Acting Habit Plus

TAKE YOUR SELF-TAPES TO THE NEXT LEVEL

Membership of Acting Habit Plus gives you access to a range of advanced online self-tape courses that are designed for experienced actors who are already comfortable with the basics of self-taping. Participants of the 21-Day Self-Tape Challenge or The Self-Tape Class receive free membership for their first year.

Acting Habit Plus runs as an annual membership –  to join please click on the appropriate currency below:

UK£10 / €12 / US$13 / CAN$17 / AUD$19 / NZ$20

During the coronavirus epidemic at your discretion you can apply a discount code as follows:

To get 50% off membership use the code 50PercentOff


CURRENT ACTING HABIT PLUS COURSES

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FIVE-DAY FEEDBACK WITH SETH MASON v2 – starts Saturday April 10th 2021 – SOLD OUT

Seth Mason is currently working as casting associate to both the casting directors Victor Jenkins and Andy Brierley, based in London.

He recently worked on World On Fire (Mammoth), The Rook (Starz/Lionsgate), Deep Water (Kudos), Dark Money (The Forge), Silent Witness (BBC), Cleaning Up (ITV), Baz Luhrmann’s The Secret Life of Flowers for ERDEM & H&M and the hit feature film Crawl (Paramount).

Upcoming projects include The Watch (BBC America), Des (New Pictures), Leonardo (Lux Vide/Big Light), Worzel Gummidge (Leopard Pictures) and The Split II (Sister Pictures).

Other past projects with Victor and Andy include Unforgotten III (Mainstreet), The Tunnel III (Sky) and Troy: Fall of A City (BBC).

He is looking forward to hosting you during this five-day online workshop, where he has chosen five roles from projects he has been involved with. You will receive a piece each night at 7pm, and you will have up to 24 hours to upload your interpretation of it to the site. Seth will provide his professional feedback on each upload.

At the end of the course on Monday April 19th at 6.30pm UK time  there will be a live Q&A Webinar with Seth where you can ask him any questions.

UK£35 / €42 / US$50 / CAD$60 / AUD$69 / NZ$70


FIVE-DAY FEEDBACK WITH BEN COGAN v2 – starts Saturday April 10th 2021 – SOLD OUT

Ben Cogan has worked in casting for 20 years. He began as a Casting Assistant for many shows (including EastEnders, Holby City and Waking the Dead) before becoming the Casting Director for Doctors in 2002. 384 episodes later, Ben moved to Casualty, and, in his time there, 6 episodes that he worked on were recognised with BAFTA nominations. During this period he also worked on the Afternoon Play series, Kiss of Death and various short films – one of which (Wish 143) was nominated for an Oscar.

Ben is now a freelance Casting Director having cast feature film Just Charlie (Winner of the Edinburgh Film Festival Audience Award), Trendy (nominated for Raindance) and Amaryllis as well as award winning short films, Apple Tree House for CBeebies, additional child roles with Tom Hooper on Jack Thorne’s BBC adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials and is currently casting the feature film Witch West.

In this second version of his workshop he has chosen five new pieces of material for you to attempt and will give his written feedback each day. At the end of the workshop Ben will host a live Q&A webinar where you can ask him whatever you like on Friday April 16th at 6pm UK time.

UK£35 / €42 US$50 / CAD$60 / AUD$69 / NZ$70


GET YOUR GAME VOICE ON WITH PETER WARNOCK  – starts Sunday April 11th 2021 – SOLD OUT

An action-packed, immersive introductory course to the epic and fabulous world of voicing video games. This unique workshop will help you create a vast array of characters, shake off any nerves and build technique and vocal range when approaching this fantastic industry.

Video games characters need a completely different approach to animation in that they require a sense of drama, reality, immediacy and, above all, great acting. This course will completely immerse you in the world of video games as you explore various genres of games and create voices that you can build into a catalogue of characters from villains to super heroes, AI to aliens, star ship captains to taxi drivers.

You’ll learn a range of new skills so that you can form and develop your treasure chest of characters. The course covers how to approach working with character briefs and copy, shouting safely and delivering your best emotes, grunts and pain noises. You’ll also learn about using pitch, resonators, mouth shape, physicality, rhythm, phrasing and more – all of which form your toolbox for developing a never-ending range of characters.

You’ll also learn a great deal about the inner workings of this industry, and the nuts and bolts of working in this world. By the end of the course, you’ll be able to audition at a higher level, plan and record an epic reel and be ready for when you land your first gig too.

Each day focuses on a different area and there is a lot of ground to cover. You’ll need to be able to set aside around three to four hours throughout each day to get the most out of the workshop. The course culminates in a 20 minute personal Virtual Casting Session with Peter on Sunday April 18th 2021. You’ll be able to book your slot on the first day of the workshop.

