NYWIFT Masterclass Series: On-Camera Audition Technique with Casting Director Amy Gossels

Join NYWIFT and esteemed Casting Director Amy Gossels for a two-part Masterclass where you will learn innovative on-camera audition technique that will elevate your auditions and gain coveted industry insight to boost your career. As an educator and coach, Amy’s mission is to empower actors and with that goal in mind, her teaching style is highly specific, actionable and results-oriented. For both seasoned and emerging actors.

Price: $30 for Members* / $75 for Non-Members

Price includes admission for all sessions.
*Executive, Platinum, and Leadership Circle members attend for free. Contact membership@nywift.org to upgrade your membership. 


SESSION 1: Mastering the On-Camera Audition
Date: Friday, February 16, 2024
Time: 5:00 – 7:15pm ET

Session 1 will begin with an in-depth opening talk that will touch on many of the things you can do to vastly improve your on-camera auditions.

Among other things, Amy will share her signature cold-read technique, which transforms both in-person and self-taped auditions. For instructional purposes, commercial copy will be used, however Amy’s technique and approach can be applied to all kinds of auditions.

The second half of this session will consist of one-on-one coaching with a dozen actors who volunteer to work with Amy (copy will be emailed during the session). During this part of the session, you will see how applying Amy’s technique, along with her clear-cut direction, immediately and markedly transforms everyone’s work.

SESSION 2: Mastering The Business of Being an Actor
Date: Friday, February 23, 2024
Time: 5:00 – 7:15pm ET

Session 2 will begin with a talk outlining the most important steps you can take to find more success in your career.

Amy will share also how the most widely used casting platform actually works from the casting director’s side to demystify the casting process by sharing her screen into her actual casting accounts. This will give you game-changing new insight and a keen understanding of what it takes to have the most highly competitive profile and the ins-and-outs of submitting much more effectively.

This session will wrap up with an in-depth Q&A.

*This program is for educational purposes only and does not connote opportunities for employment.

About the Instructor

Amy Devra Gossels – Casting Director, Producer and Owner – Amy Gossels Casting

Shortly after graduating Magna Cum Laude from Brown and graduate studies at Rhode Island School of Design, Amy Gossels began working as a producer and casting director and launched her company, Amy Gossels Casting, which has maintained its reputation as one of NYC’s most respected casting offices for more than two decades. During Amy’s 25 years in the industry, she has cast more than 1500 commercials and has been the casting director, and in many cases a producer, for more than 100 film and television productions. Feature film credits include Nancy Meyers’ Something’s Gotta Give, Godfrey Reggio’s Visitors and Joe Maggio’s Milk & Honey; short films she has cast and/or produced include Student Academy Award winner and Sundance Honoree Zen and the Art of Landscaping. Television casting credits include Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Trevor Noah and Night Of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism, HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and VH1’s Big Music You Oughta Know hosted by Mel B. Most recently, Amy cast the premiere of the new Off-Broadway play Ode to the Wasp Woman starring Sean Young and served as the casting director and executive producer for the upcoming independent feature films for Love Dogs (in post-production) and Benji’s Hour (on the festival circuit) and as casting director for the feature Dope King, winner of Best Feature and Best Film in Festival at the 2023 Newark International Film Festival. For a more in-depth overview of her body of work, please visit: amygosselscasting.com 

About the NYWIFT Masterclass Series

The NYWIFT Masterclass Series offers in-depth virtual multi-class workshops that explore various aspects of the film, television, and media industry. Led by award-winning experts, the classes will teach students about the craft, content, and business strategies involved in each creative pursuit, building a solid foundation for artistic fulfillment and commercial success.

February 16 @ 5:00pm
5:00 pm — 7:15 pm (2h 15′)

This program will take place virtually as a webinar via Zoom. Please register in advance, and all registrants will receive a link to attend the webinar the day of the event.

We encourage you to download and create a Zoom account in advance.




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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.