In 2015 #Laner Kelly Klein of Calloway Productions discovered that she had a unique talent: she knew exactly how to make her friends look fabulous. She had been recording auditions for her actor friends so that they could self-submit for projects. “My business grew organically,” Kelly explains. “As I continued to put myself and my friends on tape, I received more requests and realized there was a real need for my service.” And just like that, Calloway Productions was founded! The secret to her success lies in providing professional-quality audition videos with quick turnaround times at reasonable prices. “My talent manager, Maggie Maes of MKM Talent, sends her roster to me because she says my product is consistently professional with real results,” says Kelly.
Kelly is no stranger to being in front of the camera, either. With stints on “Nurse Jackie,” “Gilmore Girls,” and “The Jake Effect,” this working actress understands the audition process. “I have been an actor my whole life, from growing up in Los Angeles to attending the New School University here in New York,” Kelly says. “My study of the craft has been, and will continue to be, a lifelong process. Having been in the business for so long, I have an innate instinct for what works and what doesn’t.” Her clients agree. They routinely receive callbacks from working with Kelly, and some have even booked roles thanks to her on-camera coaching. “It’s a wonderful feeling to be helping actors advance their careers while continuing to hone my skills,” Kelly says.
Kelly shoots out of her Upper East Side studio apartment, using a Canon Rebel T3i camera, an Interfit two-point lighting system, and a Rode VideoPro microphone. She has also painted her wall “Frisky Blue” to mimic a casting office! “Shooting out of my home is wonderful because it allows a relaxed environment for my clients while providing a professional product to send to casting,” Kelly tells us. She takes time with each client, shooting multiple takes until she gets The One. “[That is] a luxury not afforded in the traditional casting process!” Kelly points out. Following a session, she edits the footage and sends the file to the client in the same-day via email.
So in today’s world of camera phones and selfie sticks, why hire someone to record your audition for you? “I urge actors to put the best possible product they can out there, especially if it’s an important or high-stakes audition opportunity,” Kelly says. Self-tape submissions are changing the way the casting game is played, allowing casting directors to see actors all over the nation from the comfort of their offices. This is great news for actors, as it opens up a whole new level of casting opportunities. “They can literally control the timing, environment, and take they send to casting,” Kelly explains. “This is where I come in, with the professional equipment, critical outside eye, and high level of experience. My process allows the actor to truly delve into the material and not have to be preoccupied about the final product or be bogged down by technicalities. That’s my job!”
“And, I am quite the perfectionist,” she adds.
Since Kelly works in Administrative Support for Mustard Lane, Calloway Productions is offering a special Laner Rate this audition season! Book a 30-minute session for $40 or 60-minute session for $60. This amazing price includes the shoot, edit, coaching, and same-day upload. No other place in the City offers such a great product at such a terrific price. Don’t leave your next film or TV audition up to chance. Kelly Klein will make you shine! Check out her website or her Facebook page for contact information and more details!