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Career Kickstart Workshop

A crash course on how to get started with your career in the TV and film industry. Dara walks participants through the ins-and-outs of the casting process, resumés, submissions, agencies, self-tapes, with a Q&A to wrap up with. For in-person participants, a professional actor headshot and complimentary self-tape are included.

Lights, Camera, Action!


In-Studio price: $250 (includes workshop, headshot & self-tape)
Virtual price: $180 (workshop and q&a only)
Headshot only: $100

When: April 27, 2024 @ 10am-1pm

Where: 342 N NC-16 Business, Denver, NC 28037

Available in-studio spots: 20

What to expect:


For All Participants (In-Studio & Virtual):

The first hour and a half will be dedicated to a presentation from Dara covering

  • Resumés

  • Headshots

  • Self-taping

  • Where to find auditions - Breakdown sites

  • How to set up your profiles

  • Agents and Managers - What to expect and what to look out for

  • The casting process

  • Q&A for attendees and parents (if under 18)


For In-Studio Participants only:

After the actor/parent Q&A, parents will be asked to step out and we will have a professional headshot photographer (Doug Burke Photography) on-site to shoot one complimentary headshot per participant. Any additional images can be purchased from Doug Burke for $48/ea.

In addition to headshots, we are asking that attendees prepare a 2-3 page scene of their choice from a TV show or film to be shot in-studio for their complimentary self-tape. All of these items can be used on the actor's casting profiles. These will be filmed mock-audition style, giving actors 3 minutes each.

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What you will need to prepare:

  • Notebook & pen (for note taking)

  • 2-3 page scene of your choice (2 printed copies for the actor and reader)


You must come in dressed in your preferred look for headshots. Keep all clothing neutral (no graphic tees, logos, crazy patterns, etc). Jewel tones or basics (black or white) are great. Make sure all hair is off the face and makeup — if any — is kept very natural. You want the photo to represent the best version of you and be age-appropriate. 

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Headshot Examples

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