ty harman and twinkie cast union tv and studio films.
I do workshops not because I have the naive notion that I'll get an audition immediately, I do it because I want them to see my face and so that I can do one thing I excel at: Followup.
Workshops are there primarily for networking and I treat it as such. One specific event happened that re-affirmed my belief that workshops serve some sort of a useful purpose.
Did a workshop for an associate for this one comedy office. Since then, I have sent their office a postcard once a month for over 1 year. When this year's pilot season came around, I get a call from my manager that I got a straight to callback with producers for a series regular role. My manager or agent didn't even submit me for it. They told me that the casting director wanted me to be there. This was only made possible because of that first introduction with that workshop, as I would not have gotten the callback directly otherwise.
It was then I learned that the workshop was only the beginning process. After that, the rest was done through consistent followups.
So because of this, I treat workshops as the beginning and then followup consistently, like those restaurant billboards you see constantly as you drive around LA.
Ty makes most of his money from workshops and teaching at TVI and ActNow!
Twinkie is mostly music videos. When she does get a chance to cast a studio film, it's more for a specific skin color if you know what I mean.
yeah black and some latino. stomp the yard, sparkle, black nativity, notorious, being mary jane, fruitvale station,jumping the broom, etc.
Chester M's response is right on. The State of California tried to eliminate Casting Director workshops (see http://davidkagen.com/CastingDirectorWorkshops.pdf, http://www.sagaftra.org/content/scams, http://www.backstage.com/news/...r-casting-directors/)
Before casting director workshops, actors were able to have one-on-one general interviews which resulted in many acting jobs for me, and others I assume.
It's clear that casting director workshops survive because of actor's desperation and frustration at trying to get "in the door."
I used to have casting director workshops as part of my Los Angeles acting classes(www.davidkagen.com,) but I discontinued them because I saw that actors got lots of lovely feedback with some auditions - but no jobs. I didn't feel comfortable with that. IF you decide to DO workshops, you must try to get email addresses or some practical way to contact the casting director on an ongoing basis. (Some Los Angeles casting directors and schools do offer this.) Then, you must keep following up ... forever... or you'll probably be forgotten. Building relationships and maintaining relationships in is the key to any business venture, acting or not.
So you mean Ty is not worth doing a workshop with? Was thinking about it.
Are you right for what Ty casts? He does mostly the lower end SyFy stuff. If you're interested in that, then go ahead.
He's casting 2 sitcoms and since I'm good at comedy, was thinking about giving a shot.
Oh, I see he now is. If Disney sit-coms are your thing then go ahead. Those and Nick are REALLY over the top.
Okay, thanks! Just checking, in case he never call people from workshops in...
Jamie Castro and Will Stewart at Linda Lowy's office do call in actors for co-stars(Scandal, Grey's, etc.).
I read for Ty (called in through my agent, not a previous workshop) for the Exes in June at the end of their season, then workshopped with him earlier this month to jump back onto his radar. Now I'll follow-up with postcard updates over the new few months until The Exes is off hiatus so that I'll have been consistently notifying him of my bookings for a period of time when he goes into casting the new season.
From what I gather, he's not one that necessarily calls in straight from workshops. He seems to be more about knowing you when he sees your agent submit you. As with other CDs and similar to all the other advice all over the boards, make sure you're very right for at least one of the shows he's casting at the moment before you jump in with him. He doesn't have a very wide net as far as types for his shows so if you don't fall into one of them you're definitely wasting your time and money.
Other than that he was informational and knows his shit when it comes to comedy. Also very personable in the audition room which motivated me to follow-up and work to establish a relationship.
@LA_Actress Thanks for sharing your experience! Good to know!
Where can I find out the casting offices for shows I want to target?
Castingabout.com is the best source especially since they're teamed up with Breakdown Services
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