Archive for April, 2008


Chez Offers Young Actors Workshop

We are excited about our upcoming workshop for Young Actors May 31 and June 1, 2008.  Don Slaton is an Atlanta commercial casting director with experience in both New York and Atlanta.  Mr. Slaton has cast national as well as regional commercials, and many actors got their “on-camera” break through auditions for commercials conducted by Don Slaton Casting.  In addition to his work in casting, he has an extensive  background in teaching.  Trained by Weist-Barron Studios in New York, Mr. Slaton is well respected by industry professionals.


Judge Luckey is an actor and director with more than twenty years of experience in arts education.  He is the founder and Artistic Director of Youth Theatre Company, a professional company committed to producing quality theatre experiences for audiences of all ages. A member of Actors Equity and the Screen Actor’s Guild he has appeared in stage productions and film and television. For five years he served as the Theatre Department Chairman for the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program. Luckey holds a BFA and a MFA in Theatre from the University of Michigan.


Shay Griffin will also conduct a parent Q & A during the weekend.  Chez Studio is looking forward to having Don and Judge working with Atlanta’s Young Actors!


Our workshops are limited in space and registration will close once capacity is reached.  Please join us for a most rewarding experience.  Please respond as soon as possible with the following information, and we will contact you for confirmation:





Phone #

Representation (or referral)


This workshop will be held at:  Marriott Residence Inn Buckhead/Lenox Park / 2220 Lake Boulevard / Atlanta, GA  30319 / 404-467-1660


. . . Movie Night continues to be of interest to our Young Actors . . . May will be the month . . . Date and Location will be determined by the release of the Indiana Jones film!  See you at the movies ! ! !



The Chez Studio / 2221 Peachtree Road, NE / Suite D Box #335 / Atlanta, GA 30309 / 404-603-8755 /



Here we will answer all of your most common questions. If you would like something answered or think we should address something for all the talent to know please shoot at email to and we’ll see if we should incorporate it here.

1. Why can’t I park at the agency for auditions?

~ It’s no secret that parking at the agency is hard to come by. Trust us, if we could get more room we would. With 5-8 people working at the office at any time, not to mention the occasional client sitting in on auditions we’re packed enough as it is. When you park at the agency, even if you only stay for 10 minutes, you’re probably blocking someone in. It’s best if you are in the habit of parking at the shopping center at the top of the hill EVERY time you audition. It’ll make everyone’s life much easier.

2. Why do I have to bring in head shots to audition when you have some there?

~ you should ALWAYS bring in 4 head shots to auditions EVERYWHERE you go. The head shots we have here are used for many things, including head books (binders with all of our talent in them) and hard copy submissions we use to send to clients and casting directors. If you are running low on head shots it’s ok to pull from what we have, but if we run out of your head shots when we send in a hard copy submission then you may miss an opportunity

3. Why do I need to join 800Casting?

– 800Casting is our database software that we use to manage our talent and find you for submissions. Each person has their own profile, and when filled out completely it allows us to search for people very specifically. There are over 1000 searchable fields! Because of this the chances of being missed for a submission or audition greatly diminsh. This is also connected with casting directors (Kelly Casting, C&J, Stilwell) and they can go through our database and find talent when they need it, searching for talent the same way we would. This allows for greater exposure of our talent to them. It’s also a great service for you, providing you with a space to have all your unique talents and features listed, along with your resume, up to 10 images, 10 demo reels/clips, and 10 VO demos. You can actually send links to your profile out yourself! In contrast, if you were to host your own website it would cost 5 times that of 800Casting, and you would probably be limited on the space you have (not to mention probably have to hire someone to set it up). So as you can see, we use 800Casting because we believe that it increases opportunities for our talent and allows us to work for you more efficiently, so everybody wins!

4. Is it REALLY that important to be off script for auditions?

In one word: YES!. No matter how good you are at cold reading or auditioning on the fly, being off script is still better. We understand that sometimes things come through late and being off script is not possible, but if you have more than a day before your audition you should come in knowing your stuff. The less you are referring to your script the more you will connect with the scene and the better you will sound. Think of it this way, if the person before you is prepared and you aren’t, who do you bet will book the job?

