Tim Phillips Studio

On Camera Audition: The Tim phillip’s technique

The reality is that the on-camera audition has evolved into an art form of it’s own. Self-tapes – especially for the TV audition – need to be what is essentially a “finished” product, requiring a level of specificity and authenticity that we used to only see in film work.

With nearly 35 years as an actor and coach, and over 50,000 coachings under his belt, Tim Phillips understands these demands and has created an on-camera audition technique to address them. It’s a technique that is simple, direct, and, with ongoing practice –  highly effective.

Studying with Tim you’ll learn and master:

  • Which audition preparation tools work best for you
  • A set of simple, effective and immediately applicable acting tools to create work that is grounded and honest
  • How to nail the most important ten seconds of the audition
  • Working from your gut and staying out of your head
  • How to quickly make adjustments and incorporate redirects in your callback.
  • How to handle complex directions.
  • The most simple and human ways to understand and analyze the text
  • How to understand and satisfy the character breakdown.

About the class:

Like Tim’s classes in L.A. and NYC, the classes are structured for the intermediate up to the professional level working actor. You are expected to work professionally in Tim’s class and be genuinely committed to honing your craft. Actors unable to maintain a professional standard will be asked to work elsewhere.

You’ll work in every class and are expected to have a 2-3 page scene ready to go.  Class includes before and after video playback. Scripts CAN be held in your hand, and actors do not need to be fully memorized – but are expected to be comfortable enough with the text so the tools can be applied and a connection can be made with the reader. Actors are welcome to bring in current auditions they are preparing.

In order to ensure every actor works fully, class size is limited to 12. There are some actors who opt to simply watch on a day that you are scheduled to work.  Please let Tim know, so he can adjust the class accordingly.

Two daytime classes offered:
Tuesdays or Thursdays 11:30-2:30 pmEvening class;
Wednesday 7-10
$200 for a four class pass.
A $50 first time working audit rate is available.
Go to Tim’s Studio page for more info and to enroll


In this six week class, you will work intimately with the  writer’s text to learn how to become an empowered co-creator of your character – using tools and techniques originally taught by Sanford Meisner. 

10AM – 2PM
Begins June 4th

7PM – 10PM
Begins June 4th
Interview and/or audition may be required.
Email: se@timphillipsstudio.com

Sherlock Holmesing the Text: A workshop

Come ready to enjoy a group participation with a master audition coach taking you through the most immediate and intellect-free way to approach your sides to master your auditions. Find out how much is in a name. Get the difference between “understanding” and “knowing.” Crack the writer’s code in human terms. Walk out with 3 of the most important tools you use for every job under the umbrella of Tim’s Top 3: Curiosity, Intuition, and Deductive Reasoning.  Witness this in action for yourself as Tim walks the entire room through a full Sherlock Holmesing of a full TV script.

Saturday, May 26
10-1 PM
This workshop is a pre-requisite for Tim’s on-camera classes.
Email: se@timphillipsstudio.com for more information on how to register

Wolf Hall: A Viewing workshop

Pull up a chair as the lights go dim and go moment by moment through an episode of Wolf Hall, watching through Tim’s eyes. This viewing is a step by step examination of Mark Rylance’s work so you can see for yourself exactly how intimate specificity and knowledge is on-screen.

Saturday, May 26
2-4 PM


Email se@timphillipsstudio.com to register.


“Tim helped take me to the next level by teaching me how to imbue my work with a much higher level of truth and specificity. He is a very perceptive and gifted teacher.”
-April Billingsly
Resurrection (Recurring), The Walking Dead (Recurring), Vampire Diaries, Satisfaction, Drop Dead Diva


“Tim has taken my auditions to a whole new level. Since I’ve been working with him, I have booked over 90% of the things I’ve read on. He has led me to more interesting and specific choices- which I know has separated me from everyone else being seen. The guy is great!”  
-Bruce Nozick


“Tim Phillips’ style of teaching fosters great respect for the work and for each other.”
-Wendy Malick
SAG, GOLDEN GLOBE, EMMY nominated actress


“Tim has developed an approach that helps you build confidence on a solid understanding of the materials: Asking yourself the right questions, identifying key moments in the piece and setting your own objectives for what you want to do in the audition. What I gained in working with Tim has continued to benefit me in auditions.”
-John Doman,

About Tim

Tim PhillipsJustin Timberlake is among Tim’s list of actors he has coached.  He ignited the careers of Emmy Winner Richard Schiff, Emmy & Golden Globe Nominee Wendy Malick, Nancy Travis, Roma Maffia, and thousands of other actors who are Series Regulars, Recurring and Top of Show Guest Star actors on television and in feature films today.
Are you ready to take your on-camera work to the next level? First learn how to quickly and efficiently break down scripts and glean all the information you need after just one read. Then get coached by Tim on how to work on camera in a way that is powerful, fun and full of ease. Discover how to transform your on-camera auditions in a way that will get you called back by casting directors again and again.