• Z NATION  SEASON 3 – FUN FACTS ‘n’ CASTING TRIVIA 

    Posted on November 1, 2016 by Nike in Listen......

      Last week I  was reflecting on my  casting director’s mission statement from  2006. Back then I went from full time stage (Producing Artistic Director) to full time screen and began casting mid-sized feature films ranging from $1MIL-$10MIL. Mission Statement:  To deepen, widen,  educate the Talent pool in the NW, cast as many Pacific NW actors possible so that they more »

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  • Headshots! It’s a Process … Even for the Casting Director.

    Posted on October 13, 2016 by Nike in Listen......

      I have a Trainer, a Life Coach, my ‘Lady Doctor’, a Dentist, a Lawyer, a Naturopath. I don’t have a personal shopper, but I do have a BFF and a Spiritual Counsellor. During my last photoshoot I acknowledged that I also have a Photographer; the guy who takes my headshots. Unbeknownst to him, he is part more »

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  • My Story. My Type. How 10 Actors Cast Themselves To Perfection In A Short Film

    Posted on July 19, 2016 by Nike in Listen......

      In times like these I’m certain that every artist is stymied when bloodshed and battery shatter into our daily lives and leave our hearts in shards and  pieces. Stymied. But after a positively mind-altering on-camera bootcamp weekend, (July 9-10th) my shattered heart and mind was able to begin stepping away from the relentless on-screen more »

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  • An Embarrassing Confession … (By A Patron Saint!)

    Posted on May 28, 2016 by Nike in Listen......

      One day whilst preparing to teach a practical class (acting class) with my flagship group at the University of Hull, in Yorkshire, England I suddenly stopped and allowed myself to see the wall of  18-20somethings standing in front of me.   I looked at them; all raw energy, moody,  a-surge with exquisite ‘tude; pouting their more »

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  • Standing Up For My Self

    Posted on April 23, 2016 by Nike Imoru in Listen......

    “I was at the Academy of Motion Pictures HQ the other day and…   … and  Juliet Taylor CSA, casting director extraordinaire was being interviewed about her illustrious career as a casting director. Ms Taylor has cast 40 of Woody Allen’s film alone! A sprightly delightful ‘young thing’ she was regaling us with casting tales, more »

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  • The Power in Limitation

    Posted on March 13, 2016 by Nike Imoru in Listen......

     …today I recognize that the very  limitations and contrasts that provoked a sense of futility, fear, doubt, even depression at times, yes, also provoked my imagination and  artistic sensibilities to awaken and thrive.      As an Artist I discovered my sense of true abundance later in life. And when I did, I gradually began to more »

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  • Say It Loud….

    Posted on February 24, 2016 by admin in Listen......

      As a black, female, casting director, actress, director, for stage and screen, it’s … interesting to observe the current furore around #oscarssowhite. From this English woman’s perspective: “we are quite Bemused”!   Finally, a clamorous  noise is being made in Hollywood.  Be it roles for women, recognition for  black artists, or pay differentials and more »

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  • “GREAT ACTORS OF THE NORTHWEST, USA, 2006-2016”

    Posted on June 6, 2015 by admin in Listen......

      When I met Z Nation producers for Season 2, they had some criticisms about  the casting process for Z Nation, Season 1. It was to be expected and, in truth, it was to be welcomed and dreaded at one and the same time. They said: “we want to click on a link, ONE TIME, more »

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  • For Artists the struggle is not always financial

    Posted on May 24, 2015 by admin in Listen......

    One of the most  fascinating things for me to observe in an Actor  is the  dance of self-doubt and the degree to which we will lie to ourselves. It often takes a coach (or a therapist, yes) to unmask the skilfully masked self. For a few months now I  have been doing battle in my more »

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  • CD’s Purpose

    Posted on May 8, 2015 by admin in Listen......

      I am  driven by Passion and Purpose. While Passion alone (in any context) is what so many  artists are propelled by, it is really our sense of Purpose that keeps us on task and brings us desired results. That said, I  never assume that the Purpose which drives my Actor is “good”. I have more »

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