TCD Studios

TCD Studios

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1300 N. WILTON PLACE, LOS ANGELES, CA 90028

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TCD Studios is the only community for actors of its kind. At TCD, actors can write, produce and perform in any project they want. Self-producing is the best way an actor can promote themselves and we can prove it!  Actors will have more IMDb credits and demo reel footage then they’ll ever need. Your resume will stand out!
TCD members get their own web series! Members also have access to Scene Study Class, Cold Reading and Private coaching and self tapes every week on top of headshots every month! Our coaches have Emmy’s, their own series and produce and direct at the studio level with above the line talent. Our coaches know the journey you’re on because they’ve been there and more qualified than any instructor in Los Angeles. We want nothing more than to share our experience with you! At TCD, you WILL see results! Check out our coaches! 

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5

Thanks guys for the great reviews! 2015!!!!!

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5

Can't say enough nice things about TCD. They are always willing to go the extra mile. Mike is one of the hardest working, most honest folks I've ever met. I definitely recommend these guys!

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5

Love these guys! Awesome place and awesome people!

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5

This place is the best! I joined, not really knowing what it was, AS SOON as I got to LA. And boy, has it paid off. You can get free coaching (through mocks), free head shots, and free demo reel scenes with the cost of membership. If you are dedicated to your craft, but tight on cash - Michael gives you no excuses and all the resources to stay on top of things. Thanks for all you do, Michael!

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5

It is one of the Best Sites i have come along with as they always have mock headshot session, auditions and have a great team of Actors, Casting Directors and Producers they work with on regular basis

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5

I've been with TCD since Mike Valentino started it - I initially loved his concept of truly serving the actor in the most optimum ways possible. TCD has stayed true to that mission while it has evolved into a remarkable studio and service entity. I rely on TCD! With my membership I take advantage of getting current headshots, taping auditions, casting opprtunities, using "mocks" as on-camera acting classes - AND - TCD has attracted truly talented actors to the membership, so networking and getting to work with true talent is a terrific added bonus.TCD to me is an invaluable asset to my acting career!

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5

I am recent to The Casting Director and my review is based on my experiences to present. As time goes on I'll continue to review. Before being accepted in to TCD (the weekly class) is was spending way too much time with online submissions and looking for ways to get involved with people who are doing things and I can be a part of. Since my acceptance I've been spending a lot less wasted time on the computer and much more time working on acting and the business of acting. I've had the opportunity to work with some talented actors and soon began working with the credited and awarded talent on the production side. When I attended the first class I did with the intention of deciding if this was a place that was worthy of my time (I've wasted way too much time in other places). After working with Mike and some of the actors, seeing the talent of some of the actors and asking about resources and access to them I decided to get to work. Mike is very effective with scene analysis and helping me make very interesting choices.'Till the next review... I wish you the best

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5

I don't usually write reviews...heck, this is my first review EVER on any website, but I wanted to give you a perspective from someone who is new into the business and how TCD can help you NO MATTER WHAT LEVEL YOU ARE ON. I've started on this acting journey in January and I've been learning how the business works since then while trying to progress myself in the industry.Mike, the owner, is probably one of the honest people I have ever met while learning how the acting business works. He really cares about actors, and he will go out of your way no matter what to help you. I remember the first time I signed up for TCD, and I came in on the wrong day for a Mock Audition. He took time out of his busy day to give me a Mock Audition anyway and he gave a lot of useful tips to help me get better. On top of that, you get clips of your audition the following day so you can watch yourself, take note, and improve.The other cool thing about TCD is the casting. I currently don't have an agent, so you can imagine how hard it is when you start out with no agent and even try to fish out what audition notices are out there! I've signed up on Actors Access and LA Casting, but if you're new to the industry, getting a response for a casting is really hard to come by for those websites. For TCD, they respond to all submissions, so you get a chance to show them what you got. I've only been signed up for TCD for less than a month, and I've been to more castings with them than Actors Access and LA Casting COMBINED. So far, I've learned how auditions work, and hopefully, I've been getting better on every audition that has popped up. Also, the casting board is updated WEEKLY...so that means you're always going to get called in for new auditions.I have yet to go to headshot day, but with the low price of TCD services, this is a no brainer. You get FREE HEADSHOTS as long as you're a member. If you don't bother to use any of their services besides their free headshot day, then you've already got more out of what you spent on the membership fee. I've seen the quality of their headshots, and they are PROFESSIONALLY DONE....so you're not just paying a cheap price for poorly done photos.The community that TCD brings to the industry is great. They have mixers where you can network (Mike, I still have to attend to one since I totally missed out the last time!), and the services are here to help you. I have yet to learn more about the acting industry, but Mike and his gang has made the process so much sweeter because they've been so helpful along the way.They are about to move to Hollywood as they are expanding, so their prices will jump...but I'll tell you this, TCD has always listened to their members, so they will not try to increase their prices to try to steal money out of you. They will always try to keep their prices low, but because of their expansion and their move to Hollywood, price jumps are inevitable. Overall, TCD has been amazing. I go to Mock Auditions weekly and I attend every audition that I've signed up for. I will continue to be a member of TCD, and I invite anyone to sign up.

