YourAct January Newsletter

yourACT’s 10th Year!

Many reasons to celebrate 

We’ve been acting for over 30 years each, and teaching at yourACT for the past ten years.  We still love coming to work, to share what we’ve learned as professional actors with others who are just starting out, or more advanced actors who are committed to maintaining the highest levels of their craft.  We are introducing new workshops this year with agents and casting directors who bring their knowledge and expertise to the table.  We are so fortunate to have all of you in our lives and thank you for continuing to choose yourACT!



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Presented by Casting Directors Jen Kelley and Rita Harrell
A unique (3) hour workshop where you will be coached on both a commercial and a film/tv script by one casting director and then audition for the other. Get real audition experience with feedback on the spot.
Have the opportunity to train and audition for casting directors Jen Kelley and Rita Harrell of Big Picture Casting.

All sessions followed by a short Q&A where you can ask about the business from a casting perspective.

* Work on the fundamentals of on-camera film/tv and commercial audition technique
* Train with each instructor and perform in a true audition situation
* Gain valuable feedback to improve your cold-reading skills

Cost: $75
(class limit of 20 – maximum of 10 students per instructor)

Saturday1/21 – Adults 18+
Session 1: 10am-1pm 
Session 2: 2pm-5pm 

Sunday 1/22 – Kids and Teens
Session 3: 10am-1pm (kids 6yrs – 12yrs)  SOLD OUT!
Session 4: 2pm – 5pm (Kids OR Teens)


Jen Kelley is co-founder of Big Picture Casting. Before launching Big Picture casting in October 2011, Jen was the Commercial/industrial Department Head at People Store, Inc. With over 19 years of talent agency experience, Jen brings a unique perspective to casting. She is also co-author of “The Actor’s Guide for Kids” and the artistic director of Sketchworks Theatre where she writes, directs, produces and occasionally performs.



Rita Harrell is co- Founder of Big Picture Casting and also serves as Casting Director. Rita is returning to casting after a four year stint at People Store Talent Agency where she became intimately familiar with the Atlanta market by serving as Voiceover and On Camera Industrial Agent.

Rita shifted to Agency work after living in New York City where she was the casting associate on the movie Maid in Manhattan for Revolution Studios and the TV pilot Queens Supreme for CBS. Rita also worked as the East Coast Casting Associate at FOX Television for 2 years. Rita has a BA in Theatre from Florida State University.

Verizon, TNT, Graco, Gulf Power, Bloodlines(ff)






with Associate Casting Director Shira Sandler



During this 6 week course, you will learn how to strengthen your auditions and further your career as an actor. You will work on TV and film sides from past and presently shooting productions as well as cold reads.


Working Casting professional, Shira Sandler, will give you personal feedback and answer all of your questions on auditioning, the business of acting, and what Casting Directors really think. Each class will be broken into two segments: working on your feet and questions/discussion.



Get Insider tips on how to approach and make the most out of your AUDITION:

  • -How to work through your audition scene from beginning to end
  • -What kind of character choices you should be making for your audition, both internally (ex: script analysis) and externally (ex: accent, physicality, hair, makeup, wardrobe)
  • – How to have fun during an audition without letting your nerves get the best of you
  • -Have the opportunity to ask questions about anything you are working on for an upcoming audition
  • -Questions you should always be asking your agent



  • -Differences between the LA, New York, and Atlanta markets
  • -What you should know about pilot season -Who is actually watching your audition tape?
  • -What is the process/ what happens after you step OUT of the audition room?
  • -What you can do to strengthen your career in between auditions


Get an exclusive peek into what the CASTING DIRECTOR THINKS:

  • -Dos and Don’ts of auditioning
    -Know what to say (and what probably not to say) when in the audition room
  • -Better to memorize your audition scene or not?


And much more…



7-10pm WEDNESDAYS, February 1 thru March 7



Please email headshot & resume’ to dellabob@youract.tv for Ms. Sandler’s approval.  Put Make the Most of Your Auditions in the Subject line.  Once approved, call 404-499-9996 to register.

Limited to 12 participants

NOTE: This has already started filling!




Shira Sandler has amassed many professional credits in theatre, film and TV casting over the past seven years. This was a natural progression from her total immersion in acting and the performing arts since she was a small child. A graduate of Bard College, Shira received her B.A. in Theatre.


While living in New York City, she worked with such casting offices as: The Manhattan Theatre Club (on and off Broadway productions), ABC Primetime Television, Nickelodeon, Grant Wilfley Casting and Ellen Chenoweth. She has also assisted and led the casting on numerous independent films and shorts.


Beyond casting, Shira has managed high profile talent on both the East and West Coasts.


Upon moving to Atlanta over a year ago, Ms. Sandler joined Fincannon and Associates as a Casting Associate.  Her many projects have included Joyful Noise, Drop Dead Diva, Necessary Roughness, The Goats, and GI JOE 2. She looks forward to her upcoming seasons work on Drop Dead Diva and Necessary Roughness, as well as the many other projects that will soon begin production in Atlanta.







This Intensive course is designed for trained actors who have some audition experience. 