5. Is it ok to come to auditions early or late?

– No, you should arrive at your auditions on time. Being a few minutes early is ok, but keep in mind you could be paired with someone specific and showing up early may through off the casting directors schedule. Casting directors want you to show at the time you were given, not whenever you decide. It’s best to plan your schedule to show up 5 minutes early, and if you are any earlier just take a few minutes in your car and prepare yourself for your audition. If you are running late make sure to call and notify someone. If you don’t have a number to where you are going call the agency and we will make sure the casting director is notified.

6. Can I bring my kids/husband/friends/relatives/pets to auditions?

– No, absolutely not. Most auditions will be set up to accommodate only those people who are scheduled to come, and waiting rooms are small enough as it is. Adding more people is not a good idea. Not to mention there’s no guaranteeing that a child will stay calm or a cell phone won’t go off, and if these things happen they reflect poorly on you and us. Not to mention you need to be focused for your audition and don’t need any other distractions

7. How often should I check in with the agency?

– Please don’t call and ask if we have anything being cast. Please know that we spend a lot of time on the phone and are usually fairly busy, and trust that if something comes along that you are right for we will notify you. Outside of calling us to book out there is no need to “check in” with the agency on a regular basis. If you make sure to keep your info updated on your 800Casting profile all your contact info will be correct and we’ll be able to get in touch with you when we need you. Also remember that email is the best way to contact us.

8. Has (insert audition here) been cast yet? Have you heard anything about (insert audition here)?

– This is a very common question. This is very simple: if you book a job we will notify you immediately, 100% of the time, without exception. We are just as excited as you are that you booked and we want you to be the first to know the good news. 9 times out of 10 we are not going to be notified when we don’t book something, and hearing nothing usually means we didn’t book anyone. So it goes without saying that if you haven’t heard from us we either haven’t heard anything ourselves or you did not book the job. I know everyone wants to know when they didn’t book something but we normally don’t have that information and when we do know we are not going to have the time to send emails out to everyone letting know they did not book the job. Seriously though, do you want to get that email?


Call for Entries

The Big Picture Film & Video Foundation and IKAM Productions announce the call for entries for the first annual Juneteenth Atlanta Film Showcase, Wednesday through Friday, June 18-20, 2008.  Entries are now being accepted for the two day film showcase of short and feature length films which celebrate the diversity, strength and survival of African Americans. 


Narrative features, documentaries, shorts, animation and television productions on film, video and digital media may be submitted.  Youth produced works are highly encouraged.  Films should be written/directed or produced by an African American, or feature African Americans in prominent roles.


Submission fee is $10 for entries received by the early deadline of Wednesday, April 30th.  After the early deadline, entry fee is $25, and will be accepted through the final submission deadline of Sunday, May 25th.  For submission details and entry form, visit


The Juneteenth Atlanta Film Showcase closing program will include a special presentation of a portion of the event’s proceeds to a representative of The Campaign for the Ossie Davis Endowment (


What is Juneteenth?  Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.  It was June 19th, 1865 when the slaves in Galveston, Texas learned that they were finally free –though slaves had actually been freed two and a half years earlier with the Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863.  While its roots are in Texas, Juneteenth has become a special day for African Americans all around the United States and the world.  For an overview of the worldwide celebration, visit


Juneteenth activities will take place in Atlanta June 18-20, 2008.   Schedule of events and advance ticket sales will be available online at beginning April 25, 2008.  Program booklet ads are $100 for a full page.  Additional sponsorship opportunities are also available – commit early for reduced rates.  For details call 404-799-8115. 


The Big Picture Film & Video Foundation is a Georgia nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization established to support, utilize and retain students and newcomers in film and the visual arts in Georgia and across the southeast.  The Foundation also produces the bi-annual Georgia BIG PICTURE Conference (GABPC), a film & video convention targeting future filmmakers, animators, editors, actors, writers, sound techs, game techs, and digital media artists for two days of networking with peers and industry professionals.  The next GABPC takes place in Atlanta spring 2009.  For additional details or to register, visit


IKAM Productions is an Atlanta based production company specializing in projects in film/video, theatre & television, with an emphasis on providing opportunities for youth to create images using all mediums while encouraging them to realize the power of their voice and fostering their creative spirit.  For a schedule of events and productions, visit 


Booker T. Washington (Emancipation Level) Sponsors:

The Georgia BIG PICTURE Conference (GABPC)

IKAM Productions







Sponsoring the first annual Juneteenth Atlanta Film Showcase includes a variety of promotional opportunities for your organization, product or event. 


