Archive for September, 2008


Join Creative Studios of Atlanta for the start of a new set of Master Acting Classes.

Session 1 begins next week so sign up now while seats are available.

Session 1-Business and Marketing

What are you selling? How are you selling it? How can I make it easier for agents, casting directors and producers to buy what I’m selling? In this class you will learn what your “product” is and how to sell it. You will learn business and marketing skills to sell your “acting brand” to casting directors, agents and producers/directors. Target your personal marketing plan and design the necessary tools to implement that strategy.

Dates: Tuesdays October 7 & 14
Time: 7 PM to 10 PM
Investment: $100

Session 2- Audition and Performance on Camera

Create more confidence in front of the camera with film casting director Ken Feinberg. Most actors make mistakes because they don’t know what to do when they walk into the casting room or on a film set. Gain the advantage of knowledge. This class emphasizes two important but different film acting skills: auditioning and on-camera performing. All classes are on-camera.

Dates: Tuesdays October 21 for 4 weeks
Time: 7 PM to 10 PM
Investment: $200

About the Instructor: Ken Feinberg

For almost 20 years Feinberg has been casting, directing, writing, producing and acting in award- winning films, hit television series and major theater projects in Los Angeles, New York and Atlanta. Founder and CEO of Creative Studios of Atlanta, Feinberg has cast commercials, films, TV Pilots, industrials and print in Los Angeles and Atlanta.

Recently, Ken has cast projects for TBS, Toyota, Home Depot, WNBA Atlanta Dream, The High Museum of Art, Maytag, Kraft, AT&T, Shadowlight Pictures, Max Media as well as indie TV pilots and films.

As an actor, Feinberg is known to millions of television viewers around the world for his role as Chaos Demon in the richly acclaimed Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He also played impressive characters on other hit series including: ALIAS, Charmed, STAR TREK’S ENTERPRISE and The District.

To register for classes go to or call 404-355- 4588.

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We look forward to seeing you in class soon.

Kenneth Feinberg

Creative Studios of Atlanta


Photographer Barbara Benvil returning to Atlanta in October

Hello everyone!
I hope this email finds you all well and having a beautiful end of the summer. 
Well, I am coming back to Atlanta for most likely my last visit until spring (late feb 2009).
I will be in Atlanta from the 13-23….beginning to shoot on the 14th, Tuesday.  I usually start at 10am and then back again at 2:30 or so……very flexible.
Let me know if any of you still need headshots or photography.  Let me know if I can do anything for you. If you have any questions feel free to call or email me here.  818-763-3553 or 213-500-2155 cell.
All the best,

Protocol for Auditions, esp. callbacks with the Director

The other day I got to run camera for an audition while the Director was in the room. It allowed me to see how actors behave when the client is in the room. Here are some things I felt needed to be addressed:

1) Always bring at least 2 headshots to EVERY AUDITION, including those at Houghton. I got a couple blank stares this time around when I asked for 2 headshots. Yes, normally we don’t need them, but always be prepared. And don’t make us pull from your folder at Houghton. That’s depleting the headshots we need to send to clients.

2) Do NOT bring baggage into the room. I’m referring to the bad (or good) things going on in your life (although bringing lots of personal items into the room is not favorable either). Sometimes actors decide to offer up how their day/week/life is going, and usually it’s unprovoked. Especially if what you have to share is negative, keep your mouth shut. If things are that bad, don’t come to the audition. 

3) On the same topic, don’t engage in a lot of small talk with the client, unless they are driving the conversation. There’s a good chance that 5 or so people are in the waiting room, so minimize the time you’re in the room. A short audition is not a bad audition. In fact, the actors who were in the room the shortest amount of time were the best prepared and gave the best reads.

4) If you get an e-mail from Houghton about an audition, and there is nothing to indicate that it’s an improvised audition, that means there’s a script. That means you should look for an attachment. If you don’t find the attachment, or can’t open it, you need to e-mail the agent back immediately to resolve it. What you should NEVER EVER do is wait until you’re next at the audition and then tell me (or Vince or Chase) that you didn’t get a script. It’s extremely unprofessional.

Overall, and I’ve said this in a prior post, when I open that door and say “next”, you should be prepared to come straight in and knock it out in one take. Don’t ever let me or any casting director, producer, director, etc., know that you’re about to give anything but your best. Don’t give ANY excuses, and don’t blame your agent for messing up your appointment time or not getting you a script.


Workshop at C & J

The Fall Teen Version AUDITION “TUNE-UP” WORKSHOP                                                                                                                              


audition techniques

what do clients want?

what does the director want?

preparing the day before, a minute before


Suggested for talent who have never auditioned and for those who have auditioned countless times.


