Backstage Readers' Choice awards


A-Z COMMERCIAL CLASS

"Judy aka the best damn commercial acting coach in the world!"   - Don E.

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"I just wanted to share with y'all that since your class I have had about a 70% callback rate, I signed with a new commercial agent--Reign Agency--and I just booked and shot my first commercial this week since taking your class! It was for the Michigan Coalition and shot outside of Detroit--they flew me there and took great care of me--it was so fun! " -Cristen B.

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""Thank you for the wonderful class. This was my first one ever! I real enjoyed learning from both of you. I am excited to say that [an agency] contacted me about representation. Thank you once again I learned a lot in the short time period. Look forward to learning more from you soon." -David R.

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"I have to get bed early tonight because I will be doing my third commercial for the year tomorrow. A fun spot for a Lincoln dealership.  Last week I had two auditions that turned into two callbacks and one booking.  I have definitely been using everything I have learned in your workshops and lessons and been reaping the benefits." -Rob B.

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Just wanted to drop a line to let you know how much I liked the class. It was informative and interesting every time. Paul is great and Francine is a joy. I know it can be difficult to teach something you know so well over and over again and still make it engaging for the students, but you've done it. I'm grateful for all I've learned. -David C.

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Judy and Paul, Thank you both again for the insights and valuable tips, tricks & techniques. I've never felt more confident and ready to rock my future auditions!!! - Sara B.

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"Seriously AWESOME stuff! I really appreciated what you taught us about "buttons." It makes perfect sense and it's a technique that I can IMMEDIATELY put to use. If only every class in LA were that useful! :) Thanks for being awesome!"       -  Donald G.

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"When I started almost a month ago, I was insecure about my commercial acting, nervous about callbacks, unclear about what was "too much" and what was "boring" acting...In 3 short weeks, I have more confidence and certainty about my abilities as a commercial actor AND got a 2nd callback in class for a commercial exercise!   I see Judy Kain as a gifted teacher who REALLY cares and is effective in her teaching technique.  I highly recommend this class to any actor who is feeling stalled in their commercial careers."    - Anoush N.

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"Thanks to Judy Kain and Francene Selkirk I now know my type, what works in headshot, and how to have a successful audition and more importantly a callback!" -Chelsea T.

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 I had an audition the next day following our first class meet,  and got a callback from it the very next day!" -Priscilla Z. 

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"The Class is so great. Paul and Judy know the commercial world very well and will help any actor get the training they need to book jobs. I would highly recommend this class to any actor beginning or advanced." -Andy M.

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"Love!!! the A-Z Intensive class. I have taken other classes that I did not finish because of the fear I felt in class. Judy and Paul knows how to get you to relax and enjoy the process. I was sick the 1st class and was going to cancel the rest but Judy would not let me quit. This class is a must do for the new actor." -JC T.

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"I enjoyed the learning experienced provided in your Keep it Real Commercial Workshop and found that much of what I learned is crossed transferable into other areas of a performers life. I highly recommend this commercial workshop for all actors. I chuckled during the type casting exercise in your workshop because everyone was spot on with their opinions on the type of commercials/roles that I should cast for." -Charles W.

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"Thank you so much for your words of wisdom, encouragment and honesty! I have taken many commercial Classes but the encouraging spirit combined with constructive criticism makes this class my favorite! Thank you!" -Stephanie W.

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"Keep it Real commercial workshop is an awesome. Both Paul and Judy give you practical tips and tools that really take you to the next level! I have taken another commercial workshop in the past but this one really seemed to challenge me in unexpected ways. I could see the difference on camera in my work and others! I highly recommend. If you are really lucky you may even get a peek at Judy's cute little dog, Sparky."- Tracy T.

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"I just did my first national commercial for rent a center.  Everything you taught me was incredibly valuable, I still appreciate it.  Anyway, thanks again, you are a very good teacher. Thanks!" - Emil. M

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"So thank you for teaching an excellent class. Acting had been on the back burner for me for much of the last 2 years for a variety of reasons. I just jumped back into it a few months ago so your class really helped me regain some confidence and comfort and taught me things no one had ever mentioned in prior commercial classes. I've had numerous callbacks and 2 avails so far this year, so I'm confident – particularly after completing your class – that I'll be telling you about a booking very soon." -Derek M.

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"Thank you so much for everything I learned in the A-Z class. I know I have a long way to go, and a lot more to learn in being in front of the camera. I am grateful for all of your time and energy you give to help people succeed. You both are very sincere and real, and it makes it a safe place to be. I hope to come back soon, Thank you again so very much!" -Amber H.

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"I just completed Keep it Real Acting's A-Z Adult Commercial Class! What a great class! Judy and Paul are wonderful! The class format is friendly, fun, and interesting. Information shared is current and valuable. My confidence in front of the camera is MUCH GREATER than it was 6 weeks ago. You can't go wrong!" -Rene B.

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"First off, thank you so much for teaching A to Z Commercial. I learned so much. I feel more confident in the audition room. Secondly, I just signed with an agency! Again, Thank you!" -Kristi M.

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"I'm absolutely ecstatic to announce that I have been signed by the adult commercial division of Coast to Coast Talent Group! Huge thanks to Judy Kain and what I learned in the commercial class I took at her Keep It Real Acting Studios.  Let the games begin!" Bob R.

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"Thank you!! Your training took me on another level! I watched those session from class over and over. Everything start clicking when I pick a random commercial and do exactly what was done in class.. Once again, Thank you! This is only the beginning! I will try my best to drop off my headshot to you! Coach Judy YOU ROCK!!!" -Dez V.

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"Coast to Coast is taking me on in their adult non-Union commercial division! (Rachel said that's generally how they start if someone doesn't have a great deal of credits on their resume). I'll post about it more so later and of course, credit you!  Getting someone in this town to take a chance on you ain't always easy to do. I'm always going to appreciate the huge role you played in making that happen for me, Judy!" -Bob R.

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"I recently signed with DDO and took your AZ class and literally the day after we finished I started going on auditions. 7 auditions, 2 callbacks and a Heineken booking later, I just wanted to swing by and say thank you in person! PS. The book has been a great resource!" -Michael K.

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"Such a pleasure meeting you and learning from you! Thank you for all your guidance and support!" -Summer D.

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"Judy! I can't explain what a pleasure it has been to know you this past month. You're an amazing teacher, an amazing person to be around, a complete professional and a hands down great actress. Watching you nail your scenes last night seriously gave me confidence in myself after taking your class. I hope we can call each other friends as I believe we will cross paths many times in the future. I wish we would have gotten a picture last night, but I want one the next time I see you! Again thank you so much for everything and tell your son it was amazing to meet him as well. Off with the beard and onto the holidays. You're the best. Happy holidays to you and your family and amazing job last night." -David B.

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"Judy,  Thank you so much. You are a wonderful teacher and I can't wait to put all the skills you taught me to the test when I begin auditioning. You will be my second phone call when I book my first commercial. :)" -Elaine C.

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"Hi Judy!!  I hope this year is wrapping up wonderfully for you all!! I meant to email you sooner to tell you I booked a SAG commercial with my family! We shot is on Dec 19th. Due to the many Non-Disclosures I had to sign, I can't share much more than that :) We had a terrific shoot and the director was smitten with my family :). Thank you again for all of your advice and encouragement. I look forward to more bookings ;)  Happy New Year to you and your team!!!!" -Dennisha P.

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"I am so beyond grateful for your class and your direction. Not only did I significantly grow in your class, but I also got an agent because of it! James Vaughn from BMG, who you brought in on our last night, has signed me for Commercial and Theatrical. I really cannot thank you enough, as I know none of this would have been possible without your class. And please extend my thanks to Tom, as he helped me zero in on my type, which played a big part in this as well." -Niki H.

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"Thank you Judy, Marcus booked his first job TIME WARNER one week after finishing your A-Z commercial course. Thank you so much for all you do to help the actors succeed in this difficult business." -Albert G.

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"I just wanted you to know that I finally met with Christine with BBA and am now one of her clients! " -Dianne M.

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"Such a talented group of people. Happy to be apart of the KIRA family. If your looking for a good place to study and learn check them out they are amazing." -Kendra W.

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"I took Judy's A-Z commercial class and it rocked! I've learned the most about commercials through Judy this far. And through her class I was able to get an agent. She is a professional and talented working actor, who really knows the business and sincerely wants her students to be great and work! You'll learn practical tools with tangible results you can see immediately and she won't sugar coat things. She has a great acting studio with several beneficial and affordable classes for all realms of acting, including a fantastic headshot class with her, Tom Burke and Kevin McIntyre. They teach you marketing and branding your look and coach you through a short 2 look photoshoot for a great price. I highly recommend Keep It Real Acting studio!" -Dianne M.

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"I took your A-Z commercial class and loved it. I'm currently represented by James Vaughn at BMG Talent thanks to you!!" -Robert R.

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"Thank you for you awesome class and I'm very glad to have been introduced to him. Absolutely looking forward to putting your audition techniques to work soon!! They obviously work!!" -Emily P.

