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Production Hubs: Boston

Production Hubs: Boston

When one thinks of the capital of Massachusetts, a couple of things come to mind. You might find yourself ruminating about the Boston Red Sox, the Boston Marathon or even baked beans. But the “Athens of America” is also known for its thriving film and TV industry. It has been the production home to an impressive roster of titles, such as Spotlight, The Departed, and Mystic River. And it’s currently bustling with new projects like the upcoming Apple TV+ thriller series Defending Jacob and the Twentieth Century Fox comedy feature Free Guy. Keep reading to find out about the casting teams behind these projects as well as others that film in Boston. 

 

Boston Casting

Angela Peri is the founder and co-owner of the casting company. Previous credits include two films from director David O. Russell for which she did the local casting: Joy and American Hustle. Both features shot in Boston, as did the upcoming mystery dramedy Knives Out, which Peri also helped cast. The film will feature an ensemble cast of A-listers like Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Chris Evans, Don Johnson, Katherine Langford, Daniel Craig, Michael Shannon, LaKeith Stanfield, and Christopher Plummer. Peri is no stranger to working with big names – she also cast the upcoming series Defending Jacob, which will star Chris Evans, Michelle Dockery, and Cherry Jones. The series films in Leominster, outside of Boston, and features a “Beantown” native with Evans. Fellow Bostonian Mark Wahlberg will star in the upcoming film Wonderland. Peri cast this crime drama from Peter Berg, which is set in Massachusetts’ capital city. And keep an eye out for another Boston-based film that Peri just cast: Altar Rock.

Lisa Lobel is Peri’s co-owner of Boston Casting, and the two hold some shared credits. They both helped cast Stronger, a biographical drama about a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing which was shot in the city and stars Jake Gyllenhaal. The two were also on the casting team together for the second season of Showtime’s SMILF. Lobel has a number of credits under her belt that are not shared with Peri, though. She helped cast the first season of Netflix’s The Society. It’s renewed for a second season, so fans of the show should particularly take note of the Boston casting director. She recently cast the adventure drama The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot, which filmed in Massachusetts and starred Sam Elliott. And she cast Sound of Metal, the Amazon Studios drama feature that stars Riz Ahmed. As for films yet to be released, Lobel cast Free Guy, another film shot in Boston. It will feature Ryan Reynolds as a bank teller who finds out that he’s living inside a video game and is in fact a non-player character. I Care a Lot also lists Lobel as one of its casting directors. Not surprisingly, the crime drama was shot in the “Athens of America,” and it is slated to release in 2020.

Actors interested in learning more about Boston Casting can peruse its website. There they can find some impressive stats, including the company’s claim to being “the largest casting company in New England.” With 10 staff members listed on its site, Boston Casting is quite sizable. For further points of connection, actors can check out the company’s Facebook and Instagram pages. 

 

CP Casting

Carolyn Pickman founded the company, and much like New Orleans casting director Meagan Lewis, her name might as well be synonymous with “Oscar.” Pickman helped cast a number of Best Picture nominees like Manchester by the Sea, Moneyball, The Social Network, Mystic River and Goodwill Hunting. And she was on the casting teams of two winners: Spotlight and The Departed. The casting director is well-lauded herself, with five Artios awards listed on IMDbPro, as well as an Emmy. Besides sharing a theme of Oscar-related projects, Pickman’s credits hold another thing in common. The Boston-based casting director frequently works on projects starring the Affleck brothers. Films she helped cast that fall into this category include Live by Night, Goodwill Hunting, The Town, Gone Baby Gone, and Manchester by the Sea. Recently, Pickman did local casting for the first season of Hulu’s Castle Rock, which films in Massachusetts. The casting director doesn’t have any upcoming projects listed on IMDb, but based on her track record, it’s likely that any of her next films might just be nominated for Oscars. 

Those who want to learn more about the awarded casting director can start with the CP Casting site. It offers fun facts on the member of both CSA and SAG-AFTRA, such as her involvement in the Theatre Company of Boston. The site also shares information on other members of CP Casting, as well as links to its social media accounts. The company is active on Facebook as @cpcasting.

