Monday, December 19, 2011

Announcement: LORIN MCCRALEY appearing in 2 BROKE GIRLS




Click poster to watch Full Episode - 2 BROKE GIRLS "And The Rich People Problems"





LORIN MCCRALEY
Repped By: Henriksen Talent Management
Casting Director: Julie Ashton

Friday, December 16, 2011

Announement: JANELLE FROEHLICH in THE TWILIGHT SERIES - BREAKING DAWN Part 2






JANELLE FROEHLICH
Represented By: Rosenberg & Associates + Silverstone Entertainment
Role: Yvette
Release Date: November 2012

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Booking: THE MENTALIST - Tash Moseley Management

ANDREW PIFKO
Booked: THE MENTALIST Episode #413, "Red Is The New Black"
Role: Wyck Thiessens
Represented By: Tash Moseley Management
Casting Director: Eric Dawson - UDK

Thursday, December 8, 2011

GOOD JOB, THANKS! - Ep 7 - "Once You Go Livingston-Black"

The latest episode of Ryan Glasgow's GOOD JOB, THANKS!. Guest stars Rick Overton as "Stanley Black", Linda's sleezy Hollywood Director EX-Hubby! Watch Stephanie Jones and a cast of other whak-jobs for your Entertainment Business Guilty Pleasure!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Booking: HOMELAND - STW Talent Agency

Jason Hatfield
Booked: HOMELAND
Role: Pittman (Recurring)
Represented By: STW Talent Agency
Casting Director: Fincannon and Associates

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Casting Q&A: THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN Part 1 - Debra Zane

We'd like to thank the wonderful (and very busy) DEBRA ZANE for participating in a short Q&A regarding the casting of BREAKING DAWN Part 1. In addition to serving as Casting Director for Breaking Dawn Parts 1 & 2, Debra's casting credits include critical and box office smashes like Men in Black, American Beauty, Ocean's Eleven, The Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Hunger Games (2012)... And Many More






Directed by: Bill Condon
Written by: Melissa Rosenberg (Screenplay) based on Stephenie Meyer's best selling novel.
Stars: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattison, Taylor Lautner, Kellan Lutz...
Casting by: Debra Zane



Can you provide a brief overview on how the casting process went?

DEBRA ZANE: The casting process on Breaking Dawn, Part One was not unusual in terms of the day-to-day work. It was more hectic because of the large fan base; because so many people were desperate to be a part of it. But the roles are so specifically drawn. We were able to release a Breakdown and we diligently selected actors for auditions. We did have a large team to report to (in addition to our director), so we would prepare audition links to email and the producing team and Bill and I would get on numerous conference calls to go through choices and creatively discuss all options.


How different is it to cast two films that are being shot back to back?

DEBRA ZANE: There wasn't anything special about casting two movies that were scheduled to shoot simultaneously. It only meant the cast was a bit larger than usual. Most of the actors I cast are in Part Two. Only a handful of actors I cast appear in both movies. The other difference was really for the actors who ended up working an extra long schedule. There was no returning to a specific location so once the cast and crew were assembled at a specific site, they would shoot anything and everything that needed to be filmed there for both movies.


When you’re doing location casting how much do you rely on regional casting directors?

DEBRA ZANE: I work very closely with the regional casting director (if the film shoots on location). I've worked with the Fincannons in the Southeast numerous times and we have compatible taste in actors. On BREAKING DAWN Part 1, I also worked with Stuart Aikins in Vancouver. He worked on casting the past TWILIGHT films, and was easy to collaborate with.


If you are casting a movie that was a book do you ever read the book for extra inspiration or just the script?

DEBRA ZANE: It always helps to read the book if a film is an adaptation. It's not so much about inspiration, it's more about capturing the tone. Stephenie Meyer was very helpful in steering us toward types she had in mind and we worked very closely with Bill Condon the director to make sure our cast all shared the correct qualities required for each role.


You’ve been casting films for over 20 years now, how much has changed?