Please note, this course takes place over eight days: days 1-6 teaching, practice, research and uploading your material for Peter to feedback on; day 7 you’ll receive your casting material to rehearse record and send to Peter ready for the virtual session on day 8.

No expensive kit is necessary – full instructions on how to find a suitable place to record using your phone are sent when you enrol.

This Workshop is also suitable for non-native English speakers – instructions provided during the Workshop.

Are you ready, player one?

UK£95 / €115 / US$135 / CAD$165 / AUD$175 / NZ$185


FOUR WEEKS, EIGHT ROLES WITH MANUEL PURO – starts Friday April 16th 2021 – SOLD OUT

This is a course for those of you who are time-starved, or want to spend a little longer on your self-tapes. It involves two self-tapes a week, for four weeks. The roles are released on a Friday and Monday, with deadlines being the following Monday and Friday respectively.

So Role 1 is released Friday April 16th, with a deadline of the end of the day on Monday April 19th (you have three ‘sleeps’ with the material)

Role 2 is released Monday April 19th, with a deadline of the end of the day on Friday April 23rd (you have four ‘sleeps’ with the material)

…. and repeat three more times.

Manuel will be on hand to give personal individual feedback on each of the uploads, and he will host a Q&A webinar at the end on Sunday May 16th at 7pm UK time.

UK£49 / €56 / US$69 / CAD$87 / AUD$97 / NZ$99


CINCO DÍAS DE FEEDBACK CON LUCI LENOX (Edición en español) – empieza el Sábado 17 de Abril 2021

(This is a Spanish language edition of Five-Day Feedback with Luci Lenox – suitable for all Spanish speakers out there!)

Luci Lenox ha participado en más de un centenar de producciones, ya sea como directora de casting principal o como directora de la parte española o europea de casting de una co-producción internacional. Sus créditos más recientes incluyen “Baby” dirigida por Juanma Bajo Ulloa que está a punto de caer en el circuito de los festivales de cine y “The Head” una serie para HBO (co-producción hispano-japonesa) con un gran elenco paneuropeo.

Tiene oficinas de casting tanto en Madrid como en Barcelona con una configuración idónea para trabajar tanto con actores internacionales como locales. A lo largo de dos años formó parte del panel de CSA Europa y fue la directora del comité de diversidad e inclusión en Europa.

La lista de clientes incluye Netflix, Fox, Paramount, ABC, Disney, NBC, MediaPro además de numerosas productoras españolas independientes. Algunas de las películas en las que ha trabajado han ganado más de 200 premios en festivales internacionales de cine.

Para este curso de 5 días, Luci ha escogido 5 personajes españoles del cine y la televisión. Recibiréis una escena cada día a las 7pm y tendréis 24 horas para subir vuestro vídeo. Luci os ofrecerá feedback profesional sobre cada una de vuestras interpretaciones.

Una vez finalizado el curso, el domingo 17 de Enero a las 6pm hora inglesa/7pm hora española, habrá un coloquio de preguntas y respuestas con Luci en el que podréis preguntarle lo que queráis (¡en español, por supuesto!)

UK£35 / €42 / US$50 / CAD$60 / AUD$69 / NZ$70


FIVE-DAY FEEDBACK WITH SOPHIE KINGSTON-SMITH – starts Saturday April 17th 2021 – SOLD OUT

Sophie started her career in video and audio production, but harbouring a strong desire to work in casting, she side-stepped into talent management and then onto extras casting in the commercials department. It was from there she started working with Chichester Festival Theatre, as Gabrielle Dawes’ assistant, working on productions like ROSS (dir. Adrian Noble), HOBSON’S CHOICE (dir. Jonathan Church) and WAY UPSTREAM (dir. Nadia Fall).

Work with other significant figures in the casting industry followed including Karen Lindsay Stewart, Lucinda Syson, Alex Johnson and Kharmel Cochrane, until she joined Rose Wicksteed Casting as an assistant in 2016 and became her associate in 2017. With Rose, she worked on major TV projects including GENIUS:PICASSO (Fox 21 / Imagine / Nat Geo), HOMELAND (Fox21 / Showtime) and THE GREAT (Hulu) co-cast with Dixie Chassay’s office. Features include THE NUN (dir. Corin Hardy), ESCAPE ROOM (dir. Adam Robitel) and additional photography on HOLMES & WATSON (dir. Etan Cohen).

As well as working closely with Rose, Sophie casts her own projects including short films LYNCH (dir. Francesca Castelbuono) and MR WHIPPY (dir. Rachna Suri). She believes an openness with actors is important, and regularly runs acting workshops or contributes to casting panels.