 

Boston Casting and CP Casting are amongst a number of need-to-know casting companies in the area. Slate Casting, for example, is comprised of Ashley Skomurski, Aaron Kahl and Julie Arvedon Knowlton. Between the three of them, they’ve helped cast films like Ghost Light, Chappaquiddick and Ghostbusters (2016). The casting directors have also cast extras for titles like Daddy’s Home 2, American Hustle and The Equalizer. Paradice Casting is another name to know. Melissa Paradice owns the company and has helped cast a number of features. She has extensive experience in commercial casting, as well, and the Paradice Casting site provides an impressive list of clients that includes Pepsi, Titleist and Visa. Jodi Purdy-Quinlan of Jodi Purdy Casting has helped cast projects like Chimera Strain, Code Name: Dynastud, and The Forger. She’s also done significant work in casting extras for films such as Sound of Metal, The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot and Patriots Day. Billy Dowd of Billy Dowd Casting is also known for his work in extras casting, and his credits in that category include Jungleland, American Woman and Manchester by the Sea

 

Actors who aren’t fans of baseball, running or sweetened legumes will still find the coastal city a favorable destination thanks to its rich history of film and TV. And with numerous upcoming projects filming there, it would be prudent to keep the city and its casting hierarchies on your radar. You might even start building relationships with Boston-based casting members now so that eventually the busy production hub can be a place “where everybody knows your name.” 

 

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Casting in LA This Week!

Casting in LA This Week!

Every day great roles are added to Casting Billboard®. Below are highlighted projects from this week!

 

The Magic Squad

Rate: $800 for 2 days | Female & Male, All Ethnicities | Promo

ROLES  Principal   GENDER/AGE/ETHNICITIES  Female & Male / 18-22 / All Ethnicities

DESCRIPTION  Looking to cast 4 members of “The Magic Squad,” a teenage comedy-magic team to perform in a live touring theater production. No magic experience necessary, we will train. Need big physical movement ability and a huge personality. Talent must be 18 or older but appear to be young to mid-teens.

Go Live

Rate:  $400/day | Female & Male, All Ethnicities  | Commercial

ROLES  Principal  GENDER/AGE/ETHNICITIES  Female & Male / 18-65 / All Ethnicities

DESCRIPTION  Looking to cast diverse cast to be a part of a series of mock live streaming scenarios to demonstrate various uses of a new product.

Superment

Rate:  $500/day | Female & Male, Various Ethnicities | Infomercial

ROLES  Principal  GENDER/AGE/ETHNICITIES  Female & Male / 35-70 / Various Ethnicities

DESCRIPTION   Filming interviews and lifestyle shots of real people for use in media promotions for beet and grape supplements.

 

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When to Say “Yes” and When to Say “No” in Commercial Acting

When to Say “Yes” and When to Say “No” in Commercial Acting

The power of no is an important topic in the industry. There has been plenty of discussion on when and how to say no. Actors should always know that declining an offer is always an option, and from time to time it’s the best option. There is also a time to say yes. With so much talk of no, sometimes the less-than-obvious reasons to say yes get lost. 

 

Commercial actors should never say no before carefully considering the reasons to say yes.

 

The most common reason actors say yes to a commercial booking is to make good money. It’s the reason many actors pursue commercials at all! It’s great when your commercial career can serve as your day job and supplement your theatrical career when that’s the bigger goal. Money is the easy yes. But there shouldn’t be an automatic no if the good money isn’t there. 

 

Other reasons to say YES:

 

To be known by the casting office. 

Do your research. What commercial casting offices have you not been to, or not visited often enough? Commercial casting directors cast all kinds of jobs. Some jobs are great (pay) and some aren’t. Are they casting a PSA? A spot for a directors reel? Something under the Low Budget Digital Waiver, a promo or industrial? These types of commercial jobs traditionally don’t pay well, but you may want to submit and be seen anyway, simply to be seen (and loved!) by the office. When you are fantastic delivering the endless copy for the industrial audition, you can be sure they’ll call you in on additional, likely more lucrative jobs. Not only should you say yes to the audition, but you will want to arrive completely prepared and be fantastic. Saying yes to the audition but not doing the required prep work, isn’t going to help the cause. Cultivating a casting office full of fans of your work is a great reason to say yes.

