“Mariko offers the best workshop available for anyone wanting to gain insight into commercial auditioning. No one should miss the opportunity to work with her. Mariko’s warmth, ability to communicate, and extensive experience as a casting director is beyond compare. I recommend her to all my students and that is the absolute truth!”

-Bill Applebaum, Actor/Teacher
www.actorsimprovstudio.com

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“Over the years I have recommended Mariko’s commercial workshop to my students and actor friends. They always came back with a confidence and understanding of the audition process that took them to the next level towards booking the job. Mariko tells it like it is, and you learn it in a one day intensive format. It works. I recommend her without reservation.”

-Sal Romeo, Acting-Coach/Teacher
www.salromeo.com

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“I have known Mariko for over 14 years as both a casting director and teacher. I’ve had the privilege of sitting in on her sessions. She gives so much to the actor, but never negating the choices they’ve made. She knows every commercial actor in town, and makes everyone feel comfortable in an audition setting.”

-Lisa Essary, Casting Director/Associate/Teacher

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“Mariko is an expert at determining the essence of people, and then helping them to set that free during an audition. She challenges you without making you uncomfortable, and brings out the best “you”, that you have to offer. Aside from that, she is a warm, funny, smart and insightful person whom you just want to be around.”

-Amy Tenowich, Journalist/Freelance Producer

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“I have had the good fortune to audition for Mariko over the years with on-camera commercials, theatrical film shorts and voice over projects. I don’t know any other casting director who can handle all three very different areas with consistently insightful, incisive direction as Mariko. Combine that with a great personality, and she’s one of the bright spots in a busy day of auditions!”

-DC Douglas, Actor/Voice-Over Artist
www.DCDouglas.net

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 ”I have been a working professional in Hollywood since the late 80s and have had the pleasure of auditioning for Mariko. Her lengthy time as a professional gives her the expertise, but it is her heart and soul, that puts her on the top shelf. There just isn’t a finer person in L.A.”

-Kevin E. West, Veteran TV Actor

President – The Actors’ Network
www.actors-network.com