VIRTUAL ONE-DAY EVENTS & SEMINARS
NEVER TOO LATE
a Seminar for Talent age 35+
INSTRUCTOR: Michael Everett Johnson
FEE: $39 (+ $20 Admin Fee)
DATE: Thursday, August 18
TIME: 4pm - approx. 5:30pm
About This Class
“Approximately 70% of my casting work requires mature actors” says Kathy Wickline, Casting Director, who designed this special seminar for people like you. YES, we really DO mean you. The Philly market is mainly commercials and corporate film, so clients hire mature folks like YOU.
This seminar is geared towards those who may be interested in tapping into the acting industry for fun and profit. Kathy Wickline designed this seminar specifically for mature aspiring talent, ages 35 to seniors. This seminar will help you understand the casting process as well as the realities of work for more mature performers AND how to get started safely in the local market.
The focus of this class will be:
Discovering the type of work that is available in the Philly area
How to find work on your own on a few local and free sites
How to be seen by casting directors and agents
Headshots – Best kind for you!
Types of work for you in local market
When to look for an Agent
Other topics covered include:
Situations mature actors will encounter and how to best understand the casting process.
How to get started (even with NO experience!)
Practical (and affordable) foundational training, specific to your needs.
Various classes that would be appropriate.
About Michael Everett Johnson
Michael Everett Johnson is a Philadelphia born actor. He re-started his acting career in 2014 after 30 years of government service.
Mike has appeared in many popular television shows. Shows such as, The Circle, Gotham, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Elementary, Madame Secretary, Law and Order, Red Band Society, The Good Wife, House of Cards, VEEP, The Americans, Shades of Blue, Public Morals, and Person of Interest. He has booked endless shows on the ID Channel. You may have seen him also in commercials for Pep Boys,John's Hopkins, CVS, Blue Cross, and Stamford Medical Center.
As if not busy enough in the craft of acting, Michael is now writing and producing projects of his own. It is indeed NEVER Too Late! Get Ready.
PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is a learning experience. It is not an audition or employment opportunity. When the workshop is over, the casting director/casting associate teaching this workshop will not be taking home nor be given access to your headshot, resume or any other of your promotional materials.
SPECIAL WORKSHOP: TELEPROMPTER SKILLS
INSTRUCTOR: Dave Thomas
FEE: $85 (+ $20 Admin Fee)
DATE: Wednesday, July 27
TIME: 5:30 - approx. 7:30pm
AGE: 12+ (Parent or guardian must accompany minor)
MAX: 10 Students
About This Class
The ability to work with a teleprompter is an essential skill needed by all actors working on-camera. Teleprompter efficiency is a necessity if you are interested in commercials and corporate work, and an absolute prerequisite to becoming a spokesperson. The good news is that most of the preparation for mastering this skill happens well before you ever look at the teleprompter itself and can easily be done at home!
In this two-hour workshop, you will be taught how to read a teleprompter naturally by one of the top dynamic professionals in this industry. The smaller class size will allow for individualized focus and plenty of practice using teleprompter technology. If you are looking to expand your skillset and add to your resume, this workshop is for you!
Class will also be taught how to download FREE teleprompter software and shown user-friendly access tips.
Testimonials for Intro to Teleprompter with Dave Thomas
"Taking the Teleprompter Skills Workshop with Dave Thomas might be the smartest thing I've done in my 37-year television career. I learned about pacing, hitting the correct words, the definition of a triangle phrase, and how to conduct myself at an audition with confidence. At the end of two hours, everybody in the class felt empowered."
- Steven Kunes
"I completed the teleprompter class with Dave Thomas yesterday, and I just wanted to tell you: it was a fantastic, worthwhile experience! Dave was insightful, knowledgeable, professional, engaging, and provided extremely useful feedback. In an industry filled with many expensive “training” programs that aren’t particularly helpful, yours stands out. Thank you for the opportunity!"
- Desiree Pascal
"I thought I knew everything about working with a teleprompter - I was totally wrong. This course was one of the best decisions I have made concerning my career. Highly recommend this workshop."
- Donna White
About Dave Thomas
Dave Thomas has been working in front of and behind the camera for more than 25 years. Dave is an Emmy Award-Winning, media-savvy, creative thinking, Broadcast Journalist, Educator, and Business Owner with television, film, and even radio experience. From former Presidents of the United States like Bill Clinton, to famous icons of the music, sports and comedy industries, such as Sir Elton John, Chase Utley and Bonnie Hunt, just to name a few, he has worked with many well known celebrities.
Ready for an Agent
For Actors and Models
INSTRUCTOR: Roe Lennon
FEE: $59 (+ $20 Admin Fee)
DATE: Tuesday, July 19
TIME: 4pm - approx. 5:30/6pm
AGE: 12+ Parent/guardian of minor (under 18) must attend
About This Class
It goes without saying that having an agent will quadruple your chances of getting an acting or print job. Are you ready for an agent?
In this seminar you will learn exactly why you need an agent to work in the Philadelphia market. If you are ready to step up your game and learn how an agent can be an immense benefit to you by opening many more opportunities, this is the seminar to attend.
Who would benefit from this? Aspiring actors and models looking to expand their work to include lifestyle print (real people), fashion, and advertising. There is an increasing demand for "real people" types in acting and modeling.
What is an agent and their role in your career?
How to know you are ready to meet and sign on with an Agent
What to expect in an interview and what you should be asking?
What an agent will ask about you?
What an agent will expect when working with them?
