"The issue with the phrase 'diversity in Hollywood' is that it points to these occurrences on screen as something different or special," says Russell Boast, Vice President of the Casting Society of America. "There's been a kind of glamorization of diversity, where creators think that having it means it has to be a plot point. But sometimes that ...
Casting director Carmen Cuba boasts a great set of credits, including “The Martian,” “Magic Mike” and “The Knick.” One of her specialties is casting the right children — as she did on Netflix’s hit series “Stranger Things,” as well as the upcoming films “The Florida Project”...
'Empire' casting pro Leah Daniels-Butler was among those on hand to discuss low representation of disabilities on the screen and how to effect change in an industry that "breaks down barriers and opens doors quicker than anyone else."
Casting director Jennifer Euston is responsible for finding the faces for some of the most unique ensemble casts on television. From "Girls" to "Orange is the New Black" to "GLOW", the multi-Emmy award winner has one specific goal: to populate the TV landscape with reflections of what she sees on the streets and stages of New York...
"We should not be punished because we're a late-blooming profession," said 'Hamilton' casting director Bernard Telsey at the march, held days before the Tony Awards.
‘This Is Us’ Casting Director Discusses Reason Why New York Talents Are Being Discovered Later In Their Careers
"Milo [Ventimiglia] was a little bit different type than the way the part of Jack was originally conceived, but he, as an actor, really responded to that role, so when he came in and read it, Dan actually said, “I see the entire series. It was different than I was thinking but his performance in this audition actually inspired where the st...
While Broadway producers are celebrating the highest grossing season in Broadway recorded history,” Alex Moore, a spokesman for the Teamsters, said in a statement from the union (different from IATSE Local One, which represents Broadway stagehands), “the industry’s casting directors are asking why producers are denying them hea...
In an industry that is almost 100% unionized — from the ticket-takers to the wardrobe dressers to the stagehands, makeup artists, singers, dancers and even press agents — casting directors stand alone.
"Inclusion happens when a movie storyline or TV episode doesn't define the race or diversity of the characters. For casting directors, it’s about finding the right actor for the role, not focusing on the race. And then the viewer sees a story that’s just about a couple." - CSA VP Russell Boast
Susan Shopmaker talks about finding movie stars before they're movie stars and the importance of scrutinizing every decision to make the best film.
As the Casting Society of America held its 32nd annual Artios Awards tonight, honors were passed out to such films as La La Land, Hidden Figures, Hell or High Water, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight as well as TV series like Mr. Robot and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
Casting a film is a challenging endeavor in itself, but finding the right child actor for a lead role is especially difficult.
Julia Kim, a casting director and member of the Casting Society of America, told me that she's seeing more Asian-Americans, the fastest growing ethnic group in the country, showing up for casting calls. This, she said, gives casting directors more options to take to filmmakers.