ALYSIA REINER  (BETTER THINGS, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, SIDEWAYS, and star/producer of the feature EQUITY opposite Anna Gunn ) Caryn was the first and best audition class I ever took. She is a genius of both technique and actor psyche and cutting through habits that hinder us. I use many of her techniques both in auditions and on set, like today!”


STUDIO 1 CROP “Real Tools for Working Actors”

Caryn West actress, director and acting coach

CARYN WEST    this award-winning actress and teacher is the only one selected in both NYC and LA as one of “THE BEST AUDITION COACHES” in BACKSTAGE’S WEST and EAST polls and has taught at many prestigious drama schools on both coasts.  A veteran actress & coach,  she first devised this class 25 odd years ago based on her own and clients’ experiences. Ever evolving with the seismic shifts in our industry, Caryn still auditions, self tapes, and works…just like her students.   Bio and Video

The Zoom/ Live Stream Audition Checklist, The Home Self Tape Equipment Checklist, Preparation, Memorization, How to Deliver in Quick Turnarounds,  Achieve great Home Taping Setups without breaking the bank. Community support.

Self Tape, In the Room Tapings, Online Content, Social Media Posts of your work,  you & them in the room,  Zoom /other Apps

AUDITION INTENSIVES  online  July/Aug Offering

Audition Intensive  4 weeks July 20 – August 10 Wednesday nights 5-8:30pmPT (8-11:30pmET)

Early enroll by 7/10/22  $250, enroll after $295  

Intensive Alumni any Intensive $210
Prices got up Sept 2022!  Signup                                                                              

Zoom version for both coasts! Designed for these challenging new times, getting huge self-taping and booking results for attendees!  Industry recommended on both coasts. Focusing on giving your best camera performance, Self-Tape excellence and Do’s & Dont’s, Script and Genre Analysis, Online Networking, Character POV, Stillness, and Vulnerability.  Finding a supportive community. Zoom Callback Checklist.  A no-nonsense approach to confident execution that books the role. Many helpful handouts   


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Caryn  is all about content... with many handouts to guide you. This highly acclaimed workshop is preparation-oriented and geared to the market of film and television but helps your theater auditions as well. 

 TOPICS :             

  • Internet Readiness “the New PreRead” : Google-ability,  ImdbPro visibility, cutting edge social media handouts
  • Foundations of Courage and Career Boost Tools
  • Camera Script Analysis and Preparation, Dramaturgy: Making Choices informed by Story Structure, Genre-Specific Choices
  • Camera Technique for Taped Auditions
  • The Tricks CDs Can’t Tell You at Workshops
  • Networking: New ways to create relationships and stay in touch, The Special Prep for CD Workshops
  • Your Contagion: Do you attract or repel casting to your value?
  • The Power of the First Moment
  • Breathing: Your Eyes, Releasing Tension, Dropping into Subtextual Moments
  • Eliminating Self Sabotage and Nerves
  • 1-6 liners: “Co-stars are actually harder!”
  • Stillness vs. the Smartphone
  • Ease and Effortlessness: Being Present and Playful
  • Artistry- your unique take on the work and your deepest choices

 REGISTRATION ( Zoom  version all coasts)

 Kilner Head ShotKEVIN KILNER ( veteran actor, lead on 3 series ) “Run to Caryn, do not walk.  I’ve been a Professional over 30 years, studied with some gifted, excellent teachers. No one is more talented, thorough & on the edge of what is the latest in the Industry, Social Media’s use in it, script analysis, & acting craft for the camera. If you are looking for the Real Deal?  It’s Caryn West.”

Patricai richardson

PATRICIA RICHARDSON (Series lead HOME IMPROVEMENT, WEST WING, STRONG MEDICINE, 4 Emmy nominations took the AUDITION INTENSIVE twice!): “Did an amazing workshop with Caryn West last weekend/auditioning/goal setting/marketing /learned SO MUCH!  Inspiring and exhausting, invaluable”

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