Two opportunities to grow as a professional actor: 

The 3-day "Auditioning by Heart" Intensive (which includes the famous Sunday Industry Panel) & the invaluable "Thought Support" Class

Sign up for BOTH to get the most from each:

Auditioning by Heart

3-Day Intensive

Fri, 3:00pm - 8:00pm / Sat & Sun, 10:00am - 5:00pm 

Auditioning by Heart ATLANTA

(including the Sunday Panel)

This on-camera intensive will teach professional actors how to organically prepare for film and television auditions within a short time-frame.  Actors receive new sides prior to each class and work daily.   "Auditioning by Heart" is a deep exploration of how to create a character's life from the truth through history homework.  It is practical, not theoretical, and aims to equip you with all the skills and expertise you need to become dynamic and courageous at your auditions. The training is very much student-centered, giving time for individual attention. Crystal will provide thorough, personalized critiques for actor's who register to be critiqued.


This workshop will empower you to

  • Rid Nerves
  • Know Your Lines “by Heart”
  • Live Truthfully Through the Life of the Character
  • Highlight Your Acting Abilities
  • Improve Booking Rates

Join this 3-day intensive (all day) workshop - 

All actors, critiqued and non-critiqued, will receive audition material and will be put on tape. As a non-critiqued actor, if you choose not to have your audition put on tape, then you may be a reader for those who do. (Actors can learn a lot about auditioning when they sit on the other side of the camera.) 12 actors tapes will be watched and critiqued during class. Their tapes will be used to demonstrate, as clear examples, Crystal's lessons, script analysis, and character breakdowns.


2 ways to play Auditioning by Heart!

1) CRITIQUED ACTOR:  Your work critiqued in front of the class, (your resume will be requested after you register) 12 actors only, or...   

2) NON CRITIQUED ACTOR: you can choose to self-critique (please read about this after the bullet point below) and/or you can choose to be critiqued outside of class.


How a Non-Critiqued Actor Participant Works:

Get all the materials, be put on tape, and after Crystal gives you the stronger vs weaker choices you might make, self critique your playback (along with an opportunity to ask Crystal's TA and your peers for what they see). OR add a private critique outside of class.

  • Non-critiqued actors please note, after Crystal breaks down the material for everyone, discusses the best approach for the scene, and demonstrates (using  the 12 Critiqued actors' tapes) specifically what she will more than likely KNOW EXACTLY how you did, (which of your choices were strong, and which could have been better thought out) when you watch your tape's playback, without getting a specific critique by Crystal. Having said that, you are more than welcome to sign up to have Crystal critique your work privately outside of class. Sign up as a NON-critqued-in-class student using the PayPal button below, then use the lower drop down menu to sign up to be critiqued outside of class:

Use button below and scroll down to Non-Critiqued Actor to sigh up:

NOTE: If you have signed up as a non-critiqued student, but you want to be critiqued outside of class time, you can add that on below. (NOTE: If you have already signed up as a critiqued-in-class student, you're set! don't need to sign up below. This is for NON-critiqued actors.)

* Minimum Age 18 yrs (Certain exceptions apply, please reach out -

Included, on the last night of Auditioning by Heart:


Q & A Event at 4:30PM




There is no guarantee as to which Industry Professionals from the worlds of Casting, Acting and Agenting will be a part of this incredible and enlightening Industry Panel Q&A. The evening is the highlight of the fantastic 3-day workshop.


Returning Students are Family!

Note: If you have taken Auditioning by Heart before, and are a returning student, "refresh" your skills at a very special discount, by signing up to be a non-critiqued actor -- one who is taped but not critiqued during classtime.  As you know...after Crystal's lecture and thorough breakdown of your sides, you will more than likely be able to watch your tape and know "how you did." This lets you save big! --Of course, if you still want Crystal to critique you, please sign up anytime, for a critique outside of class.  We LOVE having you back!   --Scroll down on PayPal Button below to register now:

Brian White is an actor and producer, know for The Cabin in the Woods (2012), Brick (2005) and The Family Stone (2005). In 2015, he is currently has recurring roles on ScandalMistresses, and Chicago Fire.


Thought Support Class

Limited to 12 students.

