I attended a Casting Director Workshop at Cast Iron Studios this past weekend in Portland, OR. And I had a greattime.
Some (jaded?) actors have mentioned to me that CD workshops are scams, and are a complete waste of time. I guess it depends on your perspective and what you think these workshops are all about. In no way should an actor go into a CD workshop thinking that they are auditioning for that CD. I tend to see CD workshops as educational opportunities, and as a chance to get my face in front of people who can hire me in the future. After all, without fail, you will be handing over a headshot and resume’ to a CD who may have not had it before (um, do NOT forget your most important marketing tools, folks), and you will probably get to perform a scene or do a mock audition in front of the CD. Not bad. Before I was represented, I would occasionally get called into Jodi Rothfield’s office for auditions, and I believe this was because I took her workshop and followed up with a thank you, a headshot/resume’, and a cover letter.
Now, these workshops are not free in the least. $50 – 300 and above. So, choose your workshops wisely, my friends.
Here are a few CD workshops I have enjoyed:
- Stephen Salamunovich (Seattle).
- Jodi Rothfield (Seattle).
- Lana Veenker (Portland).
- Nike Imoru (Seattle/Portland).
- Paul Weber (LA/Touring).