Historically, most character breakdowns are intrinsically tied to age, gender, race, and ethnicity — which can make casting extremely specific when it comes to finding the actor to embody that character. But times they are a changin’. The concept of “blind casting” comes when a creator has shaped a character in his or her mind, but has not set the physicality of that part (from race and ethnicity to age and gender). Listen as these creators, executive producers, and casting directors discuss this new process, how it both can be freeing and hindering, and the way it is changing the television industry.
Panelists: Jennifer Euston (Orange Is the New Black), Justin Spitzer (Superstore), Brian Michael Bendis (Powers), Brad DeLima (VP Casting, NBCUniversal), Tracy Lilienfield (Grace and Frankie)
At a historic gathering in Los Angeles June 4th & 5th, members of the Casting Society of America volunteered their time to provide training and information to transgender Actors, Writers, Directors and Casting Directors hoping to take the next step in their entertainment industry careers. Organized by the CSA Diversity Committee, sponsored by the SAGAFTRA LGBT Committee and facilitated by Ann Thomas of Transgender Talent, LLC, the two day seminar and interactive work session was attended by over 70 transgender performers and filmmakers.
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CSA members had their yearly get-together at Bar Marmont.
What a great year it was! Click on the photo for captions! (Photos by Nicholas Gingold/Capture Imaging)
Our annual CSA General Membership meeting (party!) was held on June 1st at the famed "Bar Marmont" in Hollywood and what a fun, swanky event it was! The turnout was one of the largest we've seen in years and a great time was had by all.
CSA members were treated to cocktails and hors d'oeurves while networking, catching up with friends, meeting the many regional members who took the time to fly in for the occasion and getting an update from our various committee heads currently serving on the National Board of Directors.
CSA is up to big things. Topics included the President's Report, Finance Report, Activities update, AMPAS, Artios updates, Associates, Festivals and Panels, Membership, New Media, Publicity, Regional Casting Directors and our evolving Training and Education program.
We also announced at the meeting our second CSA Emeritus Member, Mary V. Buck. We hope to see Mary at our 2016 Artios Awards!
Lastly we had the opportunity to give a HUGE thank you and say a warm goodbye to outgoing CSA Administrator Megan McConnell who is leaving us after four incredibly productive and transformative years of service. She will be very much missed.