Caryn is the only acting coach to be cited in both Backstage West and East polls as one of  “THE BEST AUDITION COACHES” in polls in the last two decades.

Our mission is to provide real tools for working actors, to stretch their craft beyond comfortable assumptions, to nurture true artists to be effective storytellers, and inspire them to keep showing up with the goal of booking! 

Caryn West  

An acting coach and teacher for over 30 years, consistently recommended by the industry on both coasts. She is also an award-winning working actress and director who attended AFI’s prestigious Directing Workshop for Women and her AFI film was in 23 festivals.

2023 Super Tips for Taping: co-hosted with color expert Jill Kirsh

POSTPONED: MARCH 2023  TBD  Free handouts & more for attendees at the end!  

Free goodies & the new 2023 Audition prep handout at the end for attendees!


AUDITION INTENSIVES  online  2023 Winter 

Thursday evenings ( CLOSED)
March 9 – March 30 2023 5-8:30pmPT (8-11:30pmET)
Saturdays Afternoons 
March 11- April 1 2-5:30PT (5-8:30ET)
Early enroll in either Intensive  by 2/28/23 $275, enroll after $325 
Intensive Alumni any Intensive $210

Zoom version for both coasts!

This Intensive is Industry recommended on both coasts! Adapted for these ever-evolving Self Tape auditions, getting great booking results!
Focusing on Your Magic and Uniqueness, Slate and editing strategies, Script and Genre Analysis, Character Depth, Zoom Callback Checklist and Tips,
Camera Stillness, and Vulnerability. Taped scenes. Join us!

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Skype or Facetime, Self Tape via Facetime / Zoom/WeAudition: Script Analysis, One on One rehearsal,  Taping, Tech advice  Schedule An Appt.  

COVID Discount Rates and Packages starting at $150 off a 3-hour package, or $300 off a 5-hour package


block/light according to the genre, read with Caryn, we edit, quick uploading to Dropbox, Hightail or WeTransfer. Conveniently located in West Hollywood studio or NYC address


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Next session:  late Spring 2023 8 weeks  $495 ($425 if you enroll by earl enroll date)

*10 slots for vaccinated actors. Work every week!  Caryn is at risk age, my apologies to all but that is what I must do

Come work on process and deeper skills with working directors giving feedback every 4 weeks. A journey of real growth & bigger risks in your work. No gurus, no yelling, no BS.


Director Guests:  possibly Jessica Kubzansky  (Art Dir. of the Boston Court Pasadena) and Tom Dolby film dir/ prod (THE ARTIST’S WIFECALL ME BY YOUR NAME)   

Kelly AucoinKELLY AUCOIN   (“Dollar Bill” on BILLIONS, STERLING AFFAIR, THE AMERICANS, HOUSE OF CARDS etc)“Caryn’s workshop is just the best. So much savvy feedback on how to attack a scene, and give your best performance. How to identify the style of the project you’re going up for. But also, just such incredibly detailed advice on tech, what the decision-makers are ACTUALLY looking for when they want it, and what — fair or not — they want it to look like. She’s rigorous but super supportive. And just a f*cking blast to be around. ”

RAKE regularNECAR ZADEGAN  (Lead MAYOR OF KINGSTON, CBS’ NCIS: NOLA, HBO’s HERE AND NOW, regular on GIRLFRIENDS’ GUIDE TO DIVORCE,  EMILY OWENS M.D., EXTANT,  and  “24”): “Caryn very quickly understands scenes and characters and where the scene should go is always supported by her keen eye for specifics. Her audition technique class is singular amidst the rest…She is clear about why auditioning is an art unto itself…Under Caryn’s tutelage, I really had a chance to hone the art of specificity within my acting but also entirely within my life as an artist…”


ALYSIA REINER (Fig on ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, BETTER THINGSSundance hit feature EQUITY and SIDEWAYS): “Caryn’s was the first & BEST audition intensive I ever took. She is a genius of both technique and actor psyche and cutting through habits that hinder us. I use so many of her techniques both in auditions and on set, like today!” 

Adrain MArtinezADRIAN MARTINEZ  (NYC actor, regular on BLACKLIST: REDEMPTION sidekick to the stars’ in ‘Focus’ (Will Smith), ‘Walter Mitty’ (Ben Stiller) and ‘Casa de mi Padre’ (Will Ferrell)  From beginners to veterans, Caryn helps all actors with her passion for actors— she’s a great one herself— and laser-sharp insights into your work, and how to help you interpret material and nail that audition. She’s simply awesome.”

DAVID ALAN BASCHE  (series regular “The Exes”, “Starter Wife”, “Lipstick Jungle”, “Three Sisters,” “Oh Grow Up,” films include “United 93”, “War of the Worlds”, “Full Frontal”) “Caryn’s class changed my life: I take what she taught me into every audition, and it works over and over again, and that means: so do I !”


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