Sophie lives in east London with her two closest companions – her man and her dog. She can’t quite decide who is her favourite.

During the five days, Sophie will provide written feedback on the uploaded self-tapes. At the end of the workshop she’ll host a live Q&A webinar where you can ask her whatever you like on Friday April 23rd at 7.30pm UK time.

UK£35 / €42 / US$50 / CAD$60 / AUD$69 / NZ$70


THE COMMERCIAL VOICE-OVER WORKSHOP: THE NEXT LEVEL – starts Tuesday, April 20th 2021

Building on the material covered in the Beginners course, Peter guides you deeper into the world of commercial voice-overs culminating in a live Virtual Workshop on the last day where you’ll get a flavour of what it’s like to take direction in the booth.

The course covers increasing the flexibility of your voice with skills like ageing and de-ageing, the importance of volume control and what it’s like working in the booth, how to use Laban’s Efforts, working to picture and much more. Make no mistake – there is a lot of ground to cover – but Peter will guide you along the way in his inimitable style.

The Virtual Workshop element of the course will take place on Saturday April 24th  between 5pm and 8pm UK time.

*Please note you must have participated in the Beginners workshop before joining The Next Level – only graduates of that course are emailed live booking links, which I’ll be sending this Sunday*

UK£59 / €69 / US$85 / CAD$103 / AUD$114 / NZ$120


FIVE-DAY FEEDBACK WITH MARY-ELLEN O’HARA – starts Saturday April 24th 2021 – SOLD OUT

Mary-Ellen trained as an actor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama before studying Drama and Theatre Studies at Queen’s University, Belfast, and started her professional career as an actor.

Her passion for casting came about in the active and diverse Northern Irish Short film scene. From Cathy Brady’s, ‘Wasted’, Stacey Gregg’s ‘Mercy’, Andrea Harkin’s ‘The Party’ (BAFTA Nominated) to Mike Lennox’s ‘Boogaloo & Graham’ (BAFTA Winner & Oscar Nominated), Mary-Ellen has been championed for her contribution towards finding, working with and continuing to develop new and emerging talent.

Mary-Ellen has been working across film and television with Carla Stronge Casting since 2015 and these have been the most amazingly happy years of her professional career.

She is extremely grateful for the projects she has worked on since embarking on her career in casting, some standout productions for her are ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Derry Girls’, ‘The Dig’ ‘Doing Money’ ‘My Mother & Other Strangers’ ‘Ups & Downs’ ‘The Secret’ ‘Secret Life of Boys’ and ‘Krypton’.

Mary-Ellen has always created a safe space for actors to work, not only believing that any good production stands upon its treatment of all creatives, but that this is also the most creatively rewarding way to work. She is a big believer in daily learning and practice. Our industry is forever evolving and pushing forward and with that we must all be striving to move with it.

Mary-Ellen will host a live Q&A webinar at the end of the workshop on Friday April 30th at 7.30pm UK time.

UK£35 / €42 / US$50 / CAD$60 / AUD$69 / NZ$70


FIVE-DAY FEEDBACK WITH LEO WOLFE v2 – starts Saturday April 24th 2021 – SOLD OUT

LA based Leo Wolfe is an associate at Nancy Nayor Casting. He has been an active part of the entertainment industry since childhood, as a professional theatre actor with a background in classical acting, musical theatre and directing. Since transplanting to Los Angeles he’s been actively casting for commercials, film, television and streaming platforms. Along with Nancy Nayor, he has collaborated with Casting Directors Alexa Fogel, Howard Meltzer and Lisa Fields.

Recent projects include Michael Bay’s SONGBIRD, Emmy-nominated casting for daytime’s biggest soap opera THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, KIRBY JENNER (Quibi), DIE HART (Quibi), IVY + BEAN  (Netflix),  WARRIOR (Cinemax) and THE RAVINE (Hollywood Media).

This is version 2 of his workshop with all new material. At the end of the course on Saturday May 1st at 5pm UK time / 9am LA time  there will be a live Q&A Webinar with Leo where you can ask him any questions.

UK£35 / €42 / US$50 / CAD$60 / AUD$69 / NZ$70


FIVE-DAY FEEDBACK WITH NIKKI MEADOWS – starts Saturday April 24th 2021  – SOLD OUT

Nikki Meadows is a Casting Director specialising in award winning TV documentary drama, commercials and short films. She is a full member of the Casting Directors’ Guild and The Casting Directors Association.

She cast the critically acclaimed BAFTA winning Suffragettes with Lucy Worsley (BBC1 – Best Specialist Factual BAFTA winner 2019).

