Carolyne Barry Commercial Workshops

During her career, Carolyne worked in over 400 commercials and was a commercial casting director for decades in Los Angeles. The techniques taught in these commercial classes were created by her from her years of experience, with updates that reflect the ever-changing commercial industry. We continue her legacy of helping actors thrive by sharing her approach to commercial success.

Carolyne Barry Commercial Workshops

Commercials are the launching pad for many acting careers. Not only are they typically the first agent and audition most actors have, but they are also an excellence source of income. Therefore, our Commercial Auditioning 1 class is our recommendation for beginning actors as well as working actors who need to develop the unique skills required for commercial auditions.

WORK STUDY OPPORTUNITIES – Once in-person classes resume, email Kimberly at for more details about being a class assistant in exchange for a credit toward your tuition. Class assistants must be organized, have good communication skills, be familiar with QuickTime and have no known conflicts during their class’ scheduled dates.

Carolyne Barry Commercial Workshops


Friday, Nov 6, 7.00 pm PST – via Zoom

Sunday, Nov 8, 5.00 pm PST – via Zoom

Wednesday, Nov 11, 1.00 pm PST – via Zoom

Intensive, Dec 7-10, 1.00 pm PST – via Zoom

Using the tools created by Carolyne Barry, we will cover techniques to prepare you for monologues, scenes, commercial improv, personality questions, product handling and cue cards. The focus is on developing your acting skills and your individual on-camera commercial persona. Weekly homework will be self-taped to improve skills for ecocasts.
Discussion will also include analysis of the changing advertising environment and preparing for the evolution of commercials.
  • Teacher: Kimberly Jürgen
  • Classes via Zoom
  • 6 classes meet once each week for 1-2 hours
  • Intensive – 4 classes meet 4 days in a row for approx. 3 hours
  • $325 (early bird discounts and payment plans available)
  • Improve self-taping skills

Carolyne Barry Commercial Workshops


Thu, Nov 10, 10.00 am PST – via Zoom

kimberly-jurgen-0283This workshop was designed by Carolyne Barry for the experienced actor. We focus on developing the actor’s commercial skills as well as introducing them to strong techniques that improve auditions and make them competitive. Students work with Kimberly on one- and two-person scenes, handling products and props, improv, interviews and mastering self-tapes.

  • Prerequisite: Commercial 1
  • 4 students
  • Teacher: Kimberly Jürgen
  • Classes meet once a week for 1-2 hours
  • Includes: Self-taping skills, live virtual auditioning and commercial type
  • $ 325 for this 5 week workshop (early bird discount available)

Carolyne Barry Commercial Workshops

** New Class **


TBA (one night)

kimberly-jurgen-0283This class will help you understand your commercial type and the tools you’ll need for landing commercial auditions. You will create a personalized commercial pitch and receive professional guidance on headshots, resume, finding a commercial agent and contracts.

  • One session
  • Teacher: Kimberly Jürgen
  • $ 100 for students who have not previously studied with CBAA
  • $ 50 for returning students

Carolyne Barry Commercial Workshops



Kimberly JurgenIn this transformational workshop for the advanced/ professional, Kimberly Jürgen specializes in defining each actor’s unique commercial personality and teaches a strong technique that is instantly performable, based on techniques developed by Carolyne Barry. Kimberly was trained by Carolyne Barry, who was known to be the toughest and most thorough teacher working.

Only the serious actor need apply. Extensive homework each week.

  • Eight students
  • Work On-camera 2-3 times a nightCarolyne Barry Commercial Workshops



Our ongoing commercial workouts are designed for actors who have completed a Commercial class at CBAA and need a challenging workout to keep their skills fine-tuned. Applying the techniques developed by Carolyne Barry, we work with students on-camera, practicing various types of commercial auditions. Each student’s work is also recorded on personal flash drives.

Students can sign up for all 6 weeks or get a FlexPass for any 4 weeks during the 6 week cycle. (No makeup classes.)

  • Twelve students
  • Pre-requisite: Commercial 1 or 2 with CBAA
  • Work On-camera 2-3 times a night
  • 7.00-10.00 pm
  • $ 300  for this six week workshop (or $ 250 FlexPass for flexible 4 of 6 weeks)
    Carolyne Barry Commercial Workshops



You’ll discover innovative commercial audition techniques as well as gain a deeper understanding of the commercial industry and how you fit into it. We will share tips to help you succeed with your commercial auditions. Several volunteers will receive on-the-spot coaching. Seminar will be led by CBAA owner and teacher, Kimberly Jürgen.

  • CBAA Studio in Sherman Oaks
  • Seating is on a first-come basis. Free parking.
  • Personal recording of the seminar is not permitted

Carolyne Barry Commercial Workshops