 

To work with the director and producers.

Just like casting offices, directors and producers work on all kinds of commercial and theatrical jobs. Some great, some not so much. Again, research helps. Sometimes the industry professionals are well established and should be an obvious yes to working with them on their less than fantastic job because a bigger better job is likely around the corner. Producers and directors request specific actors they know from past jobs to be called in for an audition on a regular basis. But, there are also up-and-coming directors that may not have earned all their stripes just yet. It’s an easy gamble when you take a look at their previous work and it’s great, or they are repped by a cool production company. Making great new contacts and forming relationships are brilliant reasons to say yes

 

Work begets work.

The new or strengthened relationships you’ve built by saying yes to the casting office, producers, and directors will always help provide future opportunities to secure work. You also never know who you will meet on set. Meeting industry people of all sorts is beneficial. Plus, your confidence increases the more you audition, book, and work, and confidence is a massive help in furthering your career. You know you can book the job when you walk into the audition room after you’ve just booked something, good payday or not. That confidence is everything. This seems like a sound reason to consider a yes.

 

Fun!

Having fun is always a good reason to say yes to a job, even when the pay isn’t good. Your agent can help you iron out specifics. Fun isn’t a good reason to be taken advantage of as an actor, but the fun factor should count! There are plenty of aspects of the industry that aren’t fun. If you have a strong suspicion that the shoot of the job at hand will be a fun experience, consider how valuable that fun factor will mean to you in the moment and consider a yes.

 

There is power in saying no to auditions and jobs that aren’t right for you. Just consider the possibly underrated reasons to say yes when making those important decisions, as well.

 

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Everything You Need to Know About the Cast of Disney’s Live-Action ‘Lady and the Tramp’

Everything You Need to Know About the Cast of Disney’s Live-Action ‘Lady and the Tramp’

In case you haven’t heard, Disney is launching its new streaming service, Disney+, on November 12. With that launch comes the release of Lady and the Tramp, a live-action remake of the 1955 animated film. As with another of its recent remakes, The Lion King, many of the main characters in the film are talking animals that still require actors to voice them. The upcoming live-action film has an impressive roster of names that are featured both on-camera and off it, via voice acting. Keep reading to learn more about the cast of Lady and the Tramp, starting with the actors who play its titular characters.

 

Tessa Thompson

Tessa Thompson: Lady

Thompson voices the starring spaniel, and she has a few other voice acting credits to her name that include episodes of Tuca & Bertie and BoJack Horseman. While her voice acting experience is limited, the actor is well-versed in big studio films. Thompson has starred in a number of blockbusters such as Creed, Creed II, Avengers: Endgame and Men in Black: International. She also recurs on Westworld as Charlotte Hale and will appear in the HBO show’s upcoming third season. Thompson’s other upcoming projects include Rebecca Hall’s directorial debut Passing and Thor: Love and Thunder, in which she’ll be reprising the role of Valkyrie. Thompson will also be playing the titular character in a romantic drama entitled Sylvie that is slated to release in 2020. 

 

Justin Theroux

Justin Theroux: Tramp 

Theroux is no stranger to the vocal booth. He voiced Dropkick in Bumblebee, Garmadon in The Lego Ninjago Movie, and Megamind’s father in Megamind. The veteran actor also has a number of impressive on-camera credits under his belt – American Psycho, Zoolander, Miami Vice and Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi, to name a few. Theroux also writes, produces and directs. He is a writer on Swear to God, an upcoming comedy feature from Will Ferrell’s production company, and he has producing credits on a currently untitled comedy that’s in the works at Paramount. Theroux is slated to direct another funny film, Chief Ron, produced by Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment. The well-connected multihyphenate isn’t just focused on lighter fare, though. Theroux will star opposite Olivia Munn in Justine Bateman’s feature film directorial debut, Violet, a drama that follows a film exec as she discovers that her “guiding voice” isn’t telling the truth. 

