November 8, 2017 ~ Eric Heisner & Dean Reading

Dean Reading & Eric Heisner
Actors, Writers, Filmmakers
A Coupla Cowboys

Dean Reading & Eric Heisner projects

We are proud to present actors/writers/filmmakers Eric H. Heisner & Dean Reading as our guest speakers this month! These 2 multitalented men have numerous credits & awards and are pleased to share with us their insights, some secrets learned, those proverbial curve balls, and their combined lifetimes of experiences. Look forward to an interesting & interactive mixer!

Eric HeisnerEric H. Heisner (aka Eric Heisner & EH Heisner) earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Filmmaking from Columbia College, Chicago. Later, he worked on the hit television show “ER” then traveled long and far. Moving out to Los Angeles, he landed minor roles for the History Channel and background in several feature films. Upon completion of the award-winning Western TV Pilot “Friend of the Devil” Heisner became known as the “Next Generation of Western Filmmakers”. Attending the Algonquin Cowboy Lunch with such legends as Ernest Borgnine, Bo Hopkins, Bruce Boxleitner, and others serves as continuing education for an actor, writer, and filmmaker with a passion for the western genre. Having his first novel, “West to Bravo”, published by a New York Publisher has put another notch on his storytelling resume. Also along the way Eric co-founded Lean Dog Productions based in Austin & Los Angeles specializing in western and other period films.

Dean ReadingDean Reading competed in professional rodeos in the 70s & 80s, graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History & English and a Secondary Teaching Certificate. In the 1980s, he was the Program Director for Group W Cable in Grapevine, Texas for several years where he produced, directed, and appeared in several television programs. Some went into syndication via the Group W Cable systems and several television stations throughout the Southwest, among them “Six Shooter Junction”, “Texas Traditions”, and “Entertainment Clipboard”. Dean then worked on several films in the transportation department, local casting department, and appeared periodically as an actor. Dean taught video production at Video Technical Institute for a year, as well as advanced film acting at Actor’s Preparatory Studio in Fort Worth for 2 years.

So be sure to join us at Sherlock’s Pub & Grill, 9012 Research Boulevard on Wednesday, November 8th, and bring some friends to hear tales and truths, and direct questions to Eric & Dean, our colorful cowboy duo! Arrive early for a cold libation, networking and meeting new folks with like minds!


Last Month

We want to extend our deepest thanks to Sylnovia Holt-Rabb and her staff from the City of Austin’s Economic Development Department (EDD): Erica Shamaly, Alyssa Zinsser, Anna Bradley, Jim Butler. On Wednesday, October 11th, our illustrious panel of guest speakers enlightened us about the many programs right here in Austin, including incentives, grants and other funding, and a slew of services for local arts & entertainment. We were all impressed with their passion and enthusiasm, which was quite contagious.


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Mixing & Networking @ 6:00PM, Announcements @ 6:30, Speakers @ 6:45
Followed by More Mixing & Mingling and Networking

4th Annual Talent Showcase

Call for Submissions

The Network Austin Mixer is pleased to present our 4th Annual Talent Showcase featuring YOU on Wednesday, December 13th!!!

Just complete the form below.

Central Texas is rich with as-yet-unseen talent. Here’s your chance to show us all what you’ve got, so don’t hold back. But don’t delay, because only the first 25 completed & confirmed entries will make the show. And the deadline for submissions will be here before you know it: Thursday, November 30th.

Anyone age 12 or older is invited to sing, dance, play an instrument, do stand-up, a monologue, or whatever talent you wish to showcase. Just keep in mind that young people will be in the room, so keep it “G-rated”. If your act includes music, on-screen visuals, or any special equipment, then bring it early on the day of performance so it can be set up and ready to roll. And be aware that at 3 minutes you’ll get the hook, so keep it short & sweet.

Fill in the form below to register. Afterward, if you have any change of plans whatsoever, then contact us asap at And make sure your email program recognizes that email address in case we contact you with any additional questions at any time.


Dear Talent Agents & Casting Directors,

You won’t want to miss this Talent Showcase Mixer! Come watch all the wonderfully talented people who will be performing, many of whom may not yet be represented.


Heads-up: The Talent Showcase typically begins a bit earlier than our other programs in order to accommodate all the amazing acts. So prepare for it to start at 6:30PM and continue until around 8:00ish, enjoying entertainment throughout!

In summary:

  • For ages 12 and up.
  • Fill in required fields.
  • Talent act up to 3 minutes.
  • Submission Deadline is November 30, 2017.

Now fill in our form to submit yourself: