Actors For Lunch- Killian

Killian McHugh: Commercial Acting Teacher

Commercial acting techniques and the fight for what’s right

On another sunny and beautiful Los Angeles afternoon, I was headed to meet with Killian McHugh, owner of Killian’s Workshop. It’s the go-to acting school for anyone interested in learning the unique skillset necessary to book a Pepsi or Kleenex commercial. Although we’ve never met before, I’ve been sending actors his way for years, as it’s almost a rule in Hollywood that when you take a class with Killian, you book a commercial. (I want actors that book commercials!) So I was excited to finally meet the man behind this frenzy to discuss how he became such a standout in his field. I wanted to know what made a commercial actor book and if it was really a craft that could be learned and improved. I also wanted to discuss Killian’s recent public stand against so many of the ads that are non-union. He’s been actively pursuing SAG-AFTRA for answers and coming up with solutions on how to make lasting, positive change. I was proud to hear his passion on the issue which effects so many in Hollywood. Please join me in reading about Killian McHugh and the fight for what’s right.

Laurie Records: Commercial Casting Director

How to become a casting director favorite, what to prepare for a commercial audition and why some agents get all the appointments

I’ve always been fascinated with the commercial world because while most actors come to Los Angeles to pursue work in film and television, many get into auditioning for commercials as a way to supplement income and get experience. I love when my actors call me after their commercial auditions to describe what crazy things they had to do to convince the casting director and clients (advertising execs, brand execs) that they were right for the role. I also know that the commercial industry is a high volume, super fast-paced, high-stake industry, so when I was introduced to Laurie Records, I couldn’t wait to ask her all the juicy questions. Laurie is such a joy to be around and I can see why her great reputation precedes her. She’s a beautiful, intelligent woman running her own commercial casting business with McDonalds, SONY, Nike, Jet Blue, Infiniti, Range Rover, Toyota, FedEx and American Express being a few of the campaigns on her resume. Since we’re both DTLA residents, we met at my new favorite restaurant, Manuela, and got to talking…