Other work includes BIFA and Grierson nominated Tell Me Who I Am (Netflix – directed by Ed Perkins and produced by Simon Chin/Lightbox), an 8 part Damian Lewis fronted series Spy Wars (UK and US broadcasts), D-Day directed by Hereward Pelling and Lost Pirate Kingdom due for release on Netflix later this year. She has just finished casting a prime time feature length BBC1 drama-doc.

She was nominated for 2 awards for her drama-doc work at the CDA Awards 2020.

Nikki’s workshop will focus on factual drama/drama-documentary material – working with real testimonies in the characters own words and recreated scenes based on true events. At the end of the workshop she’ll host a live Q&A webinar where you can ask her whatever you like on Friday April 30th at 6pm UK time.

UK£35 / €42 / US$50 / CAD$60 / AUD$69 / NZ$70


GET YOUR GAME VOICE ON WITH PETER WARNOCK  – starts Sunday April 25th 2021

An action-packed, immersive introductory course to the epic and fabulous world of voicing video games. This unique workshop will help you create a vast array of characters, shake off any nerves and build technique and vocal range when approaching this fantastic industry.

Video games characters need a completely different approach to animation in that they require a sense of drama, reality, immediacy and, above all, great acting. This course will completely immerse you in the world of video games as you explore various genres of games and create voices that you can build into a catalogue of characters from villains to super heroes, AI to aliens, star ship captains to taxi drivers.

You’ll learn a range of new skills so that you can form and develop your treasure chest of characters. The course covers how to approach working with character briefs and copy, shouting safely and delivering your best emotes, grunts and pain noises. You’ll also learn about using pitch, resonators, mouth shape, physicality, rhythm, phrasing and more – all of which form your toolbox for developing a never-ending range of characters.

You’ll also learn a great deal about the inner workings of this industry, and the nuts and bolts of working in this world. By the end of the course, you’ll be able to audition at a higher level, plan and record an epic reel and be ready for when you land your first gig too.

Each day focuses on a different area and there is a lot of ground to cover. You’ll need to be able to set aside around three to four hours throughout each day to get the most out of the workshop. The course culminates in a 20 minute personal Virtual Casting Session with Peter on Sunday May 2nd 2021. You’ll be able to book your slot on the first day of the workshop.

Please note, this course takes place over eight days: days 1-6 teaching, practice, research and uploading your material for Peter to feedback on; day 7 you’ll receive your casting material to rehearse record and send to Peter ready for the virtual session on day 8.

No expensive kit is necessary – full instructions on how to find a suitable place to record using your phone are sent when you enrol.

This Workshop is also suitable for non-native English speakers – instructions provided during the Workshop.

Are you ready, player one?

UK£95 / €115 / US$135 / CAD$165 / AUD$175 / NZ$185


FIVE DAY FEEDBACK WITH MARIN HOPE – starting Saturday May 8th 2021 – SOLD OUT

Marin Hope is a Los Angeles native and LA-based casting director. In 2006, she landed a position at ABC Primetime Casting New York under casting executive, Marci Philips. She would go on to work with casting directors Judy Henderson, Suzanne Smith-Crowley, Jessica Kelly, Billy Hopkins and Ann Goulder on projects such as Showtime’s Homeland, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, ABC’S Pan Am, The Wolverine, Labor Day, Zero Hour, Noah, The Maze Runner, NBC’S The Blacklist, and HBO’s Bessie before returning to Los Angeles in 2014.

Marin has since opened her own casting office, often partnering with casting director Heidi Levitt on film, television, theatre and commercial projects. Some credits include American Made starring Tom Cruise and Domhnall Gleeson, The Last Word starring Shirley MacLaine and Amanda Seyfried, Kings starring Halle Berry and Daniel Craig, Bad Samaritan starring David Tennant and Robert Sheehan, Who Will Write Our History starring Joan Allen and Adrien Brody, The Roads Not Taken starring Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, Laura Linney and Salma Hayek which premiered in competition at the 2020 Berlin International Film Festival, and most recently All My Puny Sorrows starring Alison Pill, Sarah Gadon, Mare Winningham and Donal Logue, which is currently in post-production.

Marin is a member of the Casting Society of America (CSA). She was nominated for an Artios Award for casting in 2018 and was the recipient of an Artios Award for casting in 2020.

You will be sent a role a day for five consecutive days, and Marin will leave her written feedback on each submission uploaded within the time limit. At the end of the Workshop on Saturday May 15th at 6pm UK time / 10am LA time Marin will host a webinar where you can ask her any questions.

UK£35 / €42 / US$50 / CAD$60 / AUD$69 / NZ$70


We follow Casting Society of America workshop guidelines:

 “These workshops are a learning experience. They are not an audition or employment opportunity. When the workshops are over, the casting director/associates hosting the workshops will not be given access to your headshot, resume or any other of your promotional materials”