DEBRA ZANE: Much has changed since I began working in casting. Obviously, the biggest change would be all of the advancements in technology. I remember when I was a casting assistant typing up sessions on a typewriter. "White-Out" was my best friend. I remember working as a casting assistant at 20th Century Fox. I used to walk to the administration building at 5:00 each day to wait to use the one and only fax machine in someone's office to fax 'sides' to agencies for actor's appointments. It was common for actors or agents or managers to swing by the casting office to drop off submissions or to pick up 'sides'. Again, this wasn't all that long ago! So to be able to send auditions in a link to a director who might be scouting in the jungles of Hawaii, or on location in Toronto, or on a plane and to hear back from them within an hour makes for a very different casting process. Videotaped auditions are commonplace, expected. Self-tapes get actors jobs all the time. It's really different. And probably better, too.


What is your favorite part of the casting process?

DEBRA ZANE: Easily my favorite part of the casting process is auditioning actors. Especially with beautifully written material. When the writing is good, all the auditions are a pleasure. Because good writing takes care of so much. It then becomes about isolating the very best actors, the ones most clearly appropriate for the roles. Some of my favorite actors have been referred to me by other actors -- friends of theirs who put in a good word because he or she doesn't have an agent yet.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Screening: HOME AT LAST "Episode #1"

New Webseries to share! "Home at Last" is about a homeless man that moves in with his long lost son. Stars LIRA KELLERMAN (You may know her outstanding blog The Struggling Actress). Enjoy!



Created by
Matt Giegerich
Chelsea Mize

Starring
William Russ
Mike Bash
Lira Kellerman
Eric Rubin

Directed and Edited by
Stephen Sprinkles

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Seminars by Breakdown Services in New York!

ATTENTION NEW YORK ACTORS!!

BREAKDOWN SERVICES presents Insider Info for the Working Actor

Two seminars in one session, giving you an inside view of how to get more bookings.

The Casting Process and Marketing Yourself in Today’s Industry

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Morning Session: 10:00am to 1:15pm
Marketing Yourself presented by Gary Marsh (Breakdown Services) & Blair Hickey (CastingAbout.com)

The Casting Process panelists incude Justin Huff (Telsey + Company), Allison Estrin (Barden/Schnee Casting), Diane Riley (Harden Curtis Associates), Christopher Freer (CMF Talent Inc.)

Afternoon Session: 2:00pm to 5:15pm
Marketing Yourself presented by Gary Marsh (Breakdown Services) & Blair Hickey (CastingAbout.com)

The Casting Process panelists incude Justin Huff (Telsey + Company), Jessica Daniels (NBC Casting), Diane Riley (Harden Curtis Associates), Christopher Freer (CMF Talent Inc.)

Mary MacArthur Theatre at AADA
120 Madison Ave. (between 30th and 31st Streets, NYC
$20.00 per session
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS*

To register for a session go to www.breakdownservices.com/store/seminar.html.

Marketing Yourself in Today’s Industry – This rare, behind-the-scenes look at the casting process sheds light on what it takes to get noticed, communicate most effectively with CDs and build real long-term working relationships necessary to sustain the acting career.

The Casting Process – This panel, consisting of two casting directors and two agents, will focus on broadening your understanding of the casting process, the agent’s contribution and how to use this information to your advantage.

ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL BE ENTERED TO WIN THE FOLLOWING:

A CASTING DIRECTOR SIT-DOWN – 4 people at each session will spend 5 minutes with one of the casting directors. It will take place immediately after The Casting Process session.

AGENT ECO-CASTS - 10 actors looking for representation will be filmed doing a monologue which will then be sent to agents to view through Breakdown Services’ Eco Cast system. (Filming will be scheduled and then taped at Breakdown Services in New York.)

A ONE YEAR CASTING ABOUT SUBSCRIPTION – Winning actors will be able to utilize the newest tool in the marketing process for a full year.

*For more information on Broadway Cares go to www.broadwaycares.org

For questions please email Jenna Pass at jennap@breakdownservices.com or call her at 310-276-9166, ext. 413.

Monday, October 17, 2011

GOOD JOB, THANKS! - Ep 6 - "It's Just Theater Sweetie"

The latest episode of Ryan Glasgow's GOOD JOB, THANKS!. Guest star appearances by Kirsten Vangsness from "Criminal Minds" on CBS and Joy Osmanski from "Allen Gregory" on FOX.

obSETHed - Episode #5 "Heart & Soul"

What NOT to do when meeting a Casting Director.

