Workshops and Webinars

SATURDAY, MARCH 16th (online)



This very popular 3 hour webinar covers everything actors need to know to break into acting, no matter where you live. Matt Newton is the head coach at MN Acting Studio, an industry expert contributor to Backstage, the author of the popular book "10 Steps to Breaking into Acting," has worked as an actor in both Los Angeles and New York, is the go to onset coach for network TV, and is now a 3 time film director who has written and crowdfunded his own films, one of which is being developed as a show on network tv.   In this 3 hour online seminar, Matt will cover all topics listed below, as well as answer your questions through live chat throughout the webinar. This is for serious actors who want a no b.s., practical approach to jumping into the business. This is your chance to ask Matt questions, face to face, and get a real understanding of the dos and donts of beginning a career in acting.


  • A copy of Matt’s book “10 Steps to Breaking into Acting”

  • How to figure out your “TYPE”

  • How to format your resume (*includes a sample copy)

  • List of legit casting websites for finding auditions

  • How to get the perfect headshot

  • The realities of casting (actors access vs. breakdowns services)

  • How to Self Tape Like a Pro (*includes list of affordable equipment and demonstration)

  • What you should have on your DEMO REEL

  • The difference between an agent and manager (when are you ready?)

  • How to get an agent (freelance vs. signed)

  • When you should join SAG AFTRA

  • Are Student Films Worth My Time (How to Get My Footage Back)

  • What kind of projects should you be auditioning for (union, non union, paid, unpaid)

  • What is Filming in New York and How Do I get Seen (*includes list of currently casting TV shows)

  • The importance of creating your own work

  • Having representation in markets outside of New York and LA (even if you don't live there)

  • Attendees can ask questions via live chat with Matt throughout the seminar


(you will be sent a private link after you register)

What students are saying...

"I loved the format. What stood out to me was how you had us all go around and ask questions. It’s rare for a teacher to take that time and I think it really helped us think about what we wanted to learn right then; we were able to walk out confidently knowing that OUR own questions were answered.  The whole workshop gave well-rounded information on several topics. I, no joke, took 16 pages of notes and I’m excited to keep implementing what was covered in my career.   In the past, I’ve felt overwhelmed with constantly being told that actors should create their own work because it seemed complicated with all the moving parts. While you were honest about the challenges of developing work, the way you broke it down made me realize IT IS POSSIBLE and something I should consider. "

"I really enjoyed your workshop and it clarified a number of things for me!  One of the things I immediately did was to fix my Actors Access account and my website."

"Thank you for a great seminar today. You were very genuine, and you inspired me to start doing my own work. I texted my friend while I was at the seminar who has access to film equipment, and edits videos that we need to start writing and filming our own material. I'm so excited about it and the process of learning about something I have no idea how to do."

"The workshop yesterday was really helpful - many thanks to both you and your sister for taking the time to sit down with us."

"I really got a lot out of yesterday's class Matt. Your opinions/insights on the "pay for play" scene balanced by your steadfast belief in/ encouragement of content creation was a great message. Sharing your experience straight from the hip made it very easy to take in and I left with a clear "to do" list for myself.  Also with more inspiration to create outside of someone else's text... or maybe just diminished fear at the possibilities."