Spotlight Workshops

Spotlight Workshop: Everything You Need to Know About Commercial Casting

Date(s) - 08/10/2019
9:00 am - 12:00 pm



Ready to take your commercial acting career to the next level?


Commercial auditions are weird… FUN, but weird. It’s time to make them less weird. In this workshop, commercial casting director Laurie Records will give you everything you need to answer the two big questions for commericals: 1) How do I get the audition? and 2) How do I get the callback and book the job? These are completely different issues with completely different solutions, so if you’re looking for success as a commercial actor, you need to be able to answer both!

We will also cover all the tools a commercial actor must have: headshots, resumes, video demo reels, as well as industry relationships to increase the number of auditions you get called in for. We’ll also cover the specific things casting directors look for in a great commercial audition. In addition, we’ll talk about specific things actors can do to land the next commercial role.

You’ll leave this workshop with lots of insights from Laurie’s years of experience, have the opportunity to ask tons of questions, and go over commercial copy so you know exactly what to expect in your next commercial audition!*

Who should attend: All actors who want to give their commercial acting careers a boost.

Requirements: Bring pen and paper or notetaking tools.

By the end of this class, you’ll know:

  • How to make the most of your online actor account to get more auditions;
  • How to self submit your materials effectively to get more auditions; and
  • What it takes to get the callback and book the job.

Instructor: Laurie Records (Casting Director, CCDA) has been working in the commercial realm since 2004. In 2009, Laurie launched her own casting company. While she casts all types of commercials, she has broadened her horizons to include casting web content for network television, television hosts, industrials, and dabbles in film from time to time. Recent commercial jobs include: Clorox, Toyota, Frito-Lay, DIRECTV, Smithfield, and Google. She also cast the new Movie Surfers for seasons 16-18, as well as online content for The Muppets. Laurie teaches a four-week commercial class almost every month and attends Los Angeles theatre regularly.

Space is limited, and you must register ahead of time, so sign up today!

Register HERE.



Are there ID requirements to enter the event?

The good folks at the Netflix Security Gate will need to see a government-issued photo ID to match with your name on the list we give them, so make sure you register and bring your driver’s license or passport with you.

How early should I arrive at the event?

You should leave yourself enough time to get through the security gate, park in the parking structure, and walk to the front door of Netflix, where we will have someone waiting to direct you to the workshop room. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before the workshop is scheduled to begin.

What are my parking options getting to the event?

Parking is free if you are on the attendee list – here are the guest parking guidelines:

  • Guest parking is located at 1455 N. Van Ness Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028.
  • Please enter the Main Entry via the security gate.
  • A current photo ID is required.
  • Security personnel will direct you to complimentary self-parking.
  • The Netflix lobby is located directly across from the parking garage.
  • Immediately after entering the building turn right down the hall and wait in the coffee bar area.

When does registration end? When does the early registration discount end?

Registration for this workshop ends at 4 PM on August 9, 2019. Early registration ends at 4 PM on August 2, 2019.

Is it possible for me to get an acting job from this workshop?

*Our courses, workshops, and intensives are learning experiences. As such, this workshop is not an audition or an employment opportunity. When the workshop is over, the instructor teaching this course will not be receiving, taking, or given access to your headshot, resume, or any of your other promotional materials.