Guest Starring casting director Krisha Bullock, CSA
(Nickelodeon's "iCARLY & "VICTORIOUS")




Read more about Krisha Bullock and iCARLY and VICTORIOUS: CLICK HERE

Friday, October 14, 2011

Casting Q&A: iCARLY & VicTORIous (Nickelodeon) - Krisha Bullock, CSA

We've got another great Casting Director Q&A. Krisha Bullock, CSA has taken time out of her VERY busy schedule and provided insight into the casting process. Krisha is currently casting Nickelodeon megahits iCARLY and VicTORIous.




VicTORIous & iCARLY:
Created by Dan Schneider

iCarly Stars: Miranda Cosgrove
VicTORIous Stars: Victoria Justice
Casting By: Krisha Bullock, CSA



How many headshots do you see in a given week?

Krisha Bullock: Since everything is electronic now a days, we see thousands of headshots a week.

Casting Directors work long hours. What is a typical work week for you?

Krisha Bullock: It varies from week to week. We get last minute scripts over the weekend, so the first half of the week is long and busy. We have sessions, bookings and paperwork, as well as prepping for the next week's episode. Yes, C.D.'s work long hours.

Can you give us a brief overview of how the casting process goes, for a given episode of something like "iCarly"?

Krisha Bullock: We put out a breakdown; sort through thousands of submissions; schedule sessions (of around 20 actors per role;) put all auditions on tape for Producers; cast off tape and call and book talent. Then our office is in charge of first calls, (call times, etc.) making cast lists and contracts for all our talent.

Being "discovered" is a buzz word many actors use. In your experience, is discovery something that happens on first sight/read, or is it more of a process of getting to know an actor through perhaps multiple auditions and ultimately matching them to a particular role?

Krisha Bullock: Exactly, the latter. Perfectly put. Discovery is a process, sometimes you can get an immediate feeling about someone new, but it still takes time to find the right role/project for them.

Is it harder to cast child actors than it is to cast adult actors?

Krisha Bullock: Not really. As long as the Actors receive proper training and have good representation, it is the same for us.

As "iCarly" and "Victorious" get more popular is it harder or easier to cast the shows?

Krisha Bullock: Easier, Actor's come in with a knowledge of the tone of the show and representatives submit clients with more credits, given the amount of exposure they'll aquire being on one of our shows.

What sort of research should actors do before coming in to read for a role with you?

Krisha Bullock: Watch our show. Understand multi-camera versus single-camera. It's not so much the research as it is the preparation. Understand the material and be fully prepared.

Is there a mistake that you see Actors make time and time again that is easy to fix and/or avoid?

Krisha Bullock: Being unprepared, not taking enough time with the material and not understanding the multi-camera enegery and volume requirements. It all goes back to research. Not being prepared = throwing away your audition. We are very forgiving of many other mistakes. However, unpreparedness is inexcusable and a waste of everyone's time.

Watch iCARLY and VicTORIous:

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Talent Managers Association 2011 HELLER AWARDS

On October 11, 2011 the Talent Managers Association will host its 10th annual TMA Heller Awards Ceremony at the Sheraton Universal Hotel, Starlight Ballroom, Universal City, California. Over three hundred entertainment industry professionals will be enjoying this evening of celebration.

Talent Managers Association is a non-profit organization. Each year hundreds of Agents, Casting Directors and Talent Managers meet to network with and acknowledge those who have excelled in their respective areas of involvement within the entertainment industry. The TMA Heller Awards are voted on by the membership of the TMA and are awarded in the areas of: Television Casting Director of the Year, Film Casting Director of the Year, Youth and Adult Theatrical Agent of the Year, Youth and Adult Commercial Agent of the Year, Associate Casting Director of the Year, and Talent Manager of the Year.

RESERVATIONS: http://www.talentmanagers.org/TMA2011_reservation.php
Reservations close at midnight October 7th.
Note: This event is NOT for talent. Tickets are only for managers, agents and casting directors.

