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Top L.A. Casting Session Director, Shaan Sharma, Calls "Action" on New Book - A Guide to Navigating Los Angeles' Challenging World of Commercial Acting

Having directed audition sessions for over four hundred national commercial spots for dozens of L.A.’s top casting directors, Shaan Sharma is a well-known veteran of his industry. Now expanding his reach through a powerful new book, Shaan is looking to help thousands of actors better navigate their way through the commercial acting business by putting into practice the tips and information he has spent fifteen years discovering. Regardless of experience level, ‘A Session Director's Guide to Commercial Acting in L.A.’ contains insider knowledge that will help actors better understand the process and in turn be more successful.


Los Angeles, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 07/07/2014 -- As an actor himself, Shaan Sharma has been fortunate to see his name credited on a slew of network TV shows (including GREEK, 1600 Penn, Growing Up Fisher, Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street and The Thundermans) and commercials (including spots for FedEx, Best Buy and Capital One), but it’s his experience as a Session Director for hundreds of commercial castings as well that has given him unique insight into what it takes to be a working actor. Now a recognizable figure in the Los Angeles commercial acting world, Sharma has compiled his considerable wisdom and influence into a powerful book for fellow performers.

‘A Session Director's Guide to Commercial Acting in L.A.’ is the industry’s most comprehensive book, giving readers a step-by-step guide to breaking into and prospering in the commercial acting business of the world’s greatest entertainment city. Fusing his experience, wisdom, vignettes and wit – Sharma is about to change the lives of those who thought big-picture acting was nothing but a fantasy as well as commercial veterans who could be even more successful.


Learn how to become a successful working actor in TV commercials in Los Angeles in this fun step-by-step guide by top Casting Session Director and commercial actor Shaan Sharma. The book covers everything you need to know about the business, what you need to get started, how to get the right training, and walks you through the entire process of auditioning, booking and shooting projects; all from an insider's point of view. Even veterans will learn useful tips for converting more auditions into bookings. If you don't know the information in this book, you're probably losing work. Includes great Illustrations by Paul Loudon.’

“This isn’t hype; but tangible advice I have gained from running over 400 commercial auditions,” says Sharma. “Readers will hit the ground running as they discover how the business works and what to expect, how to find good acting classes, refine their look, get headshots, get representation, get in with the top commercial casting directors, navigate the audition and call-back process, life on set and even how to stay busy between acting jobs. There’s also a bonus chapter for parents interested in getting their children into acting. The commercial acting world is so different than that of theater, TV and film. Actors need to know those differences and the advice in the book so they can make the most of the time and money they invest in their careers. ”

Continuing, “The kind of information in this book can only come from someone who has experience both in front of and behind the camera, who works with the top casting directors, directors, ad agencies and companies in the world. There are no other books out there like it. So, if you want to get into commercial acting in L.A. – this is your guidebook.”

The book is already getting rave reviews from actors:

Craig Cooper comments, “If you are serious about acting, you must read this. I do everything he says in this book. That’s why I “book” work and I'm living the dream but most of all I'm having fun! He covers EVERYTHING you need to know. Any actor needs to read this, not just commercial actors. Shaan’s book is fun, entertaining, informative, clear and easy to follow. A GREAT READ! Loved it!”

‘A Session Director's Guide to Commercial Acting in L.A.’ is available now:

Apple iBooks: http://bit.ly/VGv766
Amazon Kindle: http://amzn.to/1vFnTtK
Barnes and Noble Nook: http://bit.ly/1xjHmTv
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1magu4h

For more information, visit Sharma’s official website: http://shaansharma.com.

About Shaan Sharma
Top casting Session Director and fellow working actor Shaan Sharma has been directing casting sessions for many of the top casting directors in Los Angeles for over seven years. He is also an acting teacher with regular scene study on-camera acting classes for film and TV as well as commercial acting workshops.