Free Introductory Class

A free one hour introduction to our on-camera classes. Only new students, please!

Our next full 10 week session will begin January 12th.
Saturday
5-7yrs 
12/1/18
10:00-11:00 Ravenswood Ave
$0.00
Saturday
8-12 yrs 
12/1/18
11:30-12:30 Ravenswood Ave
$0.00
Saturday
13-17yrs 
12/1/18
1:00-2:00 Ravenswood Ave
$0.00
If your child's age group is full, please register in the next appropriate age group. To be put on the wait list please e-mail anne@thegreenroomstudio.tv

In one hour your kids will learn enough about an on-camera audition to change the way they audition forever, all while having fun with their peers. Parents say they learn too, and they especially enjoy the online video vault where they can see their child's progress!

To register more than one child, try logging out and re-registering. You may need to use a different email.

Kids / Teens On-Camera

Our 10 week session starts Saturday, January 12th!

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Our 10 week on-camera session is back. With more tv shows and casting directors coming to Chicago, there are more opportunities for young actors than ever! The extra two weeks allows students an extra lesson in TV & film acting and an extra lesson in commercial acting. Students will be able to master more challenging concepts and material as well as practice their skills more and retain lessons more effectively. This also gives us more time for students favorite acting games and exercises!

Our curriculum combines modified theatre games, on-camera exercises, and simulated on-camera auditions to free up the young actors creativity and comfortability while providing them with hands-on knowledge of and confidence in the on-camera audition process. One day each session, your child will work with a guest casting director & you will get your burning questions about the industry answered in a parent talkback session.
Saturday
5-7yrs 
1/12/19
9:30-11:00 Ravenswood Ave
10 weeks
$495.00
Acker/Raidt
Saturday
8-12 yrs 
1/12/19
11:30-1:30 Ravenswood Ave
10 weeks
$495.00
Acker/Raidt
Saturday
13-17yrs 
1/12/19
2:00-4:00 Ravenswood Ave
10 weeks
$495.00
Acker/Raidt
Classes run through March 16th.

You can miss and make up 3 classes a session.
MULTIPLE SIBLINGS please note: our system limits students profiles to one per email address when accessed through this website. Just create ONE profile, and essentially register that ONE sibling for however many class spaces your family needs. Then email us letting us know all the siblings names and which classes each is supposed to be registered for and we will create the appropriate profiles through our admin portal. Any questions about this- just email us.

Kids / Teens Ongoing On-Camera Classes

These classes offer a way for students who have already taken our regular on-camera curriculum to further their studies and keep themselves in front of a camera on a weekly basis. They will join into one of our regular level 1 groups for many of the theater games, and certain commercial scripts, but will split off into a smaller group to focus on more advanced topics for much of the on camera work - including script structure, and film/TV issues. Some of the scripts used will be familiar to them from level 1- but will take a more advanced approach by using more layered / complicated acting concepts. Some scripts will be new to them altogether (typically in the second half of the 8 weeks). Regardless, they should be prepared to be challenged more individually, and look to bring new layers of complexity into their acting by way of the lessons taught. We have a guest casting director at the end of the session and a business talk for the parents as well.
Saturday
5-7yrs 
1/12/19
9:30-11:00 Ravenswood Ave
10 weeks
$495.00
Acker/Raidt
Saturday
8-12 yrs 
1/12/19
11:30-1:30 Ravenswood Ave
10 weeks
$495.00
Acker/Raidt
Saturday
13-17yrs 
1/12/19
2:00-4:00 Ravenswood Ave
10 weeks
$495.00
Acker/Raidt
Classes run through March 16th.

You can miss and make up 3 classes a session.
If you are having trouble registering MULTIPLE SIBLINGS please note: our system limits students profiles to one per email address when accessed through this website. Just create ONE profile, and essentially register that ONE sibling for however many class spaces your family needs. Then email us letting us know all the siblings names and which classes each is supposed to be registered for and we will create the appropriate profiles through our admin portal. Any questions about this- just email us.

