TIVA's "Focus on Acting" month continues with this special panel discussion hosted by Todd Clark, Executive Director of TIVA-DC!
What it is that casting directors look for in self-taped auditions? What makes a good self-taped audition great? Should you use your mobile phone or a professional camera? Come hear best practices and technical tips from the experts!
Moreover, this special panel event is ABSOLUTELY FREE to current TIVA members - and JUST $5 for non-members — so long as you register by noon on June 20 at the TIVA event page.
Kimberly Skyrme is a Casting Director/Producer/Writer/Director — in short, a storyteller! Her work includes independent and Hollywood feature films, television series, government agency videos and commercials. Kimberly's casting collaborations include the Emmy Award-winning Netflix original series House of Cards, Seasons 1-3; Unsolved Mysteries; Deep Impact; Hearts in Atlantis; Beloved; The Pelican Brief; True Lies; numerous independent feature and short film projects. Selected commercials and government projects include include Enfamil, McCormick, The Washington Post, UMD-UC, Bud Light, USDA, FBI and DNI.
Her 27-year dedication to the art of nontraditional casting has earned her a stellar reputation in the industry. Her acting and directing skills enhance her ability to communicate the specific language used between actors and directors that create exceptional auditions that showcase the talent of the actors she auditions.
Kimberly frequently lectures, nationally and internationally about the casting process and independent film production. Her philanthropic work includes the Chesapeake Film Festival, Advisory Board Chair of Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance (AEMS0, New York Junior League and Junior League of Washington D.C., as well as Advisory Board Member at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in Washington, D.C.
A 40-year veteran of the entertainment industry with 20 of those in Los Angeles. He worked primarily as a 1st A.D. with first-time directors and writers directing their own scripts, as well as on-camera and notable voice over work for commercials and live events, including the NYC Marathon Night of Champions, Jefferson Awards for Excellence in Public Service & the Presidential Inauguration Parade & Concert.
For seven seasons he was the TV & Radio Promo Voice of the Washington Nationals, and among his list of clients is the Choral Arts Society of Washington, Comedy Central, Sinclair Broadcast Group & Disabled American Veterans, voicing over 250+ radio & television spots. He is also the Director of the White House News Photographers Assn annual "Eyes on History" Gala. In front of the camera he has worked with such diverse directors as Sam Raimi (Darkman), Dan Ackroyd (Nothing But Trouble) & Bryan Singer (Public Access). As a film & television director he has 3 short films and numerous government training projects to his credit. Production credits include the Kennedy Center Honors, Mark Twain Prize for American Humor & In Performance at the White House. He holds a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from American University & post graduate studies in Entertainment Law & the Actors/Directors Advanced Program at UCLA.
A professional actor and acting coach. As an actor, you can see Mark in his recurring role on Blue Bloods (CBS) playing the role of Officer Miller. He has also booked co-star roles on The Blacklist (NBC), Gotham (FOX), and Dick Wolf's newest FBI pilot on CBS. He has been on the soap opera One Life to Live, playing the assistant to hip hop legend Snoop Dogg. Mark studied Theatre Arts with a concentration in Acting at Howard University. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Mark is the Founder and Head Acting Coach of McKinnon Acting Studio. This studio was created to offer affordable acting classes, private coaching, audition tape service and consultation for beginning and experienced actors in the Washington, DC area. Since 2012, Coach Mark has coached and consulted hundreds of actors, and have helped them get in the best possible position to get called in for auditions and book work. Some of his students have booked co-star, guest star, and recurring roles on several different network shows, films and commercials.
Executive Director, TIVA-DC
Todd has been a performer/actor for over 25 years. In addition to being an EMMY Award-winning producer/director and editor, he is the Founder and Host of www.thedcplace.com. He currently serves as the Executive Director, President Emeritus of TIVA, and current Co-Chair of the annual TIVA Peer Awards. He has performed at Source Theater, the Fringe Festival, Port City Playhouse, Blair Murder Mansion Mystery, Murder Upon Request and over 100 improv performance appearances with Cast of Thousands. He served 15 years as MC/Host for the National Theater's Monday Night Performing Series.
Clark has been cast in numerous nationally broadcast television programs, including with Investigation Discovery and the History Channel and in many training, music video and educational videos. He has taught acting and coached actors through Actor Intro Video Workshops with the Actors Center, and taught acting classes and workshops with The Kennedy Center-Theater Lab, Mark McKinnon Studios and private coaching and voice classes.