6:00–10:00 pm twice a week
MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS February 13 thru March 7
Prerequisites: On-Camera I and II or approval of instructor
Limited to 12 students
$350, or pay in 2 installments of $175
As professional actors, we often audition and work on projects that don’t necessarily challenge the full spectrum of our talents. You may be comfortable with industrials, commercials, and voice-over but fall apart when you audition for a film. With the increase of film and television coming to Georgia, now more than ever, Atlanta talent needs to be ready for Hollywood auditions.
In this Intensive, using the “Haber Audition Technique”, actors work with film and television scripts, learning how to nail the audition in a limited amount of time. The focus is on the nuts and bolts of breaking down a scene, including relationship, intention, history, opening and closing beats, core and masking. Using the skills you learn will greatly improve your audition skills.  This valuable cold-reading technique works.
yourACT Atlanta is affiliated with the prestigious Margie Haber Acting Studios, located in Los Angeles. A renowned acting coach and author of the book How To Get The Part Without Falling Apart, Margie Haber does seminars and workshops worldwide and has worked with some of Hollywood’s top actors including Halle Berry, Brad Pitt, Vince Vaughn, Tea Leoni, Heather Locklear, John Corbett,  and Sophia Bush (“One Tree Hill”), among many others.
We are proud and honored that Margie has chosen yourACT Atlanta as the only studio outside of L.A. and New York to offer her approach to auditioning for film & television.  Della and Bob trained with Margie and her elite group of instructors at the Haber Studios in LA in order to teach the famous “Haber Audition Technique.”
“A big thanks to yourACT for offering this great class! I would recommend it highly to anyone serious about making big improvements to their auditioning technique. After taking eight classes, I feel much more confident in my understanding of scene breakdown theory, and [I have] an increased appreciation of the importance of identifying and exploring relationships and character history—all in 15 minutes or less! Thanks, Della.” —Wes Bailey
“I loved the Margie Haber class! It’s amazing the progress each actor made in only four weeks. I look forward to my next film audition because my approach has completely changed!” —Greer Howard
The yourACT website will have a whole new look in February.  Much more user-friendly, especially for iPhone and iPad.
In This Issue
January Events

February Events

I have been working with Bob and Della for many years now.  When I sign actors from yourACT, I know they will be well trained, professional, bookable actors.  yourACT has very knowledgeable, caring instructors that teach each actor individually.  They give personal attention to their actors, which is very important.   My actors tell me all the time how much they love going to classes there!   From the beginner to the seasoned actor, I  highly recommend yourACT as a part of the actor’s journey.  On a personal note:  Bob and Della are the coolest couple I know!  They are well known and respected in this industry, that includes respect from me!


Gerra Avery ,Co-Owner
Avery Sisters Entertainment



Beginning Actors


The most important thing in an acting career is getting off on the right foot so you don’t have to unlearn bad habits later on. We offer classes in on-camera and voice-over for beginning actors to get started in the business and the craft.



A great opportunity for beginning actors to learn the fundamentals of slates, script analysis, camera technique, and connecting moment-to-moment in a scene.


7-10pm TUESDAYS, Feb 7, 14, and 21



We’ve all heard the voice behind the TV commercial, or the radio spot that compels us to buy that product!  It sounds so easy when we hear it, but the fact is…it takes practice.  This workshop introduces you to the tools and techniques of voice-over.


7-10pm THURSDAYS, January 12, 19, and 26 ​Starts tonight!


See website for details and call 404-499-9996 to register.





Intermediate Actors


If you decide that acting is for you and want more, we have eight-week on-camera and voice-over classes that follow the introductory classes.


ON-CAMERA ACTING I – $125/month

Continue to grow your skills in a supportive environment.


On-Camera Acting I is designed to expose the budding actor to all aspects of on-camera acting. Overcome your fears and enjoy the process of performing. Build a solid foundation and begin to apply your skills  to actual scripts from TV, film, commercials, and corporate videos. This course focuses on using imagination, concentration, and insight to create strong, believable characters. Gain valuable information about the “Business of Acting” during the last class.


7-10pm THURSDAYS, February 2 thru March 22


ON-CAMERA ACTING II – $125/month

Take your talent to the next level and fine-tune your personal style as an actor.  A top talent agent views your taped film scenes and gives personalized feedback!


On-Camera Acting II strengthens your ability to move beyond “acting” to fully bring your characters to life. Develop the kind of connection and commitment that allows you to act and react truthfully in the moment. Learn how to analyze any type of script, adding your own unique point of view. Become comfortable with the special requirements and techniques of acting for the camera.


7-10pm TUESDAYS, February 7 thru  March 27


See website for details and call 404-499-9996 to register.





Film/TV Audition – $99/month

Strengthen your skills and explore your creativity with other experienced actors.  Must have instructor’s approval.


Film and TV has definitely come to Georgia!  This means our auditions skills have to be sharp and ready to go for those last minute castings.  Cold reading is definitely a skill every actor should have.  In this class, we’ll work on different styles of reads each night, so whether it’s dramatic or comedic–episodic, sitcom or feature film, you can go in the room with confidence.  Don’t fear that last minute script.  Have fun and enjoy your audition.


With TWO instructors!  Every Friday you are emailed a film or TV script to study for the following Monday’s class.  You will read with one instructor reading off-camera as the casting director.  We then watch the playback with critique, switch instructors and apply what you’ve learned to a second read, watching back again to see what adjustments you have made.


*Discover audition do’s and don’ts

*Find out what it takes to get callbacks and book more jobs
*Stay sharp and prepared for auditions and for the job
*Practice and reinforce your skills as an actor
*Tackle challenging material and explore it in-depth
*Experience the benefits of an ongoing workshop
*Enjoy the freedom of working with other committed actors who have already learned the basics of their craft and are now looking for deeper levels of understanding. A trust develops which encourages you to reach new heights.
Class limited to 14.  Surprise visits by directors, casting directors, and agents.


MASTER VOICE-OVER with Guest Instructor VO Agent Jeffrey Umberger – $99/month

Designed for talent who have VO demos on their agent’s website, or those who has completed an Intermediate level VO class.   Must have instructor’s approval.


This 3-hour workout will keep you ready for any type of copy, from high-energy auto sales to those tough medical reads.  Great for anyone who wants to keep their skills polished and sharp.


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Address: 3041 N Decatur Rd, Scottdale, GA  30079
Phone: 404-499-9996

Email: dellabob@youract.tv


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