Production Hubs: Austin

Production Hubs: Austin

You might be familiar with the city’s catchphrase “keep Austin weird,” but there’s nothing strange about Texas’ capital blossoming into a thriving production hub. The “City of the Violet Crown” has hosted shows like the Friday Night Lights series, as well as features like Boyhood and this year’s Alita: Battle Angel. Keep reading to learn more about the casting teams behind these projects, along with what they’re up to next. 


The Cast Station 

John Williams and Karmen Leech are two big names to know at the casting company. They’ve both worked on impressive titles like Halloween (2018), Our Brand is Crisis, and Joe. As for new projects, Williams and Leech cast the upcoming action-drama Death in Texas, which did film in the “Lone Star State.” The Cast Station also has a strong presence in the world of commercial casting, and it claims behemoths such as Frito Lay, Coca Cola, Sony and Visa as clients. Actors interested in learning more about the impactful company and its work can check out The Cast Station site. And to connect further, they can follow the company’s Instagram account, on which it periodically posts casting notices. 


Beth Sepko Casting

Beth Sepko owns the company, which is connected to Third Coast Extras, a company that focuses on background casting. Actors interested in learning more about Sepko can start with the impressive number of awards she’s won. Sepko received an Emmy for her work on the series Friday Night Lights and Artios awards for Straight Outta Compton and Boyhood. The lauded casting director has a noteworthy list of features under her name that include this year’s Alita: Battle Angel. She also helped cast the AMC series The Son and USA Network’s Queen of the South, both of which filmed in Texas. As for new projects, she cast the upcoming sports drama, One Heart, which also claims the “Lone Star State” as its production home. Actors interested in Beth Sepko Casting and Third Coast Extras can check out the companies’ site, where they can find details on how to register as talent with the companies. Further touchpoints can be found on the companies’ Facebook page.


Vicky Boone Casting

The company belongs to Vicky Boone, and her name is one with which actors should be familiar. An extensive number of features can be found amongst her credits, such as Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life. The film shot in Texas, as did one of the features that Boone recently cast: Bull. As for upcoming projects, Boone worked as the location casting director for the pilot of the new Amazon series Panic. The busy casting director also does an impressive amount of commercial casting, and her company site lists clients like Heinz, Wells Fargo, and Whole Foods. For more information on Boone, actors can head on over to the Vicky Boone Casting Facebook page, where they will also find casting notices from the company.


Brock / Allen Casting 

Toni Cobb Brock and Sally Allen are the names behind the casting company, and the dynamic duo share a number of feature film credits like There Will Be Blood, Friday Night Lights, and The Ringer. Their TV credits abound, as well, and they both helped with location casting for Breaking Bad. The two recently cast the drama Yellow Rose, which filmed in Austin and stars Lea Salonga. The action feature Sub Rosa is one of their upcoming projects, and it also boasts a Texas filming location. More examples of their work can be found on the Brock / Allen Casting site, which also names clients they’ve worked with for commercials. Walmart, AT&T, Nike, and Smirnoff are amongst a number of corporations listed there. Actors seeking to connect with the casting company can follow its Facebook page and Instagram account


Brenda J. Ambrize Casting

Brenda Ambrize is the casting director behind the company, and she has some feature films under her belt. One example is Roadside Attraction’s sports drama From Mexico with Love, which she cast with Kim Coleman. Ambrize is active in the world of commercial casting, and she recently cast a Spanish-speaking spot for H-E-B. According to her company’s Facebook page, other clients that Brenda J. Ambrize Casting has worked with include Cinemark, John Deere, and American Airlines. Various projects that the casting company has worked on can be found on the page, along with casting notices. It also features talent appreciation posts and shoutouts to actors who’ve recently booked projects. 


Burton Casting

Brad Burton and Kimberly Williams Burton are behind Burton Casting, and there is a number of shared credits between them. Two examples are Lazer Team and Lazer Team 2, which both shot in Austin. The duo is doing the location casting for the upcoming comedy feature Playing God, a film that will star Alan Tudyk and also claims Texas as its production home. More information on their theatrical work can be found on the Burton Casting site. It also gives a number of impressive clients that the company has worked with for commercial casting – Amazon, Toyota, and Bumble, to name a few. Actors interested in Burton Casting should check out its Facebook page, as well, which frequently posts casting notices.


Sarah Dowling Casting

Sarah Dowling is the name behind the company, and she is known for her theatrical casting. Past projects she’s worked on include titles like The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Loving and Mud. Recently, she cast Flay, a horror film about a woman trying to protect her loved ones from an evil, faceless spirit. It may come as no surprise that the project filmed in Austin. Dowling’s also on the casting team for the upcoming feature 12 Mighty Orphans. The film has Texas as a shooting location and boasts a star-studded cast that includes Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen, and Luke Wilson. Actors interested in finding out more about Sarah Dowling Casting can check out the company’s Facebook page.


