Acting As A Business with Brian O'Neil



Dates:  Wednesdays May 6, 13, 20

Location:   MN Acting Studio 115 W. 30th. St. Suite 303 (between 6th and 7th Avenues); or 347-915-5044

Price:  $160.

Time:  6:30 PM- 8:30 PM


This is a 3-week intensive workshop for actors interested in finding and perfecting the perfect audition monologues for:  grad school, agent meetings, and auditions.  Brian is one of the industry's leading experts, the author of the best selling book "Acting As a Business" and a Backstage Experts contributors.
In the course of the workshop, Brian will select 2 contrasting monologues of one to two minutes each, based on age range and type and be coached to bring the script to life and make strong choices for the audition.

In this class, you will:

- Receive and be coached thoroughly on two contrasting monologues hand-picked for you by Brian.

-Learn the elements that most industry people agree comprise the most successful monologue selections.

-Learn the importance of creating highly specific relationships in a monologue

-Learn an exercise to re-vitalize an old monologue you once loved and has become stale to help you fall in love with it all over again.  This exercise also works when you've gotten stuck "overthinking" a new piece you are working on.

-How to keep "renewing the relationship" as you go from beat to beat in your monologue.

-Why having material that has a slam-dunk "button" for an ending is your best choice.

What they're saying about Brian:

" I had the privilege of co-teaching a monologue class with Brian O'Neil, who proved to be masterful in helping actors of all ages choose and perfect the right monologues.  Whether you're the new kid on the block, looking to fine-tune, or in a funk, Brian can effectively help you put all the pieces together and steer you in the right direction.  He has one of the finest minds in the business."

--- Marilyn Glasser, former ICM agent, current owner of Glasser Management, and former director of international publicity for Paramount Pictures.

"I credit Brian with landing my agent.  It was Brian who picked the monologue I used.  He worked on it tirelessly and I was signed immediately.  Finding a monologue that brings out the subtleties of your personality is no easy task, but Brian manages to do it time and again with his actors.  He is one of the kindest and most helpful teachers I have had the pleasure of knowing."

--David Garelik, star of QUARTER LIFE

"Brian is a master a equipping actors with the skills to elevate their careers from waiters to working actors.  Recently, I sought his expertise in the area of monologue coaching to pursue an MFA.  I'm thrilled to say I got into my top choice program with a full scholarship.  Thanks, Brian!"

--Mark Comer, FSU, Asolo Conservatory, MFA candidate 2016

"Brian O'Neil is a one-of-a-kind resource.  Ignore him at your peril!"

--Brian J. Smith, 2014 Tony nominee, B'way's THE GLASS MENAGERIE

"Drawing on decades of experience,Brian helps you have the best audition possible and is the final piece of the puzzle.  He helps you package yourself as an actor.  Brian highlights what makes an individual so compelling and helps you stand out in the crowd.  I believe it was his coaching and his insight that gave me the result I wanted;  the choice of several fantastic top-level institutions and ultimately my top pick of a grad school.  With a full scholarship."

--Christopher Salazar, 2013 MFA, USD/Old Globe Professional Theatre Training Program



About Acting As A Business

Acting As A Business is a one-on-one career development and coaching service for actors. Sessions are conducted privately by former talent agent and personal manager Brian O'Neil, who helped launch the careers of hundreds of actors including Meg Ryan and Matthew Broderick. 

Brian is the author of New York's #1 selling performing arts book, Acting As a Business: Strategies for Success, currently in its Fifth Edition and 30th printing and published by Random House. Acting As a Business is now considered such a vital resource that it recently won a spot on Entertainment Weekly Magazine's exclusive list of Top Ten "Show-Biz Industry Bibles." Brian is also the author of the book Actors Take Action: A Career Guide for the Competitive Actor.

Brian created the advice column "Actor's Cues and A's" for Back Stage, and his books are required or recommended reading in many conservatory training programs, including Yale and Juilliard. Brian is the country's foremost lecturer on self-marketing techniques for actors. He lives in New York City and works with actors at all stages of their careers. Since 2010 alone, actors who have worked with Brian have become the stars of major motion pictures (Inside Llewyn Davis, Robin Hood, Drive, and the Columbia Pictures release Great Hope Springs with Meryl Streep); been the recipients of Emmys and a Golden Globe (The Big Bang Theory); have become the stars of such television series as: Orange Is The New Black, HBO's True Blood, Charlie Sheen's Anger Management, Stargate Universe, and Outsourced. Also in the recent past, Brian's clients have landed leading and supporting roles in such Broadway productions as the eight-time Tony Award winning Once, the five-time Tony winner Peter and the Starcatcher, Ching-lish, Al Pacino's The Merchant of Venice, Robin Williams's Bengal Tiger, American Idiot, Enron and Next Fall.

Actors who have worked with Brian have later signed with agencies including: Creative Artists Agency (CAA), William Morris/Endeavor, ICM, Paradigm, Gersh, Innovative Artists, Abrams Artists, Don Buchwald & Associates and many others.

Featured in a recent inteview in The Wall Street Journal, Brian is also a guest speaker/guest faculty member at every top drama school across the nation (including The Yale University School of Drama, The Juilliard School, The Graduate Acting Program at New York University, The University of California, San Diego/LaJolla Playhouse, Brown University/Trinity Rep Consortium, Harvard University/ART, Syracuse University, Temple University, The University of San Diego/Old Globe Theatre Professional Actor Training Program, George Washington University/Shakespeare Theatre, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, The University of Delaware, and The National Theatre Conservatory at The Denver Center for the Performing Arts). For more information about Brian's career planning sessions and details of the over 2,000 actors who have found representation and employment after working with Brian.

Watch this video of Brian, then click "Introduction" below to continue.