Sponsorship levels:

  • W.E.B. DuBois (Freeman Level) Sponsor
  • Booker T. Washington (Emancipation Level) Sponsor
  • Harriet Tubman (Underground Level) Sponsor
  • Frederick Douglass (Abolition level) Sponsor


Sponsorship level benefits are negotiable, and where applicable, products or services are welcome.  Commit early for best rates and the most promotional exposure!  For additional details, email, or call 404-799-8115.





Pizza On Us! Monday April 21st 3-6p

Don’t forget we’re throwing you guys a Pizza Party Monday from 3-6p at the Fellini’s @ the corner of Howell Mill and Collier Roads.  You can park at the post office or in the Publix Shopping Center if the Fellini’s  lot is full.  Looking forward to seeing you all! 


And…feel free to bring headshots to drop off, we will have a place to leave them.


CNN Looking for Young Black Professionals

The CNN’s documentary unit, CNN Productions, is currently working on a series of two hour specials on being black in America.  These specials are to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King.  

There are three documentaries:

Black Men in  America, Black Women and Family, King Assassination

CNN is profiling several African Americans for a documentary and is looking for young black professionals to possibly participate.  

CNN is profiling several African Americans for our documentary and is looking for young black professionals to possibly participate.   

Specifically, CNN would like to profile a young black male in his mid to late 20’s or early 30’s.  Also, some one who works in a “visually interesting” field or environment is important as well.  

 All those who are interested in participating or have any questions/concerns can contact Brandon at CNN directly:   Brandon Clements / CNN Productions / (404) 827-1198 /


Chez Studios Offers Class w/ Shannon Eubanks & Steve Coulter

The next Chez Studio Adult Workshop will be held on May 17 & 18, 2008.  With the anticipation of more work in Georgia, and our region in general, we remain dedicated to enhancing our talent pool.  We need actors who can create roles as diversified as the movies that are filmed here – all ages, all types.


Shannon Eubanks & Steve Coulter will work with actors to create the skills needed for cold readings as well as script development.  The opportunity to work with such experienced instructors is very special for our community.  Actors who have been a part of this program have truly benefited.  Many have received more call-backs and bookings as a direct result of training with Chez Studio.


For those whose plans include being an LA actor, this program can be the bridge to achieve that goal.  Chez Studio instructors are not only working actors, directors, and industry leaders in Georgia, but have worked – and are working – in the LA market.  Their combined credits place them among the most respected members of the entertainment industry.


Come be part of ATLANTA’S WORKING ACTORS on Saturday, May 17 & Sunday, May 18, 2008.   


Marriott Residence Inn Buckhead/Lenox Park

2220 Lake Boulevard / Atlanta, GA  30319 / 404-467-1660


We are accepting applications now – please e-mail your response.


The Chez Studio / 2221 Peachtree Road, NE / Suite D Box #335 / Atlanta, GA 30309
404-603-8755 /


Art Institute Auditions Tonight

The Art Institute of Atlanta TONIGHT!!  Thursday April 17, 7-10pm Room 450
This Spring students at AIA are producing several short films and commercials and they’ll be delighted if you, or actors you know, will consider appearing in these films.  The students can’t make their films without you!  
To schedule an AUDITION, please email Jennie Vaughn
— Use ACTORS NEEDED as Subject of email
— Include your 1st and 2nd choices for times. We schedule actors in 30 minute blocks.
— Provide your Height & Age Range
— Include your Phone number(s) & email address
— Please DO NOT attach headshot & resume to email
You will receive an EMAIL to confirm your audition time and date. 
For AUDITION, please:
— Prepare to perform 2 short Monologues (1 -1.5 minutes) – 1 comedy, 1 drama
— Bring your Head Shot & Resume (At least 2 copies of each.  More copies if  possible.)
— Plan to stay at least 45 minutes.  Individual student directors may want to meet with you after your Monologues to discuss your availability or do readings from their scripts.
— If you don’t have Monologues to use, let us know and we will send you some to choose from.
Click here for Directions to The Art Institute of Atlanta. 
At the Art Institute, parking is free but you must get a parking pass from receptionist in Gallery on 1st floor if you arrive before about 8pm.  (If you have a later time, check to see if receptionist is still in Gallery, if not, you don’t need a pass.)

