How to Break into Acting and Book the Job!
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How to Break into Acting and Book the Job!

From getting an agent to advanced audition technique, learn how to go from the casting office to the set.
4.9 (9 ratings)
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49 students enrolled
Created by Ashwin Gore
Last updated 2/2019
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This course includes
  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 27 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Business of Acting: How to set yourself up in the entertainment industry to be ready to head out on auditions.
  • Audition Technique: The skills required to ace your audition and book TV/Film work.
  • On-Set Advice: The important tips and tricks for ensuring your first day on set is a successful one.
  • Mental Preparation for Actors.
  • How to gain confidence and present your best self at auditions and in other professional environments.
  • How to book the coveted Commercials.
  • And much much more!
  • Understanding of basic English

With the multitude of classes, techniques, books and "gurus" all claiming to have the key to success in the Entertainment Industry, learning about how to break into acting and book work can be a daunting task. But not anymore!

Through our combined experience in Film/TV/Commercials, we have created a course to help you through every aspect of the Acting process. We remove the complications and empty promises of many acting teachers and show you a technique that allows you to keep acting fun, simple and practical.

This course will also help non-actors and non-industry professionals to develop skills in confidence, public speaking and harnessing a strong mental attitude.


  • Learn how to master the elements of your Actor Toolkit (Headshots, Resume, Demo Reel)

  • Learn how to land an agent/manager and which is best for you

  • Learn how to identify your type

  • Learn how to cultivate a strong mindset to be a working actor

  • Understand how to break down an audition script and make it work for you

  • Learn how to navigate lines and character

  • Learn how to audition for different formats (One Hour Drama, Half-Hour Comedy, Multi-Cam, Film)

  • Learn how to self-tape

  • Learn how to book Co-Star roles

  • Learn how to book Commercials

  • Understand the steps needed to stay in touch with casting and keep yourself accountable

  • Learn what is needed to turn up to your first day on set


ASHWIN GORE is an Australian actor/writer/producer based in Los Angeles. His credits include, but not limited to:

Television - Ace in the Hole, Fresh Off the Boat, Criminal Minds, Modern Family, For the People, Unbelievable, Good Trouble

Film - Mojave, You Can't Curry Love

Digital Series - Game Night, What If, The Dating Chronicles, Dirty Thirties

Commercials - McDonald's, KPMG, NRMA

And numerous theater productions. He is also an American Accent Coach (separate course is available on Udemy).

COURTNEY DLUGOS is an American actor/writer/content creator based in Los Angeles, CA. Her credits include:

Award-winning feature film Off The Rails

G-Eazy's digital album film The Beautiful and Damned

Hulu limited series South Beach

Kevin Hart-produced digital series Unmasked

And over a dozen national commercial campaigns including Domino's, Eggland's Best, Tampico, Big Lots and more.

Follow her on Instagram @itscourtneymichelle

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who wants to break into the entertainment industy as an Actor
  • Actors who are currently auditioning and want to increase the number of jobs they book
  • Actors who have a technique that just isn't working and want to explore a new approach
  • Any professional who wants to increase their confidence and public speaking skills
Course content
Expand all 27 lectures 03:27:42
1 lecture 03:38

Welcome to the course! Here we talk about what to expect, who we are and a little background about our journey.

Preview 03:38
8 lectures 58:59

Knowing your type is the difference between getting lots of audition appointments and waiting by the phone wondering what's happening. Here we cover how to discover your type and the importance of being specific.

Preview 07:09

Your headshot is your calling card and the first thing a Casting Director or prospective agent sees. Learn how to get the most out of your headshot, choose the right photographer, and stand out from the crowd.


A resume for an actor is very different from resumes used in other industries. Learn about resume structure and format.


What is a Demo Reel? Why is it needed? What purpose does it serve? How to I create a Demo Reel that will get the attention of Casting Directors? All those questions are answered in this chapter!

Demo Reels

What is the difference between and Agent and Manager and how do you go about landing one? All is revealed in this chapter!

Agents and Managers

Accents are common place in acting, and in this chapter, we dive into the basics of using an accent in an audition or on set and how to cultivate good accent practice.


If you want to work in the USA as an actor, you need an Entertainment Visa. Here we cover the various visas you can get and how to go about obtaining one.

Entertainment Work Visas

Having a strong state of mind before auditioning is vitally important. In this chapter you will learn what to do mentally do be best prepared for your moment in the light.

Mental Preparation
12 lectures 02:02:58

Understanding Circumstances are the cornerstone of breaking down an audition script. Here you'll learn exactly what that involves.

First Steps: Understanding Circumstances

In this chapter, using a half-hour comedy audition, we'll go through the process of breaking down a script, understanding the circumstances, adding comedic elements and getting it ready for the audition room.

Case Study: Half-Hour Comedy

Let's talk about lines! In this chapter you'll learn some handy tips and tricks to memorize lines and when and how to stray from the written word.


Most actors try to do something outlandish to stand out in an audition. Often, it doesn't lead to booking the job. Here we explore the idea that Presenting the Truth is actually what sets you apart.

Being Different vs Presenting the Truth

There are three different TV show formats. In this chapter, you'll learn how to tweak your performance for each format so that you kill the audition and give yourself the best chance to book the job.

Types of TV Show Formats

Those tiny one or two line auditions are often the hardest to book! Here we share the tips, tricks and techniques to book the coveted co-star role.

How to Book Co-Star Roles

Self-tapes are increasingly becoming commonplace in the industry. In this chapter, you'll learn how to master the self-tape and create an 'at home' audition that makes you shine.

Mastering the Self-Tape

It's often those little technical faults that cause you to bomb an audition. In this chapter, we go over the technical aspects such as framing, volume, props, how to handle sides and how to walk in the room as a professional and not an amateur.

Technical Aspects

Keeping it simple, in this chapter we break down the important Do's and Don'ts when auditioning.

Do's and Don'ts

The key to a successful audition isn't only in your acting but also in understanding the casting process. In this chapter, we teach you how the casting world works and how you can use that knowledge to your advantage.

Understanding the Casting Process

Commercials are fun, quick to shoot and pay a LOT of money. But they are incredibly competitive and difficult to book. Here, we teach you all about how to ace your commercial audition and book the job!

How to Book Commercials

Mental preparation isn't only important before the audition. While auditioning, your mental state is crucial, and here we provide you some exercises to ensure that you are mentally strong.

The Importance of Inner Preparation
4 lectures 14:03

As an actor, you are also a salesperson. It's called Show BUSINESS for a reason. In this chapter, we teach you about the importance of keeping track of your 'sales' aka. auditions.

Keeping Records: Using Spreadsheets

You've just come out of your audition, now what? It's important to keep in touch with Casting Directors. Here, we show you how.

Keeping in Touch with Casting

As an actor, you have to always be creating. You can't just be sitting at home waiting for auditions. We teach you how to create your own work and how to use it to your advantage.

Making Your Own Work

One of the most difficult things to do is let go after your audition and move onto the next. In this chapter, we teach you exercises to cultivate the correct mindset post-audition.

Cultivating the Right Mindset
2 lectures 08:04

Once you've booked the job, the real work starts! This chapter focuses on the all important items you need to have prepared to take to your first day on set.

The Book-It Bag

From preparing an audition, to auditioning, to booking the job and being on set, the journey of the actor is full of ups and downs. Once you've finished your days on set, what you do next will set the course for the rest of your career.

Next Steps