How to Audition for Independent Films

Rob Margolies, Award-Winning Writer + Director + Producer

Dates: Wednesday, April 17th and 24th, 2019
Time: 7PM - 9PM


Location: The Actor's Green Room, 15 West 28th Street, New York, New York. 9th Floor

$199 (Non-Member)
$169 (ELEVATE Member
Limited to 12 spots!


Ages 18 and up

Class Format
Using sides selected by students, Rob will have each student perform a scene live on-camera with instant feedback and a redirect to show you what he is looking for during an audition. Making an impression on your first read is your one chance to getting the role, yet alone a callback. 

Cancellation Policy
You may cancel and receive credit up to 7 days before the start date of the class. However, within 7 days of the start date of the class, no credit will be issued. Due to the nature and structure of this class, you will not receive credit or be able to make up any portion of this class for any reason if you cancel or miss a class after the start date.


About Rob Margolies... 

In 2005, Margolies graduated from Chapman University with a BFA in Film Production. During his senior year, he was awarded a scholarship that entitled him to be mentored by the Oscar Winning Director William Friedkin. While in film school, Margolies also had the privilege of producing the first film from The Duffer Brothers, creators of “STRANGER THINGS”. In 2009, Rob was awarded by Chapman University as Alumnus of the Year.

Margolies’ first movie “LIFELINES” stars Jane Adams, Dreama Walker, Joe Morton, and Josh Pais. It was purchased and distributed by Kanbar Entertainment after it won several awards at various film festivals. Margolies’ second movie “SHE WANTS ME” received worldwide distribution in large part by Lionsgate, and stars Josh Gad, Hilary Duff, Charlie Sheen, Wayne Knight, among other stars. Margolies’ third movie, “Roommate Wanted” stars Alexa Vega, Spencer Grammer, and Kathryn Morris. It was purchased and distributed by Lionsgate. Margolies’ fourth movie, “WEIGHT”, is in post production and includes star names such as Randy Quaid, Kathy Najimy, Ashley Johnson, Jason Mewes, and Peter Scolari.

Additionally, Margolies has served as a writer, producer, and/or director on TV shows, web series’, and many films. His most recent films as a producer are “IMMORTAL”, a sc-fi anthology starring Dylan Baker, Tony Todd, Mario Van Peebles, etc. “NEVER HEARD”, a faith based gospel film with an all star cast getting released theatrically on 11/1/2018, “I’D LIKE TO BE ALONE NOW”, which also features a knockout ensemble cast. And “YES” starring Nolan Gould from “Modern Family” in a lead dramatic role.

Margolies is currently attached to produce several other feature films including “LOVE AND COMMUNICATION”, “LITTLE LAMB”, HEAVEN’S MILAGE”, “BLONDE DOCTORS”, “IN THE MEANTIME”,  and “WHODUNIT” among others.


A few weeks ago I took Rob’s class How to Audition for Independent Films. I learned 2 very important lessons which were the opposite of what we are to do for television. 1) Make BIG choices 2) Don’t be afraid to add to the character and to the written words. That very week I was invited to tape an audition for an Indie Film. One that had tremendous success in the short film genre ( they went to Sundance!). So, I took a chance...made big choices, added lines to a speech that helped to clarify what my character was trying to say and guess what happened? Yep, I booked the job. I NEVER would have had the confidence to do that had I not taken Rob’s class.  I sincerely believe that everyone should have to take this class as it clearly demonstrates the different techniques between film and television auditions...which we all need to learn. Thank you so much! I am now part of an empowering project where women are heroes and that has partnered with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Here is a link to the film in which I now have a LEAD."

- Catherine Nastasi




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