Audition Gauntlet (Youth)

*Dear Actor: Please note that this class, as with all of our others, is specifically designed to educate and train, NOT to get you representation or guaranteed employment. If you are signing up for this workshop with the sole purpose of getting yourself in front of an agent or casting director, with the hopes of getting repped or an audition/job, please go elsewhere.

June 28th 10am-5pm, June 29th 10am-5pm, June 30th 12:30pm-4pm | Early Bird: $399 | Regular: $449

The AUDITION GAUNTLET is a three day intensive focused on challenging the actor in ways he/she hasn’t been challenged before. The first two days will be 7 hours of focused script work, dedicated to improving audition prep, script analysis, and character breakdown. On the third day, each actor will rotate between three rooms here at Catapult, executing their scenes back to back to back for a Top Agent (in person), Top Casting Director (in person), and Top LA Pro (via Skype.) Most actors prep their scene, go in the room, and audition once. Actors never execute their scenes three times in a row… Until now.



Event Details…

In this unique experience, we will cover…

• Memorization Techniques
• Conquering the “Cold Read”
• What do agents look for?
• What do Casting Directors look for?
• How to impress industry pros
• The Signature Slate
• Keys to “Owning the Room”
• How to truly “Let Go”
• Embrace your Authenticity
• Create a WINNING Mindset
• Craft a compelling character

Industry Pro #1 – Jaron Matthews: Talent Agent, J Pervis Talent

Jaron Matthews started his career in the entertainment industry by enrolling in an internship program in Los Angeles while earning his degree at the University of Georgia. He initially wished to pursue a career in television news, but soon found out helping talent was his true passion. After working hard and proving himself amongst his peers, he was offered a position at J Pervis Talent Agency.

As he began his work at J Pervis Talent Agency, his thirst for knowledge and his ability to provide top notch customer service allowed him to excel. Through continuous research and dedication to high quality work, Jaron was offered the position as Joy Pervis’ assistant after eight months of working for J Pervis Talent Agency. He continues to study under Joy to better understand how to spot talent and what casting directors look for when booking talent.

Industry Pro #2 – Olubajo Sonubi: Casting Director OAS Casting

Olubajo earned a M.F.A in Acting from Southern Methodist University in Dallas TX, and was fortunate to work and train with one of the best Casting Directors in the Southeast. His diverse background in multiple aspects of production, allow him to bring his valued expertise to every project. His past credits include the films FLIGHT and ADDICTED and television projects like HBO’s Quarry, CBS’s Hail Mary, CW’s Vampire Diaries & Dynasty, YouTube Red’s Cobra Kai and much more.

Industry Pro #3 – Pedro Tapia: VP, CESD Talent

Pedro Tapia is the Vice President of TV/Film at CESD in Los Angeles. He began his career At Abrams Artist Agency and moved to CESD in 2008 where he helped launch the careers of Grant Gustin (The Flash) and Darren Criss (Glee). He has worked in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles for 10+ years and boasts an impressive client roster that includes credits such as Godzilla, Bunk’d, The Goldbergs, The Walking Dead & much much more.


Day 1  | Pre-Prep & Scene Prep

• Know the genre
• Know the director & their work
• Know the network
• Creating a compelling character
• What is your objective?
• Who are you?  What do you want?  Why do you want it?

Day 2 | Working The Script & The Taped Audition

• Practice, Practice, Practice
• Repetition, Repetition, Repetition
• Maximize your tape
• Learn proper eyeline
• Experiment with the…. 4th wall

Day 3 | Final Scene Prep & The Mock Audition

•Execute your scenes privately in 3 MOCK AUDITIONS in front of industry professionals and receive critical feedback
• Q & A with pros and Erik Lingvall

Erik Lingvall – Audition Gauntlet Instructor

Winner of Backstage’s 2015 Readers’ Choice for Atlanta’s Favorite Acting Coach, Erik Lingvall brings with him over 15 years of experience guiding and training talent, throughout the country. As the founder of Catapult Acting Studios, Erik has established himself as one of the go-to coaches for tv/film actors in the Southeast.

Originally from California, Erik currently resides in Atlanta, with his wife Jennifer and baby girl Venice. He is dedicated to guiding & connecting his clients to the right people & right path, always reminding his them to enjoy the process as much as the product at the end. Erik’s motto: “Professional training, designed to create better people.”   Below are a few of the projects Erik’s clients can be seen in projects like: The Walking Dead, Manhunt: Unabomber, Modern Family, Disney’s Bunk’d, Dog with a Blog & Kickin’ It, FOX’s The Gifted, Nashville, The Hate U Give, Maze Runner, Noah, Daddy’s Home, The Big Short, Terminator Genisys, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and  many more. 

Jessica Miesel – Audition Gauntlet Instructor

Jessica Miesel is an actor and singer from Conyers, GA. She began singing classical music at age 8, started acting in theatre at age 15, which led to a degree in musical theatre. Jessica has since found a career in film and television, particularly with comedy and improv. Jessica resides in Atlanta and is represented by J Pervis Talent. She has achieved significant success as an actress in Atlanta, having a heavy recurring role of Fox’s Medical Drama The Resident, and can also be seen in Greenleaf, Halt & Catch Fire, Zoe Ever After, and the hit movie Office Christmas Party.