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"It can be overwhelming not knowing anyone and finding the right class to invest in. So naturally I went on Yelp and found Keep it Real Acting and let me tell you THE 5 STAR RATINGS DO NOT LIE.After years of theatrical/improv training I was looking for an on-camera class and this was the place to go. I took the 6 week A-Z commercial acting class taught by Judy Kain (who has been in 400+ commercials and TV shows so when they say "those who can't do teach" 100% doesn't apply here). The class was extremely fun and inviting and I looked forward to it every week. That class made me look forward to Mondays. So if nothing else in this review speaks to you, that should. Judy went over everything we could encounter during a commercial audition, with some very helpful tips as well. Every week we went home with a flash drive (which you can bring or purchase for $15) so we can see what we did. The last class is always run as a callback and Judy brings in an agent to watch. In LA it can be near impossible to get an agent's attention especially if you're new, but take a class from Judy and you might just get signed. Oh and people who come to Keep It Real BOOK! So you come out of the class feeling really confident, but I never realized how successful Judy's training was until I saw my classmates come in week after week booking. Even the guy who didn't really know what he was doing at first came back the 2nd week with 2 commercials. So I'd say these classes are really worth the investment- not to mention it's run by some of the nicest people you'll meet in the industry." -Andrea L.

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"A beginning actor, there are still many things I haven't the experience to speak to with any certainty, so I am very happy to have had my first with such a great team as Keep It Real Acting! I first heard about their classes through Backstage.com, as they had won a handful of "Best of 2015" awards. I did some research, popped over to their website and found mention of Freebie Fridays, a totally free 20-minute commercial session with acting coach Judy Kain. I called to schedule a spot, making a friend right then and there over the phone as I talked with Jessica. So far, so great! I showed up that Friday a little nervous, but I was distracted by how much fun I was having just filling out a form and chatting with everyone in the office. If I had any butterflies left by the time I was called in, then the engaging, fun, and honestly informative twenty minutes that followed freed them to fly away-- Judy killed it, and this was before I even knew what "killing it" meant. Focused but loose, direct but not cruel, and 100% honed in on anything preventing forward momentum, her teaching style suited me just fine. Long story short, it took less than a half-hour for me to decide where I wanted to take my first class!For the next six weeks, the A-Z Commercial Class with Judy gave me a reason to celebrate Monday nights (they have a daytime class, too). The classes are kept small, which provides a great chance to really get to know other actors of all levels of study, and ensures that everybody gets to cram in as much learning and camera time as possible. By the time I finished the class, I had made a bunch of new friends, had a thumb drive chock-full of my on-camera exercises, about a jillion notes to reference and study, and a real sense of beginning to know what I'm doing, and THAT IS HUGE. Thank you, Judy!!!" -Gabriel G.

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"Judy is honestly the best! I took her A-Z commercial class and it is probably the best thing I could have done for my career. I started the class with absolute no knowledge of commercials, and now I feel confident enough to book! Judy is so great and kind, you can tell she just wants the best for you. I highly recommend!" -Marcus A.

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"I HIGHLY recommend you to those looking for classes!!! :)Thank you for ALL that you do to help actors achieve their potential and dreams!!!" -Katrina H.

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Thank you for another indispensably educational experience at your Business of Acting Workshop! Looking forward to the next learning opportunity!" -Andrea S.

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"I just wanted to say thank you again for this class! I am signing with Marci this Thursday and it's all because of you guys!" -Kate S.

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"but thanks to God and your Buttoning techniques ...i was still able to book two this year" -Tiffany S.

"I wanted to thank you... since taking the [A-Z] class I have been auditioning regularly and BOOKED 5 JOBS IN THE PAST 4 MONTHS, including a large National." - Alex A.

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"Thanks again for all your support and help. You guys are awesome!" -Josh C. (after booking Silicon Valley & Verizon)

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"I have been a working actor for over 25 years, but took the "Keep It Real" commercial acting workshop just to brush up on my skills. During the 5th week of class, I booked a national network on-camera spot. I learned new techniques and received honest, useful feedback. I would highly recommend this class to anyone wanting to go into on-camera commercials." -Debi D.

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"Judy! ! I booked a El Pollo Loco commercial!! It was literally because of keep it real!! Thank you so much for everything you have done for me!!" -Frankie P.

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"I booked and shot a non-union Subway commercial using the techniques learned in your class. Very grateful for your teachings" -Zachary C.

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"I wanted to thank you so much for the fantastic commercial course. I never realized HOW MANY THINGS I WAS DOING WRONG... even as basic as the slate! Your class is extremely well structured, informative, and professional. I cannot say enough good things about it and the wonderful patient teachers!  I just wish I'd taken it 2 years ago!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!"    - Suzanne K.

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"I recently took the A-Z commercial class, and I LOVED it! You really do learn everything from A to Z! Judy and Paul are both very knowledgeable, and skilled at what they do. I learned a great deal in a short period of time, and I feel that I definitely have some valuable tools to add to my toolbox. AND to add to all of this, shortly after my completion of the class, I booked a commercial! Woohoo! I highly recommend studying at KIRA." -Tiffany L.

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"I took a one day commercial intensive with Judy and it was such an eye opener. Judy is so warm, honest and generous with her insights and coaching. It's no wonder that all the other reviews here are 5 stars! I hadn't seriously considered the commercial market but now I'm very encouraged because she's given me the tools. Anyone interested in commercial bookings would be really well served to take a class with her. I will definitely be signing up for other classes when I get the chance to." -Vicky R.

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"Your class was a recommendation from Stepany Burns, an agent with Ideal Talent in Studio City and from Casting Director, Laurie Records.  After doing a commercial audition for Laurie, she said I did a fine job but it was obvious that I was Green!  That's when they both suggested that I take your class. I am so happy I did. Even though I've had a thirty-five year career in Radio and Television Broadcasting here in Los Angeles, including seventeen years as an airborne News and Traffic reporter for KFWB, commercial auditions were something new to me.  I was like a Deer in the headlights.  After taking your six-week commercial class, and I plan to follow that up with more classes.  I feel so much more prepared for the future.  I will never be GREEN again!  Thank you again, and I'll see you soon."    - Tom S.

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★★★★★ The A-to-Z commercial class is an absolute must for commercial actors. They also have a weekly Wednesday workout that is currently only $35, with no ongoing requirement, an amazing deal. In A-to-Z with Paul Hungerford and Judy Kain there were so many skills I learned that I feel stupid about how I was going out and auditioning before. The very next audition I did after the class was so much more fun and looser, because of the work this class teaches. Commercials give you so little info on just a few lines of copy, and this A-to-Z class tells you how--and that you must--fill in all those questions and blanks in order to act real and have fun, from where you are, who you're talking to, how you feel about it, to technical things like who's in the camera or on the board, and techniques on how best to use the fourth wall---all in order to gain ease and comfort in your process and show the best YOU. Their expertise on buttons and launches is second-to-none, and you get one class devoted to all the improv training you really need to know to commercial audition effectively. Top-notch! The final class was attended by legit agents, so if you are looking that is also helpful. The Wednesday workout class is run by the teachers, but sometimes by managers or other people in the business which is like gold level value to meet them in a relaxed collaborative artistic environment.

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"Judy! THANK YOU for providing great audition tips in a relaxed, safe and motivating class environment. I'll definitely be using these insights on future auditions." -Brenda G.

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"Love Judy's energy and her positive approach to helping actors breakdown commercial copy.  Will be back soon!!!"    - Jonee S.

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"I always enjoy seeing for myself the classes we recommend." -Alicia R. (Talent Agent)

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"Judy and Paul know their stuff and more importantly they know how to relay that to the student. I did the A-Z Commercial Class and the weekly drop in. I'll be back for more. And you can't beat the pricing." -Bob B.

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"Thank you so much Judy and Paul! I feel so much more confident now, and I'm glad to add more tools to my toolbox. I will DEFINITELY be telling all of my friends about your class!" - Tiffany L.

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"I had a great time in your class and I learned some very valuable tools from you. You're class is refreshing and you have a very fun energy as well." -Sofia R.

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 You taught my client well! Thank you!" -Randy Cabrera, Talent Agent

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Happy to announce that thanks to your commercial A-Z class, I have signed with William Kerwin Agency to rep me as a commercial agent! Super excited!" -Deanna D.

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"I took a commercial class at your school late last year. I wanted to write you an email and say thank you,  and please thank Paul for me. I just booked my first commercial for Samsung using the techniques learn in your school. Paul was such a great teacher and his teaching style made me remember everything he taught. Truly from the bottom of my heart thank you both. I hope you are doing well." -Kiki S.

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"Thank you Keep It Real Acting for the techniques that helped me book my first major commercial." -Kiki S.

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"Thanks so much for everything! I would love to stay in touch for any Commercial classes, as I really believe KIRA is the place for me. I'll be sure to Yelp ya." -Andy R. 

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"Since taking your A-Z Commercial Class, I've booked national commercials for Golden Corral and Buffalo Wild Wings. I was also brought in to audition for an audi commercial in August 2014 with Fancene Selkirk Casting that I was placed on avail for. I wanted to say THANK YOU for everything! I'm hoping all is going well for you and am looking forward to working together in the future." -Michael G.

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"I walked into my first Judy Kain class terrified. But within ten minutes I found myself engaged fully in Judy's wealth of expertise and experience, and within the hour I was reading in front of strangers; the terror had melted. The atmosphere of the class is professional, humorous, enlightening, encouraging, and supportive. Judy herself is incredibly perceptive, attentive, fierce, and able to articulate exactly what could be improved with a given performance. She is active in the field, and so her advice and guidance is contemporary and relevant. Amazing and extraordinarily helpful - thank you." -Sylvia K.

