How I Booked 8 Acting Roles On Major TV Shows in a Year
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How I Booked 8 Acting Roles On Major TV Shows in a Year

Launch Your TV Acting Career: Impress Casting Directors, Get Auditions, and Book TV Roles. I'm Living Proof This Works!
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Created by Brennan Taylor
Last updated 6/2015
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What Will I Learn?
  • Know ALL the tools you need to become a working actor.
  • Take control of your acting career.
  • Kill it in an audition.
  • Impress casting directors, producers, and directors, and give them confidence to cast you.
  • Stop worrying about the things you have no control over.
  • Book major TV, film and commercial credits.
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  • Students will need to have passion for acting and motivation to make a career in the entertainment industry.

UPDATE: Thank you all for your incredible feedback on the course! I am so happy to hear how it's helping so many actors on their road to stardom! Keep the messages and comments coming!


Since early 2014, I've booked 8 speaking roles on major network and cable television shows, including Person of Interest, Law & Order: SVU, Mysteries of Laura, Royal Pains, and Blue Bloods. I shared a scene with Dane DeHaan in Marvel's The Amazing Spider-Man 2. On the commercial side — during that same time period — I booked national Welch's and Dr. Scholl's ads.

Look me up on IMDb to see my success.

Learn the principles I put into practice to go from sporadic auditions and rare bookings (1 co-star in 2013, zero in 2012) to booking with regularity and making fans of casting directors so they keep calling me in for auditions.

Now casting directors will keep seeing me, again and again, until I get a role on the show they're casting!

These tools and tricks work for any role in the on-camera world (TV, film, commercials, industrials, sketch, even print ads). Instill casting directors with confidence so they'll call you in for whatever they're casting.

You can't learn this stuff in class.

It's taken me 15 years to learn these techniques, one by one, each moving me one step closer to booking regular TV work. I've accumulated everything you need to know and it's all in this course.


I'm proof that this course works.

With this course, you will easily identify the areas of your acting career that are holding you back. Most actors neglect one or more of their vital materials, either out of laziness or because they believe their talent alone will take them to the top.

Stop concerning yourself with things that are outside your control as an actor — whether you book the role, how much your agent submits you, whether your co-star role will turn into a recurring role, etc etc etc.

Let me help you identify what's in your control, and help you eliminate red flags that keep casting directors from calling you in.


Actors, if you ask just about anyone, are OVERPAID.

Be thankful for that.

The minimum salary for a series regular on a Screen Actors Guild television show is $5,000 per episode. You shoot 22 episodes. That's $110,000. Factoring in residuals, this amount could be DOUBLED, and you've still got 6 months out of the year to shoot a movie or a couple commercials or write that screenplay. And did I mention that's the minimum salary? It goes up from there!

Commercial work pays notoriously high rates — anywhere between $5,000 and $60,000 PER AD depending on the distribution (and that's usually for one day of work).

With the staggering number of TV shows in production, there's never been a better time — in HISTORY — to be a working TV actor.

Learn how to BOOK YOUR WAY UP THE LADDER, from co-stars (the smallest SAG-AFTRA speaking roles) on up. Get some co-stars, you'll start getting auditions for guest starts (multiple scenes and an emotional arc) and recurring roles.

Then, and only then, will you be even considered for series regular work.

Let me show you how to get on this path — getting into casting offices, auditioning with confidence, and BOOKING ROLES.


...speaking roles on major shows and networks — 8 since the beginning of 2014!

...regular auditions for recurring roles and series regulars.

...thousands of dollars per year in residuals from TV work.

...the chance to work with amazing directors who remember my work and think of me for future projects.

...the ability to live the dream as a working actor, making a living off my TV, commercial and film work.


What this course is NOT:

I can't teach you acting craft (not over the internet, anyway). If you're a serious actor, you should always be sharpening your skills and working on material and getting your mouth around some text.

Get acting. That's all you.

I'll show you how the easy things, squarely in your control — headshots, resume, demo… your materials — are what'll get you in the room.

Then I'll show you how to make such an impression in the room that casting directors will keep calling you back, again and again, until you book.


Whether you're new to acting, auditioning occasionally, or getting out but not booking regularly, these practical tools will ensure that you're covering all your bases and not standing in your own way (which an embarrassingly high number of actors are guilty of).

Get out of your own way! I'll show you how.

Remember, I've booked 8 SAG-AFTRA roles on network and cable TV IN THE LAST YEAR ALONE. I'm CURRENTLY a working actor. Take it from me — I'm out there right now, auditioning, booking, and getting on TV.

In addition to the Udemy 30-day guarantee, you have my personal promise that you will take away the skills to PUT YOURSELF ONE DAY CLOSER TO BOOKING TV WORK immediately.