5:00pm - 10pm

The Safety Net Under Your Audition

Ever go into an audition thinking you have your lines memorized only to get nervous and mess-up?  Memorization can lock you into a stale delivery or make you even more flustered if you accidentally forget a line.  Thought Support Technique is a one-day workshop that will teach you how to use your sides in an audition while staying in character so you don't have to depend on memorization.  Learn your lines "by heart" - not by rote.  

Focus your preparation by:

  • Deepening your connection to the other character
  • Listening and being present
  • Fighting for your objective
  • Responding truthfully in the moment

Limited to 12 actors.  

This class is the PERFECT lead-in to Auditioning by Heart! Actors get more out of the 3-day intensive when they take the Thought Support Workshop with it.

Join this incredible class - Regularly $150

Sign-up along with Auditioning by Heart and take Thought Support for only $100

Hear what local actors have to say about Thought Support...

List beneath the 3-day intensive on the scroll bar, you'll find Thought Support. Why not take both classes at a special price, and get the most from each one?

List beneath the 3-day intensive on the scroll bar, you'll find Thought Support. Why not take both classes at a special price, and get the most from each one?


A testimony:

I just finished taking Thought Support class and I finally "get it", not just rationally, but I really FEEL what it means to be in the moment in a whole new, unforgettable, usable, effortless way.

After you understand the rules & technicalities, you will notice that your body and mind will automatically start to respond to the other person. You'll start to have emotions hit and change you. You'll GENERATE THOUGHTS, then look at the other person and say them. You'll really get that the script gives you WHAT to say, but taking in the other person, gives you HOW to say it -- no "pre-shaping".

Even though I am not really thinking up the lines, because the writers has already done that, I feel like I am. Thought Support has helped ME, be more of a REAL human being when auditioning and anytime I'm acting.  

It also is the perfect prerequisite to Auditioning by Heart! It supports you, so you can feel safe doing what Crystal is asking of you. I hope you take Thought Support and see for yourself. 

Actor: Frank Carrijo


Should you need to cancel in the week before class, your replacement student must be found at least 48 hours before class starts to give us time to re-think parings and find new sides, especially if the class is outside of the Los Angeles area.

Stephen Rider is an actor, most known for  The Great Debaters (2007), (2012), The Host (2013) and most notably as Blake Tower on Marvel's "Daredevil" for Netflix.

Felisha Terrell is best known for her roles on TEEN WOLF, SURVIVOR'S REMORSE, and most recently WGN's drama pilot, ROADSIDE PICNIC

Tanya Clarke (BansheeA Beautiful Mind) talks about the "gems" she comes away because of Crystal Carson's amazing coaching.  

Crystal Carson previously taught 12  years with Margie Haber and has been teaching at her own studio in Los Angeles for another 12 years, as well as traveling nationally and internationally, teaching workshops to professional actors. She has probably worked with some successful friends of yours, her local Atlanta clients include Aaron O'Connell (Have and Have Nots), Matthew Atkinson (Parenthood), Ashley LeConte Campbell (The Blindside, Drop Dead Diva), Tanya Clarke (Banshee), RonReaco Lee (Survivor's Remorse), Eaddy Mays (Teen Wolf), Vince Pisani (Sleepy Hollow, Halt and Catch Fire) Dave Pileggi (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues), and Latarsha Rose (Being Mary Jane) among many others. In Atlanta, Crystal has hosted several Q & A sessions with Industry Professionals as part of her now famous, SUNDAY PANEL on the last day of Auditioning by Heart. You never know who will show up, but past SUNDAY PANEL Participants have included, Agent Kathleen Schultz owner of the Los Angeles based agency, KSA, as well as Los Angeles Casting Director, Billy Demota, and from Atlanta; Houghton Agency's Vince Pisani, JVA's owner Jana Van Dyke, AWA's owner Alexander White, Avery Sisters' owner Gerra Avery, SALT's Danita Florance, and others. Local Casting Directors have also joined the panel and have included Tyler Perry Studios Casting's Michael Gillespie, Fox Casting's Jessica Fox, and Atlanta Casting's Cheryl Louden-Kubin, among others.  Crystal is excited to return to Atlanta! She is delighted to be the first coach invited to teach workshops for actors at the Atlanta Media Campus and Studios.