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Creating Compelling Characters

CREATE CHARACTERS THAT

LEAVE A LASTING MEMORY

Equip yourself with the tools to create compelling characters that leave an indelible memory.

Course Date: February 12

Greg Apps – Australia’s most experienced Casting Director – over 50 years in the industry

How Does The CCC Course Work?

Our Creating Compelling Characters course runs for six weeks. You can access all your lessons in your own time. Same goes for your weekly feedback.

All lessons are pre recorded (as is your personal weekly feedback). We do not do Zoom lessons. We have specifically designed our courses around both international actors and actors who have busy lives. You have a private dashboard where all lessons are drip fed so that you can view at any time that works for you. Or go back and refresh yourself at any time throughout the course.

We have 3 lessons a week, each running no more than 15 minutes (normally around 10 minutes). At the end of each week you submit a self tape based on the weeks lessons. CD Greg Apps then leaves weekly detailed personal feedback for you on your dashboard.

Each actor has the ability of seeing each students work (just like a real face to face classroom. We believe this is an added advantage to the learning process). We also have two Live Q&A’s in our CCC course where you can ask Greg questions. These are also taped (if you miss them) so that you can catch up with them in your own time. To finish off the course we have a 1-on-1 with Greg to talk about what your personal challenges / situation is re agents, showreels etc.

On top of all of this we have a dedicated Facebook page where all students have the opportunity to seek support, ask questions or just have a chat.

At the end of the course, we join you up to our Graduates Facebook group which is a highly supportive and encouraging group where so many of our students have got together and formed production companies producing their own work, being theatre companies, web series, podcasts and more.

What Makes an Actor Truly Great?

Your job as an actor is to bring scripted characters to life, and make them live & breathe.
Sure, you as an actor can take on various attributes of a person, copy them, then mixed with your drama school technique, you deliver a character. But is that character 3 dimensional? Or is it just paint by numbers, ready to be delivered for the next soap opera?

The Creating Compelling Characters course gives you the steps, the tools and the skills to make your characters multi dimensional so that they breathe life into the script. It is a ‘how to guide’ in creating compelling, memorable screen characters.

This course is open to all, but it is possibly better suited to established actors rather than beginners (see Self Taping School). In this course, students will be taken through the myriad of steps to create their own characters, record them and distribute them.

By the end of the course you will have captured one of the roles you were born to play and have the steps and tools to create others!

COMING Feb 12 2024

The date is approaching fast and we’re making preparations. Don’t miss out!

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Why Creating Compelling Characters?

Our Creating Compelling Characters course is our fully online PhD course, comprising three lessons a week over the course of six weeks with personalized mentoring at the end of every week. These are recorded lessons, and you can watch/ learn in your own time 

Practice makes perfect is what we preach here at The Audition Technique.  Apart from our structured lessons, we have improvised exercises each week, constructing your characters piece by piece.  We record on Vimeo using this as our library with a private Facebook Group for interaction. 

There are exclusive downloads and live Q&As where everyone can attend and ask questions.  The end of the course includes an exclusive one on one with renowned casting director, Greg Apps, to discuss your journey and your way forward. 

WHAT YOU'LL GET

Personal feedback and mentoring

You will get weekly feedback to grow your confidence and empower you to create memorable characters.

Character development activities

Each week you will be given a selection of scenes and genres to shoot and share with the group.

Live webinars and Q&As

Tune into the two live webinars and ask your questions live in the Q&A that follows directly after.

Build your self tape library

Build or expand your character self tape library for you to showcase and help get your talent seen.

Learn it all online from anywhere

Learn from your lounge room in your pajamas. Join students from all ages and backgrounds globally.

A supportive online community

Become a member of our private supportive and encouraging Facebook community.

JOIN NOW TO GET EXCLUSIVE BONUSES

Companies Worked With

If you truly want memorable characters, then I’m your man. I am passionate about what I do. I am passionate about actors and most of all I am passionate about great characters.

LESSON BREAKDOWN

Week 1 - Your Core Role

Lesson 1

Cowboys and Indians: Status Choice
The Alpha factor
It is not simply an audition journey

Lesson 2

The Self Tape Space explained
Plot the message firstly
Performance or Character – what comes first?

