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How to Be an Actor: Nail Auditions and Get Cast Fast!

Learn everything you need to start as a professional actor -- and finish by performing for a real agent!
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What Will I Learn?
Get more parts by learning the skills used by successful actors
Learn which casting calls are right for you, and how to apply
Increase the chances of getting noticed by an agent
Learn how to make ends meet financially while you are pursuing your career
Develop a fan base using social media
Meet a real agent (live via Skype). Seminars or classes are for educational purposes only and will not secure or provide opportunity for employment in the field or representation by an agent.
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  • Enthusiasm, a passion for acting, and a drive to make audiences smile

Casting Intensive - Everything You need to Go from Start to Part in 30 Days!

Fun, practical online lessons to turbo-charge your Acting Career.

This course is designed for actors of any level (beginner, intermediate, advanced) who are eager to accelerate their acting career. This is not an acting course -- our goal is to offer practical advice to help you to find casting calls, get parts, and attract the attention of an agent.

At the end of this course, every participant will be able to perform for, and receive feedback from, a real professional agent. Please note: Seminars or classes are for educational purposes only and will not secure or provide opportunity for employment in the field or representation by an agent.

Here's exactly what you'll take away from The Casting Academy:

  • The secrets successful actors use to get auditions to the most attractive roles.
  • Get the attention of agents and casting directors.
  • Get an unfair advantage when you audition for parts.
  • Build a fan base using social media.
  • Find hidden casting calls and opportunities that others miss.
  • Make ends meet to make money while you pursue your career.

This course is taught by Isabelle Dungan, an accomplished working actress in New York City.

It doesn't matter where you live. All courses are online, and the strategies we teach are applicable anywhere in the United States.

The Casting Academy consists of 13 highly practical lessons that are are also designed to be fun and motivational. Many lessons include helpful worksheets and assignments to reinforce each unit. Each lesson is fun and full of enlightening, practical advice for your career.

Who is the target audience?
  • Actors of all Levels of Ability and Experience
  • Those aspiring to begin or accelerate their acting career
  • Actors who have begun a career but are looking to get more parts
  • Actors who are looking to attract the attention of an agent
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Curriculum For This Course
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The Fundamentals of Casting
5 Lectures 25:39

We've designed The Casting Academy to give you the tools you need to succeed as a working actor. In this brief introductory lesson, we'll introduce ourselves and help you learn how to make the most out of your Academy experience.

Preview 04:05

Casting Directors, Agents, Directors oh my! There are so many players in the casting industry, and it's crucially important to know who does what. In this lesson, you'll learn exactly whom you need to know, how to reach them, and how they can help your career.

Preview 04:40

It's a whole new world in casting, and the good news is that nowadays you can find and submit to castings without ever leaving your computer. Sure, it helps to have an agent, but we'll show you how to start getting parts on your own while you're working towards getting representation.

Preview 03:55

Put down that cellphone and delete that selfie! Having a great headshot is one way to make sure you get noticed by casting directors. We'll show you how to put your best foot forward with a professional-looking headshot, resume, and video reel.

What You Need: Headshots, Resumes & Reels

Congratulations, they called you in for an audition! Now it's your moment to shine. In this lesson, you'll learn everything you need to know to ace your audition on your way to receiving a callback and getting the part.

All About Your Audition
The Business of Casting
4 Lectures 16:37

One of the biggest mysteries for beginning actors is union status. What exactly does Union SAG/AFTRA mean? How do I get into the Union? Do I have to be Union to get jobs? We will answer all these questions for you in this section and clarify all your union conundrums!

All About Unions

Scripted productions are the real deal. Getting cast in a TV, Film, or Theatrical production is hard work, but we'll show how to prepare for each specific type of project to maximize your chances of getting the part.

Scripted: TV, Film, and Theater

There are dozens (if not hundreds) of reality shows all looking for big characters with huge personalities. And many real celebrities got their start on reality shows. We'll show you what casting directors are looking for and how to position yourself to be a breakout star.

Unscripted: Be Yourself on Reality TV

Look at the commercials you see on TV -- they feature all types of people, not just typical "actor types." Commercials are a great way to break into the industry -- and most of them pay! In this lecture you'll learn how to score your first commercial job.

Commercials & Extras Work
Making it Happen
3 Lectures 14:05

It's 2014, and new stars are cropping up everywhere! There are hundreds of YouTube channels featuring new talent, and student producers always looking for actors to appear in their films. These projects are a great way to build up your resume and video reel ... and it's surprisingly easy to get started!

Getting Your Foot in the Door: Student Films & Web Videos

Even the biggest celebrities spend a lot of time building a following on social media. We'll show you what you can learn from them, and how to build your own fan base using just your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts

Finding a Following: Promote Yourself on Social Media

Making ends meet while pursuing your career is one of the biggest challenges actors face. We'll show you some real-world practical tips to achieve a work-life balance, while still making enough money to pay the rent!

Making Ends Meet
Your Agent Audition!
1 Lecture 04:14

You're about to graduate from The Casting Academy, and it's time for the grand finale: Your reading in front of a real professional agent. We'll tell you how to prepare and how to arrange your appointment. Everything is online so it doesn't matter where you live. Our agent will give you real-time feedback on your performance and advise you on next steps in your career.

It's Go Time! Prepare for Your Agent Showcase
About the Instructor
4.7 Average rating
11 Reviews
123 Students
1 Course
Entertainment Media Executive

Brian Hecht has nearly 20 years experience in the digital media, entertainment, and e-commerce space. For the past 10 years he has been a leader in casting media and technology. In the 1990s he launched one of the very first and most successful casting Websites, which attracted more than 500,000 members.

Brian is currently the Founder and CEO of ClaimFame, LLC a cutting-edge casting Website that helps both new and experienced actors take full advantage of new technologies and social media by offering highly targeted casting calls, sophisticated user profiles, and personalized coaching from casting professionals.

All of Brian's casting ventures have operated on one simple principle: That every actor has the right to trustworthy information and tools that they can use to promote their own career, even if they are just starting out, lack experience, or don't have an agent. The Casting Academy is an extension of that principle, giving actors training in the real-world skills they need to succeed as they pursue their careers and their passions.

Brian is also an entrepreneur who has started many companies employing hundreds of people in the digital technology space. He started his career in journalism, both in print and in television, working at both NBC News and ABC News. He is an accomplished public speaker and has made multiple appearances on MSNBC and PBS.

4.7 Average rating
11 Reviews
123 Students
1 Course
Actress & Spokesperson

Isabelle is a NYC based Actress, writer, spokesperson, and overall... personality! Isabelle attended NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study where she received a BA in theater and philosophy in 2006. She also attended T. Schreiber Studio's One Year Conservatory where she graduated in May 2013. Since May 2013 Isabelle has been featured in two indie feature films, national TV pilots, and national commercials. She is thrilled to be the spokesperson & host for The Casting Academy's courses. She is excited to get to work with all of you and share her firsthand experience as a working actress to help you go far with your careers!

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