Michael Sanford - ONLINE

Virtual Casting Access


Michael Sanford - ONLINE

Saturday, October 8, 2022

Begins at 12:00 PM PDT | 3:00 PM EDT
Check-in begins at: 11:45 AM PDT | 2:45 PM EDT

1 Hour


This online class will provide feedback from an experienced casting professional. No more than 20 performers will be participating.

There will be a 1 hour Q&A with the Casting Director hosted on ZOOM on Saturday, October 8th.

Those who attend the Q&A, will be sent assigned commercial copy by the casting director based on your Casting Access Profile Headshot. (See update instructions below) Commercial Reads will be submitted in the form of a self-tape.

You will have until Wednesday, October 12th 9:00am PDT | 12:00pm EST to rehearse, record, and upload a video containing your performance of the material you were assigned. You will upload the video using your YouTube account and email the unlisted video link. The casting director will review your workshop video and provide written notes the following week. 


Since opening Sanford Casting in the spring of 2000 Michael has worked with many top directors, production companies, and advertising agencies to create an actor and client friendly office bringing 1000’s of commercial campaigns to life. In 2009 he expanded into a full service company to include feature films, television, music videos, digital content and more. In 2018 he partnered with Jillian Johnston who is based in Atlanta to open a southeast office, Sanford Johnston Casting. He has been awarded a CSA Artios Award for his work on the Oscar winning film “The Artist” alongside his friend and mentor Heidi Levitt, a TMA Heller Award for Commercial Casting Director of Year and a the Media Access Award for his work with the CSA Equity in Entertainment Committee.


You must have completed a Casting Access Online application prior to registering for this class.

If you RSVP for this class you must attend the Q&A on October 8th and be able to upload your video by 9:00am PDT | 12pm EST on October 12th. DO NOT BE LATE. You must cancel your reservation by midnight prior to the Q&A if you cannot comply. 


  • Sign in to your account at https://sagaftra.foundation. Click SIGN IN in the top right corner.
  • In the top right corner, click on MY ACCOUNT
  • On the left side, click on CASTING ACCESS PROFILE

Your video will not be accepted IF:

  • Your video is shot vertically instead of horizontally. If you need to shoot on an iPhone or tablet, turn it sideways.
  • It is not appropriately framed. Standard framing is top of the head to mid chest.
  • The video has poor sound, clarity, or lighting. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but it cannot take away from your performance.
  • You have a distracting background. If you cannot provide a solid background, a minimal background is best.
  • Your video has title cards or subtitles. They are unnecessary.
  • Your video settings are not Unlisted. Videos that are Private or Public will not be accepted.
  • You “share” the video through YouTube. You must email the video URL to the specified email address.
  • You mark your video as Listed for Kids. Videos are unable to be sent to the instructor with this setting. (ie Listed for Kids means content for children.)  Click here to watch a video tutorial.