 

Besides Thompson and Theroux, there are a plethora of talented actors on the cast list. Kiersey Clemons and Thomas Mann will appear as Lady’s fur-parents: Darling and Jim Dear. Yvette Nicole Brown will take on the antagonist role of Aunt Sarah. Ken Jeong and F. Murray Abraham will get to be a part of the famous “noodle kiss” scene with their respective roles of Joe and Tony. You can also hear Janelle Monáe as she brings to life the canine character of Peg. And Sam Elliott will voice the wise bloodhound Trusty. You can catch the performances from all of these talented actors when the film releases on November 12 in conjunction with the debut of Disney+.

 

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Production Hubs: New Orleans

Production Hubs: New Orleans

For its rich culture, music traditions and cuisine, many seek out New Orleans as a travel destination. But the Crescent City is also a sought-out filming location with claims to an impressive list of high-profile projects, including Green Book and 12 Years a Slave. Besides these Oscar-winners, a number of upcoming projects will soon call New Orleans their production home. Given its long history as a production hub, the city is home to a flourishing community of casting directors. We’ll take a look at some of the top casting names to know there as well as their upcoming projects in this latest installment of our Production Hubs series. 

 

RPM Casting

Meagan Lewis is the casting director behind the company, and her name may as well be synonymous with “Oscar.” Lewis has been on the casting teams for both Green Book and 12 Years a Slave, respectively the 2019 and 2014 Best Picture winners. Both filmed in New Orleans as did another project she helped cast, the 2016 Best Picture nominee The Big Short. Lewis’s casting credits on Oscar-nominated theatrical features are as impressive as her track record casting for TV. She’s helped cast multiple seasons of NCIS: New Orleans, which shoots in the city as well as previous seasons of the award-winning HBO show True Detective. As the recipient of five Artios awards and an Emmy, the casting director is an oft-honored fixture of the city’s casting scene.

Her success makes her highly sought-after as Lewis is on the casting teams for a string of upcoming features including GreyhoundIrresistible, The Banker, Breaking News in Yuba County, The Glorias, Fonzo and the new HBO series Watchmen, which stars Oscar winners Regina King and Louis Gossett Jr. 

Actors interested in connecting with Lewis can request to join the RPM Casting group on Facebook. Lewis posts tips and notes there that can help actors in their careers. And while the casting director keeps her Instagram page set to private, dog-loving actors can find some common ground in her bio, where she cites her soft spot for canines. 

 

Coulon Casting

Elizabeth Coulon runs the show here, and with an impressive list of credits of her own, she is definitely a casting luminary to know. Coulon did location casting for films like Get Out, Logan and Girls Trip. And recently she helped cast two Netflix films, The Perfect Date and Tall Girl, which were both shot in New Orleans. Coulon has a string of new projects to keep on your radar as well. One is the upcoming feature Think Like a Dog, which she cast with Eyde Belasco. The family dramedy was filmed in New Orleans and will feature a star-studded cast that includes Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel and Kunal Nayyar. In the works at Coulson Casting is Craftique, the comedy feature currently in development and with Danny Trejo attached. Many cities near New Orleans are listed as its filming locations.

To learn more, check out the Coulon Casting site, which shares the company’s impressive claim of being in the business for more than 15 years. Actors can also connect on Instagram where you’ll find the company active as @couloncasting.

 

The Casting Office

Tracy Kilpatrick and Blair Foster are listed as casting director and casting associate respectively on The Casting Office’s IMDbPro page. They have a long list of shared film credits that include Jacob’s Ladder, An Actor Prepares and Billionaire Boys Club. The latter filmed in New Orleans as did another of their shared credits, Sundance TV’s Hap and Leonard. Kilpatrick also has 2014 Best Picture nominee Dallas Buyers Club listed under her name, a project for which she and the rest of the casting team won an Artios award. The Artios pairs nicely with the Emmy Kilpatrick took home in 2008 for her contribution to casting the HBO miniseries John Adams. Upcoming projects for her include The Secret: Dare to Dream, an adaptation of the self-help bestseller The Secret, which lauds the power of positive thinking. The film is slated to release in 2020 and will star Katie Holmes, Josh Lucas and Jerry O’Connell. 

