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Nail Your Self-Tapes
3 Self-Tape Slip-Ups Sabotaging Your Success

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INSTRUCTOR: Mel Mack, NY Casting Associate


FEE: Free Seminar 

DATES: Tuesday, August 13, 2024

TIME: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm 

AGE: 18 +

About This Class

  • Still struggling to book your self tapes? 

  • Overwhelmed by the tech? 

  • Making the same boring acting choices as every other actor? 

if you're still submitting self-tapes to the sound of crickets, fumbling through your live zoom room callbacks or feeling lost when it comes to keeping casting engaged so they don't hit the snooze button... 

You don't want to miss our last chance of the year to grab your seat inside the "3 Self Tape Slip-Ups Sabotaging Your Success""workshop with Casting Director, Acting Teacher and author of "101 Acting Tips,"  Mel Mack.

During this 90 minute workshop together you'll: 

  • Uncover the 3 major pitfalls sabotaging your self-tape auditions. 

  • Master the 7-second rule to grab casting's attention and keep them hooked.  

  • Demystify live zoom audition challenges so you book the room every time. 

Q & A to follow

Can't make this free seminar, check out Mel Mack's Killer Self-tape Workshop; a more extensive class.

About Name

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.


Actors! Ready for New York?
How to Get NY Representation

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INSTRUCTOR: Avanti Talent Management (Legit film / TV, Print / Video Commercials, Theatre, Voice Over and Industrials)


FEE: $50 (+ $20 Admin Fee)

DATE: Saturday, April 20

TIME: 1 pm - approx. 2:30pm

AGE: 20 and up 

About This Class

Casting Directors work mainly through Agents and Managers, therefore bring represented is crucial to elevating yourself as an Actor. Come learn what it takes to get a NY Manager with your hosts, Talent Managers from Avanti Talent Management based in NY. 

About This Class:

In this seminar you will gain valuable knowledge on the topics of: 

  • How to properly prepare for the NY market. 

  • What is the difference between a Manager and an Agent.

  • When is the right time to get a Manager?

  • When is the right time to get an Agent?

  • How to market yourself properly to a NY Manager or Agent. 

  • Investing in your Future (equipment for self-tapes(On-Camera and Voice Overs) auditions. 

  • Which materials should be ready to present when seeking representation?  (headshot, resumes, reels, VO etc)

  • What does a good resume for NY market look like?

  • Open Q& A

About Avanti Talent Management

Avanti is a full service talent management company that builds, shapes, and manages the careers of performing artists across all genres (Legit film / TV, Print / Video Commercials, Theatre, Voice Over and Industrials.)

A Snapshot of What We Do: 

  • We identify and champion established, emerging and under-represented talent. 

  • We work together with our artists, cementing a personal rapport and defining a clear path for success. 

  • we're actively embedded in the creative community in the tri-state area, using modern technology and the personal touch to launch and nurture careers.

  • We collaborate with a diverse cross-section of directors, producers, casting agencies and production companies. 

  • We nurture meaningful relationships with today’s top decision-makers and gatekeepers, boldly marketing our artists in innovative ways that make everyone a hero, and every situation a win-win. 

Avanti Talent’s Credits

Legit TV/Film: FBI Most Wanted,  Rasing Kanan, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: Organized Crime, American Gladiators, Food that Built America AND Mega Branda (History Channel), Girls5Eva, Cold Harbor, And Just Like That, Guilded Age, Blue Bloods, The Equalizer, 12 Days of Christmas Eve (Lifetime Movie)

On Camera Commercials: Red Lobster - National US Commercial, Volkswagen - EU Commercial, NY Lottery Commercial - Regional Northeast Commercial, Eight O'Clock Coffee - Regional Northease Commercial, Kohls Pre Superbowl National Spot, Fanatics Regional Southwest Commercial

VoiceOver National Commercial Campaigns: H&R Block, Safe Auto/Auto Direct


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FEE: $50 (+ $20 Admin Fee) 

DATE:  Wednesday, May 8th

TIME: 6:00 pm - approx. 8:00pm

AGE: 18+ 

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.

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.

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A Seminar for aspiring talent

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INSTRUCTOR: Michael Everett Johnson 


FEE: $48 (+ $20 Admin Fee)

DATE: Thursday, February 29th

TIME: 4pm - approx. 5:30pm

AGE: 18 - Seniors 

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. 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

  • Headshots – Best kind for you!

  • Types of work for you in local market

  • When to look for an Agent

  • Q&A


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.

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with Casting Director Kathy Wickline

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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

         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 

  • Mature Actors

  • 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

  • Q& A 

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. 

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