At first glance, Dec. 4 seemed like any other night for the ultra-hip nightclub Lure in Hollywood. Dim lights, blaring music and a crowded entrance made for a particularly busy Wednesday.
Upon further inspection, however, among the young and fresh faces, were Junior Hollywood Radio & Television Society members celebrating at their exclusive holiday party “The Snow Ball.”
JHRTS is made up of junior executives and coordinators from all areas of the entertainment industry, and, according to JHRTS executive director Dave Ferrara, they’re “the future leaders of this industry.”
“They’re going to be running this business ten years from now. They work 60, 70, 80 hours a week for their bosses,” Ferrara said. “This is the industry’s way of giving back to their junior level people.”
Ferrara has been around for the past ten holiday parties (this year marks the first where it was officially called “The Snow Ball”), and according to him, the night had a reputation to live up to. Unfortunately, when asked if he had any stories to tell, mum was the word.
“Nothing that I can say on record,” he laughed.
Singer and star of ABC Family’s “The Vineyard” Drew Seeley and wife, Amy Paffrath of YouTube comedy series “Boner Killers” (pictured above), have attended three of the holiday parties in the past. Did the couple have any stories of their own to share?
“We were blackout drunk last year, so no,” Seeley joked.
“Every year, it’s a very good party and we do indulge in a couple of cocktails,” Paffrath clarified.
The most popular star of the night, though, seemed to be Jonathan Lipnicki, who starred in “Jerry Maguire” and “Stuart Little” as a child and can be seen in the film “Bad Asses” next year. Snow Ball newcomers Mike Shay and girlfriend Scheana Marie of Bravo reality series “Vanderpump Rules” definitely had their sights on the star.
“I’m a fan of Jonathan Lipnicki from ‘Jerry Maguire,’” Shay said, glancing around. “I’m looking for him!”
One thing’s for sure: at least his girlfriend found him.
Lipnicki seized the opportunity for a night off, and had some advice for young execs about the importance of a work-play life balance.
“It’s nice to have a good balance because if you’re doing too much playing, then nothing’s going to happen,” he said. “If you’re also just have your head down and you’re working too much, then you miss out on a lot of great things. You’ve got to live your life and do both.”
The junior executives definitely took that philosophy to heart. Along with mingling with talent, the young professionals enjoyed cocktails delivered by busy bartenders, feasted on appetizers and hit the dance floor more and more as the night went on.
Also in line with holiday spirit was the charitable aspect of the event. Attendees were encouraged to bring new or gently used DVDs, CDs or books to donate to the Motion Picture & Television Fund for their resident libraries at their retirement community in Woodland Hills, Calif.
Also in attendance were Mallory Moye of “Hart of Dixie,” Mollee Gray of “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Teen Beach Movie” and Patrick de Ledebur of “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.”