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5

If an actor wants to be proactive,The Casting Director is a great place to be. Waiting on your agent to call, or submitting electronic submissions(to make you feel busy)isn't enough. At TCD, you can go to actual(and mock) auditions, get headshots, take classes, network and much more. Michael is a great guy, who's sharp, dedicated and passionate. He is always working and constantly making things better (which is the mark of a true professional). Good luck guys!

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5

The people at www.TheCastingDirector.com are an amazing group of dedicated, talented creators. They are truly working hard for the actors. Since I became a member, I have taken part in mock auditions, one which helped me greatly when appearing in a stage role, and another for a Showcase. In addition to filming my scenes at these 'mocks', at NO cost, I have received free headshots! They are terrific! Also, I have been given the opportunity to audition for many projects, and soon I will appear in several. This group is the real deal - it's about the work for them, and helping everyone to succeed as an actor! Bravo. Well worth the nominal cost.

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5

The Team over at The Casting Director has always shown genuine concern for those who have chosen a career in the Entertainment Industry. Whether new to the industry or veterans, we can always count on them to keep us informed on changes in the industry, new scams, or new information on old scams. They provide services that help to advance individual career objectives, such as Head Shots, Nightly Mocks (audition prep), Demo Reels, casting opportunities in Web Series. Experienced or not, they help get you to where you need to be without shelling out the big bucks.Their expectations are yours. They share your dreams and goals. The difference between them and others is that they prove it with action. Never ever be afraid to sign up with them. because they WILL make you feel at home. Thanks Team!

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5

Hats off !! Truly A Amazing Group of Dedicated Visionaries. As one once said to me ... Luck comes from hard work. This group not only works round the clock, they have done their homework, mean what they say and say what they mean. I am a new comer to TCD, however, I have networked and met many amazing good people in the industry and look forward to bringing together the best with the best . Having my own successful company for many years saw in this group they are on the cutting edge and know what it takes. They didn't just step out of the box ... They are making The Box soon others will line up to be a part of. Thank You for all the support and showing me there are, good, honest, hard working, knowledgeable and very talented people who join together forming no less than a winning team. Maggie

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5

Great place to be a member of. So much resouces and a very caring owner. #nd it's all so in expensive. I reccommend to all actors.

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5

If you are a young (or old) and budding actor, The Casting Director (TCD) is a great place to start. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. In the rare chance that they can't answer your question, they will always point you in the right direction. The owner (Mike) is a true workaholic, and It's very rare that you'll ever hear "no" to use his space and time during "Mock Auditions". You can use you slot to do cold readings with helpful feedback, prepare for auditions (granted you haven't signed a NDA with whomever you've gotten your script from), be put on video to submit for a casting online, etc. Also, if you want to become a SAG actor because you think that will catapult your career to the next level. Join the TCD, this is probably going to be the quickest way to do it (lots of union jobs on the casting board).Cheers! p.s. If you want to take a peek at some stuff they are working on - for the web (online streaming), check out www.webseriesjobs.com If you want to be able to audition for one, join the TCD.

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5

Although the price has gone up, TheCastingDirector.com is going though some huge changes! With the price increase you still get the Mock nights, and free space to rehearse on tape, 12 headshot sessions a year (3x more then at the 6.99 price) and in production original web content. I love how TCD has put together a group of producers, directors, actors, and crew for their 50 or so in-house productions under TCD Studios (www.TCDstudios.com). Now I've been working in LA for 11 years, and I don't know of another site that is willing to develop projects around who you are. 2012 is bringing lots of original web content and inviting the members to work on who they want to be in the industry. Web based content is blowing up, and the people making their own web shows are ahead of the game. For me, the business model is an up and coming film studio (letting you contribute your own thoughts and ideas), casting office, open rehearsal space, & headshot studio. TCD simply wants to help you set yourself up for this very competitive business, of course it won't be right for everyone, but what in is city is? TheCastingDirector.com is the most actor friendly and helpful "friend in the business." I'm proud to be a part of it.