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"Judy, thanks so much, I really loved the class and your total approach. I grew a lot and am looking forward to coming back. I Yelped your praises and am telling all my friends to sign up." -Theo G.

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"Thank You again Judy!! I learned so much these last few weeks! Now Im looking forward to confidently bringing myself into every opportunity.  I appreciate you!" -Duane A

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"I am going to just sign up for the class again and retake the whole thing since I will be missing two weeks. I really think my breakthrough in class had helped me exceed." -Krystle K.

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"Loved, loved, loved your class!! And love you and your personality!!!!! I learned a lot from you Judy, from the best:)" -Soledad C.

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"Judy! Thank you so much for this class. I learned soooo much and feel I can now confidently rock my auditions and call backs :)" -Dennisha P.

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"I was in the Monday A-Z commercial Technique class back in Fall 2014. As a direct result of what I learnedI booked a Cheetos Web Commercial lastAugust!" -Michael I.

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"I just finished taking Judy's A-Z Commercial class and man, is it appropriately named! Someone I met recommended Judy's class highly, and I did some googling and saw all the great reviews (including that Judy had been named Backstage magazine's Favorite Audition teacher and the studio itself won a few more awards) and it made me feel confident that my money would be well spent training there. I'm so happy to say all I'd heard was confirmed when I actually took the class. Judy has a ton of information that she passed onto us, and she pretty instantly created an environment where everyone felt comfortable, with all levels of experience. Even after a couple of classes, I approached the next commercial auditions I had much more informed and prepared. I look forward to getting more training at Keep It Real and with Judy. I can't recommend them highly enough!" -Bob R.

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"Hey Judy, I’ve been meaning to drop you a note to say how great your book is. I’ve always admired your teaching style because you keep it positive and make otherwise complicated techniques easy to understand and remember. You’ve done an amazing job bringing your ability to teach a class into an fun to read book; covering everything an actor needs to know about the art of commercial acting. The advice you give on ‘your castable self’, headshots and agents & managers I’ve found particularly enlightening and useful. I’ve already bought 3 additional copies and given them to friends. Some with agents, some without. I’ve encouraged all of them to take your class.  One of the things I’m going to focus on in the new year is to revisit adding on camera commercial work to my voice acting career, so I plan on either re-taking your class with a friend or going to a few workout nights with you. Congrats again! Wishing you much happiness and success in the new year." -Ted S.

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"Thank you for your help and advice. I learned so much in your class about commercial techniques! I will definitely be referring some actor & comic friends to your program." -Natalie M.

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"I've had a blast in your AZ Commercial Workshop! I'm so glad out of all the classes I could have taken, I chose yours! You have a rgeat way to break down these fundamentals in a practical way that gets immediate results. Ilearned so much from you. Its been a long time since I 've acted or been in the business. You are a perfect way for me to be reaquainted with the business and build m skills in ways that are fun and efficient. You really know your stuff! and I am really thankful to you for helping to get me an agent! Your support extends beyond the classes. You are really helping us actors get work! You have a kick ass studio! Thanks a bunch! You Rock!" -Dianne M.

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"I took the A to Z commercial class with Judy Kain and it was AMAZING!! I learned so many practical tools to use at auditions. I've already booked one commercial since taking her class and can't wait to book more!" -Dennisha P.

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"Judy! Thank you so much for your feedback. I truly had some breakthroughs in commercial auditioning these past 6 weeks. Something clicked for me!" -Roz S.

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"On the bright side because of my coaching I honestly feel like it was the best agent interview I've had. I had the room laughing and I felt confident so I'm going to keep that for the next ones!" -Imagine V.

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"Today I had an audition for a PSA about postpartum depression. Even though I did not have postpartum depression I did related to part of script in a big way. The director said I made his day. I just 'kept it real'." -Hilary D.

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"This class really helped how I feel about myself. The first week was very rough for me. I was going through a hard time in my personal life the last time I was in a class room setting. Sitting in that chair next to people I have never seen before scared me and often times I have trouble keeping my heart rate normal when in the room. These classes helped me relax into myself. You told me I was enough and i tried not to melt of tears." -Jake B.

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"Such a great acting class! I took the A-Z commercial class and then the Advanced Callback. Judy is so wonderful and has such a talented staff too! I first started doing the drop in workout on Friday (which was so goooood!!) and from there went to the A-Z class. From my questions on the phone to the questions in class, I always get a detailed, thought out answer. They want to help and see you book! You get to meet people from the industry and really dig into the Q&A's you might have as an actor. She also brings in an agent at the end of the A-Z class so if you're looking, this will definitely get you a step ahead! Plus with the Advanced Callback she brings industry insiders in, so you're learning, making connections and growing as an actor. It's a full, well rounded program from start to finish. Also Tom Bourke is great and is so marvelous at helping brand and market the actor. I'm definitely going to take the Business class Judy offers and the Image Consulting one on ones with Tom. This is the place to be. Plus, they offer everything- theatrical, improv and more. You want to take class from people who are currently doing this and where you get your questions answered by actual industry folks. Hooray! Keep doing what you're doing, thanks Judy and everyone at Keep It Real!" -Holly C.

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"I have been working as an actor in commercials for many years now but know I can always learn more so I invested in Judy's Advanced Callback class.  First off let me say Judy is an excellent teacher.  Every class you work on camera and Judy coaches you through the copy, making excellent points and giving you ways to perform that you might not have thought of on your own.  It makes it so much fun, it's like playing! For those that audition you know this mentality is invaluable, so many people make auditioning a stress and it needs to be more about having fun but alas, that is easier said than done. With Judy it is fun as well as super informative.Every week the class is starts off being run like a callback so not only do you get that experience but you also get the added bonus of a surprise guest who not only adds to class by a great Q+A but is also working in the industry so now you have a connection - because I am sorry to have to say this but it's sooo true -- it's not just WHAT you know, it's WHO you know.  Actor friends, commercials are a totally different beast than film and TV so you should treat it as such. You owe it to yourself to take one of Judy's classes that focuses specifically on this aspect of the business. To borrow from a current campaign running - If you're a commercial actor, you take class with Judy, it's what you do. If you want to save 15% or more on car insurance, you switch to Geico*. (*not in any way an endorsement for Geico)" -Beth F.

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"Just finished my class at Keep It Real (literally 2 days ago) and I really, really loved it. I have taken quite a few different commercial acting classes, mostly to get info and instruction from different sources, but I learned the most with Judy. I learned the "how" not just the "what" to do before and at an audition. I feel far more skilled and practiced in knowing how to look at copy and make it mine. The environment is really great for actors, there's zero judgment and I know everyone in my class felt very comfortable and I saw everyone grow. Paul Hungerford is also a really great teacher and the short time we spent with Tom Burke was invaluable. Haven't done any theatrical classes yet, just focusing on commercial, but as of now, wouldn't spend my time or my money anywhere else. Thanks, Judy!" -Kyle D.


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"Judy  gave me the confidence and the technique to book commercial work. She has a system that works for new comers and for pros. 'Find the funny'. Thanks Judy :))"  - Eric S. (Booked 10 Commercials the year following this class)

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"I had been in over 20 commercials since 1999 and all of a sudden just stopped booking and when I decided to take Judy and Francene's class I started booking right away. Best thing I ever did. They are the best teachers in LA. Proud to be a student of both of them."    - Jimmy D.

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"I couldn't recommend Keep It Real Acting more.  I truly loved taking class with Judy and Francene.  I learned so many helpful tips that I use every day in auditions.  Taking this class reminded me that class can be fun, I had a blast every week. Every commercial actor should check this out, no matter where you are in your career I know that you will learn something new and have a wonderful experience. I booked two national commercials right after completing class... so the proof is in the pudding."     - Stacey S.

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"I recently completed the commercial-pro class with Judy Kain & Francene Selkirk. I had been booking commercials for years, but was in a little slump. The class rejuvenated me. The day after the class ended I booked a GMC SILVERADO national spot. I booked the commercial with a Judy Kain "launch" and a Judy Kain "button." Taking a class with peers and watching yourself each class on tape really sharpens your skills. This class is a must for the actors to do list."    - Michael R.

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"This class is a definite must.  The day after the first class, I booked a Subaru commercial!  Judy Kain is an EXCELLENT teacher and provides insight that I have not received in other commercial classes.  I found each class challenging and quite the workout.  I also appreciated getting to view actual audition footage to see what books and what doesn't.  Run, don't walk, to this class!  It's a great investment."    - Jenna P.

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"I learned a lot and have been blessed as a result of your leadership and for that I am grateful. Since taking your class Judy, my callbacks have skyrocketed!! Last week Tuesday I was the Principal for a Coors Light Commercial that I booked through Lisa Fields Casting.  On Wednesday I went for a callback for Verizon through Mel & Liz Casting, by the time I got home the agent called said I was on Avail. Thursday they called said I booked it - another Principal, Friday was the fitting and the shoot was today. Thank you for giving me pointers on the little things that made a huge difference in my audition techniques.  You cut to the chase and it helped me to see things more clearly." - Germany K. 

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"Took Judy's Commercial Audition class and found her to be very knowledgable, professional and effective in drawing out a truthful, unique performance from each of her students. Fun to work with!"  -Tammy T

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"I have been called back for several national commercials and now have tools available to me that will help with the next time I get another callback." -Chala S.