Teleprompter Workshop!


This is a notice from YourAct about a class that we actually requested they start offering a few years ago because talent with no experience on teleprompter had no place to learn.  I’m so grateful they have continued to offer it and encourage you to look into it if this is not a skill you’ve learned or perfected.  -MB


Using actual teleprompter equipment provided by K2 Productions, you will learn the techniques needed to deliver corporate narration, live broadcast scripts, television host material, and more in this evening workshop. K2 Productions will be providing an experienced teleprompter operator who will be operating the prompter and providing feedback and expertise as well.

 7–10 p.m.
Monday, April 21st

Limited to 10.
$150 (Payment confirms your space)

To check availability contact us at 404-499-9996.


Audition Notice for Second City (chicago)

Hey everyone, here’s an audition notice from Joy Feldman for Second City (Chicago).  Please feel free to contact her directly, see attached file.


Hi everybody.  Attached is an audition notice for a Second City (Chicago) show we are presenting as part of our season.  If you know any local actors who have improv experience and training and would be interested, please pass it on.  It should be a great time.




Jody Feldman

Associate Producer

Alliance Theatre – Recipient of the 2007 Regional Theatre Tony Award®


Second City (Chicago) Audition Notice



Notes for talent…from Linda Burns, Producer

One of our plans for the blog is to have industry types give notes for talent on everything from pet peeves to set etiquette.  This can be a huge benefit to actors on do’s and don’ts, the things you might not know otherwise.  Linda Burns kicks off this series with this great list.  Her bio is at the end.  Happy Reading!  -MB

1 – Always get a cell number and contact name for production. Make sure your cell number and your e-mail address, which should be provided by your agent, is up to date, so when they give your contact info to production, it is correct.

2 – Make sure you leave early enough to compensate for any potential traffic issues to guarantee your arrival shortly before or at call. Traffic is not an excuse, it’s a constant.

3 – If you are going to be even five minutes late, call as soon as you know. Don’t wait until after your call time to call or wait for me to call you to find out you will be late. I don’t like waking your agent up at 5am to ask where you are.

4 – Always come with the clothing production asks you to come with – come with choices, of color and style, and come with clothing that is stain free, clean and pressed or ironed. It hurts to see clothing stuffed into a gym bag.

5 – Try to stay quiet and be respectful on set. Listen to the director and focus on the direction given. You are there to work, hopefully it will be fun too, but first and foremost it is a job not a party.

6 – Don’t show up having no idea what’s going on…ask for a script from your agent or at least find out what the job is about. Find out as much as the agent knows. Your agent should ask for a script and/or boards and send this info to you for preparation.

7 – Pretend you’re happy to be there, you know “act” like you’re happy you got the job. Don’t stand around looking bored or like you would rather be any other place in the world than on set.

8 – You are there are long as the day will last. We do not know when you will be done and you should not ask. Don’t take the job if you cannot be available for at least 12 hours that day. And don’t ask when lunch is either.

9 – Don’t show up on set and tell me you have to be somewhere at 3pm and that you cleared it with your agent. 9 times of out of 10, when challenging your agent on this fact, the agent has no knowledge of your time issues.

10 – Don’t try to get your next job during your current job. Don’t pitch your skills to anyone. If you work hard, follow direction and do a good job, that will get you that next gig. There is nothing more annoying than an actor trolling for the next gig instead of paying attention to the current one.

11 – Make sure you actually look something like your headshot. If you changed your hair from long to short, from red to blonde or from straight to curly, make sure your agent knows that your headshot is not current. If you shaved your head and grew a beard, let someone know. Many actors are hired from their pictures, and when you show up and look completely different, you’ve caused some major problems for production.

