Let’s be real – as actors we want to book work. That’s a fact. But what about roles you don’t want to book? Could you imagine? The answer is… yes.
I discussed this in a #GuruTip back in 2015, but I’ve been getting some questions in the Actors Who Get It Facebook Group regarding this topic, so I think it’s time to chat about this again and dive a little deeper.
What are the situations where you would say ‘no’ to a job? For what roles? Will you ruin a relationship? And what the heck are you supposed to tell your agent?!
I answer these questions and more in this special FB-live replay, so click below to watch!

An actor turning DOWN a role… Whaaat?!? Learn when you should say ‘no’ to a job and what you can do to avoid any hard feelings with this week’s #GuruTip from @ActResourceGuru @Ajarae! #ActorsLife #ShareClick to Tweet This Episode of #GuruTips!

I hope this helps clarify things for you, because you don’t want to realize you don’t really want a role after you’ve booked it! And remember, you can join Acting Resource Guru for FREE! Get access to the latest acting school, acting coach, and workshop studio reviews for LA, NY, and online, plus get the scoop on some of my favorite resources. Join your fellow community of actors, and let’s take back the power we have in this industry. Get more info and sign up for free at ActingResourceGuru.com/join!
Happy Thanksgiving!!
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. I had to turn down a role this summer but I felt good about doing so. It was very low pay which I had made peace with. However it was in Boston and I’m in New York and they wanted me to pay for my own travel costs. That was not mentioned in the breakdown, otherwise I would not have auditioned at all. So when I found out they weren’t covering transport, I told them professionally and politely that I could not continue with the project anymore. They were quite rude about it but that’s okay because I handled myself well with dignity and from this experience it’s affirmed in me to actors can and should stand up for themselves.


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