This unique, professional casting workshop is designed for individuals with a passion for acting and filmmakers in general. It provides you with a very unique opportunity to gain first hand Casting experience under Giovanni’s expert guidance.

“Acting is more than being on stage or in front of the camera, it’s a way of living consisting of self-determined goals, knowledge and positivity. But foremost it’s a team work. The key is that it’s never just about you.”Giovanni Smets, Talent Agent / Founder, AOA
What’s on offer

The workshop is fast, intensive and absorbing. Our key goal is to give students the tools, the mindset and the support they need to work in the real world. By the end of the workshop, students will have evolved professionally, worked with a professional Talent Agent, and have professional acting experience.

Belgian theatrical talent agent and filmmaker, Giovanni Smets leads this 2 days Casting workshop. The professional relationship between an actor and a talent agent is crucial in an actor’s career. Yet both professions entail very different tasks. In this course you’ll discover exactly how to find an agent and secure a role along the way. You will learn the do’s and don’ts of castings, how to present yourself and branding your image, how to obtain representation, the way to attack monologues and casting sides and more importantly, how to be prepared when being invited for an interview or meeting through casting simulations.

Actors One Agency at afilm
About the instructor?

Giovanni was the founder of Actors One Agency, an international talent agency located in Sitges, Barcelona, representing a diverse range of professional actors from all over the world. Through his work as a talent agent, Giovanni secured many actors with roles in (inter)national movies such as “Hunter’s Prayer” by Jonathan Mostow, “Paradise Hills” by Alice Waddington and “Gernika” by Koldo Serra. Giovanni has a unique knowledge of acting and directing the actor from his training in filmmaking at afilm International, having written and directed various films, including the much praised fashion motion editorial “Inside the Dreammachine” for Belgian designer Anneleen Bertels.

“It’s not in vain that the job description ‘Casting Director’ contains the word ‘Director’. I truly believe that Casting Directors are story tellers. Their words are the actors who bring our beloved characters to life.”Giovanni Smets, Talent Agent / Founder, AOA
What will you get out of it?
  • You will learn a brief history of casting to better understand your role within this context
  • You will learn what to wear for a casting session
  • You will learn about the relationship between an agent and casting director
  • You will learn how to find an agent, the right agent for youYou will explore the do’s and the don’ts of castings
  • Agency casting VS. theatrical casting
Giovanni Smets of AOA at afilm
What will you be doing?
  • You will breakdown casting sides and monologues and prepare for casting sessions
  • You will be directed in casting simulations, which will be shot for further analysis
“Whenever I do a casting with him I know I’m not leaving until he gets out of me what he wants, he’s always honest and gets the best out of you. Even if the casting is for a small part he makes you feel like It’s the most important thing in the world. He always finds a way to pump your self confidence before every casting, and it always works!”Paco Perez (France)
“He believes in every actor’s potential so much, he knows us and what we are capable of better than ourselves. Gio gives you the tools you’re lacking in every casting, he sees what you cannot see, with just one tiny adjustment he makes our performances improve a lot.”Claudia Trujillo (SPAIN)