Chris Freihofer, CSA

Professional Actor & Casting Director

Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Returning January 20, 2021
4-week class
12 Student Limit, Ages 16+
Was $225 | Now just $200

With self-taping becoming more and more prevalent in the casting industry, are your self tapes getting seen beyond the typical first 10 seconds?  Are you grabbing their attention and keeping it from the beginning?  Let’s face it. Most self tapes are not viewed by the casting director, but are seen by casting assistants or associates, and many don’t make it past the first round of consideration, mainly because of simple mistakes that could be fixed.

Chris Freihofer is a casting director that has viewed thousands of self tapes, and feels the overwhelming majority of self tapes could be improved with some simple guidance. Even if you have an amazing self tape home studio, your tapes could still be falling short with some professional guidance and feedback.


This class will assign and evaluate four different self tapes from participants, focusing on the basics and building to the specifics that capture the eye of casting professionals.  Improve your home studio, improve the look and feel, and grab and then keep the attention through the end of the scene.


Chris Freihofer is a casting director of over 100 feature films and television projects, as well as an actor who has booked guest star and recurring character roles on such series as Breaking Bad, Longmire, Army Wives, Wildfire and others….from self-taping.  His recent casting credits include the Matt Damon film STILLWATER, written and directed by Tom McCarthy, ENSLAVED BY DUCKS, produced by Patricia Heaton and David Hunt, the Bella Thorne film SOUTHLAND, DOTTY & SOUL, starring Leslie Uggams, THIRTEEN MINUTES, starring Amy Smart and Thora Birch,  ASKING FOR IT, produced by Ezra Miller, and he was in the process of casting the film REAGAN, starring Dennis Quaid, before the Covid-19 outbreak. 


In addition to casting projects for filmmakers Francis Ford Coppola, Terrence Malick, Andrea Arnold, John Wells, Michael Winterbottom, William H. Macy and many more, including some cool Netflix projects like AN INNOCENT MAN and FULL OUT 2, and segments of the cool TV series SESAME STREET and THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL, Freihofer has worked casting on films that have been accepted into Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival for the past three consecutive years: Martha Stephens’ TO THE STARS, Paul Dano’s directorial debut WILDLIFE, and the 2020 Plan B and  A24 film MINARI, the first film to win both the Grand Jury as well as the Audience Awards at Sundance.  He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the Casting Society of America.