As we all know, the casting workshop industry in Los Angeles has been… rather weird in recent months. There’s a lot of uncertainty in the air, and no one can really give a CLEAR answer as to what’s going on and what we should be doing as actors. I get questions all the time from Workshop Guru members, coaching clients, GuruTips viewers, YouTube subscribers, (not to mention the random actors on Instagram) but recently they’ve all been along the same lines:
WHAT the heck is going on with casting workshops?!
Wait… are workshops even legal anymore?
Should I be doing workshops now? Will I get in trouble if I do?
What about those criminal charges I heard about?!
I’ve decided to clear the air, because there has been too much crazy in this tumultuous time, so I’ve written a bonus e-book for Workshop Guru yearly members to help you navigate the craziness. It’s called the Workshop Survival Guide: A Member’s Guide to Understanding & Navigating the Casting Workshop Weirdness in LA.
In this Survival Guide I include:
  • clarification of the law and whether casting workshops are legal
  •  a breakdown of what the casting directors and workshops owners were charged with
  • the results and evidence presented at the first hearing last week
  • what casting directors think of actors who are doing workshops right now
  • what you can do besides workshops to learn from and connect with casting directors
  • my prediction about the future of casting workshops
Oh, and have I mentioned? It’s free!

Let’s be honest… the casting workshop weirdness has GOT to go! Tweet: “What matters is that you master money & it doesn’t master you.” @TonyRobbins via @WorkshopGuru #actorslife

Workshop Guru yearly members received this in their email last night, but this is REALLY time-sensitive. Because things are happening every day, I’m only sending this out to new yearly members until next Monday, March 27th. If you’re on the fence about joining, or you’re a monthly member who wants some extra perks, this is the time to jump on board. Not only will you receive this free Workshop Survival Guide, but you’ll get all the benefits of membership for over 50% off, AND lock in your pricing before we expand our offering in April. The Workshop Survival Guide will automatically be sent to new yearly members, so click here and get yours. If you have any questions, email our team at [email protected]

UPDATE: There’s been so much demand for the Guide, that I’ve decided to make it available to non-members as well. So there are now two ways to get the guide:

  1. TOTALLY FREE when you become a Workshop Guru yearly member for $54
  2. Just buy the guide on it’s own for $40
I trust this Guide will be useful to you whether you live in Los Angeles or not, to help clear up some confusion and move forward strategically and proactively.
Do you have a juicy question you want me to cover in a future episode of GuruTips for Actors? I’ll be answering YOUR questions next week, so be sure to send them in to [email protected]!

Thank you for being a Workshop Guru member! Enjoy! 🙂

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.



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