2011 TMA Heller Awards Nominees

Adult Theatrical Agent: Mike Baldridge (Momentum Literary and Talent Agency), Brianna Barcus (Clear Talent Group), Robert Haas (Innovative Artists), Jay Schachter (Mavrick Artist Agency), Denny Sevier (House of Representatives)

Youth Theatrical Agent: Meredith Fine (Coast to Coast), Jackie Lewis (LB Talent), Cindy Osbrink (Osbrink Agency), Emily Urbani (Osbrink Agency)

Adult Commercial Agent: Neil Kreppel (Commercial Talent Agency), Hugh Leon (Coast to Coast Agency), Nancy Luciano (LB Talent Agency), Angela Strange (Osbrink Agency), David Ziff (CESD)

Youth Commercial Agent: Jeremy Apody (Abrams Artists Agency), Brad Diffley (Mavrick Artist Agency), Jackie Lewis (LB Talent Agency), Dawn Osbrink (Osbrink Agency), Carol Lynn Sher (CESD), Philip Marcus (Clear Talent Group)

Film Casting Director: Deborah Aquila, Tricia Wood (Aquila/Wood Casting), Patrick Baca (Patrick Baca Casting)
Randi Hiller (Randi Hiller Casting), Allison Jones (Allison Jones Casting), Mary Vernieu (Betty Mae Casting)

Television Casting Director: Megan Branman, Dylann Brander (Branman and Brander Casting), Scott David (Scott David Casting), John Levey (John Levey Casting), Wendy O'Brien (Wendy O'Brien Casting), Marisa Ross, Alyson Silverberg (Ross/Silverberg Casting)

Commercial Casting Director: Joe Blake (Joe Blake Casting), Craig Colvin (Craig Colvin Casting), Ross Lacy (Ross Lacy Casting), Francene Selkirk (Francene Selkirk Casting), Sheila Manning (Sheila Manning Casting)

Associate Casting Director: Lyndsey Baldasare (David Rapaport Casting), Arlie Day (Bacharach/O'Neill Casting)
Gina Gallego (Randi Hiller Casting), Sherie Hernandez (Greenstein/Daniel Casting), Jenny Treadwell (Krisha Bullock Casting)

TMA Manager of the Year, awarded to: Paul Trusik, Trusik Talent Management, Inc.

TMA HELLER AWARDS VIDEO ANNOUNCEMENT: http://www.talentmanagers.org/TMA2011_2011awards.php

TMA HELLER AWARDS HISTORY:
http://www.talentmanagers.org/2010hellerawards

- Talent Managers Association - 1328 12th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401 - 818.487.5556 - talentmanagers.org

Monday, October 10, 2011

Screening: obSETHed: PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Episode #4 of the very clever webseries "obSETHed" which shows you what NOT to do as an actor. This one guest stars Casting Director Jason Wood. Enjoy!

Monday, October 3, 2011

New Episode: EVERYTHING'S COMING UP RO'SES

Catch the latest Episode right here!

Episode #7 - "Daze Of Wine And Ro'ses"


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

GOOD JOB, THANKS! - Ep 5 "Workshop Nightmare"

New installment in Ryan Glasgow's GREAT series. GOOD JOB, THANKS! - Ep 5 "Workshop Nightmare"

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Friday, September 16, 2011

Breakdown Services’ Gary Marsh to present at the Louisiana Actors Expo


LOS ANGELES, Calif., Sept. 16, 2011 – Gary Marsh, the president of Breakdown Services, will be adding his expertise to the third annual Louisiana Actors Expo. The conference provides education and development for the hundreds of artists, performers and producers in the Gulf South Region. Louisiana Actors Expo will be on Saturday, September 24 from 9AM – 5PM at the Pan American Life Building Business Conference Center in New Orleans. For questions, or to register go to www.louisianaactorsexpo.com.


Marsh’s presentation will give a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the casting process. Attendees will see exactly how casting directors view and manage online submissions in a live demonstration and learn how to put submissions in the best possible light.

In addition, Breakdown Services’ Eco-Cast, its virtual pre-read audition system will also be demonstrated at the conference. As part of the demonstration, actors who participate in one-on-one sessions with casting directors will have their auditions captured and uploaded to Eco-Cast. That link will then be sent to agents and casting directors in Los Angeles, Texas and Louisiana, giving them a unique opportunity to be seen in multiple locations without traveling anywhere.

