Shamika Cotton

Reads for free & accepts tips

RUN LINES up to 20 minutes is TIPS Only in exchange for comments/feedback.

I've been in the industry for a little over 20 years. Gratefully, I have a wonderful team that consistently gets me auditions. So I always need a reader but I also like being a reader for others.

I'm here to help you in whatever way you need.

We are all in this together. And there's room for EACH OF US, to live and experience our BEST LIVES and CAREERS.

If you ever need help and I'm not online, feel free to email me at:

If you'd like to book me in advance, the minimum is the 30 minute option.

Actor for Theatre, Film & Television.
Repped by: Buchwald (NY) & Michael Bruno Group LA

CREDITS Include: The Wire; Law & Order (Trifecta); Prodigal Son; Blue Bloods, Elementary; New Amsterdam; The Sun is Also a Star; Pariah; Gotham; Black List; God Friended Me; The Good Fight.

*headshot by Tanzie Johnson

Actor for Theatre, Film & Television.
Repped by: Buchwald (NY) & Michael Bruno Group LA

CREDITS Include: The Wire; Law & Order (Trifecta); Prodigal Son; Blue Bloods, Elementary; New Amsterdam; The Sun is Also a Star; Pariah; Gotham; Black List; God Friended Me; The Good Fight.

AEA / SAG / AFTRA Actor for Theatre, Film & Television. Repped by: Buchwald (NY) & Michael Bruno Group LA I love auditioning and helping other with their auditions. CREDITS Include: The Wire

