Saturday, June 9th, 2018

"Become a Working Actor" one day workshop with Matt Newton

This one day workshop is divided into two parts.  Session 1 is "BREAKING INTO ACTING" and Session 2 is "TAKE YOUR CAREER TO THE NEXT LEVEL."  Students can sign up for one or both (if you sign up for both you receive a $25 discount).

It's not enough to be a GOOD actor.  You have to be a SMART actor.  Back by popular demand, this is the most comprehensive workshop on the business of acting that you will ever take.  Matt Newton is the head coach at MN Acting Studio, an industry expert contributor to Backstage, has worked as an actor in both Los Angeles and New York, as well as an onset coach, and now a 3 time director who has written and crowdfunded his own films.    This is a great one day workshop for actors who are looking to get a better understanding of the BUSINESS of acting, and want to have a clear understanding of the market, how they fit in, what to do, what not to do, and how to level up in their professional careers.   Bring in questions and get them answered in an honest and direct, goal oriented way. It's not about simply mailing headshots to agents, it's about networking, being business savvy, doing your research, and finding other ways to market yourself.  Led by Matt Newton (Backstage industry expert contributor, acting coach, film director, professional actor, and  set coach for Jessica Jones, Orange is the New Black, Master of None, and many others), this honest and informative seminar will cover many FAQ's about the acting industry, followed by an open and honest Q&A portion.   Each participant will receive a pdf of Matt's book "10 Steps to breaking into Acting" after the workshop for further review.



    TIME:   10:30-1:30pm



    • Where to find AUDITIONS
    • How to set up your online casting profile on Actors Access/Backstage
    • Figuring out your TYPE
    • Casting workshops (to do or not to do)
    • What should your RESUME look like (how to format)
    • How to build your resume if you are new
    • How and when to create a WEBSITE
    • What kind of TRAINING do you need
    • What you should have on your DEMO REEL
    • The difference between an agent and manager (when are you ready?)
    • When you should join SAG AFTRA
    • Should you do extra work
    • Are Student Films Worth My Time (How to Get My Footage Back)
    • What kind of projects should you be auditioning for 
    • How to network with casting directors
    • Where to get good headshots and what they should look like
    • How to Self Tape Like a Pro (includes list of affordable equipment and demonstration)

    PRICE:  $99 ($79 for current students) *email to get discount code.  If you sign up for both sessions we will refund you $25 to your account. 


    TIME:   2-5PM



    • Setting very specific goals to get to the next level (what actors can and can't control)
    • What to do when your agent/manager isn't working for you (freelance vs. signed)
    • What is Filming in New York and How Do I get Seen
    • How to approach finding new representation
    • Bumping up from costar to guest star/series reg auditions
    • Pros and Cons of pay to meet workshops
    • The best websites for research
    • The importance of creating your own work (how to write, produce, crowdfunding, and implement a final short film or spec script)
    • Having representation in markets outside of New York and LA (even if you don't live there)
    • How to Self Tape Like a Pro (includes list of affordable equipment and demonstration)
    • Special industry guest 


    PRICE:  $99 ($79 for current students) *email to get discount code. If you sign up for both sessions we will refund you $25 to your account. 

    We have a strict 48 hour cancellation policy.  If you cancel within 48 hours of the class, no refunds will be issued.  If you cancel within 7 days, a credit will be issued for a future class.  If you cancel before 7 days, you are entitled to a full refund.

    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."