Business of Acting Coaching 



Cost: $80

Feeling like you're struggling to make the next step in your career? Unclear what that next step even is? Breathe new life into your career with a little CPR. Our Artistic Director, Michael McCracken, has a diverse background - with experience in casting, as an agent, and as an actor - making him the perfect person to help you assess where you are currently, where you want to go, and determine the best path to get there. With our CPR session he will work one-on-one with you to figure out a personalized course of action moving forward. Whether you've been in the business for years and can't seem to find your footing or have recently graduated and want to set forth on a path to success, we're here to help you insure that you are presenting the best version of yourself to the agents and casting directors in Chicago and make a lasting impression.  


Cost: $250

Do you want to take your career to the next level? To get the top on-camera auditions in town you will need to partner with a talent agency. Build a submission package that will stand out and be fully prepared to understand the whole process of getting an agent from submission to agency interview. Get the help you've been needing from a pro who can arm you with all of the tools you need to get through the submission noise and into the room.  Your coach, Artistic Director Michael McCracken, will dig into his arsenal of knowledge and experience to help you find the best way to showcase what you have to offer. The Agent Prep Package includes:

  • An Actor CPR - a 60 minute private coaching session to help you identify the direction you personally want to go and the tools you will need to get there.

  • Resume/cover letter revision and new headshot review - a 60 minute deep dive into the best way to format your resume and cover letter so the things that matter stand out. Weed through your new headshots and pick the top choices to get you noticed.

  • Monologue/cold reading coaching - 60 minutes of focused coaching aimed at preparing the sharpest pieces of audition material in your book and cold copy for commercials. 

  • One month of unlimited email (48 hour response) - this business can bring about a lot of questions, so ask them! We're here to help.


Also, if more coaching is need for monologues or additional business coaching, we will offer a discount during the month.


Once your first CPR coaching happens, our goal is to finish the whole process in 30 days. The reason we do this is because once you start this process, you will get more bang for your buck if you put the time and energy into it and not make the process last 3 years. We want to get you equipped now and connected to an agency ASAP. Come out the gate hot and will give you the endurance to weather the race.


Cost: $60

Already have a self tape set up? Not sure if it is showcasing you in the best way? Let us help! We’ll use our extensive self tape experience to help you make the adjustments you need to shine and feel confident. After you book your session, you’ll send in a self tape you have already produced for review, and then we’ll book a 30 minute feedback session to discuss and fix issues.


Cost: $150

Self tapes and zoom auditions are the new normal for auditioning here in Chicago and beyond. This process can be very stressful since you are forced into the role of both producer and actor. You need to have a space in your home to tape auditions, and most people do not have a whole room to dedicate as a studio! You still need a setup that works for you and looks professional and there is no one size fits all when it comes to getting that setup. Let Vagabond make sure YOUR self tape space is truly audition ready. This package includes a 60 minute walkthrough of everything you need to set up your audition space. We talk about lights, audio, backdrops, camera placement, editing etc. After that meeting, your homework is to then record a mock audition on your own (we’ll provide the material) then there will be a follow up 30 minute meeting to discuss what is working and what needs improvement.

Vagabond School of the Arts
Acting School in Chicago