How To Bring Out The Best Of YOU In Your Next Audition

Making The Audition Yours
Hosted by Wesam Keesh


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Wesam Keesh

Webinar hosted by: Wesam Keesh

Actor, ABC's 'For The People'

Wesam Keesh is an actor best known for his role as Jay Simmons on ABC's hit show For the People. He is also the creator and host of the popular Actors Anonymous Podcast, a weekly podcast for actors to improve and evolve not only their acting careers but also their personal lives. Wesam has had a great career so far, working on hit shows such as Awkward, NCIS, The Mentalist, NCIS:LA, Touch and many more. He’s trained from many teachers and acting styles such as: Hagen, Stanislavsky, Meisner, Rodenburg, Cohen, Barton , Audition technique classes from Margie Haber, and many more. His favorite advice about acting is, “There is no handbook on how to succeed in this business. You have to find out what works for you and when.” He has compiled from hundreds of talks, discussions and personal experiences the best mindset, advice and techniques for bringing out the best of YOU in an audition and is thrilled to be teaching with Stage 32! Full Bio »

Webinar Summary

Learn directly from Wesam Keesh, Professional Actor best known for his role as “Jay Simmons” on ABC's hit show For the People as well as roles on AwkwardNCIS, The Mentalist, NCIS:LA, Touch and host and creator of the popular Actors Anonymous Podcast!

Whether they are experienced or new to the business, many actors find the audition process to be a great burden. From the moment you get that breakdown, you find yourself in an influx of emotions. You become stiff, un-balanced, frustrated, and by the time you’re driving home from the audition, you feel disheartened and demoralized. What is the secret to bringing your best performance to the table every time you audition? What can you do pre, during, and post audition to make the process seamless, enjoyable and help you book the role? How can you avoid the ‘post-mortem’ feeling after leaving an audition?

It’s time to find the balance needed to execute a superb performance, bringing out the best of YOU in the room.

In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, host Wesam will teach you how to bring out the best version of yourself in your audition, helping you nail your performance and confidently tackle any audition that comes your way. In this webinar, Wesam will break down the audition process into 3 phases: Pre-Audition, Audition and Post-Audition. You will go through the mindset of the actor as they get the breakdown, read the script and scenes, driving to the audition and waiting in the room to go in so you can learn how to focus during your audition and let yourself shine through. Wesam will address the feelings you have after every audition and will teach you how to “let go” – one of the hardest thing to embrace for most actors.

What You'll Learn

  • Detailed advice accumulated from personal experience and those of many working actors, agents, directors, producers and other industry professionals to help you learn how to find what will work best for you.
  • The Pre-Audition Phase:
    • The email you get for your audition.
      • Who is directing? Who is producing? Do your research!
      • How to get a feel for the project.
    • How to read the script and character breakdown with confidence.
      • Remember, they called you because they like your look or work!
    • Do your acting work!
      • How to research the role.
      • Who to rehearse with.
      • How to make strong choices and commit to those choices.
    • On the way to your audition:
      • Why they are excited to see you in the room (even if they don’t show it).
      • How to stay focused on the facts and not let your mind wander into negative space.
    • Entering the waiting area:
      • How not to get intimidated by other people in the room.
      • How to stay confident and focused.
      • How to use breathing to calm nerves.
      • How to enter the space of your character before you enter the room.
  • The Audition Phase
    • The Casting Director wants to see you succeed – they are hoping you are the one for the role.
    • How to be present in the moment when you are performing.
    • How to take any problems you face and turn them into a strength.
    • How to handle redirection from the Casting Director.
    • When to say thank you and leave.
    • How to be confident in the performance you just gave.
  • The Post-Audition Phase
    • How to navigate the “post-mortem” dissection every actor does on themselves after an audition.
    • How to honestly self-evaluate your performance.
    • Whether you did well or flubbed, how and why you need to let it go.
    • How to leave the audition feeling balanced.
    • Steps to letting go of your performance.
      • How to learn from your mistakes.
      • How to evolve and adapt with the changing industry.
      • How to use a bad audition to push yourself to a better performance.
  • Wesam’s Critical Piece Of Advice:
    • How to use the three phases to bring the best out of you in the room!
  • Recorded, in-depth Q&A with Wesam!


Drawing from his own experience, as well as the experiences of many actors he’s worked with and interviewed on his podcast, Wesam will talk about tips and stories from his own career and share the best advice and secrets of the trade for prep. He will teach you key things to remember during the entire process, what directors/casting directors/producers look for when you come in and his most crucial piece of advice for any artist. You will leave this webinar knowing how to make every audition your best audition!



About Your Instructor

Wesam Keesh is an actor best known for his role as Jay Simmons on ABC's hit show For the People. He is also the creator and host of the popular Actors Anonymous Podcast, a weekly podcast for actors to improve and evolve not only their acting careers but also their personal lives.

Wesam has had a great career so far, working on hit shows such as Awkward, NCIS, The Mentalist, NCIS:LA, Touch and many more. He’s trained from many teachers and acting styles such as: Hagen, Stanislavsky, Meisner, Rodenburg, Cohen, Barton , Audition technique classes from Margie Haber, and many more.

His favorite advice about acting is, “There is no handbook on how to succeed in this business. You have to find out what works for you and when.” He has compiled from hundreds of talks, discussions and personal experiences the best mindset, advice and techniques for bringing out the best of YOU in an audition and is thrilled to be teaching with Stage 32!


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Q: Do I have to be located in a specific location?
A: No, you can participate from the comfort of your own home using your personal computer! If you attend a live online webinar, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the webinar.

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Q: What if I cannot attend the live webinar?
A: If you attend a live online webinar, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the webinar. If you cannot attend a live webinar and purchase an On-Demand webinar, you will have access to the entire recorded broadcast, including the Q&A. 

Q: Will I have access to the webinar afterward to rewatch?
A: Yes! After the purchase of a live or On-Demand webinar, you will have on-demand access to the audio recording, which you can view as many times as you'd like for a whole year! 


“I sincerely appreciate his honest and concise feedback. He never beats around the bush, but instead is able to swiftly locate what needs to be worked on. He has a great eye for that. I have never felt "wrong", exploited, or insecure, but rather inspired and excited to try some new things. And I believe this healthy response is what makes his work so effective and enjoyable. Thanks to Wesam I received a full ride to NYU for acting, as well as many big bookings including one of my most recent, a recurring guest star role as "Victor" on NBC's new show The Player." – Isiah Adams

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