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Casting Directors Brooke Thomas and Mary Egan Callahan have been teaching this award-winning on-camera commercial intensive class since 2001 under the name "Brooke and Mary." It is a 3-night class taught via zoom conferencing.

This super small, intimate, class is designed to bring out the best of yourself in a commercial audition. Class size is limited to 6 people so we can hone in and get to know each student personally. 

At each class Brooke & Mary work with students on-camera VIA ZOOM with commercial copy.  At the final class they invite 2 commercial talent agents to watch you work, answer questions and give some feedback. This is a perk of the class.  This is not a "pay for play" class in any way what-so-ever.  Brooke and Mary also offer some tips on marketing yourself as a commercial actor and where to go to start getting out there an auditioning.

What You'll Learn: We will cover not only tips, techniques, and personalized coaching on how to be comfortable reading commercial copy directly into the camera, but also how to perfect your at home set-up.  As most all auditions are remote or self-tape it is now more important than ever to make sure you rise to the occasion and are able to have a successful audition at home.  You'll also learn a few do's and don't's in working with casting directors.

Cost: $250

Location: This class is held VIA ZOOM CONFERENCING.

Time:   This is an early evening class. TBD on a monthly basis

This is not a "pay for play" workshop. You are not guaranteed work or representation by taking this workshop.  It is designed to assist you in future auditions. It also offers you a level of comfortability and an opportunity to get feedback from industry professionals. 

About Your Instructors

Mary Egan Callahan

Casting Director, House Casting

New York commercial casting director Mary Egan-Callahan, of House Casting, originally thought she wanted to be an actor, until she landed a casting internship and fell in love with casting. Fifteen years later, Egan-Callahan, who specializes in comedy, still loves her job as a casting director. She's even offered her casting advice on television shows on E! and TLC. Her credits include the indie films "Life in Short" and "El Segundo," the MTV series "Damage Control," and commercials for Bank of America, Bud Light, Amtrak, Diet Coke, Levi's, FedEx, AT&T, Verizon, and Gillette.

Brooke Thomas

Casting Director, Brooke Thomas Casting

Brooke Thomas is a veteran commercial casting director in New York City. Recognizing a need for more personalized casting services that leveraged her experience and vast network of actor connections, she formed Brooke Thomas Casting in November of 2012. She was originally drawn into the world of casting 17 years ago and worked at Liz Lewis Casting and most recently at House Casting. Brooke has cast well over 2000 commercials for brands such as ETrade, Hummer, NY Lottery, Red Lobster, Pizza Hut, Charles Schwab and Huggies.

Frequently Asked Questions

From real people to real actors, Casting Loop instructional offerings are for people who are looking to book television commercials and TV programming. Our classes, workshops and events fill up with everyone from curious, unsigned, non-union aspirers looking to get into the business to established actors looking to improve and hone their performance techniques for commercial and TV auditions. While actors, comedians, and improv artists consistently sign up to our classes, we have many, many people from all walks of life, like doctors, lawyers, assistants, housewives, athletes, business professionals, art dealers, etc., etc., etc.

Thousand of our students have taken classes and we see them appearing on ad spots, television shows and film everyday. Some who went on to train for commercials (usually before they got popular) via our class and then rose up the entertainment ladder include: Ben Schwartz (House of Lies), Nick Kroll (The Kroll Show, The League), Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation, Safety Not Required), Bayne Gibby and Jason Mantzoukas (Enlightened), Ed Helms (Daily Show, The Office,The Hangover), Adam Pally (Happy Endings), Jessica St. Clair (Best Friends Forever, Bridesmaids), Rob Huebel (Human Giant, Adult Swim series Childrens Hospital) Michael Nathanson (Side Effects), Kate McKinnon (SNL), Pete Holmes (voice of the E-Trade baby and soon to be host of The Midnight Show with Pete Holmes). ...This is a very small partial list! ...And maybe you’ve seen people in ads that you didn’t know were past students such as comedian Coleman Green (Cablevision pink pixel), actress/songstress Nadia Quinn (Yoplait yogurt), Sara Megan Thomas (wrote and starred in the movie Backwards), Jim Connelly (Amtrak and many other ads). This list goes on and on...

Plans change, we get it. If you book a job or something else comes up we'll try to resell your seat if you notify us 7 or more days prior to the start of the class or workshop. (Go to "Contact Us" to let us know.) But if it's a 7 day or less notice and we can't fill your seat, we won't be able to refund.


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