While The Casting Office doesn’t have a big presence on social media, those interested in connecting with Kilpatrick and Foster can find both of their profiles on LinkedIn. In fact, Kilpatrick lists her LinkedIn profile as her official website on IMDbPro. From their LinkedIn profiles, actors can glean the considerable track record that Kilpatrick and Foster have in casting as well as note the wide array of industry-based skills on Kilpatrick’s profile

 

There are many casting professionals to know in The Big Easy, especially those involved in upcoming projects. Casting director Matthew Morgan of Morgan Casting is attached to multiple projects in development, including the action feature The Convent which shoots in New Orleans. Ryan Glorioso of Glorioso Casting did much of the New Orleans casting for the current, second season of The Purge as well as for the upcoming thriller Unhinged and the upcoming comedy The Lovebirds. Brent Caballero of Caballero Casting is attached to a plethora of films that are in both development and production, including Walkaway Joe. The action drama was filmed in Laplace, outside of New Orleans, and will star Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

With so many casting directors active in the area and new projects filming there year-round, New Orleans is a production hub that actors need to know, regardless of where they call home. And if you want to take a trip to scout out the scene in New Orleans, you might time it so that you experience Mardi Gras too. At the very least, if you do make it to glorious bayou country, be sure and try a beignet.

 

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Casting in LA This Week!

Casting in LA This Week!

Every day great roles are added to Casting Billboard®. Below are highlighted projects from this week!

 

Roland

Rate: $300/day | Female, All Ethnicities | Infomercial

ROLES  Principal   GENDER/AGE/ETHNICITIES  Female / 21-35 / All Ethnicities

DESCRIPTION  We are looking to cast for a tutorial video demonstrating
the features of a new VR product. The scene will take place in a mock podcast setting with a host and a musical guest.

Aviation Gin

Rate:  $500 | Female & Male, All Ethnicities  | Commercial

ROLES  Principal  GENDER/AGE/ETHNICITIES  Female & Male / 25-65 / All Ethnicities

DESCRIPTION  Ryan Reynold’s Aviation American Gin is filming its final social media commercial spot of 2019. It will feature a few comedic scenarios in a bar, a living room, and a bedroom after waking up drunk. No talent will be consuming any alcohol.

Paper Company Holiday Spot

Rate:  $100 – $500 | Female, All Ethnicities | Commercial

ROLES  Principal  GENDER/AGE/ETHNICITIES  Female / 20-40 / All Ethnicities

DESCRIPTION   Holiday broadcast spot for a paper company supplying unique gifts, stationery, crafts, and party supplies. This spot features fun, fresh creative to be filmed with a combination of stop-motion and live-action.

 

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Improv Is Driving Actors Out of Their Minds

Improv Is Driving Actors Out of Their Minds

Contrary to traditional belief, an actor getting out of their own mind is a good thing. The mind of an actor can be riddled with self-criticism, second-guessing, self-doubts and other chatter, entrapping and undermining creativity that can get in the way of a good performance.

The best way an actor can get out of their own mind is by mastering improv. Improv actually dates back to the 15th century in Great Britain where the first street performers practiced improv with spectators. Improv training has progressed throughout the years as a tried-and-true way for actors to stay loose, think fast on their feet, and eliminate mind chatter that blocks their connection to their creativity.

Be aware there are differences between traditional improv and commercial improv. In a commercial audition with no script, you’ll be directed to create around a specific scenario. For situations that are upbeat, revolving around family or friend gatherings, happy shopping situations, etc.. Here are some suggestions you can use as guidelines for a good commercial improv experience.

 

Visualize yourself in a specific place.
No matter the direction given to you by the director, allow yourself lots of visuals to create an environment you’ll be working in. Doing this will make you feel comfortable and, ultimately, result in a more connected authentic performance.

