Experience

Who is
Killian mchugh?

From acting to casting and back again.

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  • Killian McHugh, commercial Casting Director, creator of Killian's Workshop, began working in commercial casting in 2000. He has worked in most of the top commercial offices in Los Angeles, and worked with most of the top commercial directors as either an on-camera principle actor or through the casting process. In 2005, he found his home at AHC Inc. He quickly became their "No.1" session director. In 2006 He founded Killian's workshop with the sole purpose of revealing the knowledge he had learned from casting thereby empowering his fellow actors during their auditioning process. Having seen literally thousands of auditions, Killian realized there was a great disconnect between what casting was actually looking for and what the actor THOUGHT casting was looking for!

    The results have been a virtual phenomenon. Since its founding, Killian's Workshop has helped hundreds of actors book commercials resulting in millions of dollars in residuals for the working actor. In 2010 he was promoted from session director to casting director within the AHC Inc. organization and also that same year,Killian's Workshop was voted "Best Commercial Workshop" by the Backstage West readers poll and Killian himself was voted "Best Workshop Teacher" in that same poll. In 2012 he appeared in MTV's Made as the "go to guy" if you want to book commercials in Los Angeles. In 2014 he appeared on Conan O'Brien's show as his Acting coach and the bit was named an "Instant classic" by the Huffington Post. It has received nearly 3 million hits on YouTube! In 2016 Killian opened his own studio on Melrose Ave. in Hollywood!

  • I wish every actor could experience just one day from the casting point of view. For me, it was eye-opening and career changing! I believe that about 60% of the actors I see on a daily basis have no clue how to audition successfully. This is not to say they are not talented actors. Rather, they do not understand HOW to audition. They simply don't understand the purpose behind the process. Most actors are so concentrated on the "acting" required, they lose sight of the needs of the clients.
  • It is my core belief that if you do not have a firm grasp of the needs of the client BEFORE you enter the audition room, callbacks and bookings will be random or non-existent. Think about it seriously for a minute: how can you expect to give the clients what they need if you have no idea how to figure out what they need? Simply put: most actors don't know what they don't know about the audition process.
  • In 2006, at the request of several casting directors and agents, I developed an audition technique class that EMPOWERS THE ACTOR and takes the guessing out of the audition process. My four week workshop teaches any actor, at any age, and from any experience level, how to pinpoint the needs of the client and manipulate the audition process to the actors advantage. This technique puts the actor in control and gives you the knowledge and confidence needed to book the job.
  • Knowledge is power!! I took this knowledge and applied it to my own career. I have a 90% callback ratio and a long list of commercial work. The actors that take my workshop can boast the same results. (see ACTORS page) This workshop strives to DE-MYSTIFY the entire commercial casting process for the actor. Be pro-active about your career! Click on the classes page to sign up. Ensure your success for the future!

  • This is not "just another" commercial workshop. It is also a showcase! I put a dvd together of the final class and present it to several major commercial casting directors! Click on the calender page and sign up. Ensure your success for the future.