Do You Have a Success Story?

October 6, 2019

“Hey Kate, I just wanted to let you know that I was cast from the self tape you did for me last week. They offered me a different role from the one I auditioned for. It films next weekend. Have a great weekend!” — Steve L.


I love hearing success stories like this one! And this was Steve’s SECOND booking from one of our self tapes! Do you have a self tape success story? Email me! Tell your actor friends! So much of this crazy business we’re all in comes from word of mouth. If you’ve booked something recently, I’d love to write about it here. It helps other actors know that, yes, it is possible to book from self tapes, so they shouldn’t just disregard them.

It also helps me know things are on track for my clients. My goal with this business is to get you a callback - even better, a job. Recently after a session an actor asked, “Does anyone ever actually book anything from self tapes?” The answer: they do! One of my favorite things is reading an email from a client telling me they got the gig. I want YOU to be that client. So please share those stories, and keep submitting those tapes.

Discount Extended Through October 15!

October 1, 2019

Last month I ran a discount for $5 off a half hour session or $10 off an hour session. It was supposed to run through the month of September, but I had to go out of town the last few days of the month. So I’m extending it! Now through October 15th, mention this post to receive the offer, good on a taping or coaching.

There are still spots left for the October Virtual Showcase. Sign up now at The recording date for this month’s showcase is October 23.

Lastly, happy October everyone! It is quite possibly my favorite month of the year. The weather is a little cooler, but not so cold we have to bust out the North Face jackets, and apple and pumpkin scents fill the air. How are you spending these days of Fall? Carving pumpkins? Visiting haunted houses? Brushing up on your acting skills (obviously)? Whatever you are doing, here’s wishing you a delightful season filled with apple cider and lots of auditions. :)

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The Next Showcase Date Is...

September 27, 2019

If you’ve been keeping up with this news feed, you know that our September Virtual Showcase posted this week. And that means it’s time to start thinking about next month! Our next recording date for the Chicago Virtual Showcase is October 23, 2019.

The Showcase is a great way for Chicago actors to get in front of industry professionals without spending a fortune on headshot/resume mailings. This opportunity is not recommended for beginners - on-camera experience is definitely advised in order to have a successful Showcase.

In other news, I am out of town for the next few days. Tapings are scheduled to resume on Wednesday, October 2. Since I had to leave town before the end of the month, I’m extending the September discount into October. Mention this post to receive $5 off a half hour session or $10 off an hour long session. This discount is good through October 15th!

I'm Headed Out of Town!

September 26, 2019

Chicago actors: I’ll be leaving town tomorrow (Friday, 9/27) and won’t return for a few days. You should see a notification bar at the top of this website. Currently tapings are scheduled to resume on Wednesday, October 2. My apologies for any inconvenience!

The September Showcase Has Posted!

September 25, 2019

The September edition of the Chicago Virtual Showcase has posted, and can be found at A password is required to view the showcases. For security reasons we do not post the password online, but you can reach out to us through that site to gain access.

The date has been chosen for the October showcase recording, and we’ll be posting that tomorrow - first to our contact list and then on the showcase website. Interested in getting on our contact list? We’ll only email you regarding the next showcase date, and you can let us know if you’d like to register for that month, remain on the list or be removed. Send an email to to learn more.

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In other news…

September is going strong with self-tape requests. Don’t put your self tape off to the last minute! Studio space books up quickly. In order to get everyone’s taping and editing done before their links are due, it’s best to schedule an appointment as soon as you get the request, particularly since this time of year tends to be really busy in the industry. Also, a good rule of thumb to remember is that the earlier you submit your audition, the better .

(Almost) Fall Savings!

September 12, 2019


It’s almost Fall - my favorite time of year - so why not celebrate with some self-tape discounts? For the month of September, I’m offering $5 off a half hour session or $10 off an hour session. Just mention this post when you schedule your appointment.

In other news, our next Virtual Showcase records on Friday, September 20. If you’d like to get on our contact list or want to learn more, just click on our Virtual Showcase tab in the navigation bar.

Here’s to slightly cooler weather headed our way :)

Tapings Closed June 30 - July 4

June 28, 2019

Hi All! Just a heads up, there will be no tapings June 30 through July 4. Have a safe and happy holiday!

Limited Availability

April 17, 2019

Hey Actors! Just so you are in the know, my availability will be extremely limited the next couple of weeks. First up is the Virtual Showcase taking place tomorrow, April 18, which I’ll then be editing throughout the holiday weekend. I’ll be closing on a new home Monday and moving all next week, then have to go out of town for an event. I won’t be available to do many tapings, if any at all, for the next several days, but can refer you to other places if need be. Thanks for understanding!

It's Been a While...

March 18, 2019


Audition season has been a fierce whirlwind these last few weeks, so I haven’t posted in a while. Now seems like the perfect time to offer a discount for Spring! I figure with so many requests for self-tapes, everyone could use a little financial relief right about now, not to mention the tax deadline is looming over all of us.

For the rest of March, take $10 off your session, regardless of how long of a session you book (yes, you can take $10 off a half hour session). Just be sure to mention this post when you schedule with me!

See you in the studio!

Fall Has Arrived

September 26, 2018

It’s finally Fall - my favorite time of year. Time for apple festivals, salted caramel mochas and a wardrobe refresh. It’s also the time of year when shooting schedules for tv and film are in full swing, which means a higher demand for self tapes. From now through Halloween, I’m offering $5 off a half hour session or $10 off an hour session. Just mention this post in your email when you contact me for your appointment.

Kate McCoy and Jonathan Kirkland at Acting Studio Chicago.

Kate McCoy and Jonathan Kirkland at Acting Studio Chicago.

This week we say farewell to Hamilton’s Jonathan Kirkland, who played George Washington in the Chicago production. You never who is going to stop by the studio!