12 – Ask for contracts and releases up front, so that if an issue arises with the wording of the contract, we are not waiting for a resolution. Hopefully, your agent has asked to see a contract or release in advance, so that this is never an issue.

13 – Don’t ever lie on your resume. If you can’t do it on command, don’t list it as a skill. A skill is a learnt capacity or talent to carry out pre-determined results often with the minimum outlay of time, energy, or both. Don’t list things you kinda think you could do. An actor that lists earprompt or teleprompt, should not struggle for hours to “get it”.

And last, when at parties or while out for an evening…please, don’t give me your headshot.


LINDA BURNS consults on and produces commercial and independent work all over the world.

In 2005, Linda won the Atlanta Film Festival’s Southeastern Media Award and was honored with the IMAGE Award for exceptional contribution to independent film and video. She sits on the advisory board for Core of Culture, is board secretary for Image Film & Video Center and recently stepped down from the board of Dailies at PushPush Theater. She is an industry and festival panelist, teaches film classes, screens films for the Atlanta Film Festival, and is a short film judge for the Indo-American Film Festival. She has twice traveled to the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan to teach film and consult on the documentation of sacred ancient monastic dance and intends to produce a narrative feature on the subject in 2008.

Linda’s commercial and music video clients include Georgia Pacific (2 Telly Awards), The 2008 Addy Awards, Bellsouth, CNN, TBS, Komatsu, City of Refuge (4 Telly Awards), ESPN, Nickelodeon, VH1, The CDC, Cartoon Network (BDA Gold Award), National Geographic, TNT LA’s ‘Academy Awards Live from the Red Rarpet’, Snoop Dog, Jermaine Dupree, Bow Wow, Jagged Edge, LIVE and OutKast.

Linda’s independent films have gone onto critical acclaim as well as juried and audience awards at festivals around the world. Her indie credits include Petunia – an award-winning 37 minute musical, Last Goodbye – available on Warner’s Home Video, and The Signal, which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, sold to Magnolia Pictures, and will begin its theatrical run in January. Linda is currently in post on the feature length sports doc ‘Living is Winning’ and in development on numerous other projects.



Casting Call for student videos



The Art Institute of Atlanta

 Wednesday – April 16, 6-10pm

Thursday April 17, 7-10pm

Room 450

This Spring our students are producing several short films and commercials and we’ll be delighted if you, or actors you know, will consider appearing in these films.

 Thank you to everyone who’s auditioned with us in the past.  The students can’t make their films without you!

 To schedule an AUDITION, please email Jennie Vaughn <>

 — Use ACTORS NEEDED as Subject of email

— Include your 1st and 2nd choices for dates and times. We schedule actors in 30 minute blocks.

— Provide your Height & Age Range

— Include your Phone number(s) & email address

— Please DO NOT attach headshot & resume to email

We will EMAIL you to confirm your audition time and date.

For AUDITION, please:

— Prepare to perform 2 short Monologues (1 -1.5 minutes) – 1 comedy, 1 drama

— Bring your Head Shot & Resume (At least 2 copies of each.  More copies if  possible.)

— Plan to stay at least 45 minutes.  Individual student directors may want to meet with you after your Monologues to discuss your availability or do readings from their scripts.

— If you don’t have Monologues to use, let us know and we will send you some to choose from.

Directions to The Art Institute of Atlanta:

 At the Art Institute, parking is free but you must get a parking pass from receptionist in Gallery on 1st floor if you arrive before about 8pm.  (If you have a later time, check to see if receptionist is still in Gallery, if not, you don’t need a pass.)

Your response e-mail will include a SPECIFIC TIME for your Audition.  If you have a last minute change of plans, please email Jennie or leave a voice mail for Fran.

Actors will not be paid but will receive a master-quality video of projects if cast.

Faculty: Fran Burst, The Art Institute of Atlanta,

6600 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, 100 Embassy Row

Atlanta, GA 30328

To leave a voice mail for Fran Burst, call: 770-689-5039. Be sure to leave your phone number AND email.  For questions, please email Jennie Vaughn <>



Fran Burst and Jennie Vaughn

Casting Call for Student Films