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"I just wanted to thank you, again, for such a great class.  It was so valuable to hear the ins and outs from someone who is working and knowledgeable, and I learned a ton.  I feel like I have a secret weapon now :) Most of all, thank you for your honesty.  I can't tell you how much I appreciate it.  I feel so confident and prepared, and am excited to get in the room!" -Beth P.

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"I know my success was a direct result of what i learned from Judy and Francene." -Erin B.

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"It sounds cliche, but it is really nice to just thoroughly enjoy the process of auditioning. I totally got the usual thought of "is this what they want" out of my head, and instead was really focused on what happened before, who is this person to me, and how can I positively promote that concept. Thanks a bunch!" - Matt M.

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I have been in numerous acting classes around town that promise you the world. Most just leave you emptying out your bank account while the instructor throws there fallen dreams and insecurities on the class. Keep it reals (Advanced Call Back) not only gave me the confidence with auditioning it also was a very thorough format. I left with amazing notes and great footage of myself to look back at when I need it. Booking is a lot easier then what this town makes it and by taking this class you will be ready to take them on!!!! 5 Stars! - T'Quan W.

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"I highly recommend this class to anyone seeking to sharpen their audition skills." -Bryan C.

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"It amazes me how much I have learned from this class. I am much more confident and am now actually having fun in the audition room." -Yosi Shaya

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"I learned a lot from the advanced commercial class.  The main thing I took away from this class is having a better understanding of what "making a strong choice, having a strong point-of-view" means through practice, feedback, and audition & callback videos. " -Shenna B.

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"I have a much clearer view of what I need to think about in each audition and what will make me a much better commercial actor. What I learned has made me much more confident and focused." -Bill K.

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"This was an outstanding Class which helped me gain the confidence I needed to audition. I learned how to take control of the audition and to make the "story" my own. I would highly recommend this class to any actor who wants to work." -Michelle A.

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"I learned how to make my commercial audition technique more specific, which is the name of the game.  i now know that launches, buttons, and improv are not only acceptable, but are crucial to booking.  i learned to put my "erin" stamp on all of my auditions." -Erin T.

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"I really appreciate your honest and direct notes. No nonsense talk is always welcome and very helpful when you know it comes with the best intention of helping and you sure did! you turned on a light within me." -Juliet O.

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" I think your workshop was amazing. You covered all the big things that happen in an audition and helped me realize all the little things I need to be doing as well. Most of all you gave me lots of confidence in myself."  -Arthur B.

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"I booked my first commercial last month for Bright House Networks! It was only my third or fourth audition, so I truly have you and Judy to thank for helping me feel so comfortable and confident in the audition room. I had a blast on set and can't wait for the next one." -Michael L.

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"You were all fantastic! Hope you all left class tonight with the same excitement that I did." -Connie B.

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"It was such an awesome experience to share this class with you guys! I hope to see you guys at the auditions & callbacks, and better yet, I'll see you on set!" -David

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"Ever since the first day of Judy's Advanced Callback Class, all I keep thinking is I LOVE JUDY!!!! I have taken many different commercial classes from different "top commercial teachers" and I have to say Judy's advanced callback class has been my favorite. Thank you so much Judy and I know you're in my corner!" -Luann C.

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"Wow!!! What a difference one class makes. I took my first class on a Thursday night and the next Friday morning had an audition. I applied everything I was taught from the night before to this one casting. Amazed! It took all the guess work out of the formula! I felt more confident and did not second guess myself after leaving. I had so much fun with my choices. I highly recommend this class."  -Hunter S.

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"I just booked an NFL spot with Francine Selkirk. I've definitely been putting the tools you gave me to use- I had a great button on my first audition! Thank you so much for your guidance; it has been extremely valuable :)" -Jessica G.

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"Thank you for such an amazing class! After taking your advanced callback class I got a callback for a national being directed by the director of 'We're the Millers!' You've helped me to look at Commercial Auditions in a different light!" -Matthew R.

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"I'm still reeling over the fact that I booked something and you were such a big part of it, what with helping me to chill out and ground myself for auditions." -Julian C.

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"★★★★★ I absolutely had an amazing experience in the Advanced Commercial Callback class with Judy!  I had no idea how much fun it would be. I used to think commercial acting was kind of formulaic and ʺin the boxʺ but wow did she prove me wrong! There is so much nuance that Judy teaches throughout the class, how to really use your SELF and identify your special ʺsomethingʺ. I especially enjoyed the opportunity to explore improvising a bit. I'm looking forward to checking out the Commercial Workout classes next, so I can stay refreshed on everything she's shown me. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!" -Sarah J.

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"Thank you Judy, for the awesome class. I learned a lot about the process and also about myself. Having industry guests there every week motivates you to work even harder. The industry feedback is also invaluable. I have told my agents about your class. By the way, I just looked a job that shoot tomorrow!" -Tracy P.

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"I can't say enough about the GREAT Advanced Callback Class I just finished!  Judy had so much valuable information to impart!  All of the mock auditions and callbacks we did were so helpful as she really presents us a range of different types of auditions. She builds your confidence as you see all of her tips and advice at work in the playbacks!  Judy brought in very helpful industry professionals each week which was fantastic." -Susan H.

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I'm so glad he took his teaching to heart; your class gave him the skills and confidence to get the job. - Alicia R., KMR

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"I had such a great time last night. Not only do I appreciate your expertise in the commercial industry - I truly enjoy your sense of humor. What a fun time! Thanks for the great feedback - I love that you're very honest with all your students - including me. Looking forward to next week!" - Bryan C.

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"I just finished Judy's Advanced Callback class and while I've been auditioning for commercials for years, I seriously learned SO much! I needed a refresher class and this was much more than that. The class helped to indentify things that I was doing right and also enlightened me to things that I can be doing. Her no nonsense approach worked for me, as I don't like any sugar coating. I highly recommend it for any actors that are auditioning regularly!" -Kristen L.

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"I just took the Advanced Commercial Callback class, and it was a great progression from the A to Z, really solidifies all the concepts and gets you to work focused on upping your bookings!!" -Adrian B.

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"Judy Judy! After years of auditions I found myself in the Tumbleweeds where before I was at a 50% Callback rate and went almost down to zero and needed help finding my way back. Well after only TWO weeks of instruction into the 4 week class, I BOOKED a National Commercial as an Attorney for a Internet provider 'Century Link'. Now I go into Callbacks not crossing my fingers but with a plan to be my best and knowing I have an excellent chance at getting the work. You've given me Windshield Wipers to see the road ahead (How's that for an analogy!) Thanks Keep it Real." -Mark N.

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Hi Judy! Your class has really helped me!  I’m in an APPLE commercial that just came out!!  You taught me a lot. Thanks so much!!" -Susan H.


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"Thank you for being a genuine, caring, and very talented teacher. You gave us all some "tough love" but delivered it in a kind and gentle way. I have seen real progress in my own abilities, because of you." - Edna T.

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"This is just a note to say that I'm enjoying your class. I feel you are providing me with much needed finesse to make my auditions more powerful and to push through my callbacks/avails to start booking again!!  Thank you for sharing your expertise. You are generous and lovely - I am thankful to have met you." -Exandrea P.

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"I wanted to say that I loved class last night!! I was totally outside my comfort zone dancing, but dang!!  I was really having fun!! And I think I am making progress too ;)" -Amber H.

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"Just concluded Advanced Commercial Callback Workshop with the knowledgeable( hell she wrote a great book) Judy Kain! A successful commercial actor in her own right and clear eyed instructor, she delivers insightful instruction in a fun but always professional way.I trust her and for me that is what life long learning is all about." -Bruce L.

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"Thanks Judy! I had a fantastic time shooting the Jet Blue spot in Costa Rica and I'm so grateful to you! Not only are you an amazing teacher - but through you I met Francine and you also coached me for my agent Susan." -Bryan C.

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"Judy Kain at Keep It Real Acting Studios is fantastic! Her Advanced Callback class is amazing! She gives great copy to learn, she gives great direction and feedback, she gives great real life examples of what we see in actual callbacks, and she really cares about each person in the class! We had a ton of fun! The industry guests she brings in were great and I was able to take away a lot of "insider" information from the casting side! I highly recommend this class!" -Reesha A.

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"I am from a VO background, and I was really scared to try an on camera class. I did A-Z and Advanced callback. I feel so much more confident and I am even ready to do more!! They offer Wednesday night drop in classes so I am doing it! Great place to start, great way to get a solid system under your belt. Thanks Judy and Paul!!! xx" -Hoody H.

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"I just want to let you know how grateful I am for all of the amazing advice and support you have given me since we met and I know you do not do that for everyone and I do not take it for granted! I will definitely be by for some Wednesday workouts when I start going out and I hope to always stay in touch, you are the best!" -Matt M.

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"I just finished the advanced commercial class with Judy and must say it was the best taught, organized, and professional class I have ever taken. I would recommend it highly to any actor wanting to act in commercials. Lastly, Judy is fantastic with her teaching style and one of the nicest people I have met in the entertainment industry. She rocks!" -Joe G.

