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How To Get Work When Your Agent Isn't Calling

Veleka G.

In the next semester starting the week of September 24, students will learn three essential skills to prepare them for the next The Actors Alliance production, a feature film, this winter.

I.  How to Sell YOURSELF at The Audition

If you're an actor, you're an entrepreneur.  You're in business for yourself. You HAVE to know how to sell yourself when you audition to advance in this profession.  This course will teach you strategies so you can sell yourself WITHOUT FEAR.  And when you have to sell yourself from a taped audition, you'll know the right way to videotape your audition to send to a casting director or your agent.

II.  Audition Secrets from Casting Directors

Every casting director has preferences and a unique tempo in how they work with you in an audition.  Learn information that CDs wish you knew to show them that you are a seasoned pro and can handle the job.

III.  Learn to Identify and Reproduce Personality Qualities of ANY Character

Using a special system to profile personality, you can learn to choose how you need to appear in attitude, gestures, posture, and wardrobe to seem like the character being cast.

At the conclusion of this semester, you will have learned a dozen new skills and met a dozen new friends you can network with.

In each class, you'll see yourself on camera auditioning and doing scene work so you really understand what you are selling.

You'll learn to have fun with improv.

You'll learn an effective way to project your voice and charisma so you always stand out.

And you'll be a candidate to be cast in our feature film being shot this winter.


"Thanks to you I am a more confident, headstrong, and determined actress. I am even more confident in everyday life :) Before I joined your class I thought this was such an impossible and silly dream to go for. You've made me feel like I can really do this. So ultimately, you've changed my life, for the better. There's nothing I can do to repay you for that."
~ Sarah Wilkinson, Biloxi, MS

"I wanted to thank you for teaching me.  Thank you for introducing me to people who share my passion.  Thank you for making me get out of my comfort zone.  Thanks for taking time to visit.  You have touched my life and made it better for my family and me."
~ William Gil, Berwick, LA

"Veleka, I am still on cloud 9 from my audition yesterday evening. I brought you into that audition with me (you didn't know you were there, did you?), and the producer told me that I blew her away. She showed me the goose bumps on her arms. She could not believe that was my first ever audition. She said that I was one of 3 that she was considering for the part, and if I didn't get it, it would have nothing to do with my acting capabilities. I love you, Veleka, and could NOT have done it without you!"
~ Sabrita Gordon, Picayune, MS

"You are the most valuable resource in the region for aspiring film actors. (And you can quote me on that.)"
~ Tony Fennelly, New Orleans, LA


• Metairie - Monday evenings - 7 p.m. to 10, starting September 24

• Baton Rouge - Wednesday evenings - 7 p.m. to 10, starting September 26

• Covington - Thursday evenings - 7 p.m. to 10, starting September 27

Tuition for each semester is $275 with a $50 deposit paid in advance, or $300 at the door.  Emotionally and psychologically mature actors age 14 and up may enroll.

You can study acting for film until the cows come home, but until you are performing in front of a camera, you won't get the feel for the work or the necessary experience.  Doing the work and then seeing yourself on camera is essential, and that's one more advantage that studying with The Actors Alliance gives you.


Television star and Emmy judge Veleka Gray has shared the stage or screen with scores of luminaries, including Sigourney Weaver, Ted Danson, Dana Delany, Jobeth Williams, Elliot Gould, Rue McClanahan, Armand Assante, and Michael Cole, among many others.

Since returning to New Orleans in 2000, Veleka has been cast in six films, including the features "Flag of My Father," "Flood Streets," and "Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D," which releases in 2013.  She was also cast in the shorts "Television2" and "Fingers," plus she played Judge White in "Blood in The Grass," for which she was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress award at the UNO Film Festival.

She is now casting and producing films as well.  She has been Executive Producer of five films and has written the screenplay for four of those.  After writing and casting two shorts with her students in The Actors Alliance, "Reunion" and "For Better, For Worse," she cast "The House of Vigorsol Mystery" for an Italian production company in March.  

Veleka has been coaching actors for the past twenty-five years in New York, San Francisco, at the College of DuPage in Chicago, and, since 2000, all over Louisiana.  In addition to the classes she teaches weekly in Metairie, Baton Rouge, and Covington, she brings her coaching to Lafayette, Shreveport, Monroe, and Alexandria, Louisiana, and to Hattiesburg and Jackson, Mississippi.

Veleka's productions star students of The Actors Alliance to help them acquire experience, leading roles for their résumés, and excellent scenes for their demo reels.  Her third film "Cabin Fever" is in post, and she's in preproduction for both a television pilot titled "Making The Grade" and for a horror film she will be shooting in the winter.

Collaborating with colleagues in her professional organizations, such as Women in Film and Television, PSA, and the Louisiana Filmmakers Meetup, Veleka is developing other projects.  She is a member of MENSA, is vested by more than ten years of credits in both Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA, and was inducted into the Louisiana Hall of Fame in 2004.


Call 504-812-3379 or e-mail

Students accepted must be teenagers or older.  Once registered, students are expected to attend all classes or make them up in the same semester.  All deposits and tuition are non-refundable.

Being an actor is about making acting a regular part of your life.  Join the actors in The Actors Alliance and network with the finest talent in the South.  You'll learn how to fulfill your dreams and make great friends who share your dreams.

Transform your acting from good to great with new, fun skills today!

"Great acting is a science...
Learn how at The Actors Alliance"

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