Kids / Teens TV and Film Workshop

Pilot Season is around the corner which makes it a great time to sharpen your skills for TV auditions. Students may bring their own scripts or teachers will select material for you. We will review how to approach a script to create character, environment, and dynamics. This is a great class for returning students who would like to take their TV auditions to the next level or for the new student looking to get started.
Saturday
13-17yrs 
12/8/18
10:00-12:00 Ravenswood Ave
$65.00
Saturday
8-12 yrs 
12/8/18
1:00-3:00 Ravenswood Ave
$65.00
Discount!
Sign up for the TV/Film Workshop AND the Improv Workshop for only $120. Sign up for both Saturday workshops AND the Sunday VO Workshop for only $200. E-mail info@thegreenroomstudio.tv BEFORE paying to get the deal!

Kids / Teens Improv Workshop

Improv is not only one of the most fun types of acting, it is also some of the best training! Rosie Moan has performed and taught improv all over the country. She will lead students in exercises and games that will encourage their creativity and collaborative skills. Open to new and returning students.
Saturday
8-12 yrs 
12/8/18
10:00-12:00 Ravenswood Ave
$65.00
Saturday
13-17yrs 
12/8/18
1:00-3:00 Ravenswood Ave
$65.00
Discount!
Sign up for the TV/Film Workshop AND the Improv Workshop for only $120. Sign up for both Saturday workshops AND the Sunday VO Workshop for only $200. E-mail info@thegreenroomstudio.tv BEFORE paying to get the deal!

Kids / Teens Voice Over Workshop

Our one day Voiceover Workshop for Kids and Teens is back by popular demand. Voice over artists will help your child to feel confident and have fun with voice over auditions. They will work with professional equipment and scripts and learn more about this part of the acting industry. This workshop allows your child to find their voice, be creative, and have a great time!

Space is limited so sign up quickly!
Sunday
8-12 yrs 
12/9/18
12:00-2:30 Ravenswood
$85.00
Sunday
13-17yrs 
12/9/18
3:00-5:30 Ravenswood
$85.00
Discount!
Sign up for the TV/Film Workshop AND the Improv Workshop for only $120. Sign up for both Saturday workshops AND the Sunday VO Workshop for only $200. E-mail info@thegreenroomstudio.tv BEFORE paying to get the deal!

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By: Courtney Rioux

Courtney’s first day as EMT #1.

As a recurring character on a network television show and an acting coach, I get a lot of emails from people asking what they can expect from their first day on set for an episodic.

I remember my first day on a network TV set, as “EMT #1” on Chicago Fire. I was excited, but mostly nervous. It was a hot Saturday in July. Most people I knew were at Lollapalooza and I was on 290 in an ambulance.

At lunch, I was eating alone and my background EMT partner sat at another table alone. I called him over. He told me he wasn’t allowed to talk to “1st team”, which is why he didn’t automatically sit by me. It wasn’t my first time on set ever, but it felt like it and I could have used some company. I hope I can shed some light for you here on a day in the life on set, so you can be less nervous than I was on day one.

The night before, you’ll get a call time from the Key 2nd AD (assistant director). Don’t ask your agent about your call time. They won’t know. This is because your call time depends on when the crew is wrapping for the evening before your shoot. They need 9-12 hours of turnaround time from one day to another (depending on actors and crew turnaround times.)

When you get on set, find the 2nd AD and get their name. They’ll sign you in and get you to your trailer/honeywagon. There you’ll read, sign and take a picture of your contract. Make sure your rate, your name and everything is correct. If not, reach out to your agent or SAG-AFTRA.

If your name is incorrect, that’s how it will show up in the credits of the show. If your rate is scale, check and see that there’s a + 10% for your agent. If not, your agent can’t take money out of your scale pay. Look out for them, too. If it’s above scale, they’ll take the 10% out of your pay, or have your agent negotiate 10% on top of your above scale pay.

Always take a picture of your contract and keep it for future reference! Don’t feel rushed. You’ll have time.