Lesson 3

There is one option you must embrace
Character Evolution – the thinking behind it
Self Taping 2.0

Week 2 - Prep YOUR Character

Lesson 4

Self Taping 2.0
Trial and error – lots of both
The Costume Department

Lesson 5

You must develop Self Awareness
What are your worst qualities?
It is not the character, it’s the execution that’s important

Lesson 6

Think Visually
Frame composition
Audition Hack # 1

Week 3 - Character Embellishment

Lesson 7

Can you walk the talk?
Do not over think it.
Relationship is not built on dialogue.

Lesson 8

There is ONE thing to do and you can choose
Less is not More
What happens in your other life?

Lesson 9

You are not acting, it is a different action (momenting)
YOUR Character must have different qualities

Week 4 - The Internal and the External

Lesson 10

What senses do you use to act?
The frame explained
Who is the tape for?

Lesson 11

The audition space is sterile (Be more intimate than the space)
Give yourself on key permission (to go further)
Non Verbal communication

Lesson 12

How images trigger feelings
Construct a fourth wall in your audition
Indicating is for pantomime

Week 5 - Putting it all together

Lesson 13

An audition has Three Acts
Words cannot describe a character
Why Casting Director auditions are so last century

Lesson 14

Auditioning is a separate skill
How many demo reels should you have?
Developing your third eye.

Lesson 15

Your Uniqueness Explain
Start accessing your private moments
To stand out, or to fit in?

Week 6 - Putting it all together

1on1 with Greg Apps

Ask your burning questions and get the answers to drive your acting career forward.

BONUS CONTENT

LIVE WEBINARS

Drawing on his experience as an actor and casting director, Greg Apps answers your burning audition and acting industry-related questions.
Valued at $468.00

EXCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES

Join our private Facebook and Vimeo groups exclusively for Self Taping School course participants and access a wealth of global knowledge, support and industry connections.
Priceless

AUDIO MENTORING SERIES

Greg Apps personally shares his insights to prepare you for the world of Character Creation in an exclusive audio mentoring series.
Valued at $249.00

1-ON-1 WITH GREG APPS

An incredible opportunity to discuss your career with a leading, international casting director with over 50 years in the business.
Valued at $147.00

JOIN TODAY AND YOU'LL GET

5 Week Course ($1299.00 value)

Week 1 – Your Core Role
Week 2 – Prep YOUR Character
Week 3 – Character Embellishment
Week 4 – The Internal and the External
Week 5 – Putting it all together

4 x Bonuses ($864.00+ value)

1. Live Q&As ($468.00 value)
2. Exclusive Online Communities (priceless)
3. Audio Mentoring Series ($249.00 value)
4. 1on1 with Greg Apps ($147.00 value)

TOTAL VALUE $2163.00

All for just 1 payment of

$729.00AUD

($482.00 USD)

or 6 weekly payments of $137.00 AUD ($92USD)

GET THE "AUDIT" PLAN FOR $427 AUD ONLY

  • All lessons
  • 2 live webinars 
  • 1 tape submission at end of course 
  • with a 1 x 1ON1 with CD Greg Apps
  • Dedicated community FB page
  • Sign up to Graduates FB page
  • By viewing the work of others and using the same material you have the advantage of sitting in the Casting Directors chair

