New! DROP THE ACT: Building Professional Relationships in the Industry - Online Intensive led by Brette Goldstein, Casting Director / Producer, Brette Goldstein Casting and Monica McCarthy, Actor /Filmmaker/ Emotional Intelligence Workshop Facilitator

Thursday, June 17, 2021, 2pm ET / 11am PT

This event is in the past.

Ever have a super awkward meeting with an agent or manager where you felt unseen or unheard?

Ever walked out of a meeting with a casting director and have absolutely no idea what just happened?

Spinning your wheels about how to really follow up and communicate in an authentic way, without being “too much?”

Casting director/coach Brette Goldstein and Monica McCarthy, an actor /filmmaker/ emotional intelligence workshop facilitator (global Fortune 500 companies including Google, AirBnB, Uber), will give you the tricks of the trade when it comes to creating and building relationships with casting directors, reps, producers, and “the other side of the table” in general.

This is an art in and of itself. Relationships are vital when it comes to building and sustaining your acting career.

Monica and Brette will help you access your unique emotional intelligence blueprint - communicating succinctly and effectively with empathy, humor, and business savvy.


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  • 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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Brette Goldstein

Brette has cast five television series (USA, LMN, Lifetime, History Channel, Investigation Discovery), over 50 independent films, 300 commercials, 100 plays, seven pilot presentations (including “Odd Mom Out” for Bravo) and various new media projects, and was the resident casting director at Washington, DC’s Folger Elizabethan Theatre for ten seasons.

Films Brette has cast have won awards and been official selections at most of the major film festivals, including Sundance, Tribeca and Cannes. Brette is the former Co-Producing Director of Washington Jewish Theatre, Production Manager at Washington Shakespeare Co., and Associate Producer of the Washington Theatre Festival.

She is currently working on three projects (one series and two indie films) in development and casting around four commercials a month. 


Brette Goldstein's workshop was a tremendous experience. She takes all her industry, casting and acting knowledge and and generously presents it to her class in an energetic, caring, smart, funny, and thoughtful way that is uniquely Brette. Her honest critique is given with such love, support, and guidance that you have no choice but to walk away a better on-camera actor no matter where you started. Oh, yes, and she is LOL funny, too!

Catherine Ryan

Brette's fantastic at typing actors and helping them to key into who they are and how they are perceived. I loved that I got full scripts not just scenes, so I really felt that it was more like the actual audition process. She's also excellent at coaching and fine tuning your scene to perfect the audition. Her down to earth, no-nonsense description of the indie film business was immensely helpful and I would recommend this class to anyone who is interested in indies!

Kristen Riley

I just wanted to thank you for your class. I learned SOOOOO much. I am very green when it comes to film and I'm glad I was able to see myself on camera and I picked up so much watching you direct others and having you direct me. Also, I want to thank you for being so human and open with your thoughts on the business. I've recommended you to all my friends.

Salvador Chevez

I can't tell you enough how much I've enjoyed your classes. The feedback and adjustments that you've given, not only to me but to everyone, are sooooo insightful. You have helped me to get to another level.... thank you! My wife who has seen or read most of my scenes from your classes as well as past classes that I've taken at AC said 'SHE GETS YOU!.' She knows the scenes that you have given me are the kinds of scenes and characters that I want to play. So, thank you for 'GETTING ME!'

Ted Oyama

I think your class ROCKS and I am so glad I took it. You have such a positive way of saying things and you are so good at talking to actors. You never belittle, only encourage. Believe me, that is rare. Extremely. Thank you.

Larry Daggett

Brette is a breath of fresh air. She is a force of nature and full of the most valuable and straight up advice about the business. She knows character and helps you to shine and considers your character analysis.

Jana Stella Sintschnig

Brette is unflinchingly honest in her feedback while maintaining a safe and fun atmosphere.

Synnove Eriksen

Brette is amazing at getting to know you as a person and casting you. She sees your potential and range then challenges you. She is honest and blunt about the casting world and let's you in on great secrets to succeed in your career.

Christophe Morabito

Mrs. Goldstein workshop was the first class that I've taken at Actors Connection. I'm very please with the training. Her advice is golden. She gives you tools that's they don't teach in college. This is definitely the class to take if you need improve help.

Darlene Dues

Loved Brette's class - she's really great, intelligent, funny, has great insights into the business that she shares!

Kenan Wei

Brette Goldstein bluntly tells you how it is. She lets you know how this business works and what's expected of you. I learned some great audition tips. She is awesome! I love her honesty and sense of humor.

Nicole Dos Santos

Brette is truly an actor's advocate. I learned so much about auditioning with improv - the traps we can fall in and also how to prepare. She gave us tremendous insight about both the indie film and network TV casting process.

Mark Andrew Garner

I would absolutely recommend Brette's class and already have to all my friends. She's freaking hilarious. She somehow balances being tactful while being honest and funny! I really feel she's a great teacher and her insight was phenomenal. Thank you so much!

Zulla Berhe

Monica McCarthy

Monica McCarthy is a New York City based actress and storyteller. She’s passionate about exploring timeless wisdom, identity, and purpose.

Acting: Broadway (understudy to Laura Linney & Alicia Silverstone), television (Blacklist, Mildred Pierce), film. and commercials.

Writing: Currently: M.A. Creative Writing & Literature, Harvard University (‘22), completing her play (Unfortunate Girls) based on the lives of Mary Wollstonecraft & Mary Shelley, and her first feature film.

Filmmaker: Currently: post-production for her co-created short, Alex & Sam’s Mixtape, pre-production for her short film, Survival Job, about Method acting & the CIA.

Teacher: On Acting: Decoding Shakespeare, Classic Castability. Guest lecturer (on ethics and feminism): Barnard, Columbia University

Facilitator: Hosted 300+ L&D workshops for global organizations on emotional intelligence, critical thinking, and creative problem solving, faculty at The School Of Life

Podcast: Creator/host of The Happier Hour: Philosophy To Help Life Suck Less (featured in NYTimes)

Person: passport stamps (50+ countries), bourbon, espresso, Met Museum, BBC tv, dogs, personality assessments, puns


Thursday, June 17, 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.