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  • I BOOKED a commercial 2 days after the class ended. 101 was the sole reason I booked that commercial.
    -Shuo Z. 
  • I would highly recommend this class to new & highly experienced actors. Right after class, I booked my first NYC commercial.
    -Meghan M.

  • It was my first step in my acting career after deciding to pursue it and boy did I make the right choice! Your coaching will stay with me for the long haul. -Stephanie C. 

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  • Despite 10 years of booking commercials and 1000 auditions, I learned a TON of stuff. And I BOOKED three new spots because of this class!
    -Kevin G. 

  • I feel like so much fear as gone away, concerning commercials, and that is Huge!!! -Adele R.

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What was the job for and who cast it?

I booked a National Mercury Insurance Commercial that will air in 2015 and it was cast by Jeff Gerard and he was so thankful for the flowers I dropped off as a thank you gift (#90) and took the time to send me a thank you email thanking me for the flowers.

What was the audition like and what 101 tools did you get to use?

 I remember the audition very well because there were many details on the audition notice like “MUST HANDLE HEAVY DIALOGUE and be able to handle comedic villain vole.  Think Julie Newmar as Catwoman in the Original Batman series in the 60’s”  I googled Julie Newmar in Batman for her energy and look but the wardrobe requirements on the audition notice, said “nice casual”  so I came wearing a pair of nice jeans with a nice solid colored shirt, but when I got to the audition, I noticed all the other actresses were wearing black tight spandex pants and a black sexy low cut shirts looking like an actual batwoman even though the audition sides did not indicate she should be dressed like batwoman.  So after clearly checking in with casting, asking for the casting assistants name and staying in service, I went up to Jeff Gerard and asked him if he would like me to run home (luckily, I lived real close to the casting location) and change into black spandex with sexy black boots and a black sexy top.  He said YES, and so I quickly drove home to change.  I felt I was for sure being of service to the casting office and to myself and to the requirements of the specific role. (#12) When I was in the room, I had so much fun with Tagging in this spot and kept tagging until they cut me off. (#30)  I left feeling like I did my best and went on with my day. (#65)

What was the callback like and what 101 tools did you get to use?

I was excited when I saw the Callback notice and ready to be in joy and in service. Of course, I knew exactly what to wear, the CATWOMAN outfit I ran home to get in the first casting. (#62)  I remember thinking, my goal in the Callback room is to do a YOU-TURN, (#61) and I did, I did several you-turns!  I was proud about that. Since taking the 101 class with Bill, I review my notes from class before every audition opportunity and callback, this always puts me in the place of service.  In the room, the director, John Bonito was very hands on and he gave me a lot of direction, many things that were not on the copy, like “Can you give me an evil laugh?” and “Can you say this line instead at the end?”  I remember Bill saying “Be prepared for anything” (#71) and I was.  I was ready to play.  This role was one of the biggest in terms of commercial copy for me, in the history of my commercial auditions so I did rehearse a lot before the audition and callback, but they wanted me to do it all to the board because there were monologue chunks and I was to say them as fast as possible so there was less pressure to memorize it word for word. (#50) Talking fast comes easily for me, so I had that going for me.  They laughed during my callback and I kept on coming up with new tags, some planned, that I wrote down in the waiting room, and some just in the moment.  I must say this was one of the most memorable audition experiences because I was really a working actor taking direction from the director and having FUN! (#99)

What was the set like and what 101 tools did you get to use?

We shot on a Sunday and I arrived super early and ready for work. I did set multiple alarm clocks that morning like I always do (#67) and I have this practice where as I drive to sets I sing a certain gratitude song to remind myself how grateful and lucky I am to be working as an actor.  On set, I was one of the first ones to go through hair, makeup and wardrobe (after a wardrobe fitting a week before)  My wardrobe was not a cat suit (ha ha, like my wardrobe for the castings) more like a shinny business suit as you can see in the pictures.  The set was exciting with LOTS of people and great craft service.  I had many close up’s and many takes and in the beginning the director would give me all the notes and then all the AD Agency would come and give me an opposing note.  I would get an odd note on set from the AD Agency like, “Can you try it and pretend you are a cat saying these lines,” so I would YOU-TURN right there on set.  In fact, ON SET I probably you-turned a 100 times.  I think after they “Had the takes” the director wanted to get, the AD Agency wanted to play “Director”.  I had a really nice walk with the director during lunch and he told me he hopes during the editing process, they pick the takes he liked but he is just getting a paycheck and ultimately needs to be in SERVICE to his bosses, the AGENCY.  I was so excited when I saw the script on set and it included some of the TAGS I did in the callback.

What's one thing you would keep, and one thing you would leave behind during the process?

I would keep all the YOU-TURNS,  my new love of you-turns, and my understanding of how important they are during the casting process and during the time on set.  I would leave behind the fact that I did eat a cookie on set (SUGAR) after lunch and it probably would have been more beneficial to take home a banana, drink more water, and skip the cookie. (#77)