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5

This is hands down THE best resource for actors of all levels. Not only are jobs posted weekly, especially with all the web pilots going on, but these guys really know how to make industry professionals feel welcomed. I've cast many projects for TCD, and am always amazed at the caliber of talent readily available. I recommend this company to all actors that are seeking a one-stop resource for education, business advice, and career development.

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3

I've heard amazing things about this place, obviously the 5 star reviews on this page speak for themselves, however, and this is an early review of my experience, the reviews seem a bit over the top. Also, none of the pricing information you see here is accurate, even though the latest review is from 20 odd days ago. Since the review on the 29th instead of 6.99 a month, its now 20$ a month, or if you pay 200$ upfront, roughly 17$ a month. That is a HUGE increase in price. Now, the mocks and free headshot days are a wonderful service to provide for the actor looking to hone audition skills or those with little film experience, however, looking through the castings and auditions...im confused by the business model. Currently there are zero auditions. Zero. There are also no current castings either. Looking through the past castings, it looks like there are from 4-7 a month, not a bad amount for a small and very actor friendly studio space, but also, when combined with the zero auditions, not worth 200 dollars a year/20 a month. I am a member of a different audition studio that charges 108/year or 15/month for a very active audition board with very specific search criteria, where casting directors always tape your audition and leave at least one note on your casting session on your profile. My question, i guess, why the massive price up for a very sparse selection of audition opportunities? Is it simply because of the operating costs of the Mock and Headshot services? These are great tools, and you should be commended for building this, i am just unsure if it is a great value for an intermediate actor looking to audition as much as possible while still saving money. ActorsAccess is 68$/year LACasting is 154/yr and Cazt (a backstage award winner) is 108/YR. All those while not offering the mocks and free headshots, still provide many, many more auditions. So...Whats the value here? It is an honest question, i truly would love an answer, because im curious and respect what Mike is trying to do here.

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5

I joined Thecastingdirector.com 2 weeks ago and here's what happened:1)got called in for an audition2) booked it3) Shot it with a very fun and professional team4) signed up to next FREE headshot day coming up in January5) met a very cool casting director at my 1st MOCK (free workshop).Can't get better than that! This place definitely gives actors valuable tools to keep us on top of our game ON ALL LEVELS. No more excuses, $6/month, sign up ASAP!Hunter F.

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5

I recently used thecastingdirector.com for a commercial. It is a fantastic facility and the owner, Michael Valentino is a great guy and generous person, who knows how to run a good and honest business and help filmmakers with casting their projects with asking for nothing in return (only person I have seen in LA to do this to date). I would highly recommend thecastingdiretor.com for all of the services they offer. Barry Knellerdirector | writer

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5

All actors who need to work on auditions skills, should come to and use the mock auditions. You will really like their service !!!!

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5

We here at 52 Films/52 Weeks found The Casting Director.com to be absolutley invaluable. Thank to Mike and his wonderful pool of talent.

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5

Mike and thecastingdirector.com is great place for education, headshots, and support. Very inexpensive, this guy is truly out to help you move forward. This is refreshing. Thank you so much Mike for putting this together and being SO DEDICATED to actors!

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5

This organization has been a life-saver for our production company. Mike Valentino is diligent, focused and goes beyond the call of duty to get talent and producers connected. Great work. Thanks for your continued support.

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5

I meant to rate this place awhile ago. On the other hand it is almost wiser to keep it a secret, as it has to be one the best, if not the best kept secret in LA.I have studied and performed in both Vancouver and LA, and I have never seen anything as good as this. I do admit I don't like to put 5-stars down on anything but I really wouldn't feel right taking 1/2 off for no particular reason.In this business there are soooo many scams. These guys are the opposite. Just some of the things they do:-mock auditions-occasional free headshots-provide an opportunity to be seen by casting directorsI would challenge you to find all that for under $700.00, and yet you can get it for about $7 a month.Most importantly, Mike cares about actors.

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5

Greetings all!I found theCastingDirector.com (TCD) about three years ago. And as you can see from my last 10 films, I used TCD's services. I'm a producer, director and writer. I know actors are mainly on this site researching companies but TCD is for everyone. They help you out in finding the perfect cast - even if I needed a replacement for a sick actor at 7am - which I did for a TV show on NBC and guess what, I got two recommendations and one brilliant actress who showed up ready to shine. I do all of my casting through TCD and TCD will help in anyway they can - sometimes too much! Just pay them back with lost of positive reviews, beer and hugs - you won't regret it. I guess I should sign up as an actor next.... :)

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