GregAlan Williams' Actor’s Guide to Auditioning
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Approach..Preparation..Portrayal - The Professional Actor’s Guide to Auditioning for Feature Film & Series Television
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Created by GregAlan Williams
Last updated 12/2014
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What Will I Learn?
  • Learn how to make the right choices about the audition and the character on his/her own without benefit of coaching
  • Analyze TV/Film Scripts & Audition Material
  • Develop Strong Characters & Auditions
  • Produce (shoot) Video Auditions for Film/TV
  • Apply Professional Attitudes and Approaches
  • Compete more effectively for roles in Film/TV
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  • Individuals with previous acting training or experience or individuals interested in acting for the camera.

    Prerequisite: Training, Fundamentals of Acting or equivalent experience

    This course is designed for advanced and professional actors as well as those with only fundamental actor training. Program content is essential for those seeking to compete for roles in film and television (now or in the future). The fundamental and advanced concepts in this program are based on experience not theory and, as such, are not generally taught at most acting studios, colleges, or universities.

    This program’s content is based on 25 years of ongoing successful experience in network television and feature film. This course teaches you the attitude, approach and preparation, Emmy Winner GregAlan Williams undertakes for every audition-- a winning formula from the heart and soul of a winning actor. This program is essential for:

  • *Local Actors with limited access to real training and experienced coaching
  • *LA & NY Actors who want to book more roles
  • *BFA/MFA Actors seeking career education
  • *Stage Actors transitioning to film and television
  • *Child Actors and Parents ready for the next level
Who is the target audience?
  • This course is not for individuals with no previous acting training or experience.
  • Or Persons not interested in acting for the camera
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Curriculum For This Course
32 Lectures
2 Lectures 18:13

      ·GregAlan’s Professional Actors Guide; A Great Choice For Your Career

      ·Course Content

      ·Becoming A Working Actor

Preview 05:19

    ·Choosing the right acting coach

    ·GregAlan’s Teaching Objectives


    ·Self-Tape Video Auditions – The Future is Now!

    ·Self-Sufficiency – Teaching YOU To Fish

Preview 12:54
8 Lectures 45:57

The successful actor must learn how to make the right choices about the audition and the character on his/her own without benefit of coaching.

The Self-Directed Actor

If you’ve spent anytime on the planet, the characters, stories, and emotions, portrayed in most television series and popular movies are pretty familiar to you. What I’m asked to do, and what you will be asked to do, most of the time, is simply to portray life as it is lived on earth. The concept is simple…but not always easy to execute.

The Film/TV Actor’s Job - Life As It Is Lived On Earth

Actors are artists but when it comes to series television and formulaic feature film, we are, often, far more craftsman than artist.

The Actor as Craftsman

An audition invitation/opportunity should not be cause for worry, fear, and doubt? Getting an audition means your Agent and the Casting Director believe you are a visual fit for the role.

Audition Attitude

In the audition, winning the role is not the actor’s objective .

Audition Objective

Be about the Project. Even in our professional lives, “It’s not what we take…but what we give.”


Thinking too much about how your performance will be received once it hits the screen can spell disaster in the audition.

No Audience

In order to audition successfully for guest star, co-star. and day player, roles in series television, the actor should be familiar with the program’s brand. Watch the show !In series television and formulaic feature film, virtually all of our answers about how a character should be portrayed can be found in the text.

The Formula
12 Lectures 01:06:54

The foundation-stone of the winning audition. The self-taped video audition has become the standard in some parts of the country . Nonetheless, the actor must still prepare as if they are auditioning in the room (in person).

Script Analysis

Our actor instinct makes us want to speak the words the moment we see them. Reading the material, perhaps several times before we begin speaking the lines, will ensure that we understand every reference as well as the context, definition, pronunciation, and meaning of every word.

The Text

Keep Reading until you discover, understand, and internalize the scenes’ character relationships as they are written--not as you imagine or wish them to be.


Series television writers have written precisely what they mean to say. Remember the Formula.

Respect the Writing/Trust the Text

A keen awareness of the scene’s physical setting (where the action takes place) is essential to delivering a believable portrayal.


Guest Star, Co-Star, and Day-Player roles are not written to serve your ego or build of your career but rather to serve the greater good of the project. Know how your character serves the story, the leads (series regulars), and the franchise(project).

Understanding Your Character’s Purpose (in the screenplay)

Embrace the role for what it is. Don’t try to make it more! Acceptance is key!


Even if you think you need more to work with, don’t conjure up your own back-story in the audition.

No Back Story for Series TV Audition


Take the Writing at Face Value

Please do not focus on how to make your character portrayal different from other actor’s portrayals. The difference in your portrayal is YOU.

The Difference is You!

Continue to read the scene even after you have memorized the material. Memorization Tips and Tools.


APPLY YOUR own EXPERIENCE - as a life-long TV viewer and


Apply Your Own Experience
10 Lectures 01:03:57

Introduction - Shooting Your Audition

Introduction - Shooting Your Audition

Rehearsing The Scene

Shooting Your Audition - Rehearsing the Scene

Shooting Your Audition - Equipment

Shooting Your Audition - Framing

Shooting Your Audition - Framing

Shooting Your Audition - Audio (Microphones)

Shooting Your Audition - Audio (Microphones)

Shooting Your Audition- Portraying Action in the Audition

Shooting Your Audition- Portraying Action in the Audition

Shooting The Audition - A Closer Look

Shooting The Audition - A Closer Look

Shooting The Audition - Shifting Focus

Shooting The Audition - Shifting Focus

Shooting the Audition - The Eye’s Have It!!

Shooting the Audition - The Eye’s Have It!!

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About the Instructor
GregAlan Williams
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161 Students
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Professional Actor and Master Actor Instructor

Mr. Williams’ broad list of credits include recurring roles on the USA network series Necessary Roughness, BET’s The Game, and HBO’s The Sopranos. The West Wing, NCIS Los Angeles, Castle, Law & Order SVU, Boston Legal, Drop Dead Diva, and, the new CBS series, Reckless are also listedamong Mr. Williams’ 250 prime-time appearances.

A recognizable veteran of television, stage and film, Mr. Williams has just completed production on the much anticipated ABC series, Secrets & Lies, opposite Juliette Lewis and Ryan Phillippe (March 2015). Other 2015 appearances include; the CW pilot Identity, Paramount’s, Terminator Genisys, the BEThit, Being Mary Jane, and Sony’s Powers.

GregAlan’s vibrant career boasts 45 feature films, such as, Remember The Titans (Denzel Washington), In The Line of Fire (Clint Eastwood), Old School (Will Ferrell), and Above The Law (Steven Segal) and, most recently, Disney’s Million Dollar Arm, starring Jon Hamm. Of course, there is also GregAlan’s seven seasons as beach cop Garner Ellerbee on the most watched television show in the world, Baywatch.

Added to the list are the hit Warner Brothers film Preacher’s Kid, the civil rights drama Blood Done Sign My Name, Saturday Night Live’s McGruber, Oliver Stone’s W, and the upcoming BET movie, Let The Church Say Amen.

Williams’ 30-year career also encompasses work with Pulitzer Prize Winner August Wilson, Chicago Shakespeare Repertory Theater, Chicago’s Goodman Theater, as well as the Twin Cities’ world-renowned Penumbra and Mixed Blood theater companies.

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