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Pennsylvania Convention Center
111 N. Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Actorfest offers all attendees the following:

-Attend interactive workshops hosted by casting directors, talent agents, managers, acting teachers and working actors;

-Participate in casting calls hosted by TV networks and big-name casting directors looking to hire;

-Visit our Exhibit Hall, which offers opportunities for you to get the skills, products and training you need;

-Take part in “Meet and Drop” sessions with top-level casting directors in film, TV and theater;

-Meet and share your experiences with fellow actors in our Networking Cafe.

In addition, the VIP Package includes:

-One-on-one meeting with casting director of your choice

-Priority access (no lines) to all workshops and casting calls (even those listed as sold out)

-One-year subscription to Back Stage magazine (online and in print)

-Actorfest T-shirt

-Priority access to Exhibit Hall

Workshop schedule:

9:30-10:30am – Area A

Working with Representation: How to Get and Keep and Agent or Manager

Sooner or later, all actors need someone in their corner. Learn how to get the agent or manager who’s right for you at the right stage of your career, plus how the two can work together. Panelists include MG Eisenhart (Reinhardt Agency), Cassia Valuikas (Plaza 7 Talent), Pat McTague-Yorks (Agency Connects, LLC), and Lucy King (Models on the Move).

9:30-10:30am – Area B

Breaking Into the Music Industry

Launch your music career! Charlie Walk, former president of Epic Records, will show you how to get your foot in the door and make a name for yourself in the industry through creating connections and adapting to the changing music market.

11:00am-12:00pm – Area A

Nailing the Audition: David Vaccari Master Class

Casting advice for theater, film, commercials and TV. How do you overcome your fear and give a great audition? Casting director David Vaccari of the hit NBC series Smash, the Showtime series The Big C, and many other films, Broadway shows and commercials, will show you how to nail the audition and get the gig you’ve always dreamed of.

11:00am-12:00pm – Area B

Spotlight on Young Performers

For kids and teens, acting can be fun, but if you and your child are ready to take it seriously, this session is a must. Two top acting coaches will give you the lowdown on starting and sustaining a successful career. Speakers include Pamela Sheehan (The Studio for Professional Actors) and Rodney Robb (The Actor’s Center).

12:30-1:30pm – Area A

The Acting Industry – The Essentials for a Successful Actor

This must-have seminar is designed for Actorfest specifically to guide aspiring actors safely and effectively into the entertainment business. Knowing who’s who is imperative to making choices when navigating a career in the acting industry. Guidance on what you need to get started and how to market yourself is crucial. This seminar is open to adults as well as parents who are trying to get their child started safely and effectively in the business. With Sara Krupnick (Kathy Wickline Casting) and Mike Lemon (Mike Lemon Casting)

2:00-3:00pm – Area A

How to Become Union Certified

Want to boost your acting career, make more money and receive benefits? Frank Traynor, North Region Executive of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) will show you how to get your SAG/AFTRA card and propel your acting career to the next level.

3:30-4:30pm – Area A

The Business of Voiceover in Philadelphia

Rob Holt, owner of the Voice Box, will give you a behind-the-scenes peek at the voiceover industry and what it takes to be a VO artist. Through this course Rob will show you how to connect with your audience, think like an engineer, and give tips on auditioning for the commercial voiceover market.

3:30-4:40pm – Area B

Social Media and Marketing for the Actor

This program is designed to provide actors with the fundamental skills needed to make the leap from wannabe to working actor — all from the casting perspective. Jason Buyer is an expert at helping actors gain self-marketing savvy. This one-hour mini-seminar covers many of his branding techniques and exercises on how to sell the actor’s “product,” as well as how social media fits into an actor’s career and business.

5:00-6:00pm – Area A

Filming in NY: Getting Cast in Gotham

Learn how to get cast in feature films. Jennifer Rudolph, president of The Actor’s Green Room, who has helped cast more than 40 feature films and television projects, including Transformers, GI Joe and Young Americans, and acting coach Penny Templeton, author of Acting Lions: Unleashing Your Craft in Today’s Lightning Fast World of Film, Television & Theatre, will give you insider information on getting seen and cast in New York.

Other Actorfest features (available to all attendees who purchase a ticket to one or more workshops):

Exhibit Hall

The Actorfest Exhibit Hall is free to attend and filled with companies offering products and services to build an acting career. It provides an energetic and friendly environment where actors can dialogue and compare notes with acting teachers, headshot photographers, temp services, fitness companies, financial specialists, voiceover coaches, and more.


Open Casting Calls_

The Open Casting Calls at Actorfest are free to participate in. Actorfest partners with various major studios, networks, and casting directors to provide calls for “real” jobs. Detailed information on this year’s casting opportunities is available on our Casting page. (Please be sure to read casting notice to ensure that you are qualified.)

Casting Director Meet & Drop Sessions

A Meet & Drop session offers you a chance to meet with a professional casting director one-on-one, at which time you can chat, ask them for advice, and drop off your headshot and resume. (Please staple your headshot and resume together prior to the event.)

You’ll only have time to meet one (1) casting director. The meetings typically last for two minutes. Please be prepared to stand in line for up to an hour or more. However, we cannot guarantee that everyone will meet with a casting director. Starting at 2:00pm, actors will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

Meet & Drop Sessions are available to attendees who have purchased a Workshops Package. When you purchase a package, you will be given a pass to attend the Meet & Drops for free.

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