However that being said, there are also many CD's, and companies that host the CD's, that don't really have YOUR best interest as a performer at heart. As is true in any business, making money is probably the ultimate goal, right? Well, you NEVER want to get into a situation that you pay money to read for a CD who literally just takes that money and is not helpful at ALL. It is those workshops that leave you feeling as though you've essentially just paid for an audition, (which is kind of odd in general, might I add) and got totally ripped off by some CD who didn't even act as though they wanted to be there in the first place. Yeah it's true, unfortunately some CD's are bitter towards actors. --- This is where I'll add this quick NOTE: Always avoid bitter CD's! They aren't fun to deal with lol. --- OR worse, you realize that you've spent money reading for some random casting assistant who may not have any say at all in the actual casting process at the time of the workshop.
Again, as I mentioned before, I have been very fortunate to meet some wonderful casting directors, CD associates and even CD assistants who LOVE conducting workshops, are very helpful, and love helping actors! The good ones are out there, you simply must seek them out!
My advice to you is to do your research on the casting professinal that you are signing up to take a workshop with! Also, make sure to do research on the company that hosts the CD workshop! (Seriously don't waste your money on the ones that charge an arm and a leg for a workshop.) And MOST importantly, be sure to get into a good acting class! Whether your class is conducted by a CD or an acting coach, make sure that he or she will truly help you develop your craft as an actor, and not just take your money without being helpful. The bottom line is: yeah, there are some CD workshops can certainly be helpful. Whether you choose to pay to attend these workshops or not, it is ultimately your talent that is what will carry you in this biz. ;)