Commercial Acting

Commercial Acting Class Commercial Casting

The Science & Art of Commercial Acting

Instructor: John Howard Swain

Class instructor John Howard Swain has starred in over 200 national commercials, and will break down the science & art of commercial acting in this class for all levels. Different from studying traditional scene work, this commercial acting class will give you the proper skills for addressing the camera. You will work with one of the industry’s most successful commercial acting teachers in a small, dynamic class to perfect your technique and get you ready for commercial casting and auditions.

What makes our class unique? Instructor John Howard Swain has directed and produced commercials and knows what the actor needs to do, what the director is looking for, and what the client wants when it comes to booking the job. The workshop provides each student, whether new to the business or a seasoned actor, with a set of skills that takes the guesswork out of the commercial audition process. His students have booked over 8,500 jobs. View some student testimonials on the right.

The best part?  This class includes a showcase with a casting director in the last class of the session. Additionally, this clear-cut, no-nonsense commercial acting class will teach you how to:

  • build multi-dimensional characters
  • construct truthful and exciting relationships
  • ignite stimulating emotions
  • craft a series of discoveries guaranteed to energize your work
  • be in control of slating
  • master the dreaded ‘tell us about yourself’ interview
  • nail ‘the tag’ and embrace the cliché

This six-week course meets on Mondays.

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Upcoming Dates

Mon April 15 - Mon May 20
6:30pm - 9:30pm
Fee: $395/6 classes (plus $75 registration fee for new students)
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Instructor: John Howard Swain

John Howard Swain, veteran actor, director and teacher, brings a broad range of experience from both sides of the camera to the classroom. As an actor John has guest starred in dozens of network television shows from the legendary Hill Street Blues to the current Law & Order SVU. He also starred in a number of movies of the week and in the mini-series Family of Spies and Blind Faith. His film credits include Best Seller, Angels in the Outfield and The Tenderloin.

In addition to his film and television work John has directed over twenty-five major theatrical productions across the country including productions in New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco. As a film director he has directed four films: Whose Life, Uncommon, and Stand By (an official entry in the Sundance Film Festival) and the multi-award winning short, A Younger Man.

As a teacher John was the founder of one of the country’s most prestigious acting programs for actors interested in film and TV, Full Circle Productions in San Francisco. Students from this program continue to work on Broadway, in network television series, and in film.

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