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Shaan Sharma is a working commercial and theatrical SAG-AFTRA Actor, booking over 30 top network TV shows and films, and 20 national commercials in the last 4 years, a top Casting Session Director for 45 L.A. Casting Directors over 9 years, casting 400+ projects, a Backstage Expert Contributing Writer with 50+ published advice articles for actors, author of acclaimed book, “Commercial Acting in L.A.: A Session Director’s Guide.” Available at Samuel French and everywhere online, on-camera acting teacher and private coach at two studios in Los Angeles: Shaan Sharma On-Camera Acting Studio, and Westside On-Camera Acting Studio, co-Founded and in partnership with veteran Casting Director Gabrielle Schary, lead educator for SAG-AFTRA Los Angeles Member Education, SAG-AFTRA Los Angeles Conservatory Committee Member - head of commercial programming, and a guest lecturer for the University of Southern California’s School of Dramatic Arts.
Shaan started acting in his home state of Minnesota, where he booked over one hundred on-camera projects and four national commercials before relocating to Los Angeles in 2007. While In Minnesota, Shaan was best known for his passion for protecting aspiring talent from scams and exploitation through the Fresh Face Showcase ('03-'06), an annual fashion, modeling, acting, music, and dance event with the mission to spread awareness on how to safely enter the talent business.
In Los Angeles, Shaan has quickly grown into one of the most respected and sought-after educators for on-camera acting craft, acting business knowledge, career strategy, and casting direction. Very few acting coaches are also a casting professional, working actor, and a consistently published writer about all things acting-related.