What To Do When You Have A Bad Workshop | Workshop Guru
Ok, I admit, I love workshops! That’s why I started WorkshopGuru.com. They’re a great opportunity to meet and form new relationships with industry decision-makers that you wouldn’t have had access to before.

They’re great… when you’re great. But what happens when you have a bad workshop?

Maybe you were under-prepared, maybe the guest or the studio just wasn’t that actor-friendly. Once I even had a casting director who got sick during a workshop. Not “was” sick; He got sick during a workshop and could barely keep his eyes open. Needless to say, it wasn’t the best experience.

But don’t worry, it’s not the end of the world. Watch this week’s #GuruTips and learn exactly what you should do in those not-so-great situations.

Like I said, TODAY I’m answering your questions. We’ve all had bad workshop experiences, but they all can be so individual, and I want to make sure you continue your day confident and with a plan on how to make this experience a learning opportunity. Post your questions in the comments below and I am personally going to go through and answer each one of them.

You all are so amazing,

Ajarae Coleman | Workshop Guru


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Ajarae Coleman is a working actress living in Los Angeles. You can see her on shows like ABC’s SCANDAL, REVENGE, PRIVATE PRACTICE, and THE CATCH, CBS’s THE McCARTHYS, 2 BROKE GIRLS, and NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, NBC’s DAYS OF OUR LIVES, TNT’s PERCEPTION, I'M SORRY on Netflix, and more. Ajarae founded Acting Resource Guru (ARG) in 2012 to give actors practical steps to book more work and take ownership of their careers. In 2020, Ajarae launched The Table, an exclusive online membership for actors who crave an artistic life that goes beyond just booking gigs. They are ready to make a greater impact, which looks like building communities of collaborators, creating their own opportunities, and developing residual income streams. Ajarae believes that actors play a huge role in bringing forth a reality where every being on the planet is safe and valued, and The Table empowers actors to claim their seat. Join the Interest List at ClaimASeat.com to be notified when the doors open for new members.


  1. Hi Ajarae,
    Thanks for your awesome guidance!
    What about when you are prepared and give a strong performance, but the CD just isn’t crazy about you for some reason? I usually chalk that up to the fact that some people will like you and some won’t in this business, and to focus on those who do. Thoughts?

  2. Thanks for watching, Becki! I would agree that we should focus on building relationships with people with get along and vibe with. But I’m curious… what made you think the CD wasn’t crazy about you? I think sometimes we take things personally that may not mean much at all…


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