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Nearly every day in Los Angeles, television commercials are produced. Nearly every commercial produced is seeking new faces to promote their products. Baby boomers and seniors 60+ currently comprise the largest demographic of consumers in the United States. Now is the time for seniors and beginners who think that they might enjoy performing in television commercials to learn about the business, develop skills, and go for it!

COMMERCIAL ACTING for ADULTS are ongoing open classes taught by commercial actor Buddy Powell. Mr. Powell has performed in over 100 television commercials and is uniquely qualified as an actor, and as a credentialed teacher working with adult performers. He is a patient, caring, and amusing fellow!

Instruction includes:

  • The history of the television commercial
  • The advertising formats used in commercials
  • The basics of acting in commercials
  • The tools required for commercial acting
  • The interview/audition process
  • Understanding agency representation
  • Understanding electronic casting
  • Related careers in performing

Students are invited to perform regularly on videotape and have their work professionally critiqued. Emphasis is placed on developing the individual's unique qualities, understanding student's particular type, strengthening confidence, and developing professional skills necessary for entering the television commercial industry. Guest speakers include working professional seniors, commercial agents, managers, casting personnel and photographers. Many students from COMMERCIAL ACTING for ADULTS can currently be seen in commercials promoting a variety of products.



Class Locations

$10.00 per Class per Week

Mondays 1:30pm - 3:30pm
First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood
Cellar Room (Green Awning on Carlos Ave.)
1760 N. Gower St.
Hollywood, CA 90028

North Hollywood
$10.00 per Class per Week

Thursdays 1:30pm - 3:30pm
TU Studios (Theatre Unlimited)
10943 Camarillo St.
North Hollywood, CA 91602

Advance Registration Required
Ten week course $80.00

Tuesdays 1:00pm-3:00pm
Pasadena Senior Center
85 E. Holly Street
Pasadena, CA 91103
Call for class date: 626.795.4331

Culver City
Advance Registration Required
Ten week course $100.00

Fridays 1:30pm-3:30pm
Memorial Complex
4117 Overland
Culver City, CA 90230
Call for class date: 310.253.6650


Class Holidays
Class does not meet on these dates:

Monday, Jan. 20 Thursday, Nov. 27
Monday, Feb. 17 Monday, Dec. 22
Monday, May 26 Wednesday, Dec. 24
Wednesday, May 28 Thursday, Dec. 25
Thursday, May 29 Monday, Dec. 29
Monday, Sept. 1 Wednesday, Dec. 31
  Thursday, Jan. 1


Buddy Powell offers a 6-week Audition Monologue Workshop. This class limited to 10 students. Class fee is $90.00 for entire workshop, payable at first class (cash or check).

Workshop covers:

  • Resources for choosing a monologue
  • Character Analysis
  • Physical Presentation
  • Memorization

By completion of 6 week course you will have a prepared monologue that can be used for auditioning purposes. Contact Buddy Powell to be included in next 6-week Workshop.


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