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Self Tape Master Class with Casting Director Katie O’Connor

April 17 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Self Tape Master Class with Richard Lawson and Special Guest: Casting Director Katie O’Connor

With the industry shifting towards self-tapes as the standard for auditioning, this class will teach you to set yourself apart from other actors and help you answer these important questions:

  • Performance-wise, does your uniqueness resonate on camera?
  • Can you create a relationship with the character(s) that you’re talking to?
  • Do you utilize the frame to tell a story?
  • Do you know that you’re a genius until proven otherwise and that you should trust your instincts?
  • Do you have a grasp of your casting?
  • Do you know and believe that it’s your job to lose?
  • Technically speaking, do you have everything you need to showcase your artistry in your best light?
  • Does your background complement your skin tone and create great contrast?
  • Do your lighting and wardrobe make your eyes pop?
  • Is your room set up for proper sound so that there is no reverberation or ambient sound?

In this Master Class, Richard Lawson and the guest instructor assess working actors on their technical setups and both technical and emotional aspects of their performance. Both working and observing students will walk away with a greater reality on what it takes to create a self-tape audition that looks professional and showcases their skillsets.

This master class will be taught by Richard Lawson with special guest, casting director Katie O’Connor.

**Please note: there are 2 ticket types for this event.

All tickets are non-refundable.

$55 ticket = you will turn in a self-tape audition and receive an assessment by Richard and Katie O’Connor during the class. Audition tapes are due by April 13th at 10 AM PST.

FOR WORKING ACTORS: Self-tape instructions will be sent in your confirmation email from Eventbrite. Please make sure that your email address is accurate, as our response will be sent to you to the email provided. Only those who follow the instructions and get their tapes in ON TIME will receive an assessment. Please make sure you get your tapes in EARLY to account for any technical difficulties or errors in submission! Read everything CAREFULLY!

$20 ticket = you will receive access to be a student in the class and learn from the assessments of the working actor’s auditions.

All tickets include access to the Q&A following the assessments where you will be able to ask your questions. (Due to a high number of attendees, we cannot guarantee your question will be asked, however, we will do our best to get to as many questions as possible with the time allotted)

Disclaimer: This class is a learning experience. It is not an audition or employment opportunity. When the workshop is over, the casting director/producer/director teaching this workshop will not be taking home nor be given access to headshots or resumes. All classes will be recorded for archival purposes.

While we do allow minors to be part of these classes, please be advised that this program may include explicit, sexual, disturbing or offensive content and is intended for mature audiences only.

About Katie O’Conner:

Katie O’Connor’s casting experience began over fifteen years ago when she started working for the award-winning casting director Carolyn Pickman of CP Casting in Boston, MA. During that time she assisted in the casting of national commercials, TV, as well as the feature film, “Gone, Baby, Gone.”

In her final year at Emerson College Katie moved to Los Angeles where she began working in Sony’s Television Casting department, where among other highlights she took part in the studio casting process for Breaking Bad. After leaving Sony, Katie decided to turn to acting full-time. She has performed in national commercials, guest starred on TV and Film, as well as provided voice over for Apple.

Five years ago she was given an opportunity to work full-time for Danielle Eskinazi Casting, one of the top commercial casting offices in Los Angeles. While there she helped cast hundreds of commercials, developed multiple classes, produced a podcast as well helped design a new website for the company. These skills led her to her current position as Business Development Manager for Casting Frontier, where she meets with casting professionals on a regular basis to discuss their needs and how the platform can help, creating more opportunities for our users!

Casting Frontier is an online talent discovery tool that has some of the most revolutionary features on the market. From easy-to-use self tapes to virtual auditions and social media integration, we give the actors of today the tools they need to submit and succeed. With hundreds of roles being posted every week, Casting Frontier is one of the top casting platforms in the country.