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"Just finished Judy's Advanced Callback Class. Seriously by far the best commercial class I have ever taken! This quick and fun way to get you going is just what I needed. From the first class you are auditioning in front of a casting director and getting feedback. Throughout the 4 weeks you meet more casting associates who are so helpful too! Judy's style is tailor made to get you booking jobs. From the slate into the camera to the perfect way to cap off the ending of the scene... she teaches it all. She is a real pro and you want to learn from the pros who are actually out there working! I also liked it was a small class, you always have a turn to get up and do the work in front of the camera. Money well spent!" -Sonia W.

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"Thank you so much for this. Danielle's feedback is incredibly helpful and in sync with yours. This intel/learning will serve me well moving forward. Thank you for this. And it's great getting feedback on different aspects of the audition, as each CD take different variables into consideration. It's great to have the feedbacks (and videos) to share with my agents at KMR. They (Alicia, Jamie and Valerie) regard you HIGHLY by the way." -Cathy V.

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"You know I love to advertise for you because I know your technique works!!" -Eljae B.

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"So the other day I auditioned for the role of Alice in Alice Through Looking Glass at the Little Theatre in Santa Monica. Unbenoist to me before I started my monologue he asked the dreaded question "So tell me about yourself?" I mean this is a first for me because I wasn't on camera. So I thought real quick and remembered what you said about how they just want to see my personality. So I talked about being a mom and he loved it! Granted I was auditioning to play the role of a little girl but he got it anyway that I can do that even though I am a proud mama. So I got the role! You gave me the confidence in being myself at auditions and in such a short time working with u! I definitely will be back to your studio!" -Sonia H.

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"I felt your advanced workshop and class helped me hone in my skills as an actor for commercials. I feel my skills are always growing when I work with you." -Kenny K.

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"I felt so prepared for the audition, and the literally instant callback they were running with the director and agency folks in the next room over, and I know it was in large part thanks to things that have clicked in just the last two weeks in your class. I can't say who the client is yet, but it's a huge company and by far my biggest booking to date." -Michael D.

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"Judy, it was YOU who convinced Taylor to give me a chance... That was something truly special... and I will NEVER forget your Kindness and Support in jump-starting my career. You are such a Blessing to me... Just wanted you to know." -Candice H.

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"I completed Judy's Advanced Commercial Callback Class. From day 1 it was apparent to me why she's booked so many commercials herself--she's super likable--not to mention a great Actor.  Whether you're just starting out or a seasoned professional, Judy will dial-in on the specifics of your work and fine tune it for getting bookings. Judy strikes a nice balance between being candid with her direction, while maintaining an encouraging class environment. Her approach gives you the tools to personalize your work and stand-out in auditions; not to mention the industry contacts that are made.  Do your craft and your career a favor--take this class. I highly recommend Judy Kain!" -Charlie R.

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"Thank you so much, Judy. It was truly such a fun, valuable, and informative course. I wish it could go for longer!" -Anna S.

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"I just want to say THANK YOU so so much for the last few weeks. I have had an absolute blast and have learnt so many valuable lessons. I look forward to taking more classes with you at some point. I feel so ready to go out and give it my all in the commercial world with all I have been taught." -Genevieve M.

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"I just finished an advanced callback class with Judy Kain. What an amazing 4 weeks! I was so sad when class ended. If I had my way, I'd study with Judy weekly. She gives GREAT constructive feedback. She really helped me see my defaults and gave me insight and guidance on how to alter them to better serve me in the audition room. She has great industry guests and I got to work multiple times in each class. I have taken commercial classes with multiple coaches in LA and I have to say - Judy is the best! Run, don't walk, to get into a class here." -Frances N.

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"Thank you so very much for being such a kind, caring and extremely knowledgeable teacher. Your class taught me so much and I'm sure it will take my commercial acting career to the next level. I'll always think of you with a grateful heart when I walk into a callback and book it. Thank you for surrounding me to keep it natural, conversational and real." -Andi W.

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"I Booked It" by Judy Kain is a handbook for the modern commercial Actor.  Their are great tips and techniques throughout the book on the 5 types of commercials that Actors encounter. It stresses being prepared for anything and everything! The biggest takeaway from the book are the interviews by top Commercial CD Ross Lacy, Commercial Director Kevin Emmons, Commercial Agent Hugh Leon, and Commercial Producer Anton Maille. Judy Kain asks questions from each that all Actors want to know. How important is a head shot? How should Actors conduct themselves during Callbacks? Should we know every piece of dialogue or just some? I think most Actors will be surprised by the answers given. In addition to the advice given on how to perform copy for commercials she also instructs Actors (new & seasoned) on how to select head shots, photographers, improv classes, clothing, and much more. This book is definitely going and staying in my car. Congrats Judy!" -Eric S.

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"Thanks so much for a wonderful four week workshop. I really did learn a lot. I was hoping to leave the class with a bag of tricks to give me a competitive edge and feel very confident I did." -Maggie C.

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"I recently took Judy Kain's Advanced Call Back class and if I had to sum up my experience in one word, it would be "WOW". Judy helped me realize what I was missing during my auditions, her technique and teaching style is phenomenal. As soon as I applied what I learnt in class into practice I booked my first Co-Star role!! Everything I was taught is priceless. I have grown as an actor immensely because of Judy's class, thank you! One of the items that helped me grow was actually seeing my audition on tape and being able to adjust what I thought I was/wasn't doing. Judy worked with giving everyone feedback in the class. If you're nervous with auditions and want to get over that fear I highly recommend reaching out to Judy and taking her class. She is a life changer! Thank you!" -Luke B.

"I just filmed a commercial last week. I've acted in over 25, and I've been getting commercial callbacks right and left. Why? Because I have taken commercial acting classes with the most incredible, dedicated, generous teacher, Judy Kain. Her method is flawless. She knows immediately how to remove individual problems." -Cherry D.

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""I credit both Judy and Paul for my bookings. 3 in one week was huge! Can't wait to get back in there and study with you guys! " -Eljae B.

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"I have booked four commercials in the last ten months, and my call back rate is, and I am not kidding, 80 percent over the last 16 auditions. I could never have done it without the techniques I learned in your class. Thanks again." -Daniel M

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"Judy, I just wanted to send you a quick email to let you know that I booked the lead in a new commercial campaign for Charmin. I don't think I would have gotten it without some of the tips you gave me. Thank you again for everything!" - Julian C.

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"I cannot say enough good things about Judy Kain! She is the best commercial teacher with which I have ever studied. Her techniques are easy to apply, and have made my performance 10 times better! She is fun, and makes you feel so comfortable to be yourself. This confidence translates in the audition room and I give all of the credit to Judy. After taking the Advanced Call Back Lab, I got a new commercial agent." -Eljae B.

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"I wanted to let you know that since I started taking your class my pursuit has been rejuvenated.  I've learned so much from watching other people and working with the camera, I love the classes at Keep it Real.  As you know I'm looking into photographers,  I worked with Vanie Poyey, who did my most recent headshots, but she's kinda pricey, just wanted to see if you had any recommendations?  Thanks, I look forward to seeing you soon!" - Daryl M.

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"I wanted to let you know that since I started taking your class my pursuit has been rejuvenated.  I've learned so much from watching other people and working with the camera, I love the classes at Keep it Real.  As you know I'm looking into photographers,  I worked with Vanie Poyey, who did my most recent headshots, but she's kinda pricey, just wanted to see if you had any recommendations?  Thanks, I look forward to seeing you soon!" - Daryl M.

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"Judy is the GURU of commercial acting.  If you think you learned everything in the A-Z Commercial class, YOU HAVE NOT!  Advanced Callback helps you hone in on exactly how you should market yourself, and your skills become so fine-tuned with Judy's guidance, that you become a force to be reckoned with in the commercial acting world.  Want to be unstoppable?  Take this class!  Judy will help you discover things about yourself that you never even recognized, giving you even more weapons in your arsenal.  This class is GOLD!  Thanks a heap, Miss Kain!"  - Katy B.

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"Just finished Judy Kain and Francene Selkirk’s “Advanced Commercial Callback Class” at Keep It Real Acting.  It was amazing!  I learned so many important things.  Judy and Francene were really great and very focused on making sure that everyone got personal attention and input really directed to their particular needs.  If you’re a commercial actor, you need to take this class!"  - Ric S.

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"Callback after callback, avail after avail and still I was not booking. Judy Kain's Pro Class tipped the scales in my favor. Bud Light, Budweiser, Apple, Volkswagen, Hershey's, Bud Select 55 and Living Social all in just the last year." -Christian Z.

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"Ever since I took your commercial Intensive, I've booked Apple, McDonalds, Home Depot, Chevy and was on avail for IMS. Thank you for fueling the fire in my commercial career!" -Patricia F.

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"In all seriousness, this will now be my 5th callback out of my last 6 commercial auditions since I started taking your class. I was in such a rut of just showing up, doing my thing, and leaving. I was at that point where I just said to myself, "It's just a look, so doesn't matter what I try to do etc". So you have not only given me these amazing insights, but re-inspired me to become a consistent booker again!  Getting to the callback is the most important part and you have just given me a brand new outlook. I booked 24 commercials and have gone 3 years with just 1...and was just so frustrated, and now cause of you...I feel like I'm back again! Truly appreciate what you did for me." -Michael A.

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"Yay - that's three in a row!!! October, November and now December!! I always think about who I am talking to and buttons for top and bottom thanks to you! So thank you!" -Rebecca A.

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"I just completed Judy Kain's class.  Here's what you need to know:  Sign up now. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.

