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This event is only open to SAG-AFTRA members in good standing.

Jan. 17, 2020 - 1 PM to 4 PM PT


James Cagney Boardroom- Lobby Level
5757 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036
Enter the parking structure via Curson Ave. or Masselin Ave. 
Parking will be validated.

When: 1 - 4 p.m., Friday, Jan. 17

To have a successful and sustainable career, actors need to reduce the reliance on luck as much as possible. We need to be skilled in the CRAFT, learn how to make money with our art in the BUSINESS, fight for the value of our talent in the MARKETPLACE through our union, and take care of our SELF so we can be reliable and consistent with the quality of our work. In this fun, informal, and interactive lecture you will learn how to optimize every variable in your control to make your success inevitable, not a gamble.

Shaan Sharma will share how and why a small percentage of working actors in our business work consistently, covering such topics as

  • The huge differences between theatrical and commercial work
  • The right training and development strategy
  • The right mindset and attitude that attracts work
  • Getting and working with agents and managers
  • Conquering nervousness and boosting confidence
  • On-camera craft and audition tips
  • How casting works
  • Online casting services
  • Headshots, reels, branding
  • The state of the industry
  • Creating your own content
  • How the union works and how to fully utilize it for your success, plus so much more. 

About Shaan Sharma
Shaan Sharma, working actor, veteran casting session director, acting coach, Backstage contributor, and SAG-AFTRA L.A. Board Member and Conservatory Committee Co-Chair will be sharing game-changing information and strategies to successfully pursue an on-camera acting career. 

Due to mature language, this event is recommended for adults only.

Questions? Please contact the L.A. Local at (323) 634-8277.

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Audio and video recording is not permitted, but written note taking is welcome.

No late admittance. Doors will close at the beginning of the event. RSVPs do not guarantee seating. These events are overbooked to compensate for no-shows.

This workshop is only open to paid-up SAG-AFTRA members in good standing. Unfortunately, no guests allowed. All performers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. SAG-AFTRA members, PLEASE BRING YOUR MEMBERSHIP CARD OR DIGITAL CARD ON YOUR APP (paid through April 30, 2020) FOR ADMITTANCE. This workshop is not intended to imply an endorsement of any individual or company by SAG-AFTRA. The information provided through the workshop is given for informational purposes and may not be a suitable substitute for the advice of other industry professionals. You should always use good judgment in these matters and should not act or refrain from acting based solely on information provided through the workshop.

This event is only open to SAG-AFTRA members in good standing.

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