Avoid stories with a beginning, middle, and end.
Stay away from complex stories. The commercial improv should be an upbeat slice of life, an opportunity for you to show the creative team who you are, what you look like, how loose you are and how well you work with others.

Avoid drama.
Keep the subject matter light, with little depth. Unless you are directed otherwise, typical commercial improv scenarios revolve around having a good time.

Keep the energy upbeat.
Commercial improv is usually a quick scene with upbeat energy. It’s usually happy people who are winners. Ultimately, the talent will be booked in a scene revolving around a product that makes their life work better.

Don’t sell a product or mention product names.
Although you’ll end up being in a spot attempting to sell a product, don’t sell the product in your improv scene.

Know your relationships.
Using the improv skills you’ve been taught, decide quickly the nature of your relationship with your scene partner(s) and create around that relationship.

What if your partner isn’t giving you the right energy?
There’s always the chance you’ll be partnered with someone who isn’t as good as you at improv. If you’re with someone whose energy is totally off, don’t let them bring you down or suck you into the vacuum they’re creating. Stay with the energy you originally chose, working in a compatible way with your partner by using the energy differential as part of the scene.

Listen carefully for your cues.
In a good improv, the conversation should flow easily, lightly bouncing from one subject to the next. Listen carefully and be able to switch in any direction to keep the conversation moving.

What if your partner doesn’t let you speak?
You may be paired with someone who is very aggressive and doesn’t give you the breathing room to speak. Keep trying. You can turn the situation around by incorporating humor into this difficult situation.

Don’t put all the focus on one person in the group.
If there are three people in a group, the middle person may easily be highlighted just because of the physical positioning. Remember the audition is not about that person. Take responsibility to skew the conversation towards you.

 

We all have to be flexible in this business. Being good at improv can actually change your entire mindset and give you confidence at the most unexpected time and in the most unexpected places.

 

Terry Berland is an award-winning casting director for commercials, voiceover, film, television and theatre.  Her casting awards include Clio, The Houston International Film Festival, Art Director’s Club, Addy, and the International Film and TelevisionFestival. Her former Head Of Casting staff position for Madison Avenue giant BBDO/NY has contributed to her deep understanding and involvement in the advertising industry. She is known throughout the country for her talent development, and is the author of the how-to industry book,”Breaking Into Commercials.”
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Production Hubs: Albuquerque

Production Hubs: Albuquerque

With projects like Breaking Bad and Sicario claiming this town as their production home, Albuquerque is no stranger to the industry. But with Netflix’s recent acquisition of Albuquerque Studios, the city is firmly on the map of the nation’s top-tier production hubs. It’s currently home to shows like Roswell, New Mexico and upcoming projects like the star-studded Wander.

Our latest Production Hubs installment gives you the latest on current and upcoming Albuquerque projects and the casting directors behind them.  

 

505 Studio Works 

Jo Edna Boldin is the name behind the company. With such credits as the 2008 Best Picture winner No Country for Old Men under her belt, Boldin is a casting force in the southwestern region. She recently cast a string of well-known features that include Sicario: Day of the Soldado, 12 Strong and Hostiles. Boldin often works with Marie A. Kohl, known as Marie A. K. McMaster on the Casting Society of America website. Kohl is listed there as an associate and has worked at that level on all the aforementioned features that Boldin has cast. But both Boldin and Kohl are credited as casting directors on multiple episodes of The CW’s Roswell, New Mexico, which shoots in Albuquerque. Kohl also earned casting director credits on the first season of CBS All Access’ upcoming crime series Interrogation. Up next for Boldin is the crime drama Coyote and the romantic comedy I’m Your Man, the latter of which she’s co-producing and Viola Davis is executive producing.

There is no website for 505 Studio Works, and the company doesn’t have a presence on social media. The same is true of Boldin, but actors curious to know more about her can start with her nominations and awards. Her casting contributions to Godless and Into the West both garnered her Emmy noms. And she won at the Artios Awards for both No Country for Old Men and Hell or High Water. Kohl was also on the casting team for the latter and shared in the win for it, as well. Those looking to connect with Kohl can check out her McMaster Audition Workshops and Resources Facebook page, where she provides tips and encouragements for actors.  