HERE'S A FEW REVIEWS FOR THE COURSE

Excellent
Based on 135 reviews
Mark C Evans
Mark C Evans
2022-09-28
recommends
I've done many acting courses over the years and I can honestly say Greg Apps Casting Self Taping School has had more impact not only with my confidence and ability to deliver a cut through self test tape than any other class or course but it has also delivered immediate tangible results. After my first feedback session with Greg I had to submit a self tape for a feature film and using the feedback Greg gave me with my submission I was then asked to audition for five more roles and call backs. What is quite unique about Greg's process is that he gets you to experience auditions through the eyes of a casting director where your tape almost becomes like a Tinder profile that can be swiped left or right within seconds of the first lines being delivered. Greg shows you how to get the casting director to swipe right on your performance???? by creating a memorable character that plays to your strengths. I just loved the whole process, and it has invigorated my focus on furthering my career as an actor. Can't thank you enough Greg for changing my perception of the casting process. I honestly am really looking forward to my next casting call that requests a self tape and the prospect of becoming one of your star students.
Emily Whalen
Emily Whalen
2022-09-26
recommends
I have truly loved every minute of Self-Taping School and I highly recommend this course to actors who are looking to take their acting and self-taping skills to the next level. I’m amazed at how much progress I’ve been able to make in only six weeks, and it’s purely thanks to the honest, actionable feedback Greg provides every week. I was expecting to learn skills that would help me become better at taping and auditioning, but I’m also finishing this course feeling more confident, and empowered, with a clear idea of what to work on next in my career. I can’t recommend this course enough, and I’m extremely grateful for what I’ve learned! Thanks Greg!
Kevin Priestley
Kevin Priestley
2022-07-17
recommends
Greg said it himself, he's not teaching drama he's using his many years of experience to teach us some very inspiring ways to elevate our self-tapes/auditions. The content of his course 'Creating Compelling Characters' was well worth the price of admission. We changed our thinking to be looking for characters in our work and in our world. His feedback is world class. And you get it 6 times! 6 tapes. A brilliant way to narrow down your essence. And hopefully get a little foot in the door.
Adriana De Persia Colón
Adriana De Persia Colón
2022-07-14
recommends
The knowledge and feedback Greg shares are amazing. Both drop in classes I've taken, The Language of Self Tapes and Finding Your Niche Character, have helped me take more risks and trust myself more. It's been so fun! Can't wait for my next drop in class in August. Can't recommend TAT enough. Thank you, Greg!
Cid Freitas
Cid Freitas
2022-06-27
recommends
I enrolled in Creating Compelling Characters course with a slight idea of what it could be but my world was turned upside down and not only I was taught new content, concepts and tools but also different and fresh perspectives. The knowledge learned in this course is fantastic and very precious - Greg Apps is a fabulous person that has no issues in cracking the whip as well as give you that pat on the back! Beautiful knowledgable person that genuinely wants to see you succeed. Thank you! ☺️
Alvin Maharaj
Alvin Maharaj
2022-06-27
recommends
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on this course, I would absolutely recommend this to any actor looking to take their audition skills to the next level! Greg draws on years of experience to guide you to find your unique strengths and provide you incredible insights into the craft of auditioning and increase your chances to get noticed!!! I can't thank you enough!!!
Natasha Nagle
Natasha Nagle
2022-06-26
recommends
I've really been enjoying the drop-in classes so far! Greg's feedback is honest and kind, but also extremely useful which is an absolute must. I'm really appreciating getting a different type of insight into auditioning processes and what goes on for all the different people in the room. Highly recommend.
Travis Myers
Travis Myers
2022-06-24
recommends
Absolutely recommend! Greg knows his stuff. He's honest, straightforward and truly helpful. Best thing I've done in awhile.
Nick Kennett
Nick Kennett
2022-06-16
recommends
I had an absolute blast and highly recommend
Narelle Bailey
Narelle Bailey
2022-06-16
recommends
Highly recommend The Audition Technique. My daughter has gained valuable insights from the drop in sessions. Greg's feedback was thoughtful, encouraging, honest and genuinely useful. The sessions have exceeded expectations.

... AND A FEW MORE, FOR GOOD MEASURE

Joseph Taylor

Joseph is an actor, director, writer and producer who has lived and worked in Indonesia for almost 30 years. Over the past 14 years, he has worked between Australia, Indonesia in a wide variety of film, TV, web series and theatre. Joseph is a founding partner for Seeding Time Pictures producing content under the mantra “Stories That Matter” and a registered Film Director with Nusa Film in Bali, Indonesia- hear what he has to say about Greg!

Taylor Buoro

Taylor has worked on the feature film ‘Misplaced’ by James Demitri, starring Matt Levett. She was also cast as a recurring character in TMGM’s ‘Max’ TVC series. The last of which was played at the Australian Open. Her latest short films ‘The Purchase’ (Becker Entertainment) and Last Call For Us (Chris Yip) have been selected in various festivals.

