SAG-AFTRA Foundation Small Group Sessions

Below are the various classes I am teaching. I look forward to meeting you at one of them.

The Business of Acting Classes

SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Small Group Sessions are facilitated discussions with the goal of digging deeper into some of the information and advice shared within the panels. These sessions provide a time to break down concepts into practical action items by which an actor can individually apply to their professional pursuits. These business of acting classes are held in Los Angeles and are free for SAG-AFTRA members. Click the title of the class to learn more about dates and times.

This twenty person workshop serves to aid the actor in understanding how people see them, the type of feeling people receive from them and how they might be cast. The workshop uses the categories of visual, essence, stereotypes and profession.

There are many areas an actor can pursue within the entertainment industry. By taking the time to narrow down what an actor really wants to focus on it can free them up to deepen their pursuit of job opportunities. In this session, we will examine the different ways an actor can focus their career goals and discuss how one can create a system by which to effectively target the industry professionals within that area.

Detailed record keeping is vital for any successful business. This small group session will go over how an actor can use Evernote to keep track of contacts and auditions.

Time is a finite resource. If you do not plan how to best use your time, days, weeks, months or years could go by without you feeling like your goals have been achieved. In this small group session we will examine where you can adjust past habits to best use your time in relation to your acting pursuits. You will come out of this session with some techniques to budget your time more effectively.

Real estate is not only where location matters. As an actor, it is your job to know the area you work in. Do you know the addresses of the top commercial casting offices? Do you know what the parking restrictions are for the area around each of those locations? This session will cover how to better understand this city and keep track of the details about important locations. This will free you up to focus on the audition and not stress out trying to get there.

Building one’s team is an important component to an actor’s career. This small group session will cover what an actor has to keep in mind when looking to add a commercial agent, theatrical agent, and manager to their team.

The end of the year is not only a good time for reflection but also action as an actor determines what is, and is not, working for them before the start of the new year. This small group session will use concepts like the 80/20 rule to examine how a person can take action in their personal and professional life to remove unwanted clutter, examine how their time is used, and focusing on what they really want.

Do you have a plan for your money? Do you tell your money what to do or are your surprised at the end of the month by how it is spent? By creating a solid plan, audience members will have the steps to create a budget, get out of debt, build an emergency fund and begin to save for retirement. Participants will leave knowing that they can begin their path of financial freedom.

Headshots are an actors’ calling card, but is it a professional picture that matches with how the buyers see you? Does your picture accurately communicate the product that is being sold? In this session we will discuss what your headshot is communicating and if that matches with what is coming into the audition room.

Resumes are so much more than a statement of an actor’s work history. They can also reflect an actor’s personality, understanding of the industry, and their future potential roles. This session will provide a greater understanding of the role of the resume and how an actor can best use it as one of their marketing tools.

The audition is not only how one prepares the material. It is also about the mindset actors have about auditioning, how they conduct themselves in the room and how they let it go. This session will cover the many ways actors can prepare mentally, physically and psychologically for the audition.