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Do casting director workshops really work? Are those actors really called in for things?
Casting Director workshops do get you called in for auditions, if and only if, you do stellar work repeatedly in a short period of time for a casting director.
Each time a Casting Director calls in an actor with no representation, they are putting their professional reputation on the line. This unrepresented actor usually has no credits, so there's no one the casting director can call to verify that this actor is actually reliable, will show up for an audition or better yet, know how to handle themselves on a TV or Film set.
So, they are taking a huge risk, but why else would they work 12 hour days in casting and then spend their evenings in classes with actors?
To find new talent to replenish their files.
So, the key to getting called in for these auditions is to use the targeting exercise discussed in my previous email. A casting director needs to work with you closely 2-3 times over a 14 week period. Whether that be in a class or you get them to come see you in a show or reading. They need to see you doing high quality professional work up close and personally so that they can establish that your skills are consistent and TV-ready.
The second piece that needs to be in place is that you actually need to be coaching regularly with an acting coach to learn how to audition for Film/TV.
Casting Directors are not acting teachers. They can give you tips on how to handle the kind of material they cast, but they can't give you a technique. Only a really smart coach well-versed in the kind of TV/Film acting that's happening in the industry right now can do that. And you don't get good at auditioning for film and tv by coaching once a month or whenever you have an audition.
It's a muscle that you have to train.
1. Use the memorization technique I talk about in this [email](https://madmimi.com/s/cb7bf7?link_list=2345321). And start working on sides every day on your own.
2. Find your coach, work out a payment plan and then start coaching with your on camera coach once a week...preferably by Skype because the experience of coaching via Skype or Facetime is exactly like auditioning for a small camera in a tiny audition room.
3-6 months of working that muscle with a coach once a week, should do it...
I guarantee you, you'll start seeing your work soar and it will become easier.
April Yvette Thompson