Judy comprehensively covers everything you need to do before you walk in the room, as well as everything you need to do once you've crossed the threshold.
The class includes 1-on-1 mock auditions, as well as group reads, in which you have the opportunity to see what others do that does and does not work.  Copy includes both single and multiple actor spots.  She covers a surprising amount of material in a positive way that's easy to digest.   It was inspiring, not only to find myself improving, but also to see every single person in the class make strides, regardless of starting point.

Clearly, Judy is an expert. Thankfully, she is also a terrific teacher.  Happily, she manages it all in a kind, no-BS way.  There is no time wasted.  No matter how good you are, Judy Kain will help you to be better."    - Genia M.

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"At the recommendation of my commercial agent, I took the Advanced Commercial Callback Class with Judy Kain, and it was the best commercial class I've ever taken. Since Judy is out there auditioning and booking now, she's aware of current trends and techniques. Plus she spends time with each individual student defining and developing his or her strengths... all of it delivered in clear language, practical tips and a supportive environment." -Robyn H.

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"Judy and her amazing network of professionals are such incredible teachers, inspire-ers and helpers. The Advanced Commercial Callback Class is really insightful, and I so appreciated walking away with a concrete technique for quickly breaking down commercial copy, which includes a worksheet to keep with you and fill out. In four weeks I feel like I've progressed more than I had in 6 months of other training. Looking forward to the ongoing classes and trying out some of the other workshops available. Thanks again!!" -Katie C.

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Your class really helped me to trust that I am enough, live in the moment
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"The name, Keeping it Real, says it all.  No pretense, no ego - just solid, smart techniques and exercises for becoming a skillful commercial actor to book the job.  Judy and Francene are spot on with their instruction, give you lots of opportunity to "work out," and create a really safe and fun environment.  I highly recommend this class." -Barbara C.

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"I just got finished with an Commercial casting director workshop and it went FANTASTIC.  He was extremely critical of everyone  else in class when they did their spots, but when I did mine all he said was, "See class--he just nailed everything I was talking about.  Don't you just believe that he was talking to his best friend?"  And then afterwards he told me to tell you hi and said again--and I quote--"I gotta say, you were just really, really good.  You're a little too young-looking for a few spots, but when you get there [age-wise]...goddamn you're going to nail them."  
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"I completed Judy Kain and Francene Selkirk's Commercial Technique class and it was just what I needed to shift my commercial bookings into gear again! Their insight, tips, and encouragement helped me move beyond "callback status".  After taking this class not only did I get my awesome new commercial agent (yay!), but I have already booked 2 national commercials!  Not to mention I have been getting lots of callbacks and holds!  One of my bookings was actually with Francene!  Did I also mention that Judy and Francene are a blast?  Such fun and positive women who know their stuff and really care about their students.  You will get the personalized attention you need in this class and have your issues addressed. If you want to take your commercial acting to the next level this is the class you HAVE to take."    - Lony'e P.

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"I want to let you know that within about five auditions of finishing your callback class, i was put on avail for two commercials.  I didn't book either, but I've made a tremendous amount of progress.  I know that my success was largely in part to what I learned in your class -- so thank you.  :)"   - Erin B.

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A fantastic callback class and such compassionate teachers! Thank you very much for the enriching experience! - Stuti K.

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"I just booked a commercial for Craftsmen, have been on avail for another commercial and have a callback rate of just about 50%. Things are going great and your class has a lot to do with it, thanks!" -Bill K

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"I was very happy to have booked my first national commercial last week.  Much of what I used to get through the process to the booking I learned in the classes that I took from you. Thank you." -Joe A.

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"An ease with commercials that I have never felt before." -Justin M.

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"She has an ability to get actors to understand what it is they bring to an audition and how to capitalize on it. It's refreshing to be in a class with professional working actors.  You know Judy is great when you see your classmates nail their auditions again and again!" -Deb S.

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"I learned to realize mistakes I was making that may have gotten in the way of booking jobs, and learned how to avoid/fix those mistakes to help the probability of me booking jobs in the future increase." - Ciara E.

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"I have a better understanding of how to treat a commercial casting session. I feel so comfortable in the room now, I can just play and make it my own." -Sally D.

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"I think the biggest thing I learned was the freedom we have in auditions.  That we can make big choices, take risks, and add ourselves to the situation :)  Our job is to be the best version of ourselves on film, and to have as much fun as possible." -Heather R.

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"I now have confidence in knowing what my casting, age range and strengths are. And what the trend in commercials are right now!  I also gained an enormous amount of knowledge about the callback and booking process from the other end, which translates to much more freedom in the audition for me. And I loved getting to see myself week after week on camera with different lighting, outfits and hairstyles. Now I know what works and what’s not so great! I also gained a lot of confidence back, which I had lost because I hadn’t been booking lately. I have tons of new tricks up my sleeve and I found the absolute joy in auditioning again!" -Michelle D.

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"I had a blast in class with you and I just wanted to say thanks! Especially for bringing Scott to our last class as I am now represented by them for Commercials and Print! Yay! This opportunity started a chain of POSITIVE changes in my career, so I am grateful for you starting it off!" -Lony'e P.

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"I have taken a lot of commercial classes in Los Angeles, and KIRA is the absolute best! The teachers are knowledgeable, friendly and above all professional. They use relevant techniques and simulate what is happening in auditions currently. I feel more prepared and confident than ever to walk into an audition.
I have taken the Wednesday Workout Commercial drop-ins, the Adult Commercial  Advanced Callback class, and a private coaching with Tom Burke to prepare for my headshot session. I cannot say enough about the value of all these courses. I found every teacher to be helpful, encouraging and a wealth of information. Judy Kain taught the Advanced Callback class and blew me away. And if you've ever thought about getting help from someone to prepare for a headshot session, Tom Burke is beyond phenomenal. I just told my friend it was the best money I've ever spent. He knows exactly what he is talking about and got me feeling like I would get the best headshots I've ever taken, and I did!
The environment here is one of professionalism, support, education and fun! I look forward to coming to class every time. Thank you, Keep It Real Acting!" -Deb G.

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Thank your for an awesome class! I learned a lot from you. Your constructive feedback definitely helped a lot." - Rojin R.

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I just wanted to say I really enjoyed class last night! It’s my first on-camera class and first class I’m taking in L.A. (just moved here a couple weeks ago from Wisconsin so I consider it my first REAL acting class). I left last night giddy and inspired and incredibly excited to grow the next 5 weeks. Also I would definitely appreciate some guidance on the next steps (i.e. where to get headshots, agents, auditions, etc) as you get to know me better and whether you think my work will garner a return on investment, so to speak, in the commercial/television/film industry." -Andrea L.

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"Judy!  Thank you so much for those ridiculously kind words, and for giving me something to send to potential agents! I really loved your class (your perspective is INVALUABLE), and I'll be dropping into the Wednesday workouts!  And if you ever decide to do a "polish" class to really get us nailing <insert technique here> Every Single Time ... well, I'm in! :) I'm so glad Stennar urged me to take your class and that you were kind enough to let me join on his recommendation, even though I'm currently unrepped! I'll be letting people know how much I enjoyed your course and wish you the best of luck! :)  Thanks again!!!" -Julie I.

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"Thanks again for your wise, pure yet simple techniques to keep it real my Angelic Friend." -Mark N.

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"Thank you so very much for being such a kind, caring and extremely knowledgeable teacher. Your class taught me so much and I'm sure it will take my commercial acting acreer to the next level. I'll always think of you with a grateful heart when I walk into a callback and book it. Thenk you for surrounding me to keep it natural, conversarional and real." -Andi W.

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"I want to thank you for all your feedback and insight. I went to Advanced Callback class needing a work out, and I really got one. The copy you provided, and the notes you gave were so valuable to me. I now feel more confident, and I am ready to book. You are truly a great teacher!" -Laura S.

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"I truly enjoyed my time at KIRA. The Commercial Callback class is EXCELLENT! All the industry guest were great and they gave back great feedback that you can use to actually help you elevate your craft to the next level. Judy Cain is very kind but holds no punches when give critics/feedback on work done in class. You will learn different techniques for commercial acting as well as very useful tips that can be used for theatrical acting too! You will not be disappointed taking a class (or two *wink wink*) at Keep It Real Acting Studio!" -Eboni J.

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"I just wanted to let you know that I've just booked two episodes on a very popular HBO comedy series! I'm very excited about this and will let you know how things go after the shoot." -Mike H.

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"I just finished the commercial callback class with Judy. Everything about it was wonderful. Judy is awesome in every way. She is great at picking up on your individual issues and helping you break through them. You get to do a variety of different spots and every week there were new guests. I really feel like I grew in the four weeks and I can't wait to come back to study more. Thanks Judy!" -Theo G.

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"I can't thank you enough for being so supportive & an amazing teacher. You are the best & I know 2016 is gonna be a great year for us all! :)" -Bryan C.

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"I recently finished Judy Kain's Advanced Callback class. I strongly recommend the class to anyone looking to get more callbacks and perform better in them. Judy knows the commercial game backward and forward, inside out and upside down. She has made a career out of acting in commercials, and she can help you do likewise.  Judy teaches the class with efficiency and candor (i.e. she'll let you know when something you try in a commercial read just wouldn't be a good choice in an actual audition), but at the same time she feels like a second mom to you as she's doing it.  In addition to her nurturing tutelage, she brings in awesome industry guests. In our four weeks, we had a casting director, a manager, a commercial director, a casting session director, and an image consultant come in and impart their wisdom unto us students. In short, I walked away from this class with a much greater understanding of what I need to do to work in commercials, both in and out of the audition room." -John K.