The Louisiana Actors Expo, which was originally created by the New Orleans Actors Recourse Center (NOARC), adds even more this year after partnering with Cutting Edge: CE (formerly the Cutting Edge Music Business Conference). The event brings together casting directors, talent agents, directors, writers and others in the Louisiana Film Industry. Actors from all over the region are invited to participate in what has been called the biggest event in Hollywood South.

The New Orleans Actors Resource Center is a non-profit, membership-based organization comprised of four programs developed for the advancement, exposure and ongoing education of actors in the New Orleans Metropolitan area: The Actors' Co-Op, The Workshop Series, an Actors Library and Acting Classes. To learn more go to http://www.neworleansactors.org/.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

obSETHed - Episode #2 "Pigeon Holed"

Time for another Episode of "obSETHed"! This one is titled "Pigeon Holed" Guest stars Casting Director Michael Donovan. Enjoy!



Seth Coltan. Breaking into Hollywood one leg at a time!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Success Story: TARA LYNN BARR


Timing could be better for our latest Success Story feature. Tara Lynn Barr is starring in the Bobcat Goldwait's film GOD BLESS AMERICA which was recently acquired by MAGNOLIA PICTURES and recently screened at the TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL.





TARA LYNNE BARR is a California native. A precocious child and natural performer, she discovered theater at the age of seven - the perfect outlet for her energy and creativity. After performing non-stop in local children’s theater productions, at age nine she informed her parents that she needed an agent so she could move on to film and television work. Now seventeen, Tara’s diverse resume reflects her focus on a lasting career. Her television credits include a dramatic turn on NBC’s Crossing Jordan; a variety of comedic appearances for Disney and Nickelodeon, as well as a stint as the host of Encore Channel’s Fear Fest: 31 Nights of Horror. She has appeared in national and international commercials, has voiced characters for popular video games, and continues to perform on stage whenever time permits. In her biggest role to date, Tara will next star as “Roxy” in Bobcat Goldthwait’s newest dark comedy feature, God Bless America, slated to premiere in 2011.

Breakdown: How long have you been on Actors Access and how did you find out about the service?

TLB: I've been using Actors Access since 2004, so for about 7 years. We
originally learned about Actors Access through my first commercial agent.
Before I was represented theatrically, my Mom would self-submit through AA.

Breakdown: What success have you had with Actors Access?

TLB: A lot actually. My very first booking was through a self-submit on Actors
Access, and I actually found my current theatrical agent through AA. Most
recently, I booked the female lead in Bobcat Goldthwait's newest feature,
God Bless America (GBA).

Breakdown: What was your favorite part of working with Bobcat Goldthwait?

TLB: The family environment on the set. Even though we had an aggressive
shooting schedule, Bobcat was so cool and I always found myself laughing and grinning. I definitely miss everyone.


















Breakdown: What do you think the most helpful feature on Actors Access is?

TLB: I don't know...there are quite a few. The Media Bank is really valuable - the
ability to have very specific video and audio clips available to send to
casting is a major plus. We also use CastingAbout. We just
sent out postcards about wrapping GBA, and it was totally easy.

Breakdown: How often do you update your profile?

TLB: Several times a year, on average. It all depends on bookings, new skills,
new training and such. For example, I got firearms training and experience
on GBA, and I'm currently learning to play guitar.

Breakdown: What advice would you give to your fellow actors?

TLB: I guess the best advice I could give to fellow actors is to not take
yourself too seriously, and to be kind to and respectful of everyone. To be
able to do what we love and get paid for it is a rare gift, so just enjoy yourself.

Breakdown: How long have you been acting and what made you go into the field?

TLB: I started acting in children's theater when I had just turned seven...so
nearly eleven years. I saw my sister in a stage production and knew that
was what I wanted to do. There was a girl in one of the productions who had
done some commercials, and I told my mom that I wanted to give film and
television a try, as well.

Friday, September 9, 2011

LISA LAX AGENCY OPENS NEW YORK OFFICE

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Lisa Lax Agency, a regional talent agency representing actors, models and recording artists in the Mid-South, announced today the opening of a New York office.

The expansion is a result of Lisa Lax's long-time development of relationships with national casting agents, producers and directors.

Valerie Curtis, who has worked with Lax for many years, will run the New York office!


On August 30th and 31st, the agency hosted an Netstudio Event at Times Square Arts Center (300 West 43rd Street) that drew more than 50 actors and models interested in representation.