Get dressed in your trailer. They’ll call you to hair and makeup so you’ll be ready to head to set for rehearsals. First you might have a private rehearsal for the actors, director, DP (director of photography), script supervisor, and writer. There will definitely be a marking rehearsal for the crew. After that you’ll get wired (your mic) and sit around to wait until the crew sets up the shot.

You’ll be on 1st team, and they’ll use a 2nd team (stand-ins) to get lighting and shots set up.

On set, the director and the 1st AD will be running the show and giving you direction. The script supervisor will let you know if you’re getting your lines wrong. Make sure you’re matching up where you say your lines on each shot. This will help in the editing room.

There will be a lot of “hurry up and wait”. You’ll film your scene from multiple angles and shots with lots of set up in between for the crew. We get paid to sit around and wait!

SAG-AFTRA actor, Ilyssa Fradin, is often asked how long an actor will be on set for the day. She says to expect 8-12 hours. Just come prepared. Bring your chargers for your electronics, some work and reading materials. Fradin recommends bringing your own food in case you can’t get to Craft Services or have specific nutritional needs or food allergies.

My advice to you is to know your lines and your mark, and LISTEN!

Have a good attitude. Have fun and be yourself, but read the room. Know when to talk and when to stay quiet. Take direction and listen to everything being said to you and around you. When the director yells cut, go closer (but not too close!) to the conversations if you can.

Nicole McGovern, 2nd 2nd AD (no, that’s not a typo) on Chicago Med says, “Observe what’s happening. Be self-aware, but not in the way.” McGovern also says to be prepared for anything. Scenes get changed and moved to different days. “If you’re working multiple days, we may add another scene if we are ahead of schedule. A set may not be ready or an emergency may come up.”

When someone tells you their name, listen, say it out loud back to them, and write it down so you remember it next time you see them. Get a call sheet and study the names of the crew. They are making you look and sound good. They are awesome. Be friends with them. Thank them for their hard work!

Be aware of where the cameras are at all times, but of course don’t look into them.

Be prepared, but flexible.

Be willing to fail, and be willing to succeed.

Know that one mistake will not get you fired. Let it go, take a deep breath, and fix it in the next take. I can’t tell you how many times I thought I’d never be called in again, and four years later, I’m still there!

Don’t stop acting until someone yells cut, even if you think you’ve messed up and you want to start over. Keep going unless you’re told differently. They might be getting someone else’s coverage, and don’t need your lines to be right in that take. Keep going!

Never leave set without telling anyone. Find a PA (production assistant) or a 2nd AD and let them know where you’re going (ie: your trailer, the bathroom, to makeup etc). If you’re going to the bathroom, just ask, “Can I 10-1?” They’ll know what you mean.

If you’re like me, you’re probably worried you don’t know what you’re doing. No one really does his or her first day on set. Just pay attention to the veterans and learn on the job.

Sean Bradley, SAG-AFTRA actor and owner of The Green Room Studio says, “You don’t need to know everything. Feel free to ask questions.”

McGovern agrees, “You can ask the AD’s or PA’s questions. You might think it’s a stupid question, but it’s probably not.” (Fear not, there are a ton of PAs whose job it is to take care of you like you are a baby.)

Bradley adds, “Stay away from the dessert table. It’s a dangerous drug that will make you very sleepy for the rest of the day.”

Speaking of energy for the day, I always meditate beforehand. It helps me stay calm when action is yelled. I’m more focused and relaxed, and I find it helps me be best self in a stressful time. Need a guided meditation? Reach out to me and I’ll send one!

Finally, one of the stars on Med gave some great advice to a day player the other day. She was telling him there was food available for the cast and crew. She told him to go get a container and put it in his trailer before the food was gone. Then she yelled as he was leaving, “Act like you belong!” The first few times you are on set, you might not feel like you belong. You do. Act like it. Don’t be a jerk, but act confidently. You’re worthy of being there. Like the old saying goes, “Fake it ‘til you make it”!

And at the end of the day, find your 2nd AD who signed you in and sign out properly!

You got this!!

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