HJ/EDMay 8, 2006

Howard Lake man selected for acting audition in New York

By Linda Scherer
Staff Writer

The “lights, camera, and action” of an acting career are calling to Jason Hausladen, 2004 Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School graduate.

Since his graduation, Hausladen has been working at Dream Home Builders in Howard Lake, a family-owned business, but started taking acting lessons in March 2006 at John Robert Powers School for Acting, Dancing, Singing, and Modeling in Bloomington.

Hausladen’s first breakthrough came at an International Presentation of Performers (IPOP) audition in Bloomington, April 22. IPOP provides an opportunity for aspiring actors to be seen by leading agents and casting directors from New York and Hollywood.

At the IPOP Bloomington audition, Hausladen did a cold reading on Johnson’s Baby Powder. A New York director there said she knew three seconds after his audition began that he had a “wonderful, wonderful potential for acting,” Cindy Hausladen, Jason’s mother said.

Cindy also said the director gave Hausladen an 85 percent chance of making it right away, if he is able to meet the right people in New York.

Hausladen was one of 65 aspiring actors chosen from more than 500 students to participate in the upcoming IPOP event taking place at Times Square in New York, the week of July 2.

Hausladen will continue to receive six to eight weeks of intense training at Powers School to prepare him for this presentation in New York.

When he reaches New York, he will have 12-hour work days, intense instruction for acting/modeling, and top-of-the-line professionals helping him get ready to be seen on stage with 3,000 people watching him.

Hausladen’s performance package includes:

• round trip airfare to New York City,

• accommodations at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Time Square,

• ground transportation to and from the hotel,

• IPOP performance registration,

• admittance to all IPOP workshops and seminars,

• the opportunity to be seen by top agents, managers, and casting directors in the industry,

• admittance to the “black tie” gala awards dinner and celebration,

• evaluations of performances during the presentation,

• all necessary photography including hair, makeup, and stylist for the photo shoots, and

• a parent package so his parents can attend.

Hausladen’s entire family is supporting him in this career change. His parents are Randy and Cindy Hausladen of Howard Lake, his two brothers, Ryan, 21 and Danny, 17, and his fiancee, Jenifer Hoiland.

The entire event will cost $8,000. The Hausladen family is asking for help from the community to make his dream come true.

To make a donation to help Hausladen:

If a sponsor makes a donation of $20 or more, the Hausladen family is willing to list the sponsor’s name in an ad in a future Herald Journal edition, or will come and do a task-for-a-day, including babysitting, errands, lawn mowing, and house cleaning.

For a donation of $100 or more, the sponsor will have their name listed in the IPOP Performance Book.

Send your check with your request by Monday, May 15 to: Dream Home Builders, 4995 Imhoff Avenue SW, Howard Lake, MN 55349.

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