Merge Symposium brings Hollywood to Houston

Houstonians interested in learning more about the entertainment industry will have the perfect opportunity as Hollywood comes to Houston with The Merge Symposium Tour. The event, scheduled to take place at Higher Dimension Church on Saturday, August 26, will integrate faith and entertainment. The Merge Symposium Tour provides inspirational events—offering education, encouragement, empowerment, and opportunity—to attendees across the globe. The tour brings Hollywood talent and executives to major metropolitan cities where individuals can glean the insight and tools they need to reach their personal and professional goals within their local communities and within the entertainment industry.

“This is an engaging opportunity for those aspiring in the areas of arts and entertainment,” said Dr. Holly Carter, President/CEO of Relevé Entertainment and Founder of The Merge Summit. Thousands of attendees have benefited from the educational and networking experiences provided by The Summit in Beverly Hills. Attendees can apply what they learn to a vast array of business and ministry endeavors. Now, our hope is to bridge the national boundaries of business, entertainment, and ministry with Hollywood.”

Derived from The Merge Summit in Hollywood, The Merge Symposium Tour is an inspirational gathering of industry’s most successful talent in cities throughout the nation.

The programs continue to offer industry insider tips designed to educate and empower attendees on a wide variety of topics encompassing music, television, film, content, development, production, and management skills. At each event, participants will have the opportunity to exchange ideas and interact with actors, directors, producers, writers and other industry executives. Leaders will share insight, expertise, and provide feedback through compelling, educational and instructional panels, speaking sessions and platforms. Additionally, the program will offer focused master classes providing advice for practical application and intimate breakout sessions.

During the single-day event, attendees will enjoy motivating and aspiring speakers from across the nation through intensive sessions that will include “Life360” with renowned actress and humanitarian, LisaRaye McCoy and presented by Walgreens, “Are You Ready for This” with celebrity stylist, Kim Kimble and J. Bolin, Producer/Musician and former assistant to Sean “PDiddy” Combs, Fonzworth Bentley as well as reknowned choreographer, dancer and television personality, Laurieann Gibson. A panel discussion and craft breakout session,

“The Casting Cold Read Experience” will feature Emmy Award-winning Casting Director Robi Reed. Master Class options in Houston range from “The Wait” to “Girl Boss!” and “Bold, Beautiful and on Purpose,” moderated by media mogul Mikki Taylor and featuring Gospel music luminary Yolanda Adams. A special “Pastor and First Ladies Leadership Forum” will also take place highlighting insights from Higher Dimension’s own Pastor Terrance and First Lady Torsha Johnson.

Additional talent and executives participating as panelists and speakers for the southern symposium include, award-winning Actress Meagan Good, acclaimed Actress, Erica Ash; (Survivors Remorse), Carter; seasoned and celebrated Casting Director, Robi Reed; gospel standout Recording Artist, Kierra Sheard; Media Executive Michelle Thornton; celebrity hair stylist Kim Kimble; Founder of the BOSS Network, Cameka Smith; Soulful Songstress Ledisi and Editor-at-Large at Essence Magazine, Mikki Taylor.

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