WHEN:  Wednesday November 5th

WHERE: C & J Casting

TIME: 4:30 – 8:30pm (we’ll provide dinner)

COST:  $150  (limited enrollment, a 50% cancellation fee will occur if you give us less than a 48 hour notification)

HOW:  email Gigi at: to request a registration form.

ages 13 to 19 years are welcome.


PA Workshop

Are you interested in working behind the scenes in film, video and TV?
Or to learn how to be the best and most requested P.A. around town?
Then this workshop is for you!  Learn first hand the job skills necessary to begin successfully in the entry level position of Production Assistant.  Taught by an experienced, working producer, the 4-hr workshop topics include: 
* the production team
* industry lingo
* wages
* working conditions
* tools of the trade (the PA kit)
* set protocol
* ethics
* production paperwork
* getting work
* and much more. 
Handouts are included.  Reservations required.  Certificate of completion to attendees.


About The Instructor



Workshop Instructor  Edwanna Blanding has worked in the film industry for several years, producing and directing feature films, documentaries, informational videos and commercials.  She received a Mass Communications degree from North Carolina State Univ in Raleigh and a degree in Film/Video Production from Full Sail in Winter Park, FL.  She established her own independent production company, BLACKEYE Productions in 2003.  She resides in Georgia with her husband and three children.  



DATE:             Sunday, September 28, 2008

TIME:             1:00 – 5:00pm

LOCATION:      Creative Studios of Atlanta, 500 Bishop Street, Suite F8, Atlanta, GA30318

COST:            $49 in advance

                 $59 at the door (space permitting)



PRIZE DRAWING:  All seminar attendees will be entered into a drawing for the chance to win a copy of FINAL DRAFT screenwriting software (value $179)!  And other door prizes.  Must be present to win.



To Register

Space is limited, and seats are going fast!  Advance registration highly recommended.  To reserve your spot, visit, or call 770-726-9818.  
Or fax your name, address, phone, email address and credit card information with signature to: 770-726-9818. 
All events are held at Creative Studios of Atlanta, 500 Bishop Street, Suite F8, Atlanta, GA 30318.  For directions, call 404-355-4588 or visit
CANCELLATION POLICY:  No refunds.  However, if you’ve prepaid for a session and need to cancel, you will receive credit in the amount paid toward a future GABPC seminar or workshop of your choice.





Proceeds of the GABPC Educational Series benefit The Big Picture Film & Video Foundation, a Georgia 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the producers of the bi-annual Georgia BIG PICTURE Conference (GABPC).  The next conference takes place in Atlanta Spring 2009.  For details or to register, visit

GABPC Production Team
The Big Picture Film & Video Foundation
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Margie Haber Returns to Atlanta

I have known of Margie Haber for years and she and her students locally have reached out to me whenever she came to Atlanta.  But recently, at Big Break Hollywood (presented by, I had the privilege of watching her work and availing myself of the contacts she brought to Atlanta to be on the panel.  I was very impressed and found her to be every bit what her students have told me over the years.  She’s bringing her intestive 3 day class back in November if any of you is interested.  -MB
Margie Haber is returning to Atlanta to teach her internationally-acclaimed 3-day intensive for actors. ? The intensive is taking place November 10, 11 and 12 at YourAct Studio in Atlanta from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm each day. ?We are currently accepting applications. ?Please see the attached flier and spread the word!!! ?Margie looks forward to working with actors in Atlanta!
Margie Haber, an internationally renowned auditioning coach, has trained A-list Hollywood talent such as Brad Pitt, Halle Berry, Vince Vaughn, Mariska Hargitay, Kristin Davis, Kelly Preston, Heather Lockler, Molly Sims, and the list goes on… Do not miss this opportunity to study with someone of Margie’s caliber while she is in Atlanta!
To apply, email your head shot and resume to as soon as possible. ? Space is limited to 12 actors. ?The minimum age requirement is 18.
Best regards,
Molly Harper
Margie Haber Studio
310-854-0870 phone
310-854-0462 fax

“Back to Basics” Headshot Special from Teryl Jackson

Is it time to update that old headshot that’s not getting you the jobs you deserve?

Is something stopping you from moving forward? Well, I have an incentive for you! Take

advantage of this special fall offer!!! I am committed to shooting the highest quality digital

images that you need to compete in the current Atlanta market. Your photo is your #1

selling tool, so don’t put your best marketing piece in the hands of an amateur! I have been

photographing headshots and composites for models, actors, and entertainers for over 18

years. Take a look at my website: and take advantage of this special!!!





$50 OFF

just mention this coupon

Now Through Nov. 15th






Basic Package: 




$175 = 36 shots*

Deluxe Package: 




$275 = 72 shots*

Hair & Makeup for women:





$125 one look  (Required over the age of 18)

$150 two looks

Hair & Makeup for men: 




$50 one look  (optional)  $60 two looks


(AGES 5 to 12)

Basic Package:




$150 = 36 shots*

Deluxe Package:




 $240 = 72 shots*





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