CAMERA LEFT / STAGE RIGHT is a collective of industry professionals offering classes for all skill levels and across different media platforms. Classes are held at Southpaw Casting Studios in North Hollywood, and are conceptualized & administered by the casting directors at asg casting, inc.
Kids’ & Teen Commercial Workshops: A 4-week, on-camera commercial audition technique course split into specific age groups to provide an optimal learning environment for every child
Kids’ Improv: A 6-week introduction to the ever-popular new skill required of actors– improvisation! Kids 9-12 years learn the basics of improv while building confidence, develop characters and provide support to their peers
Core Commercial Workshop: Taught by casting professional Scott Wissner, this 4-week on-camera commercial course allows students to work on real commercial auditions in front of the camera every class. Scott covers everything from:
o Proper cue card usage (commonly misused by actors)
o The practical step-by-step approach to any audition
o How to prep for commercial copy
o How to create your own POV
o Making clear, specific choices every time
o How to make your scene partner look good while nailing your audition, and more…
Basics of Booking: A 4-week, on-camera course taught by Keli Daniels and Cyd Strittmatter. Fine tune your audition technique under the tutelage of TWO working actors who have managed to stay busy & relevant since the start of their careers. Individualized time with instructors will allow students to concentrate on the areas where they need the most work. This course will cover:
o Personality interviews
o Bringing your “self” to the audition
o Creating your characters’ intentions
o Non-verbal product interaction
o Blocking choices
o How to stand out in a crowd
o Dialogue, and beyond!
Casting Director Feedback
In our adult on-camera classes, a casting director from asg casting, inc. attends the final class to participate in a Q&A session with the students.
Our groups of instructors and administrators are warm, supportive and teaching is our side gig! We are ALL working professionals and experts in our field who want to use our day-to-day work experience to give actors relevant and practical skills to take into their auditions so they show up confident, relaxed and prepared to book the job.
Adults 18+ Children 5-17
Arlene Schuster-Goss, Founder, Casting Director, CCDA
After graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a degree in Film, Arlene learned the intricacies of talent logistics and acquisitions while working as a talent coordinator on rock documentaries in New York. She went on to build experience on set, working as a talent coordinator and 2nd A.D. on commercials and independent features. Her rapport with actors led to a job as a personal assistant to Raquel Welch, as well as on-set liaison with celebrities such as Bill Cosby and James Brown to name a few. This practical experience, paired with her film school background, allows her to execute casting sessions with a director’s understanding. In the early part of her career, as one of the in-house Casting Directors at HKM Productions in Los Angeles, Arlene spent many days– and sometimes weeks– on the road, traveling around the country to cast real people for ongoing projects with clients such as American Airlines and Oscar Mayer. She also cast The Mole, which was one of the first shows to start the Reality “Elimination” Show craze.
As founder of asg casting, inc. & Camera Left / Stage Right, Arlene offers clients her wealth of experience in casting across many platforms and media.
Justin Radley, Founder, Casting Director, CCDA
After graduating with a B.A. in English and a minor in Film Studies from Colorado College, Justin moved to Chicago where he worked on commercials and indie films in various capacities, ranging from P.A. to Video D.P. Serving as a veritable jack-of-all-trades on many shoestring productions, Justin gained a working knowledge of all aspects of production, including productions’ angle on casting and talent.
Justin’s ties with production led him to a position at a company devoted to promoting the careers of young actors. There he worked with actors on a regular basis to hone and showcase their talents. This position sent him overseas for a year, where he cultivated relationships with British talent agents in London.
In 2004, he became a partner at asg casting, inc., where he contributes his familiarity with both the SAG-AFTRA and non-union talent pools to find the best talent for commercials, television, and web-based content. His understanding of the SAG-AFTRA Commercials Contract and the CoEd (Industrial) Contract allows him to provide clients with sound advice on both bidding and talent negotiations.
Justin is the current President of the CCDA/LA (Commercial Casting Directors Association, Los Angeles) and has served as a Board Member since 2016. Check out Justin’s blog Just North of Hollywood, where he shares lessons learned from experiences he has gained casting commercials for more than a decade.
IG – @cameraleftstageright
Twitter – @camleft
Mailing List for promos, class dates and announcements: http://eepurl.com/dxw0yj
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