Train with one of LA's most
respected acting coaches

Train with one of LA's most
respected acting coaches


Mary McCusker has over 30 years of onset experience and
has worked with Hollywood-renowned directors and producers.

Mary McCusker has over 30 years of on set experience and
has worked with Hollywood-renowned directors and producers.




 
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Train with one of LA's most
respected acting coaches


Mary McCusker has over 30 years of onset experience and has worked with Hollywood-renowned directors and producers.

Mary McCusker has over 30 years of onset experience and
has worked with Hollywood-renowned directors and producers.


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This book will change your auditioning forever! Hollywood's award-winning directors, busiest casting directors, leading showrunners and successful actors share their expertise on landing the job in the unique art of auditioning. Acting coach Mary McCusker's in-depth interviews with these industry experts give specific insider tips for actors to apply in the audition room. These Hollywood giants have been the creative forces behind many award-wining films and television shows.


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Enhance Your Auditioning Skills


In this transformative new book written by Mary McCusker, you will get access to the minds of some of the top directors and casting directors. She dives into what directors and casting directors are looking for in the audition process. Watch an excerpt from two of the interviews below.




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About The Book


Director Interviews


Get insights from top directors who have directed feature films: The Hobbit Trilogy, The Green Book and Charlie's Angels. Television shows: Emily in Paris, Black-ish, Malcolm in the Middle and Instant Mom and more.

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Get a copy of Auditioning: What They Say When You Leave The Room for $14.95 on Amazon!


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Casting Director Interviews


Get insights from top casting directors who have cast feature films: Groundhog Day, Memoirs of a Geisha and Bad Boys for Life. Television shows: Brooklyn 99, Santa Clarita Diet, The Walking Dead and The Dave Chapelle Show and more.

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Actor Stephen Tobolowsky

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Instant Mom - producer/show runner - Howard Michael Gould
and series regular - Sydney Park

Director's Comments


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Ken Kwapis: Director and Producer: Big Miracle,  Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, A Walk in the Woods


"Mary McCusker has an amazing ability to help actors really own their roles.  She gives people who have never attended an acting class in their lives -- the tools that enable them to perform in reality.  Mary urges actors to bring their own life experience to the part.  Working with Mary is like having an auxiliary brain.  Plus, when shooting on a tight schedule or in extreme conditions, Mary has simply been a lifesaver."


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Todd Holland: Executive Producer & Director


"Mary is devoted to constantly confirming (and reconfirming) my goals scene by scene, take by take.  She focused the actors, helped us make our days and carried a load that allowed me to focus on the big production picture each day.  Mary became a trusted creative partner -- I can't imagine working without Mary's support.  I hire her every chance I get."


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Howard Michael Gould: Writer, Director, Executive Producer, Currently: Instant Mom


"Mary McCusker is absolutely brilliant at what she does. Her toolbox is bottomless, her understanding of material is profound, and her sensitivity to the young people in her charge - their natural abilities, all aspects of their development, even the nuances of their emotional and family lives - enables her not only in the short term to elicit the performances you need, but in the long term to grow them from child actors into "actor" actors. Late in our first season, a visitor to our set commented that the only show he'd ever seen with three young actors so strong was Malcolm In The Middle. Of course, that show was Mary's, too."


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Linwood Boomer: Executive Producer, Creator of Malcolm In The Middle


"Malcolm in the Middle depended entirely on the engaging and believable performances of our child actors. for that, we depended entirely on Mary McCusker. Mary provides an oasis of calm, good-natured professionalism on an often chaotic film set. Her young actors are always thoroughly prepared, attentive and ready to deliver their best work. Her talent is obvious when you see the kids on screen, but what you don't see - and what I'm most grateful for - is the dedication, patience, and insight that nourished those kids."

How Can Mary Help You?