With so many casting directors working in the Austin market, actors would be smart to keep the southern city on their radars, regardless of where they live. The capital of Texas is not only a production hub for film and TV – it’s also known as the “Live Music Capital of the World.” So if you find yourself lucky enough to book a job that films in Austin, try and catch a show or two while you’re there. But don’t let the nightlife lead to you missing your call time or arriving to set dazed and confused. Unless you’re working on a new sequel to Richard Linklater’s 1993 Austin-filmed feature that we don’t know about – then by all means, get into character. 


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Weirdest Auditions: Faking Your Own Death, Mooing Like a Cow, and More

Weirdest Auditions: Faking Your Own Death, Mooing Like a Cow, and More

What job other than acting involves an interview process where you get to become a whole different person? The idea of auditioning may sound foreign to those in traditional 9-to-5 careers, and they don’t even know the half of how strange these appointments can be. Sometimes actors have to run around in their skivvies while brandishing metal rods. Or they might have to go to a park to improv golf puns with strangers. Many actors have a good audition anecdote or two to share, and these common experiences can even create a sense of unity amongst the thespian community. So whether you’re an actor looking for solidarity, or you’re just curious about how strange the acting life can be, keep reading.


Alexander Catalano

Alexander Catalano 

Known for S.W.A.T. and The Orville

I went to an audition inside a place called Crossroads of the World. The place was almost abandoned. When I walked into the casting office, it was all dark. A lady came out to bring me in, and she was the only one there besides me. I didn’t see another soul the whole time I was there. So I walk into the room, and she’s like, “Here’s what’s going to happen. You’re going to put your wrists together like they’re tied up. I’m going to snap my fingers. You’re going to put your hands up like they’re being pulled up above you. I’m going to snap my fingers. You’re going to pretend like your wrists get slit. I’m going to snap my fingers one last time, and you’re going to die. Are you ready? Let’s do it!” So I did it once, and she said, “Thank you very much. Have a nice day.” I walked out with no clue as to what had just happened. I got back to my car literally six minutes after I’d left it for the audition. But I wound up booking the job. 


Kacy Owens

Kacy Owens

Known for Terminator: Dark Fate and Grimm

During an audition for a beer commercial, I auditioned in a group of four, and they started us off with the typical beer commercial dancing. But then on the second take, the casting director told us that each of us would dance as a random animal. We would do it one by one, in our slating order. I thought it was weird, but planned out that I would be a dog and just paw around when my turn came. “Easy,” I thought to myself. But then I realized that I was at the end of the line, right as the first actor let out a bark. “Ok, I’ll be a cat,” I told myself. As if on command, the next actress started brandishing “claws,” meowing and playfully swatting the dog actor in the face. Slightly panicked, I raced to think of something that wouldn’t be stolen from my brain. I couldn’t even tell you what the actor in front of me picked, but as soon as the camera panned to me, I bellowed an unsexy “moo” and started heavily shifting my weight from hip to hip. I immediately regretted my choice and felt very foolish. But the casting director thankfully cut us quickly, and I power-walked out of there. I ran into the cat actress last year and was praying she wouldn’t remember me. She stared at me for a minute before pointing and shouting, “You were the cow!”


Hannah Barefoot

Hannah Barefoot

Known for Dirty John and Creepshow

I went in for a commercial audition for KFC, and at the last minute when I was already in the room, they added dialogue. For some absurd reason, I didn’t have the capacity to deal with what they threw at me that day. The line was just, “Do you want a bottle of water?” But all I could do was say it in a British accent. My husband and I have a joke about bottles of water in British accents, and it was like it had rewired my brain. They had me say it over and over again, and for the life of me, I couldn’t shake the accent. Then, to top it off, they asked me if I liked KFC because I’d be required to eat it on the shooting day. I thought I’d make a funny little joke to ease the tension, so I said, “Sure! I mean, it’s no Popeyes, but …” There was no laughter — just a staredown after I insulted the brand I was trying to get a job selling. Needless to say, I didn’t book that job.


These stories from Catalano, Owens, and Barefoot would be sure to liven up any holiday party, especially if the crowd is unused to the eccentricities of the acting life. A funny audition story is always nice to have in your back pocket whether you’re at a gathering of friends or being interviewed on Graham Norton’s couch. And if you have a weird audition anecdote under your belt, share it in the comments below. Even if you haven’t mooed like a cow or played dead during an appointment, there’s likely another actor who can identify with your particular story. And at the end of the day, the unique interview process that comes with the career is something that all actors can share. 


