Frequently Asked Questions
Where are you located?
We hold our classes at Corrigan and Johnston Casting Office in the NoDa neighborhood of Charlotte, NC. The physical address is 3006 North Davidson Street, Charlotte, NC 28205. It is a fantastic renovated mill house from the 1920s that is right across from the Johnston YMCA. There is a gravel parking lot up the steep driveway in the back and loads of street parking as well.
Can I rent this space from you? What are your office hours?
Apologies but no! We rent the studio space on non-business hours from the lovely & talented owners of Corrigan & Johnston Casting! This means we do not own this space, have office hours or receive mail there. We have a mobile “office” which means you can reach us at anytime via our phone line, email address or even our Facebook page! We also have a PO Box should you need to mail us something!
Are you hiring? Do you have internships? Are you an accredited school?
No, We are a small operation with 4-5 instructors, two of whom only teach occasionally. We have a manager and camera operator and that’s all. Because of our small size we do not offer internships or any other outside accreditation opportunities. We are simply a small business.
Are there age or experience requirements?
No experience required but we are 18 years & older only. We offer a variety of specialized ‘topics’ classes that change and evolve from time to time but generally our acting courses fall into 3 distinct steps. This system is broken up into Subtext, Technique and Studio. Our “Level 1” class is called Subtext. This class is great for students with no experience, who just have some curiosity, to those who have been training less than two years. This is generally our only prerequisite. Subtext is all about foundational lessons and the language a professional uses to learn, understand and master the lessons. Think of it as learning what to call colors and shapes before you start painting. For a more in-depth breakdown of what the levels of classes are and the topics courses, you can check out their individual pages.
Do you offer classes for kids or teens?
All of our classes and workshops are 18 years & up. We are geared towards adult education and some of the scene work can be pulled from scripts that are mature in nature. We do not offer any classes for kids or teens but our instructor Marilyn Carter is well-versed and does work with young students on an individual one-on-one basis. For her contact information please email us.
Do you offer private coaching and lessons?
Yes. Typically we offer private sessions for those who are working on a specific audition or project. These sessions are hourly and always have an initial consult session to plan out the subsequent sessions and timing. Private coaching usually begins at $100 per hour. Please email the manager for more details.
I have acting experience; can I skip a class level?
If you are completely new student to us we like to start at the same place with everyone, meaning Subtext. We understand at least half of our new students already have some kind of experience and may be working actors or have a background of training. That being said, if you are enrolled in Subtext and the instructor feels that you should be in another class they will work that out with you personally either by placing you in another class or beginning private lessons.
Can I audit a class?
Yes! We allow prospective and current students who are not enrolled/have never been enrolled in our Studio class to come in and check out our Studio class once. And only once! Sorry! This gives people a better understanding of the type of environment and coaching that we work towards in our other classes.
Can you tape my audition?
No, We do not offer that service right now, but the casting studio does! You can email CJCASTING@GMAIL.COM with "Self-Tape" in the subject line to schedule your appointment. Their pricing is $25.00 per 15-minutes and they assure you a professional looking video with great light, sound and an experienced casting director to guide you!
I missed some classes; are there refunds or rollover credits?
No. Class is still happening regardless of a students' attendance so we ask that you try to make up the class work in the case that you are absent. FASt also does not allow students to drop in or "pay-as-you-go" either. Many students do not show up every single week as they have lives! This is just fine! But we simply can not keep track of every student's attendance record, there are just too many! Class is only 8 weeks long so we prefer you miss 2 classes at the very maximum. Students also can not sign up for less than 8 weeks at a time or attend any other classes outside the session dates they originally enrolled in.
Refunds will not be provided for any FILM ACTORS STUDIO CHARLOTTE class unless the student is unable to attend any and all meetings of said class and notifies the Manager via phone and/or email prior to the class’s start date.
In the event that a student qualifies for a refund, the student will receive 50% of their money back. If a student attends any of the classes paid for they forfeit the ability to receive a refund of any kind. The bank transfer typically takes 7-10 business days to be completed.
Are there payment plans?
Due to many issues in the past with collecting the full tuition from new students on a payment plan we typically no longer allow partial payments during registration. If you have extenuating circumstances please talk with the manager about your issue. Usually we can work something out! We take Stripe (on our webpage), debit cards & all credit cards, cash and checks.
I’m casting a project and looking for actors…
If you would like to get the word out to our students about your project please post the breakdown and contact information on our Facebook. If the post is too large please email the breakdown to us and we will post it on the website for you. We can not give out any individual students’ contact information so it is best that they contact you directly with their interest in the project.
When does the next class start?
If the next start date for a class is not listed on its’ individual page that typically means we do not have the exact date set yet and you should tune in to our once-a-month email newsletter or check us out on Facebook to see when the latest calendar updates happen. If it is a specialty workshop or occasionally offered class then please let us know you are interested in taking the class so we can get a session scheduled!