160 Reader Reviews

" Great! "
" Shamika is a star! Loved reading with her! "
" Super sweet reader !and great energy "
" Amazing reader! "
" Great reader! Exactly what I needed. Thank you, Shamika! "
" She had great notes and vibes in our 15 min session! "
" Really great, thank you so much ! "
" Excellent timing & great voice "
" She was great!Very Patient. "
" Shamika is so sweet and a great reader! "
" A shining ball of light. Thank you, Shamika, for your warmth, your vibes, everything!!! "
" She was great! Did multiple takes with me for a Self-Tape. Really appreciated the patience and encouragement. Would work with again. "
" Shamika was an AMAZING Reader! She not only gave me honest feedback in bringing life to the character, but she also brought life to the reader. "
" Thank you. "
" Amazing energy. Invaluable experience. Really grateful I got to work with this talented artist! "
" Working with Shamika will put you through your paces, make you sweat and make you proud. Book her! "
" Always great to read with you!!! "
" She was great and gave notes! "
" Really amazing Coaching session :)! She was great! Incredible direction and gave great insight ! "
" What a wonderful human! Thank you for the incredible feedback and for taking the time to do, not one, but two auditions with me! "
" One of my go-tos. Rock star reader and great with feedback to help you showcase your best work. She makes you really tap into the relationships in the material. "
" Booked the last project we did. Gave me all the energy and good vibes I needed, cause I was exhausted. Always a great reader with wonderful feedback and notes. Book HER! "
" She got me to drop authentically into my character and emotions. VIBES! and she always shows up as a reader to give you something to react off of. LOVE HER. BOOK HER. "
" Great person to work with. Would use again! "
" Phenomenal! So much experience - just flows through Shamika! Came to her with a heavy action COP scene - All my dialogue, except one minor paragraph for her - She took me from a flat performance reading lines on a page with vigor to creating a story with my the mind, body and soul - Resulting in dialogue, action and story w/ vigor. Awesome direction - Notes - HUMAN! Thank you, Shamika! "
" Shamika is an incredibly generous and present scene partner. I am leaving our rehearsal feeling very proud and excited about the work we made. Thank you so much! "
" I read with her the most because she is the literal best "
" Shamika was Great!! "
" Shamika has such great energy and vibes. Super knowledgeable on how to tackle a script and visualizing your space for the scene. Will definitely be reaching out again! "
" Shamika is definitely a gem! Always so willing to do as many takes as i need. 11/10!!!!! "
" I always love reading with Shamika!!! My go-to!!! "
" My Angel!! (Anita Baker Voice) <3 <3 <3 "
" I love working with Shamika. Such great energy and a quick study on the energy of the scene! "
" Love love love Shamika!!!! Book her NOW for incredible results on your tape. "
" I loved working with Shamika. She helped me pick a scene for a workshop and had beautifully thought out notes and advice of why I might go with one scene over the other. Thank you! "
" Shamika is amazing! She gave amazing feedback allowing me to make my scene more specific and detailed! Thank you! Thank you! "
" LOVE Shamika. One of my go-to's. Always full of ideas, energy, and knowledge. Super supportive and make you feel comfortable and confident. Can ALWAYS count on her. "
" A continuous blessing! "
" Outstanding reader. Look for her everytime. "
" Once again a great reader. Never disappoints! "
" SOOOO kind and relaxed and helpful. 1000% recommend! "
" A true and honest blessing! "
" Awesome!!! thank you so much :) "
" So Amazing As Always "
" Shamika was very energetic and helpful! She helped me with the little things like volume and was a great reader. Super friendly, TY! "
" My eternal favorite! She's truly the best! "
" Outstanding! "
" Great "
" Shamika is AWESOME! Honestly, she's such a kind person and was such a great reader. She gave GREAT feedback and made feel super confident with the material! "
" What a lovely person and reader! Shamika was so helpful, in a short amount of time and had some wonderful ideas for how to make the change up some of the beats and make the scene pop. I look forward to working with her again! "
" Great reader! Very intuitive and adjustable. "
" She is awesome! "
" AMAZING and great energy. Thank you SO MUCH Shamika! "
" Shes dope. very patient, easy going, supportive, ready to help you. "
" The tips she gave me was so helpful and definteily made my audition better. Great reader/actress as well - her own resume speaks for that. Definitely worth your time and I would absolutely seek her out again. "
" SO PRESENT, and patient! Great cold reader! "
" Shamika is from Heaven. A true and honest blessing! "
" Fantabulous "
" Awesome reader! Sweet and a quick read. Thank you so much!!! "
" Shamika has sooo many great ideas for adding that extra "something" to a scene. Such great ideas and she is the Queen of Subtext! Bravo! "
" Once again, Shamika has done it! As I told her, I have to be better just to stay in the scene with her. She makes me better. Excellent rehearsal this evening. Really be a big help in preparing for this audition. Big hint: Ask her about her 3 questions. They will change your acting! "
" Fantabulous "
" Wonderful! "
" :-) "
" Great "
" Fab reader! Insightful & fun. Highly recommend, "
" Very helpful "
" The best "
" Shamika has a great energy. She's amazing at bouncing off ideas . She helped spot moments in the script that I did not notice. All around fantastic experience. "
" She is wonderful! "
" Shamika was AMAZING! Super helpful, FUN, and knowledgable. She is respectful of your process but is also eager to assist and give guidance and advice when asked. Highly recommend! "
" Just great!!! "
" Shamika was so much fun to read with and such a delight!!! Loved her!!! :D "
" Amazing as always such a gem!! "
" Another great session with Shamika! "
" Great help "
" Always a pleasure working with Shamika. I always try to look for her! "
" Shamika is an excellent reader and a joy to partner with! She brings great energy and I'm sure this will b the first of many sessions together. "
" Amazing. SO helpful and SO patient. Offered help when I asked. Thank you!! "
" SOOOOO GREAT!! Wonderful energy and Reader. Just what I needed! Thank you Shamika!!! "
" Great for rehearsal with lots of experience! "
" Love her! Always such a good read. "
" Amazing! "
" Very talented actress, gave me so many great notes. Very specific. Very helpful. "
" Fabulous! Love working with Shamika!! "