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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!


Hustler Casino – Los Angeles

Rate: $200-$500 | Female & Male, All Ethnicities | Commercial

ROLES  Principal & Supporting   GENDER/AGE/ETHNICITIES  Female & Male / 21-70 / All Ethnicities

DESCRIPTION  Shooting in early January, date TBD. Concept: A degenerate gambler has the time of his life at Hustler Casino. It’s an underdog story.

Bilingual Family – National Fast Food Commercial

Rate: $350 per shoot day per person with $5K per person buyout (3 Months) | Female & Male, Latinx  | Commercial

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

DESCRIPTION  Casting fun, dynamic, bilingual families with kids ages 10+ for a national fast-food commercial campaign. November 24th, 25th & 26th. One person in the family must have a car/ driver’ s license. **The client is looking to find “spokespeople” who could be recurring talent on future additional campaigns with the chain**

Male Body Double

Rate: $1500 plus travel | Male, Various Ethnicities | Infomercial

ROLES  Principal  GENDER/AGE/ETHNICITIES  Male / 25-40 / African American, East Indian, Middle Eastern, Ethnically Ambiguous, Native American, Pacific Islander

DESCRIPTION  Looking for African American male (5’6-5’9) body double for a Shoot in Vegas TOMORROW $1500 plus travel.


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Telsey and Company Casting Launches ‘This Is Us’ Talent Search

Telsey and Company Casting Launches ‘This Is Us’ Talent Search

Telsey and Company Casting (Fosse/Verdon, The Greatest Showman) has launched a nation-wide talent search for the hit network television series This Is Us. This Is Us is a FOX Studios/NBC comedy-drama television series that first premiered in 2016 and is now on its fourth season. The series follows the lives and families of two parents and their three unique triplets through multiple generations.

Casting is seeking visually impaired, legally blind, or blind children between the ages of 8 and 13. Professional experience is not a requirement to submit! For more information and to submit, click here.


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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.


Slate Casting  

The casting company is headed by Julie Arvedon Knowlton, Aaron Kahl and Ashley Skomurski. They have a number of shared credits between them. Knowlton and Skomurski, for example, were both on the casting team behind the blockbuster comedy Super Troopers 2. Skomurski has another big-name casting credit under her belt with The Forger, which starred John Travolta and shot in Boston. Ghostbusters (2016) is another project that filmed in “Beantown.” Kahl was on the casting team for it, as well as for a film that also shot in Massachusetts: Chappaquiddick. He and Skomurski hold an impressive list of extras casting credits, too. They both worked in this area of casting on Daddy’s Home 2 and American Hustle. And Knowlton has a niche with casting TV movies. Credits in this genre that can be found under her name include Long Lost Daughter and The Spruces and the Pines. She also was on the casting team for the upcoming movie Christmas a la Mode, which Lifetime will premiere on November 15. 

To find out more about Slate Casting, actors can visit the company’s site. Its homepage includes an introductory video with the casting trio, in which they share their goal to create a comfortable environment so that actors can do their best work. The casting company can also be found on Facebook with its Slate Casting page. Posts there include casting notices, so actors interested in the company should definitely keep a close watch on the page. 


Paradice Casting 

Melissa Paradice owns the company, and she has a number of features listed under her name. She cast Slip & Fall, a comedy feature about a student who goes to extraordinary lengths to pay for law school. The film was shot in Boston, as was My Best Friend’s Girl. Paradice was on the casting team for that comedy, as well, which starred Kate Hudson, Dane Cook and Jason Biggs. She also did the local casting for the thriller from Magnolia Pictures entitled Shuttle. Paradice has extensive experience in commercial casting, as well. The Paradice Casting site provides an impressive list of clients, such as Pepsi, Lay’s, Titleist, CenturyLink, CVS Pharmacy, Visa and Panera Bread. One of Paradice Casting’s projects highlighted on its site is a CBS Sports teaser for the 2018 AFC Championship Game that stars John Malkovich. 

More information on Paradice can be found on the site, which provides a list of her hobbies. Actors looking to connect with the casting director should take note of any interests they share with her, which could include watching improv, hiking or crocheting. They can also check out the Paradice Casting Facebook page, where they can be alerted to jobs the company is casting. 


Boston Casting, CP Casting, Slate Casting and Paradice Casting are amongst a number of need-to-know casting companies in the area. Jodi Purdy Casting, for example, is owned by Jodi Purdy-Quinlan, and she 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.


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.



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



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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