New! Online On-Camera COMMERCIAL Intensive with Ashley-Lauren Elrod, Casting Director, Visionary Woman Productions

Saturday, June 12, 2021, 2pm ET / 11am PT

This event is in the past.

With over 10 years experience in the business, Ashley has worked both as talent agent and as a casting director casting for TV, feature films, commercials and print.

In this new virtual on-camera commercial intensive, Ashley will create a safe space for students to learn about the world of on-camera commercials. She'll start off with commercial 101 basics from the process, timing, breakdown of the copy, to finding key moments in the copy.

From there, you'll get into the work via some exercises that she will guide you through.
You'll learn how to quickly bring roles to life under time constraints, through nuances that catch the attention of both casting and creatives, playing with certain words, and dressing right for the part.

Ashley will also cover full Audition Prep 101 for what she's looking for from head to toe to visualize the actor in that role as soon as they walk into the room.

She'll then guide you through mock auditions with feedback.

The intensive will end with a Q&A with Ashley to cover any remaining questions.


What to Prepare:

Please update your headshot and fill out the MY INFO section of your AC account upon registration. 

Please follow the procedures listed below:

  • Please update your headshot and fill out the MY INFO section of your AC account upon registration.

  • Arrive at least 10 MINUTES before your event is slated to start. Your host will give important information about the event at this time.

  • Instructions and the ZOOM link for access to this online event will be emailed to you in advance. If you have not received the link by 12pm (EST) the day-of the event, please reach out to at least one hour PRIOR to the start of class.

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Ashley-Lauren Elrod

As a Casting Director, Ashley is highly experienced in several areas of entertainment, arts, and media; ranging from acting, music, and dance to casting, directing, costuming, makeup artistry, and production design. Ashley possesses the unique and strong resume in which she began her journey over ten years ago at Columbia College Chicago, studying technical theater and acting which quickly led to her being paid for her talents while studying. All the while, interning for Chicago’s biggest talent agency, LTA Chicago in which she was also a signed talent. She’s worked alongside some of Hollywood’s most established as a performer, casting director, and production designer with the likes of Paul Haggis of ‘Crash’ and ‘Million Dollar Baby’, Kevin Pollack, Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, and David Dastmalchian, as well on productions for Shameless, The Mob Doctor, MTV’S ‘Underemployed’, Revlon, Clorox, Buzzfeed, Rover, The Chicago Code, and much more.

Ashley lives by the motto of Proverbs 29:18 in which states “where there’s no vision, the people perish” in which has helped her to create her own small production company to empower talent and productions that strive for diversity, inclusion, and change through the arts. To help empower those with big vision and aid it’s fruition. Her biggest goal is and will always be to empower others and their unique stories.

Ashley is also a proud board member, survivor speaker, and non-profit leader at the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center, utilizing her talents and her personal story to help raise awareness, funding, and resources for fellow survivors to heal and thrive holistically, creatively, and entrepreneurially.


Saturday, June 12, 20212:00 pm

The following disclaimer is provided specifically at the request of and in accordance with SAG/AFTRA: Seminars or classes are for educational purposes only and will not secure or provide opportunity for employment in the field or representation by an agent or casting director.