Jack Brady

Since getting involved with Greg Apps, Jack has directed his energy towards the screen and has worked with a range of directors for both film and television including Tim Burton, Shekhar Kapur and Guillem Morales. Jack is fast building a reputation as an accomplished character actor in both the UK and the USA- and The Audition Technique is ecstatic to be part of his journey.

Just some of the Actors Greg Has Discovered

Eric Bana

Greg cast Eric in his beak out role of ‘Chopper Reid’. Since then Banner has gone and been the star of many US and international films and series.

Russell Crowe

Greg discovered Russell and cast him in his first feature film being ‘Proof’ along with Hugo Weaving. He then went on and cast Russell in his break out role in ‘Romper Stomper’. We all know the great films Russell has gone on to star in.

Hugo Weaving

Greg discovered Hugo in the film ‘Proof’. Hugo has gone on to star in many international and local films and series.

Guy Pearce

Greg cast Guy in his first four feature films ‘Heaven Tonight’, ‘Hunting’, ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’ and ‘Flynn’. Guy has gone on to be a sought after name for international productions.

Radha Mitchell

Greg cast Radha as a young girl in ‘Love & Other Catastrophies’. Radha has gone on to star in Woody Allens’ films as well as several other US features.

Jackie McKenzie

Greg cast Jacquie in her first screen role in ‘Romper Stomper’. He then cast her in the Michael Rymer film ‘Angel Baby’ along with John Lynch. Jacquie has gone on to forge both a national and international reputation for both her stage and screen work.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Here’s some of the more common questions we get regarding the course. Please contact us through our social channels if you cannot find an answer here!

Our Creating Compelling Characters course runs for six weeks. You can access all your lessons in your own time. Same goes for your weekly feedback.

All lessons are pre recorded (as is your personal weekly feedback). We do not do Zoom lessons. We have specifically designed our courses around both international actors and actors who have busy lives.

You have a private dashboard where all lessons are drip fed so that you can view at any time that works for you. Or go back and refresh yourself at any time throughout the course.

We have 3 lessons a week, each running no more than 15 minutes (normally around 10 minutes) . At the end of each week you submit a self tape based on the weeks lessons. CD Greg Apps then leaves weekly detailed personal feedback for you on your dashboard.

Each actor has the ability of seeing each students work (just like a real face to face classroom. We believe this is an added advantage to the learning process)

We also have two Live Q&A’s in our CCC course where you can ask Greg questions. These are also taped (if you miss them) so that you can catch up with them in your own time.

To finish off the course we have a 1ON1 with Greg to talk about what your personal challenges/ situation is re agents, showreels etc.

On top of all of this we have a dedicated FaceBook page where all students have the opportunity to seek support, ask questions or just have a chat.

At the end of the course we join you up to our Graduates FaceBook group which is a highly supportive and encouraging group where so many of our students have got together and formed production companies producing their own work, being theatre companies, web series, podcasts and more.

Our Creating Compelling Characters course is a fully online course- accessible from all your devices and from anywhere!

Greg has been casting for over 42 years and has seen hundreds of thousands of auditions over the years. He has also been responsible for putting numerous stars in their first stand out roles. Some of the names I have helped discover include Russell Crowe, Eric Bana, Jacki McKenzie, Rachel Griffiths, Guy Pearce, Hugo Weaving and more recently Geraldine Hakewill in Channel 7’s break out series ‘Wanted’.

He began his career as an actor. He has walked the red carpet, and performed in musicals, in theatre, on TV and film. Because he was an actor, he knows what you go through. He has sat in the waiting room and has felt the despair at not getting an audition for a role he desperately wanted.

Being a casting director he’s also seen the other side. He’s witnesses so many talented actors stumble at the audition and make silly little mistakes that could have easily been avoided. So he decided to do something about it, to pass on his knowledge and experience to help actors audition like a pro.

Yes! The internet is a big place, and both Greg Apps and The Audition Technique have hundreds of positive five-star reviews spread out across our social channels, websites and content.

View our core website, check out our socials or follow the links below for more!