" Excellent reader. Smart ideas and a joy to work with!! "
" Wonderful help and encouragement! Shamika was amazing and wholeheartedly emotionally dove in with the scene. Thank you so much for working with me so attentively even though I was still getting the lines down! "
" Amazing reader! gave me a lot to work with "
" Very very helpful, Shamika helped me so much regarding my American accent. I feel so much confident with my script. "
" Enthusiastic, clear, professional, excellent reader and excellent notes. "
" Great Actor very patient "
" I always love working with Shamika! Great reader with some great energy! "
" This lady is WONDERFUL! She really knows her stuff. You can tell she has been acting for a loooong time. Bravo, lady! I will definitely be calling you again. "
" Super sweet and supportive. Very patient with my technical issues as well! "
" I will book her whenever she is available! She is amazing. "
" Shamika was so kind and an awesome reader! "
" Seasoned pro! a darling Understands pace and timing and very helpful "
" Shamika is always a joy to work with!!! :D "
" So fun to work with. Enthusiastic and great energy. "
" Love working with Shamika! "
" Love reading with Shamika! Really brings a lot of energy to the sides right away. "
" Great reader with some great energy! "
" Shamika was awesome!! Thank you for the help!! "
" The best "
" Amazing reader and scene partner. She made me feel so comfortable and helped me make a great tape! "
" Shamika is my favorite reader! "
" A great actress and reader!! She's always ready to play and make the audition process fun!! Thanks, Shamika!!! "
" Shamika is the best. So patient, and picks up on the script quickly. I look for her to read with every time "
" Shamika was awesome! She is knowledgeable of her craft and is going to give you great tips to make your performance more dynamic. Book with her! "
" My life saver!!! This woman is the BEST!!! Thank you :) "
" So AWESOME! And exactly what I needed. Thank you, Shamika :) "
" Shamika is amazing! Such a helpful and patient reader and coached me with great suggestions when I needed it. Will definitely be working with her again whenever I can! "
" Fantabulous "
" Very professional and fast in booking her for a scene read. "
" Shamika was so helpful and knowledgeable regarding SAG-AFTRA and keeping track of things like residuals and agent commissions. Not to mention she's so friendly and a joy to talk to! Book her now! Ask her all the questions! "
" Very clutch reader that knows the scene off of one read! "
" Shamika is a wonderful reader! "
" Fantastic "
" This is my second time using Shamika in what feels like as many days! Again, she is the best!!!! "
" Her professionalism is perfect and patience is above this world. Second time reading with her. She goes above and beyond. If she is online, you will be doing yourself a favor reading with her. Highly recommend! "
" OMG! She's awesome! Patient and a Great Reader! Thank You Shamika "
" So wonderful. Full of ideas, great direction, and flexible. Focused on making sure you get the best options and takes. You can tell that she genuinely loves doing this. "
" Such a pleasure and super down to earth. "
" Listen!!! This lady right here is definitely the one to book!!! "
" FANTASTIC READER! She is a pro!! "
" Got some notes from casting and Shamika helped me nail it. If you want to get to the heart of the scene and create real moments for your character request this Diva!!! "
" Awesome-ness personified!!! Love her energy and she knows her craft. She helped me find the tone I was looking for in this scene. I look forward to working with Shamika again. "
" OMG LOVE HER!!! Shamika is the best. So available and grounded...not the actor who wants to make your audition their audition. When in need, def use her to read, coach and or tape!!! "
" Excellent reader and fun person to work with!! "
" Fantastic "
" Shamika was a great reader - very friendly, supportive and offered lots of helpful feedback. Thanks Shamika! "
" She is amazing, I really enjoy reading with her. "
" Good actor and partner! "
" Shamika is awesome!! She provided great advice. :) "
" The best "
" My new favorite. Concise clear notes and great direction. LOVE her. "
" Amazing. Want Shamika's notes for every audition. Generous and specific. LOVE her. "
" Fantabulous coach and reader "
" Great reader, lovely warmth and good insight into the scenes! Love her! "
" Shamika is the BEST - she was so helpful in my process. "
" Great reader! Good script ideas and tweaks for on camera!! "
" Fantastic reader and coach "
" Phenomenal actress "
" Shamika was absolutely wonderful! So refreshing to have someone who can read the sides, break it down and just flow! Bravo! "
" Such a great reader and an even better actor. Shamika improvised with me to help me get into character and gave great feedback. "
" Such a great reader! Brings a lot of energy to the lines and picks up on story very quickly. "
" She is SO good . Fantastic reader. Smart., leads you to great choices. Will take her cues from you. Just amazing! "
" Shamika was the best experience I have had on here. Highly recommend her! "
" I can't put into words how grateful I am! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge "
" Shanika.. brilliant! wonderful actress, coach, and reader! "
" I believe I found my mentor! So experienced, empowering and wise! Thank you so much for coaching me "
" I love working with Shamika! "
" Shamika was an amazing reader! She was patient and supportive and did an awesome job reading the character while also letting me shine. 10/10 would use again. "
" Very Awesome and energetic, Great READER, HIGHY Recommend "
" Shamika is an excellent reader. She's a nice relaxed spirit, making her easy to work with. Thanks Shamika! "
" Shamika was professional and totally game to jump into the reader's character! She was patient, easygoing, and helpful. Thank you Shamika. "
" Shamika is the best! Thank you!! <3 "

Credits Include

2022 [IMDB]
TV Series
2021 [IMDB]
The Equalizer
TV Series
2020 [IMDB]
Prodigal Son
TV Series
2019 [IMDB]
New Amsterdam
TV Series
2019 [IMDB]
The Blacklist
TV Series
2019 [IMDB]
God Friended Me
TV Series
2019 [IMDB]
The Good Fight
TV Series
2019 [IMDB]
TV Series
2019 [IMDB]
The Sun Is also a Star
2019 [IMDB]
Blue Bloods
TV Series
2016 [IMDB]
TV Series
2015 [IMDB]
Sidewalk Traffic
2014 [IMDB]
TV Series
2013 [IMDB]
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
TV Series
2013 [IMDB]
Frank the Bastard
2011 [IMDB]
2010 [IMDB]
Law & Order
TV Series
2009 [IMDB]
2007 [IMDB]
Law & Order: Criminal Intent
TV Series
2006 [IMDB]
I Wanna Be a Soap Star
TV Series
2006 [IMDB]
The Wire
TV Series
2006 [IMDB]
As the World Turns
TV Series
2004 [IMDB]
Till Death Do Us Part