between Highland and Las Palmas, Hollywood. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555


9/21 - 60th Primetime Emmy Awards presented. Nokia Theatre. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
9/22 - Private red carpet screening of HIGH SOCIETY: A POT BOILER. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
9/25 - Film premiere; Samuel Goldwyn Films presents FIREPROOF. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
9/28 - 19th Annual Heroes and Legends Awards presented. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555
9/29 - The Cinema City International Film Festival, opening night. Contact: John Smith (555) 555-5555

Networking is just a small piece of the pie known as the hustle. And while you don't want to get sucked into the party world and forget about your priorities, we still have to remember that nepotism reigns in this industry! So instead of complaining about how we're perfect for a part that went to the producer's girlfriend, brother, cousin, or daughter, we need to get out there and begin building relationships ourselves.
Self-producing has become pretty popular lately as actors are beginning to produce our own projects rather than waiting for someone else to do it for us. While I haven't produced anything just yet, I do still love to write so I've been tossing around a few different topics in my head that I'd like to explore. {I'll share them with you later as they start to take form} In the meantime, here is a hilarious self-produced video from the guys at Back Of The Class about the {not so} glamorous life of a Hollywood Assistant...

Keep up with them on Twitter at twitter.com/backoftheclass.