Productivity vs Desperation As An Actor (with guest Kym Jackson!) | Workshop Guru
“I want to do more for my career but I don’t want to come across as desperate!”

How many times have you had this thought? If you’re like us and are taking control of your career, it’s one that can pop up pretty easily. Especially when it comes to casting workshops. So what IS that line?

We’re back again with Kym Jackson, an amazing actress and writer of The Hollywood Survival Guide, an incredible resource of everything actors in LA need to know.

Kym explains so many specific, actionable details in the video below, including things you can do to avoid that awkward desperate unease, so you can make sure all of your hard work is seen in a positive, proactive light!

Watch all 3 videos with Kym Jackson- we promise you won’t be disappointed.

Video 1 – Clearing Out Your Life & Improving Your Focus

Video 2 – How To Network Effectively At Hollywood Industry Events

We’re also giving away a free copy of The Hollywood Survival Guide to our commenters! Over the last few weeks we’ve had so many commenters, so we’ve given away two books per week! Congrats Carla and Kelly P! We’ll be in touch. 🙂

Now it’s YOUR turn. Enter to win a FREE copy of this amazing book by first subscribing to our YouTube Channel, and then commenting on the blog below with how you plan to implement Kym’s tips in your own life this week.

And I know that you have lots of questions, so I want to make it easy for you to get them answered. Do you have a burning question that you want me to answer in Guru Tips For Actors? Email us your questions and we’ll address it in a future #GuruTips episode!

You rule,

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 to be notified when the doors open for new members.


  1. Thank you for being so honest and talking about the Casting Director’s Workshops. It’s true how this is a way to network and get to know the C/D in town and also to work in front of them so you can audition in a more effective way. I appreciate the blunt points and how as actors we are always putting ourselves in a category of desperation. But no more as we learn to embrace our passion and together challenge the industry in Actors are worth their time and Actors are important and we are worth it.

  2. Thank you for this. I’ve done workshops in the past and even been called in afterward. However, I’ve stopped for some time now, partially because of money, but also over whether they are really working. This was a reminder that I need to stay on top of building those relationships after and even though results may take time, workshops are really one of the best tools we have. I’m going to go back to my target list and find at least one workshop to attend this week.

  3. I love your take on the CD workshops. If you go into them thinking you’re going to get a job then it will be a waste of money but if you take them to make connections in the industry and get a bit of practice, you’re on the right page. You;re so young to have written a book! How long did it take you? I’d love to read it btw. 🙂

  4. Ajarae, you’re the best. Awesome guest…awesome video. I so appreciate all of the gold nuggets you serve-up with such intelligence, grace and generosity. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Best – Jim

  5. Man!! That video was REALLY informative!! Calling all actors, you need to watch this video! Ajarae and Kim, you rock! I’m going to start increasing my workshop game ASAP. This video is a great reminder that we as actors do have value and are a very important part of the Hollywood “machine”. Seems obvious enough, but I think a lot of us lose sight of that. Just continue to be confident and great in the room, and good things will happen. Thanks Ajarae and Kim!

  6. Thank you, Ajare and Kym,

    Excellent advice. Even though it is difficult to remain grounded when you’re reaching out to someone who has the power of the pen, I think extensive preparation will calm many of the fears.

  7. Thank you, Ajare and Kym,

    Excellent advice. Even though it is difficult to remain grounded when you’re reaching out to someone who has the power of the pen, I think extensive preparation will calm many of the fears.

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