 

Midthunder Casting 

Angelique Midthunder owns the casting company and has a number of impressive features under her belt, including Captain Fantastic for which she received an Artios nomination alongside her casting team members. She also received an Emmy nomination, along with Richard Hinks and current Motion Picture Academy president David Rubin, for casting Georgia O’Keeffe. As for upcoming projects, she’s on the casting team for the new National Geographic Channel series Barskins. The drama will focus on a group of outcasts in late 17th century New France. Midthunder is also casting The Earth Above, currently in development and set in a water-scarce future in which a group of activists try to save one of our largest remaining aquifers. The project already has Oscar winner Melissa Leo attached, according to IMDbPro

For those interested in learning more, the Midthunder Casting site is a good place to start. Midthunder is also active on Instagram as @midthundercasting. Actors with a passion for giving back may easily connect with the philanthropy-minded casting office. The company’s Instagram account recently posted that it would be collecting donations for people and animals to distribute during the holiday season. 

 

Good Faith Casting

Faith Hibbs-Clark runs Good Faith Casting. Her credits include the blockbuster Transformers: The Last Night and Being Rose, the 2017 feature starring Cybill Shepherd and James Brolin. Hibbs-Clark is also occupied with multiple upcoming projects yet to be released. On that list is the action thriller Wander, which centers on a private investigator who links one of his cases to his daughter’s death. The cast features several topline names including Tommy Lee Jones, Aaron Eckhart and Heather Graham. The film was shot in Albuquerque, and Hibbs-Clark handled the New Mexico casting.

With more than 20 years of experience under her belt, the veteran casting director remains passionate about the profession. On her company site, Hibbs-Clark describes herself as “an artist that paints pictures with faces.” Hibbs-Clark previously worked as a communications expert and even coached federal agents, trial attorneys and CEOs . Actors with a background in communications can connect with the casting director over their shared experiences. To learn more about Hibbs-Clark and ways to connect with her, follow @goodfaithcasting on Instagram, a social media platform on which she’s active. 

 

The names above are just a few of the many standout Albuquerque casting directors to keep on your radar. Others include Kiira Arai who cast 30 episodes of Breaking Bad and has a long list of shows and films under her name. Arai recently cast the upcoming movie from Disney+, Stargirl, which shot outside Albuquerque and will release in 2020. Kathryn Brink boasts a track record of impressive credits and an upcoming project to look out for: The Cardinal Sin, the feature drama with Vivica A. Fox attached and which will also film in Albuquerque. And keep this name in mind: Jennifer Schwalenberg, the former deputy director of the New Mexico Film Office. She often casts projects with Midthunder, such as the upcoming Barksins. With Albuquerque’s star rising and its hometown casting directors frequently called upon to cast major projects, actors everywhere would be wise to keep an eye on the burgeoning production hub. 

 

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Casting in LA This Week!

Casting in LA This Week!

Every day great roles are added to Casting Billboard®. Below are highlighted projects from this week!

 

KIND Bars Commercial

Rate: $750 | Female & Male, All Ethnicities | Commercial

ROLES  Lead   GENDER/AGE/ETHNICITIES  Female &Male / 18-70 / All Ethnicities

DESCRIPTION  KIND Cereal and Granola bars is shooting a commercial involving people of different ages eating their products while doing various activities

Drop

Rate:  $200 – $650 | Female & Male, Latinx  | Commercial

ROLES  Principal & Background  GENDER/AGE/ETHNICITIES  Female & Male / 25-30 / Latinx

DESCRIPTION  Casting “Drop,” a branded media content depicting a group of friends as they enjoy an afternoon watching sports.