Including how to read an agreement, what to look for and possibly add into any agreement you would sign with an agent
Marketing materials - What you need to get started
Basics of the Biz
Going rates for non-union actors & models
Can I freelance if I have an agent
Other Topics will include:
Clarifying roles in the business (Difference between Agent, Manager, and Casting Director)
Professional basics and what you need to learn to market yourself best.
This is an excellent opportunity to learn from one of the top modeling/talent agencies in Philadelphia!
About Roe Lennon
Roe Lennon is Co-Owner of the prestigious AMA (Actors, Models, Artists Talent Agency). AMA is a SAG Franchised Agency and they are State Licensed and Bonded.
AMA has garnered thousands of credits over the years, including Commercial Print Projects such as Maalox, Dicks Sporting Goods, AOL, Fosamax, Merck, Prince Sporting, Shannondell, Campbells Soup, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Procter & Gamble, many major pharmaceutical companies, and numerous magazine covers.
I thoroughly enjoyed Roe’s class. She was informative, entertaining, and encouraging, which was all very valuable for someone who is relatively new to the industry. I took lots of notes and have already referenced them!
- Linda M.
Intro to Print Modeling was absolutely amazing. I wasn't too sure about getting into print modeling or what the seminar would be like, but after the class I left feeling so inspired and ready to prepare myself to take the next steps of getting into the business.
- Aliyah M.
Master Your Self-Tapes
Tackle the Tech like a pro
INSTRUCTOR: Mel Mack, NY Casting Associate
FEE: Free Seminar
DATES: Check back for dates!!
TIME: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
AGE: 18 +
About This Class
Have you found yourself filming dozens of self-tapes only to miss your submission deadlines because you can't get the ideal take or turn down that perfect opportunity because self-tapes aren't your thing. Have you been waiting for this "phase" in audition to pass?? (Psst... it's not going anywhere!) Virtual auditions are here to stay!!
Are you are struggling to make your self tape look professional, without spending a fortune on equipment that you probably don't even know how to use?
You're pretty sure you've been rocking your self-tapes, yet you're not getting callbacks and are overwhelmed navigating virtual auditions or taking directions on the spot via Zoom and feel rushed, confused, and frustrated. Perhaps you don't know who to ask for help to guide you through the process of self-tape auditions. Are you uncertain about what you need to change in your self-tapes or in your setup and could use some expert, personalized feedback!!
We are so excited to welcome Mel Mack, founder of and lead coach at Mel Mack Acting Studio, back to Kathy Wickline Casting for an awesome seminar and Q & A on all things self-tape related.
Topics of discussion in this seminar will include:
1. Understanding castings' expectations of self tape/virtual callbacks
2. Tackling the tech side of your self tapes; overcome your fears, frustrations and failures
3. Investing in professional equipment that won't break the bank
4. Basics of How to upload self-tapes
**All attendees will need to be set up with what they will be using for their self recording device.**
Can't make this free seminar, check out Mel Mack's Killer Self-tape Workshop; a more extensive class.
Mel Mack is a loved and respected Casting Associate and Acting Coach who has worked on hundreds of National and Regional commercials! Mel works with some of the best industry leaders in the business and is a renowned name in the business.
Mel is also a Backstage Expert, contributing regularly, drawing from her expertise in the casting business. Coaching actors is Mel’s passion. Mel coaches actors on film/tv, nationally and internationally, including Steven Spielberg’s “The Post,” Jack Ryan, Sweetbitter, The Path, Blindspot, Blue Bloods, 24: The Legacy, Gotham, The Detour, Difficult People, Shades of Blue, Show Me A Hero, Broad City, and many, many more! Mel has worked with renowned artists such as Damian Lewis, Jamie Chung, Eva Longoria, Madonna, Mark Harmon, Megan Mullally, Michael Weatherly, Paget Brewster, Corin Nemic, Amy Madigan & many others.
SPECIAL VIRTUAL SEMINAR
with Casting Director Kathy Wickline
INSTRUCTOR: Kathy Wickline, CSA
*Uncomfortable being on-camera in Zoom? You may opt out of video if you prefer.
FEE: $59 (+$20 Admin Fee)
DATE: Check back soon!!
TIME: 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
AGE: ANY AGE!
Parent/guardian of minor (under 18) must attend
About This Class
This is a rare opportunity to learn directly from Casting Director Kathy Wickline!
Join Kathy for a Zoom Seminar all about the acting industry. This is a rarely offered opportunity to learn directly from a Casting Director. Join our mailing list to be updated the next time Wickline Casting offers one of these unique and informative events!
Topics Covered in Previous Seminars
Type of Acting Projects in Philly area market
How a Production Works in relationship to Acting
Difference between Casting Directors, Agents and Managers
Freelancing: Benefits of an Agent or Manager
Where to Get Leads for Acting Work
Starting out - Tools Needed (Headshot and Resume Tips)
Preparation for Voice Over Work
Preparation for an Audition
Knowing your type
Understanding Non-Union Acting Contracts; Usage & Terms Made Simple
About Kathy Wickline
When it comes to the world of casting, Kathy Wickline is nothing short of a Philadelphia institution. With over 25 years of professional experience in the biz, Kathy has truly seen it all. Her passion for helping aspiring talent break into the industry has allowed Kathy to foster the careers of countless young actors. Her resume speaks for itself, ranging from hit network programming to feature films to commercials.
In addition to her work as a casting director, Kathy also spent five years as a top agent in Philly representing both actors and models. Today, she uses her vast knowledge and wide network to help actors find their way in the business. By training actors and models in how to achieve their goals, Kathy hopes to add them to her own talent pool and cast them in future projects.