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Manuel Puro

Manuel has over 20 years casting experience working across feature films, television, computer games, music videos, commercials and shorts.

Projects include MOON and MUTE directed by Duncan Jones, SHAUN THE SHEEP: FARMAGEDDON for Aardman Animation and PLANET OF THE APES: THE LAST FRONTIER, the first in-house video game from Andy Serkis’ The Imaginarium.

Manuel is regularly invited to host mentoring sessions with organizations such as the National Film and Television School, iFeatures and the Directors Guild of Great Britain, and has held casting workshops all over the world.

He was the winner of’s inaugural Casting Director of the Year Award – voted by actors for the CD they felt most comfortable with and who they thought got the best out of them.

In 2017 Manuel created The Acting Habit, an innovative online platform where actors from all over the world can share their work, receive and give feedback, experiment creatively and learn new technical skills.

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About this Course



Preparation is the key to success in any field, and that’s especially true with acting. Casting opportunities can be irregular and when they arrive – usually in the form of a last minute audition or self-tape – you need to be ready to perform at the peak of your abilities.

This 21-day course has been designed to keep you audition-ready by:

  • developing your skill to analyse material quickly so you can confidently create interesting characters that stand out.
  • giving you the tools and motivation to strengthen your memory so you can easily learn lines, even at short notice.
  • helping you master the technical skills of self-taping so you can simply focus on the acting when the script arrives.
  • surrounding you with an international community of like-minded supportive actors so you can help, encourage and inspire each other.

How Does The Course Work?

  • At 7pm each day (in your own time zone) you and the entire group will be emailed an audition piece with a new character for you to inhabit.
  • The challenge is to interpret and explore the character, learn the lines, film your self-tape and upload the file – all within 24 hours, when the next audition piece is delivered.
  • Repeat for 21 days until you are in a state of peak audition readiness.
  • It’s that simple.

Why Should You Take The Course?

We want you to be acting every day – exploring new worlds, creating vibrant characters, honing your craft and polishing your skills. When you get an audition that could lead to your dream role, you want to be ready to perform at your highest, most creative level.

We provide a daily schedule of new roles for you to perform to keep your acting brain active and your talent sharp.

Learning your lines is critical to a successful audition – being off-book is simply the number one prerequisite that we expect from a screen actor. For most people, that means learning lines every day to keep your memory muscles active and strong – but we understand it can still be a struggle to find the time, the self-discipline and the motivation to keep a routine.

Being part of a friendly and supportive community of actors, all in the same position as you, will provide that extra encouragement to keep at it.

Love them or hate them, self-tapes have become a frequent first step in the audition process. On the plus side, never before have we been able to consider more actors for each role from any country in the world – taking chances on talent we’ve never seen, or enabling actors to demonstrate their range by taking on roles they are not known for. The barriers to ‘getting into the audition room’ have truly fallen – because in many cases the first audition room is now wherever in the world you may be – but only for those who are proficient at self-taping.

The routine of filming yourself and uploading every day will lead to stress-free flawless technical results every time – practice makes perfect.