Auditioning for Television - What You Need to Know to Book Work

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Uma Incrocci and Christian Pedersen

Webinar hosted by: Uma Incrocci and Christian Pedersen

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Uma Incrocci’s TV credits include appearances on “How To Get Away With Murder,” “Jane The Virgin,” Hulu’s new show “The Path,” “Bored to Death,” “Louie,” “Pan Am,” “Lipstick Jungle,” and “Chappelle’s Show.” She’s also been in a wide variety of indie films as well the Jason Bateman comedy, “The Longest Week.” She’s recently relocated to her hometown of Los Angeles, after many years in New York, where she worked extensively in regional and New York theater. She also co-produced and co-wrote the pilot Living in Captivity (official selection, NY Television Festival and LA’s Independent Television Festival), and co-wrote the book and songs of the rock musical Mother Eve’s Secret Garden of Sensual Sisterhood (FringeNYC; and Winner, New Jersey Playwrights Contest), which is currently in the fundraising stages for an off-Broadway run. Christian Pedersen has appeared on “The Good Wife”, “Damages”, “Fringe”, “Royal Pains,” and has had recurring roles on the daytime dramas One Life to Live, Guiding Light and All My Children. He is fortunate to have performed in dozens of plays in New York, Los Angeles and all across the country. Christian is also an award-winning composer who, along with his partner Uma, has just finished his second rock musical entitled Grandma’s Ring. Together, they’re a husband-and-wife songwriting, producing and teaching team. Between the two of them, they’ve attended over a hundred casting director workshops, acting classes, and business of acting courses, and been on hundreds of auditions. They’ve worked in every area of the business from commercials to TV to webseries to audiobooks. Both have degrees in Theater and are thrilled to share their experiences in the business with the Stage 32 community. Full Bio »

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Ready to make the transition into TV work? Or looking to start your career in TV?

Even the best actors can stumble when faced with starting out in a new medium. Especially if your experience or training is mostly in theater, there are key differences between the audition styles. Most actors start with co-star roles, which are often short scenes that can be especially challenging to prepare well. Breaking into TV also requires a strong working knowledge of the business, how to build relationships with casting directors and agents, and how to best market yourself.

In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, actors Uma Incrocci and Christian Pedersen will walk you through each step of the TV casting process, from submissions to auditions to producer sessions to bookings. They’ll discuss practical strategies on how to get in the audition room, how to prepare for the room, and how to book the room. They’ll focus on how to tackle a co-star audition – with specific tools and tips on preparing the material, even if you only have one line. They’ll share the tactics they use themselves on how to deal with nerves, how to ace the chit chat in the room, and how to be a smart actor that casting directors will want to call in again and again! They’ll also offer a preview of what to expect on your day on the set. Self-taped auditions are becoming more and more the norm, so they’ll also review how to make a high-quality audition video. 

After attending over a hundred casting director workshops and classes, going on hundreds of auditions, and booking many TV roles, Uma and Christian offer a unique insider perspective on getting started in TV work.

What You'll Learn

  • A practical overview of the television casting process from start to finish
  • The difference between co-star and guest star roles. For the purposes of the webinar, we’ll focus on co-star roles (anywhere from one line to one or two scenes) since for most actors, that will be their first job
  • How to get in the room even if you don’t have an agent
  • Doing your research and targeting shows that are right for you; figuring out your type
  • Once you have an audition, how to prepare the material:
    • Scenes where you only have one or two lines are often the hardest to audition for. We’ll look at some sample audition scenes, and how to tackle them simply and effectively.
    • We’ll show you a few readings of each, and ways to help tell the story, even with only one line
  • The audition:
    • Your goal is not to book the job, but to book the room: navigating nerves and taking care of yourself
    • Callbacks or Producer Sessions
    • Getting “pinned” or put on hold
  • Creating a self tape:
    • Didn’t get called in? Some casting directors will accept a self tape even if you don’t have an audition appointment – if you’re really right for something, this is a way around the traditional system
    • How to use your smartphone to create a high quality audition video, and affordable equipment tips for lighting and sound
  • You got the job!
    • How to prepare for the shoot and how your day on the set will run.

Plus Q&A with Uma & Christian!

About Your Instructor

Uma Incrocci’s TV credits include appearances on “How To Get Away With Murder,” “Jane The Virgin,” Hulu’s new show “The Path,” “Bored to Death,” “Louie,” “Pan Am,” “Lipstick Jungle,” and “Chappelle’s Show.” She’s also been in a wide variety of indie films as well the Jason Bateman comedy, “The Longest Week.” She’s recently relocated to her hometown of Los Angeles, after many years in New York, where she worked extensively in regional and New York theater. She also co-produced and co-wrote the pilot Living in Captivity (official selection, NY Television Festival and LA’s Independent Television Festival), and co-wrote the book and songs of the rock musical Mother Eve’s Secret Garden of Sensual Sisterhood (FringeNYC; and Winner, New Jersey Playwrights Contest), which is currently in the fundraising stages for an off-Broadway run.

Christian Pedersen has appeared on “The Good Wife”, “Damages”, “Fringe”, “Royal Pains,” and has had recurring roles on the daytime dramas One Life to Live, Guiding Light and All My Children. He is fortunate to have performed in dozens of plays in New York, Los Angeles and all across the country. Christian is also an award-winning composer who, along with his partner Uma, has just finished his second rock musical entitled Grandma’s Ring.

Together, they’re a husband-and-wife songwriting, producing and teaching team. Between the two of them, they’ve attended over a hundred casting director workshops, acting classes, and business of acting courses, and been on hundreds of auditions. They’ve worked in every area of the business from commercials to TV to webseries to audiobooks. Both have degrees in Theater and are thrilled to share their experiences in the business with the Stage 32 community.

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Testimonials

"They were awesome. A very likable couple full of fantastic information." -Jan H.

"Uma and Christian are amazing. They presented the most dynamic, compelling and informative webinar I've ever attended. Awesome!" - James B.

"Really great information and nice to have a working actor be so giving and helpful with what they have learned!" - Kira G.

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Reviews Average Rating: 5 out of 5

  • I've done a lot of research on the business side of acting and sometimes it's hard to tell what advice really will work. Uma Incrocci's and Christian Pedersen's webinar, "Audition Ammunition: Booking Your First TV Role", was so helpful in solidifying which pieces of information I have, that I should actually use - as those pieces of information have worked for them. They provided instruction on the audition process - some of which was new for me or things I sometimes forget that I really needed a reminder on. Getting all these tips and guidance from two individuals with different experiences, but who have both cast multiple co-star roles, made the information that was provided far more relevant than a lot of the sources out there. I was hesitant to purchase this webinar, but I am very glad I did! I feel more empowered and secure about the next steps I will take for my acting career goals. Thank you Uma and Christian!
  • Just finished watching this. They were great!!! Tons of fantastic info.

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