Every day you wait to TACKLE your acting career is a day you're missing out on an audition. Click now, buy this course, and start taking control of your acting career TODAY. Let me show you some things I've learned!

Enroll now!!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for actors, young and old, looking to book on-camera work, either in television or film.
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Curriculum For This Course
15 Lectures
I'm A Working TV/Film Actor. Wanna See How I Did It?
1 Lecture 05:10

I'm Brennan, nice to meet you. I know the current state of tv & film casting better than I know anything else, having auditioned and worked as an actor in front of the camera for the last decade or so. Please allow me to walk you through the muck and make the whole process crystal clear for you, specifically how you can get in for auditions regularly and book roles. Let me help you! I'm proof that it's achievable -- to be a working tv actor -- so TAKE THIS COURSE!

Preview 05:10
Make Fans Of Casting Directors
8 Lectures 01:04:37

As an actor, knowing the casting process from the point of view of casting directors and agents, you'll know exactly where you and your materials fit in. And where you have an opportunity to advertise yourself in the best way you can. Where you actually have control.

Preview 04:14

Reframe the way you think about your shots. Your headshot needs to be the one casting wants to see, not the one you think makes you look fabulous. Show them characters you're right for and make them love calling you in.

The Key To An Excellent Headshot #1: Type-Cast Yourself

The 4 things your headshot MUST accomplish. Plus, how to set the tone for a great shoot, and ensure you'll get some amazing shots.

The Key To An Excellent Headshot #2: The Shoot

Your resume is the easiest item in your portfolio to get absolutely right. No excuses here. Nothing will drain the confidence casting might have for you like a bad resume.

Preview 04:36

Footage from work you've done is some of the most valuable currency you have as an actor. If a casting director is unsure about whether or not to call you in based on your headshot and resume, you can make a major impact with the right demo clip. Go after your footage, edit it correctly, and get it up on your sites. It's a major part of your portfolio.

I'll Make It Simple #2: Your Demo Reel

Directors, producers and studio executives tell casting directors which actors to book. Impress them with a curated and effective online presence and strengthen their confidence in you when they're researching their top choices.

How To Sculpt Your Online Image

You can't do this (acting career) alone. Agents and managers have relationships with casting directors that have been developing for years that you can benefit from. They have entire networks that you need to plug yourself into. Without representation, you don't have access to the roles you want. You don't need to the biggest agent, but you need someone who knows who you are and is excited about representing you.

I'll Make It Simple #3: Agents & Managers

The best roles are under union contract. If you want to be a working tv and film actor, you'll need to join. Here are the keys to getting in and making it work for you.

Secret Revealed: There's A Loophole Into The Union
The Audition
5 Lectures 43:31

Be the dream actor casting directors want to walk through the door. Here's how most actors shoot themselves in the foot in the room, and what you can learn from their mistakes.

What To Do -- And What NOT To Do -- In The Audition Room

Prepare, prepare, prepare, then go in and be brilliant. It's one of the toughest things we do as actors. The impression you leave in the room is directly proportional to the amount of time you prepare.

Prep Your Audition Without Blocking Your Artistry

In the room, it's just you and casting. Here's how to make a great impression and get them to call you back in. I'll show you the key to taking direction in the audition.

In The Room: Taking Direction

I'll show you how to incorporate the camera into every audition so your audition video will POP off the screen. The pros do it, you should too. Here are a couple tricks to practice and have on your toolbelt.

In The Room: Using The Camera

Let's track the numbers. The Audition Spreadsheet will help take the pressure off each audition, it'll refresh your memory regarding which casting office called you in for which projects, and it'll be proof that your acting career is gaining speed.

Keep Track With Your Audition Spreadsheet
Turn Auditioning Into Booking, Booking Into A Career
1 Lecture 07:14

How to stay in contact with casting directors without being annoying, and where to focus your creative energy to stay productive even when things are slow.

Creating Your Network, Increasing Your Output
About the Instructor
Brennan Taylor
4.9 Average rating
91 Reviews
949 Students
1 Course
Working TV/Film Actor, 8 TV Roles, 2 national ads last year

I was born and raised in Portland, OR, went to college in San Diego, spent 2 years doing nothing but plays, then to LA and did the whole 25-audition-to-1-booking grind for 5 years. Moved to NYC about 4 years ago. Started booking with regularity about 14 months ago.

I've got speaking roles in 10 network and cable television shows including Law and Order: SVU, Person of Interest, Blue Bloods, Mysteries of Laura (recurring role), Broad City, Flesh and Bone, Royal Pains, among others. I booked 6 national commercials since moving to New York City 3 years ago (Dr. Scholl's, Welch's Juice, Coffee-Mate, Canon Printers, Ford, and LG Optimus), and a supporting role in the Columbia Pictures/ Marvel Entertainment blockbuster The Amazing Spider-Man 2.