|Canadian Actor Online Turns 10
Actor Online celebrates 10 years
the Canadian acting community
Ontario – On June 23, 2009, Canadian Actor Online
(CAO) celebrated 10 years of educating actors about the entertainment
business in Canada. CAO provides networking and audition
opportunities and a forum for actors to promote themselves and their
work. The website, established by veteran actor and ACTRA/Equity member
Mason Green, also combats fraud in the entertainment
industry by educating members on professional industry
standards for actors, agents and employers.
an entertainment industry web portal, includes over 2,500 links to
industry resources plus active guidance on CAO’s
Discussion Boards moderated
by industry veterans including actor Lyn Mason Green,
singer/actor Theresa Tova (ACTRA Toronto kids advocate), actor Sandi
Ross, professional photographer Monica McKenna, talent agent
(The Characters) Bryan Misener, and veteran and star in both
Canada and the USA, Art Hindle.
of CAO’s 25
Discussion Board forums include Actors to Actors, Politics
and Union News, Agents and Casting Q's, Kids (and their parents) in the
Biz, Biz Buzz & Re-views, Performance Opportunities and
Auditions. Classes and Workshops, Diversity! BG Performers, Triple
Threats, Musicians and Composers, Models and other forums.
was originally set up to combat fraud in the largely unregulated
entertainment business. Fraud was and is a serious issue that affected
mostly young and beginning actors. People still lose thousands of
dollars unnecessarily to scamming agents and bogus
‘schools’ or find themselves at fraudulent,
sometimes dangerous, audition calls,” said CAO founder and
director, Lyn Mason Green. “The site quickly grew into a
national discussion forum that brought actors from coast to coast
together to network, share information, and often help each other. We
are informal, very social and the information is very
reliable,” Green added.
we started this project, we had no idea we’d be online for a
year, let alone a decade. But there was, and still is, a real need for
education and information and there is no other site in Canada like
Actor Online is an essential resource for anyone seriously committed to
the art and profession of acting in Canada. The site also provides
something of great value in an often lonely profession – an
online community, there every day for you,” said Brian Topp,
Executive Director, ACTRA Toronto.
links and resources on CAO are all free. There is a small annual fee
for access to CAO’s moderated discussion forums. CAO is also
sponsored by ACTRA Toronto, ACTRA National, AFBS and Theatre Ontario.
Discussion Board members say!
About Canadian Actor Online:
Canadian Actor Online (www.canadianactor.com)
is a web portal of more than 2500 resources serving entertainment
industry professionals. In addition, CAO provides a list of over 25
Discussion Board forums for actors, models, kids in the business and
their parents, and others. Moderated by industry professionals, the CAO
Discussion Boards allow members keep in touch with each other, share
expertise and experiences, alert others about fraudulent practices, and
support and encourage each others’ efforts to expand their
Canadian Actor Online