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 »Continue Reading... 3 Comments.
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 »Continue Reading... No Comments.
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 »Continue Reading... No Comments.
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 »Continue Reading... 10 Comments.
“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 »Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
…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 »Continue Reading... 6 Comments.
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 »Continue Reading... 6 Comments.
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 »Continue Reading... No Comments.
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 »Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
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 »Continue Reading... 1 Comment.