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"I know it's been a while but I wanted to write to give you a Big Thank You because since taking your class I have been doing great Commercially, thanks to you & knowledge & little tricks :) I am now signed with Coast to Coast Agency and rocking it! In the last 7 months I have had 3 Nationals and a bunch of other ones. After a successful 3 month run, my NESPRESSO Ad with George Clooney & Danny Devito has been renewed for another cycle!! I am absolutely grateful to you & hope to see you very soon!" -Rafaella B.

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"Hey Judy! I just wanted to thank you again for the class time. It was helpful and fun at the same time. The feedback and pointers were excellent" -Chris M.

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"I love you class & would love to come back. I've learned so much & have already been put on avail for a commercial! I credit that to what I've learned so far from you." -Jonathan A.

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"I have been loving class. I always feel like I'm so close to booking more stuff, but I feel like I just do a little too much, or haven't prepared with enough depth, or walk in so 'general' and with lower confidence. ... so this has been great! I had Nick show audition today, and in light of class yesterday, I was just in such a great place to walk in with so much confidence and have so much fun. And I used the worksheet too :) So, THANK-YOU!" -Lincoln H.

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"Hey Judy I just wanted to say thank you again. The class itself, the casting director Q&A's, and especially your feedback have been seriously invaluable. I feel more confident in my preparation than ever and I can't tell you how much I appreciate your help. If you have any other class recommendations you think would be especially good for me let me know." -Michael D.

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"Thank you for all your help in getting me this booking. I think of you and our team often." -Drew C.

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"I finally feel like I'm getting solid handle on my career and your class has been such an unbelievable guidepost." -Michael D.

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"I have thoroughly enjoyed every class I have taken with Judy Kain at Keep It Real Acting (KIRA): A-Z Commercial Workshop and Advanced Callback Workshop. I can't say enough good things! Judy is not only a wonderful instructor, but she also a delightful person and inspiration to simply be around. Her teaching style is straightforward in that she provides candid, constructive feedback, and yet at the same time, is nurturing and supportive. I truly believe she deeply cares about each of her students and that she loves what she is doing. She celebrates every student's success and is thrilled when one of her students books. Judy has developed an effective program that gives the student a methodical approach to commercial auditions regardless of the type of audition. In every class every student is given numerous opportunities to work and benefit from Judy's wealth of experience. The class syllabus consists of topics such as interview style auditions, auditions with copy, MOS auditions, multi-person auditions, working with the fourth wall, improvisation, etc. Her teaching helps students to bring out their personalities in their work and find ways to get grounded in order to deliver a performance that is consistent with the very "real" commercial style that is in vogue today. There's no coincidence that her studio is named Keep It Real Acting! I love the fact that Judy herself is continually auditioning and booking! Her insights into what goes on in the audition room, what it takes to be professional, general tips to succeeding, and so forth are gold. To her credit Judy was named 2015 Backstage People's Choice winner for Favorite audition teacher. Judy, you're the best!!" -Steve S.

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"Judy, Thank you very much. I look to you as a mentor. I'm really glad I made the decision to start taking classes at Keep It Real. I found you through Wendy Alane Wright. One day I had been searching for information on managers, came across her and was inspired by what she said in her videos. She mentioned you and I was determined to check out the school. Since I've been taking class, I've become incredibly motivated and finally feel like there is REAL direction with what I'm learning. I cannot begin to describe how frustrating it had been over the past few years from doing the wrong things to get real momentum going. Everything from learning about types, auditioning skills, buttons, buttons the things that book. Meeting the professional working guests has taken such a huge stressful weight off my shoulders and now I'm just keen to audition, have fun and be brave and adventurous. I feel like for the first time in years, I can be myself and enjoy what I want to do. I sincerely can't thank you enough right now, and I truly hope that with the hard work and persistence, I will find both representation and become a working actor of note. But mostly, I'm looking forward to being that success story, very soon." -Brendan M.

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"Thank you for welcoming me into your studio! After having a hard month, its nice to know I have a safe, friendly and professional environment to continue exercising my craft. I appreciate your willingness to share your industry knowledge! Have a wonderful month and I'll see you soon!" -Theresa C.

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"So very thankful you came into my life. You have been such an inspiration & help!" -Angela V.


Private Coaching

"Thank you so so much for your coaching sessions with the Payless commercial! I booked it! You were so helpful and guided me to a place where my talent and truth could shine through! " -Lauren E.

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"[The Agent] just called, and she would like to work with me! I am so excited!  I'm looking forward to working with her. Thank you for your guidance and recommendation. Studying with you has been such a pleasure, and I'm learning a lot." -Suzan M., (signed with agent after private coaching with Judy)

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"I love going to Judy.  I always learn new ways to interpret scenes and can feel myself getting better every time I go.  Judy always understands the best way to do the scene for you and always knows what will fit you best!"  - Riley S.

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"Judy Kain is amazing. I went to her for a private coaching to prepare for A commercial agent showcase and a few meeting. She was so knowledgeable and helpful. She gave me notes that I never would have thought of on my own. Needless to say I had multiple agents want to sign with me. Thanks Judy!" -Michael H

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"We feel so blessed that Tristan has met well respected industry experts like you who believe in him & give him the constructive criticism & positive  encouragement that is vital for his growth in this business. We greatly appreciate it." -Rachel P.

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"Tristian is definitely a lot more confident with auditioning and learned to be "natural" in front of casting directors. Thank you so much for the tools you have given him!  Your private coaching definitely has made a huge difference!"
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"The audition seemed to go very well. The way you prepped me, especially for those moments at the end where I'm reunited with my son with a little improvised dialogue, etc. was exactly how they wanted it. No matter what happens I was happy to do well in front of [the producers] and [the director]. THANK YOU for taking the time out of your busy schedule to work with me on a Sunday.  It was invaluable for me." - Cameron M.

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I just want to say ʺThank Youʺ. You always have such expert advice and are looking out for others and never hesitate to ʺgive backʺ. I appreciate all you do for fellow actors. You are an ʺexception.ʺ -Angella S.

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"Thank you for the private lesson this past week. I really enjoyed my time with you & I feel it was a good investment in my career. I especially appreciate your feedback. Its nice to work with an actress who is & has been in the audition trenches. I look forward to our next private as I feel that you will positively impact my future auditions." - Robert B.

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Thank you Judy! I appreciate all the hard work you guys do and the personalized attention you give to each child. It was a pleasure meeting you.. And i will keep in touch. Thank your staff for me, good people :) -Diana B.

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"I know today was a little outside the norm with the sessions you usually do. Thank you for being SO great with everyone I send to you.  After my client's session with you she starting returning to her energized and positive self! You've given her great direction on what to work on and how to pursue some of her career goals all on her own… big big help to us both!" -Guy G.

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"Thank you AGAIN for a wonderful coaching last week. The sides at the audition were completely different upon arrival (I suspect I did not get the updated material from my agent, unfortunately), but our coaching still was wildly informative to the new read. I don't think I landed the job - but I did learn I need to now start practicing cold reads more due to this whole experience, and I'll be popping into your Thursday night drop-ins whenever I can. I'll absolute come coach with you again in a heartbeat and can't wait to explore what else is at your studio!" -Sara M.

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"Just wanted to say thank you so much again for your knowledge in the industry. I literally was just offered commercial representation on the spot! It was hard for her to look at my resume because we were talking the WHOLE time like you suggested, and I just felt very comfortable as myself there. So glad that tip paid off!" -Theresa C.

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"Thank you for creating a class like this. It means so much to have you guiding and being a part of my growth. Very grateful to have met and LEARN from you. I'm better b/c of you! I learned so much from you, but what I saw turned the corner for me was your feedback/intel for the Asus computer spokesperson role w/Randall...I'm talking to someone as if I was justifying my purchase. That CLICKED for me and shifted my work, energy, pace, intent. So brilliant, thank YOU." -Cathy V.

"I have to tell you that Kylie booked the national Little Caesars commercial! Thank you so much for all you have done and do to make them so prepared for their auditions!! You truly are amazing!" - Cindy R.

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"I am happy to report that I have signed with a new agent. I did the agent workshop a couple of weeks ago where I performed the spots we worked on in my privates with you. It was really helpful. I was subsequently invited for a meeting and a cold read. I know that I handled the cold read well because of what I learned from your privates. I want to thank you so much for your role in helping me get with such great representation. I am a better actor because of you." -Robert B.


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"You are an insanely gifted teacher, mentor and coach.  It's always amazing to see how guidance, when given unconditionally from the heart, can empower someone to be their best in every possible way. Thank you for always seeing our strengths and giving us the courage to use them."    - Natasha A.

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"Working with Keep It Real Acting has enabled us to book multiple national commercials like Target and T-Mobile; and several supporting roles in films. Judy Kain and her team are brilliant and care about getting you to be the best you can be as an actor. We highly recommend them!"    - Joshua and Dakota B.

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Very grateful for your expertise.  Jake had a call back for Kathy Knowles Casting SAG-commercial in Dec. booked 4 jobs. The Neighbors 2 episodes, Apt. 23 and Little Women, Big Cars. He is sag-eligible. All thanks to You -Judy, Francene, Stephanie, Paul & April. So Grateful! -Carrie S. (Mother of Jake S.)