Tripwire

Rate:  $200 – $335/day | Female & Male, Various Ethnicities | Feature Film

ROLES  Principal  GENDER/AGE/ETHNICITIES  Female & Male / 20-50 / Various Ethnicities

DESCRIPTION  One year after an online prank led to their teammate’s suicide, a group of computer science college students are invited to participate in a Hackathon to prove their skills. Upon being locked into the Hackathon House, an old abandoned navy base, they realize they’re in a cat and mouse game of hack or be hacked.

 

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Weirdest Auditions: Zig-Zagging in Underwear, Potluck Casting Sessions, and More

Weirdest Auditions: Zig-Zagging in Underwear, Potluck Casting Sessions, and More

The latest installment of the Casting Networks series Weirdest Auditions features broken bones, trips to Costco and shirtless men “built like Lebron.” Audition anecdotes, often in all their craziness, create an unshakable solidarity among actors. Most thespians have a good story or two under their belts along with a common hunger to book, even when it means giving birth in the room. How far will dedicated actors go to nail their auditions, however weird? Keep reading.

 

Warren Barrow 

Known for What We Do in the Shadows and Upscale with Prentice Penny

I once had an audition for a packaging company. When my agent sent me the information for the audition, it said that we would be auditioning in our underwear. So I put on my cleanest underwear and drove to the audition. When I got there, I found out that we would be going in groups. I looked at the other guys I would be auditioning with, and they were all 6-foot-1 and built like Lebron. 

The casting director gave us a long metal rod and a small package. He told us to use the small package to cover ourselves up and to just hold the metal rod in our right hand. And then he wanted us to run zigzags around the room. The casting director let the other guys go a couple of times to get comfortable. When it was my turn to go up, I ran from one side of the room to the other. But before I could continue, the casting director said, “That’ll be enough.” I didn’t even get to do a full zigzag. I put my clothes back on and left feeling so embarrassed, and I still don’t know why we were holding those metal rods.

 

Aaron Groben

Known for Awkward and Art of the Dead

“Bring a dish to share.” This final note in my audition invitation should have been a red flag, but I was young and wasn’t aware of red flags yet. I was going to take over the entertainment industry with this audition alone, and stopping through Costco on the way there wasn’t about to be a hindrance. We were to audition at a green screen studio for an “untitled green screen project,” and auditions would further serve as a “get-to-know-you potluck.”

As I arrived, I scoured the odds-and-ends brought by other auditioning hopefuls. However, I was far more concerned with the mind-blowing performance I was about to woo these green screen casting directors with, and I was not concerned with food at the time. I gave one of the top performances of my life as I began to notice my “this-is-definitely-a-scam” surroundings. It turned out that the green screen studio was actually the garage of the home of two young men who had found a unique way to get their next meals paid in full. They loved my acting, but they loved the blueberries and lunch meat even more. 

 

Mariko Van Kampen

Known for Magnum P.I. (1981 & 2019) and Hawaii Five-0 (1979 & 2018)

Earlier this year, I got a theatrical audition for a roller-skating waitress. It was supposed to be in-office, but I knew I was not going to be able to do that because I don’t own skates and haven’t skated for a couple of decades. I had trepidation about accepting the audition, but my agent was really pushing for it. So my weirdest audition ended up being a self-tape for which I dragged my daughter Mele to a skating rink in Northridge.

I rented skates there and picked up a “rink walker,” which is a piece of equipment they give to people learning how to skate. I just wanted to get comfortable on skates again, and I reached the point of feeling really confident. I abandoned the walker and had Mele film me while I skated around the rink twice, smiling and waving at the camera. That was the footage we needed, so I came off the rink. I walked a few steps into the waiting area and was standing there talking to Mele when my feet just went out from under me. Bam! I fell down and broke my wrist. It hurt, but I didn’t know it was broken at the time, so I went home and taped the speaking part of the audition. I edited everything together and sent off the self-tape. Then later that day, I went to urgent care and had my wrist X-rayed.

 

Whether your weirdest audition ended with a trip to urgent care or not, it’s still a story you won’t forget in your career climb. And since actors are encouraged to create their own content, inspiration might even be drawn from a real-life, crazy audition experience. If that’s the case, booking the project almost becomes an afterthought. The audition is where the action’s at.

 

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