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The Business of Actin​g



*This is a virtual course that is mainly asynchronous. Content can be completed in about two weeks and students may take an overlapping course.




Develop the business skills necessary for a successful acting career. Learn about branding and castability, how to create stunning self-tapes, prepare for callbacks, how to build and maintain relationships with casting directors, on-set etiquette, how to become a content maker, and how to stay true to yourself through it all. Work with acting coaches, career mentors, and casting directors to build a strong, professional online casting portfolio.

Who Should Take This Class

Students who want to be professional actors, no pre-requisites, but previous acting training will be helpful.

Required Application Materials (please submit materials in a single document)

  • Personal statement: discuss your career goals, what you’ve done to achieve your goals, and how you think this course will help advance your goals (100-200 words)
  • Headshot
  • Video audition: 20- to 60-second memorized monologue. This monologue can be from a play, a movie, or a TV show.

Course Coordinator

Judy Ba​uerlein ​(San Marcos) is a professor of theatre. Her recent credits include Tina in Naomi Iizuka’s What Happens Next (Cornerstone Theatre/La Jolla Playhouse), Tracey in Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Sweat (San Diego Rep), and Anna in Jay Scheib’s Platonov (La Jolla Playhouse). Her film and TV credits include American Dynasty, Trafficked, Bubbly Brown Sugar, Diary of a City Priest, Jesus’ Son, Drunks, and Deconstructing Harry.

Guest Artists

Rebecca Dennis

Christine Horn

Known to many as “The Booking Magnet ®”, Christine Horn is an actress with Broadway credits and over 25 years of experience and more than 72 film and television credits. She’s an author and career coach for actors and the founder of Hollywood Bound Actors online community. She helps actors take charge of their careers with her five-week course Book More TV. ®

Diana Toshiko

Brian ​Patacca​

Brian Patacca known as 'The Representation Whisperer', transforms actors' careers with his courses #agentgoals® and Audition Magnet®. His client roster boasts Tony Award-winners and TV series regulars, reflecting his unique blend of industry savvy and spiritual insight. A Northwestern alum and trained in Brene Brown’s The Daring Way, Brian reaches 20,000 creatives weekly through his newsletter, and hosts a top one percent podcast, Brian Breaks Character®.

DaJuan Johnson

DaJuan Johnson

DaJuan Johnson co-starred on Amazon’s longest running drama series Bosch from 2014 through 2021, stealing scenes as Detective Rondell Pierce, a role he reprises on the series spinoff Bosch: Legacy. DaJuan has also been featured on Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS:Hawaii, NCIS, Suits, and Marvel’s Agent Carter. Stepping into a long passion of his, DaJuan also directed and starred in the semi-autobiographical short film, My Life With Boys! a film that met the festival circuit with positive reviews.

Christine Horn

Diana Toshiko

Diana Toshiko is a photographer and actor based in Los Angeles. She has been taking headshots of actors, celebrities, and artists for over two decades. Toshiko is known for uncommon headshots, bright colors, and portraits that show the subject’s personality. She has taught workshops that help students find their authentic headshot.​

Brian Patacca

Rebecca Dennis

​​Rebecca Dennis is the founder of Laughing Bodies Yoga, which she cultivated from a 40+ year yoga and meditation practice, along with 25 years of teaching. Her classes are informed by a parallel career in the performing arts, after completing her training at the Stella Adler Conservatory. She has performed in over 15 musicals, and starred in and choreographed the CBS children’s show, Pelican Park. In her recent leading role in the film Smashed, she garnered multiple best comedy awards, including the Miami Film Festival, Broad Humor Festival and was nominated for best female comedy at the Burbank Film Festival.