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"After Pink had her private coaching with you. She got booked 2 commercials! First is NFL play 60 which we are waiting to be out on TV. And the second one was the California Covered. It's already on air! Thank you so much for your awesome help and we are planning to send Pink for more acting classes! She sure enjoyed!"  -Jennifer R. (Mother of Pink R.)

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"Thank you! KIRA is the Best place to do taped auditions. I had to tape an audition for a pilot presentation, the whole process was very easy and the coaching that comes with the taping was priceless. I booked it!" -Tifanny J.


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You know a teacher is good when another teacher recommends them. My wonderful theatrical coach sent me to Keep It Real for their commercial class due to her respect for Judy Kain. I took A-Z Commercial Technique and enjoyed Paul Hungerford's energy and good natured teaching approach. He knows his stuff and knows how to translate that to his students. Following that, I had a private coaching session with Judy to prepare me for an agency call. I'm not sure the results of that yet as it was just today (and I release my attachment to the results), but Judy was a joy to work with and made me feel at-ease and prepared for the call. Both Judy and Paul show that they really care. The openness of Judy's heart was apparent in our coaching session, and I always appreciate people who have a true nature of caring about others. Thank you, KIRA." -Robert L

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"Thanks for coaching my clients- their tapes looked great!" -Bri Curtis, Agent at BBR

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"As a non actor, I needed help preparing for on camera exercise segments. I reached out to Judy and I cannot say enough amazing things. I walked into the session feeling nervous and walked out feeling confident in my material and most importantly, the delivery. This is a warm, friendly environment for anyone looking to better their talent. Wonderful experience." -Alana C.

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"Julie at AKA talent signed Jai! We're super excited! Wanted to thank you for helping her prepare, she'll be back in for more work with you soon." -Melanie J.

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"Hi Judy- We just wanted to say Thank you for your time and guidance yesterday- Tinsley told me that she got A LOT out of your coaching yesterday- Thank you so much!!! Hope to see you soon at one of your classes.  Thanks again." -Paul M.

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"THANK YOU so much for an awesome coaching session and for all your advice. It really grounded me and helped me feel extremely prepared" -Cameron M.

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"I always trust you will get the best out of them" -Lynn E.

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"I must express my thanks to you for your outstanding coaching. In our two sessions, I have learned a ton! I cannot even put into words what it means to me to know you can help me to do my very best when opportunities arise." -Lee M.


All-In-One Headshots

Thank you for such a wonderful, informational afternoon about HEADSHOTS.

A class like this has been needed in LA for such a long time. I wish I had, had this information before I did my headshots. My idea was to get a popping color, grandmother wardrobe and look my best and smile. Boy, I didn't realize, you have to put thought, preparation and hard work into pulling off great HEADSHOTS that will get you noticed. Plus at the time, there was no place to go to find out any information or learn what I needed to know before investing in Headshots. I was so green after being gone for so long.

Your class is very important because HEADSHOTS are the link to meeting CASTING DIRECTORS and getting AUDITIONS. You have to stay ahead of the "herd" You want the CASTING DIRECTOR to take a second look at you and not pass you by. Your class will give actors that have your information, a leading edge.

You had a brilliant idea and it  will pay off for all involved. I would tell any actor that the best investment in their career, is their HEADSHOT. That will be your stepping stone to a rewarding career, (Also, be sure to keep taking acting classes and workout classes.) You have to keep in the know.

Thanks again for helping actors in LA to be the best they can be and having a place to go for all their needs. - Carleen F.

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"I just wanted to drop you a quick line to thank you for coming up to the S.F. Bay Area and sharing your skills with us on Saturday. I found it to be VERY helpful to me. I hope we meet again!" -Greg S.

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"Firstly,OMG…and WOW!  Judy is a stylist. Seriously, made the difference from using myblues and greens to being able touse my favorite green sweater with a,'I never would have thought of this' topJudy let me borrow. Aces! Thank you.Then she suggested none of the 9 scarvesI brought but one of hers (I would havepassed in the store) that was perfect.  I haven't seen such subtle detail since I got instructions on how to match patternsfrom a high end mens clothier. WELL DONE.
Tom was so terrific. I want a class one night with him and Paul. Now that wouldbe awesome. He gave us a technique he pickedup when he was modeling that I want to own.With that, and Paul telling us how the camera can read your mind and knowing who youare talking to…..we are ahead of the game. Kevin was so awesome. What a thrill to shoot withhim again. It's been like 15 years. Better than ever.He gave me my last great B/W.  Just a love fest.  So thanks. Can't wait to get the photos and I hope Iwon't want to kill myself, because I felt I got it nailed andwith the TRIAD there with me……I'll kill myself ifmy shots aren't all that and the kitchen sink." -Sherlock G.

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"I am a working actress but felt like my work could be inconsistent at times. I really wanted to work out the kinks. This class is so specific to each individual's needs that I finally know now what works best for ME. Since taking the workout class, my callbacks, avails and bookings are all up. I booked a Best Buy and a Quaker spot in the two months since I've been in this commercial Clinic. -Julie

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"Your class is a great value and you, personally, put so much into the classes. We had bonus time last night and I, for one, really enjoyed that." -Deborah B.

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"Thank you for your kind email, I really did enjoy your no-nonsense and humble approach to coaching." -Aaron L.

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"I just want to thank you SOOOOO much for helping out last last Sunday. I didn't really know what to expect from the headshot class, but when I saw the proofs, I was literally so shocked at how much I looked like ME! EXACTLY the way I wanted to look and how I wanted to be captured! Everyone I've shown my pictures off to think they're amazing (duh). I can't tell you how satisfied I am right now. This is probably the first time in my life I haven't been disappointed by my headshot. Crazy. Thank you again for all you've done for me (and the rest of us from the studio)." -Jack H.

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"Had the opportunity to work with these guys with their Headshot class & I have to say as a working actor I learned so much about taking headshots. How did I go this long with out knowing all these amazing tips! Thank you to Tom Burke, Judy Kain and Kevin McIntyre for an amazing class and great headshots!! Two thumbs up!!" -B.R.

Wednesday Workouts

ʺI attended 4 of your awesome wednesday commercial workouts while I was in LA this summer. Now that I am back in Europe, I used the skills I learned and just booked an international ad campaign (tv/print/internet) for a cell phone provider! The way you taught me how to slate and the button trick really has helped me a lot! I will be back In LA for pilot season next year and will definitely try to get into your intense 6 week commercial class!ʺ -Patrick T.

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"Just wanted to let you know that I booked a commercial (my first) for Starbucks last week.  Thanks to your workouts, Tom Burke and his Image class and on site coaching and Kevin McIntyre, my photographer." -Jill M.

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"KIRA's Wednesday Workout is the perfect audition prep class. I went into my audition with little to no information but nailed my personality slate and improvised a scene that engaged the whole room. Thanks KIRA!" -Beau B.

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"I don't care how long you are in the "business," you need to take a refresher course every now and then so you can be aware of the latest trends.  You also have the opportunity of seeing and correcting any bad habits you have fallen into.  I feel that my On-Camera Workshop at Keep It Real is one of my best investments this year."    - Fumi

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"I booked a National, Union commercial for Purina! Thanks for all your help. Your class made the difference." - Glen M.

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Going to the Wed night class helped me to stay fresh and work out auditions that I had but didn't get callbacks for.  Thanks to everyone at Keepin it Reel Acting! -Ashlyn B. (Booked a VW National Commercial after class)

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After I started this Class, I booked a National Target Commercial! -Virginia T.

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I just wanted to thank you for all you've done for me in this past year. You've really helped me by guiding me in the right directions- with Commercial auditioning and career decisions. I have been doing diligence for the last year and am now beginning to see results. The opportunities your school  has given me are priceless. - Christine E.

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Seriously Judy, you're a great teacher.  What you, Paul and Francine gave us was truly wonderful. Mid class on the first night, 'what you just said was worth the price of the entire class! Francine has called me in for a spot tomorrow and my only hope is to incorporate everything I have learned from you fantastic people. -Keith R.

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"Thank you for everything that you and KIRA has done for me. I feel ready with knowledge loaded for my next audition." -Travis G.

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"I wanted to take a moment to thank you for the workshop session. I found the experience helpful in realizing where I need to focus to improve my audition skills- I am looking forward to taking your class next year once my show is over. I am grateful for your time & wisdom" -Elase C.

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"Judy - Absolutely brilliant class - thank you so much!" -Cathryn B.

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"I just love taking class with you! Five minutes with you and I feel re-energized and strong as an actor and person. And I see others responding similarly. You're supportive and encouraging. You find ways of critiquing us that don't diminish us." -Suzanne V.

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"Judy Kain and Randal Sims are the best acting teachers in the biz!" -Seth H.

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"I take this opportunity to congratulate you for the team at Keep It Real Acting. Both me and my friend are super happy and what's as important, learning A LOT!" -Teresa B.

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"Your class yesterday was incredibly constructive for me on so many levels! It was exactly what I needed, and it also gave me a great "kick in the pants" and "boost" to help ensure that I'm on top of the things business wise." -Jenifer P.

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"Judy Kain thanks for taking me in. I learned a lot from you guys at Keep it real Acting" -Brandon K.