In this class, you'll get a clear understanding of the nuts and bolts--as well as the creative aspects--of the tv and film casting process, get insight into what CDs are looking for as fellow artists, and learn how to build relationships with and make lasting impressions on the CDs you meet.
Date: Sunday, March 12th 2017
Location: AGR, 15 West 28th Street, 9th Floor, NYC 10001
Capacity: 40 students total
Ages: 16 and up
For most actors, casting is the most emotionally charged, mysterious part of the creative process. We hustle to get auditions, rejoice when they come through and agonize when they don't, prep hard to bring our best work into the room.....and the rest is a mystery. How do CDs decide what actors to bring in? How do you develop relationships and get CDs to remember you without relying on the fantasy that an agent or manager will just "do it for you?" How do you relate to CDs in ways that are memorable but not "weird"? What are the appropriate ways to stay in touch? What are CDs looking for in actors, why do they bring back the folks that bring back, and what makes the difference between getting called in or not in the first place? What determines whether you go to producers (for TV) or the director (for a film)? Most importantly---what kind of work are they looking for in the room, and how can you hone your audition game so you are bringing that kind of work to the table every time?
I believe that the best actors are great collaborators, and this extends to the audition process. We become great collaborators by understanding how our fellow artists (including casting directors) do their jobs, what their creative process is, and how we can meet and share in that process. In this class, you'll get a clear understanding of the nuts and bolts--as well as the creative aspects--of the tv and film casting process, get insight into what CDs are looking for as fellow artists, and learn how to build relationships with and make lasting impressions on the CDs you meet.
Wait List Policy
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Jessica Blank is an actor, writer, director and producer. With her husband Erik Jensen, she is author of THE EXONERATED, a play based on interviews they conducted with over 40 wrongfully convicted death row inmates across the United States. THE EXONERATED won Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Ovation, Fringe First and Herald Angel Awards; it has also received awards from Amnesty International, the American Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Death Penalty Focus, and Court TV, and was listed by the New York Times as "the number 1 play of the year." It was made into an award-winning movie adapted by Jessica and Erik, starring Susan Sarandon, Danny Glover, Brian Dennehy, Aidan Quinn and Delroy Lindo. Their documentary play AFTERMATH, directed by Jessica, opened New York Theater Workshop’s 2009-10 Off-Broadway season to rave reviews, was a New York Times Critics’ Pick, toured internationally for two years and was nominated for two Drama League Awards. Their new play, HOW TO BE A ROCK CRITIC (based on the writings of Lester Bangs), under commission at CTG, was workshopped at the Public Theater and the La Jolla Playhouse and recently completed a sold-out run at the Kirk Douglas Theater and South Coast Rep, with Erik starring and Jessica directing.
Jessica and Erik are currently writing the pilot THE NEGOTIATOR for Gaumont TV (exec producer Tom Fontana); they have developed for television with Fox TV Studios, 20th Century TV, Avenue Pictures, Sunswept Entertainment, Virgin Produced, and Radical Media. They currently have a feature in development with Cary Brokaw/Avenue Pictures. Jessica's first novel, Almost Home, (Hyperion, 2007) was optioned for feature film with Jessica and Erik adapting and co-directing; the film is slated for production in 2016. Her second novel, Karma for Beginners (Hyperion, 2009) is in development for television with Avenue Pictures, with Jessica and Erik adapting. Her third novel is forthcoming from Penguin in 2016. LIBERTY CITY, a play co-written by Jessica and April Yvette Thompson, was produced Off-Broadway by New York Theater Workshop in 2008 (with Jessica directing), has toured to Miami and elsewhere, and was nominated for Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards.
As an actor, Jessica appeared regularly as the lead's loudmouthed big sister in CBS' MADE IN JERSEY. Additional TV credits include BLUE BLOODS, ELEMENTARY, THE FOLLOWING, THE MENTALIST, BORED TO DEATH, RESCUE ME, LAW AND ORDER: CI, THE BRONX IS BURNING, HIGH MAINTENANCE and several more. Film acting credits include THE NAMESAKE (dir. Mira Nair), YOU'RE NOBODY TILL SOMEBODY KILLS YOU (prod. Spike Lee), THE EXONERATED, and several indies including CREATIVE CONTROL (Grand Jury Prize, SXSW 2015) and ON THE ROAD WITH JUDAS (Sundance). She has acted in theaters throughout New York City and has five new films coming out in 2015-16, including #HORROR with Timothy Hutton and Chloe Sevigny.