Curtis said the agency signed 18 new faces as a result of the event. "Lisa Lax and I have had a working relationship for many years and to continue working with her in this way feels quite natural. She has established such a reputable agency with an amazingly talented client base in the Southeast; expanding to the New York market is a big move that, under her guidance, I feel confident will be advantageous to the agency as well as our clients. I am honored to be part of such an excellent team and am looking forward to a challenging, bountiful year."

The Lisa Lax Agency represents talent for film, television, print, performance and commercial projects. It will continue working to place actors, models and recording artists in jobs in the Mid-South even as it opens up opportunities for New York-based talent.

New York actor and comedian Dimitri Meskouris has been a client of Lax for years. She helped him book a job as a recurring comedian on the Dave Chappelle Show and he is pleased that she now offers a New York-based talent service.

"Lisa is relentless in her pursuit of opening doors for her actors," Meskouris said. "Lisa understands each actor as an individual and meets them halfway in the shaping of their career. She is invaluable and I am so fortunate to call her agent."

Lax has placed her talent in national TV and film projects including the feature films "The Grace Card," "Losers Take All," “Open Road," "Bolden” and "Grand Slammed." TV and radio productions include "Larry the Cable Guy Christmas Show," "Eastbound and Down" and "The Tavis Smiley Show." Advertising campaigns include Budweiser, Dominoes PIzza, Remington and HealthSpring.

She brings more than 20 years experience as a casting director, manager and actress. She travels with her clients to Los Angeles to sign them with west coast agents and brings industry celebrities to Memphis as guests who educate her talent.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Screening: obSETHed: GENERALLY HOSPITABLE

Very excited to screen SETH COLTAN's excellent webseries "obSETHed" which guest stars powerhouse Casting Directors like Michael Donovan ("Lost Tapes"), Jason Wood ("The Protector"), and Krisha Bullock ("iCARLY"), and Geralyn Flood ("Big Time Rush").

This is episode #1 which guest stars Mark Teschner ("General Hospital").

Friday, September 2, 2011

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

GOOD JOB, THANKS! Episode 4

We're very excited to team up with Talent Manager Ryan Glasglow to air new episodes of his Webseries "Good Job, Thanks!". A comedy about what it's like to be a Hollywood casting Director. Featuring Stephanie Jones as "Linda Livingston-Black" and guest starring Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls, Love Wrecked, Van Wilder and Cheaper By The Dozen). "Good Job, Thanks!" The town just got tougher.

Here is the most Episode #4. Keep looking here for new episodes!



Catch up on previous episodes here: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheRyanGlasgow

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Success Story: RANDY FRATKIN

SUCCESS STORIES: A column devoted to the triumphs of our hardworking actors.



This month we have chosen the accomplished artist, Randy Fratkin. Born in Winnipeg, Canada, Randy Fratkin has dreamed of becoming an actor for 25 years. Taking acting classes in the late 1980’s, with renown acting coach, Aaron Speiser (on set acting coach to Will Smith, Gerard Butler, Jennifer Lopez, and Virginia Madsen), and running lines with his brother, Stuart Fratkin, while he was working in film & TV in the 80’s/90’s, Randy however, put acting on the back burner, and focused on more stable employment in the corporate world.

In 2008, Randy had a rare chance to refocus on what direction he wanted to take with his life. With the support of his wife, Karen, Randy made the decision to give acting another serious shot. Returning to Aaron Speiser’s acting studio, Randy started from scratch--- technique, scene study, voice, and improv. In April of 2009, Randy dove in and started auditioning for short and student films. Since May of 2009, Randy Fratkin has appeared in over 25 productions, including the 2009 UCLA Senior Thesis film, “Grand Cru”, starring multi award nominated actress, Hailee Steinfeld of “True Grit”. He can also be seen in multiple commercials for Sprint and the NFL Network, as well as TV shows for the Discovery and Animal Planet networks, and has four indie features slated for release in 2011; "Subtle Persuasions", "The Problem?", "Operation Terror" and "Find Me."

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Booking: CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION - HRI Theatrical - Tanya Kleckner

Brooke Butler
Booked: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Episode #1202, "Tell-Tale Hearts"
Role: Alison
Represented By: HRI Theatrical - Tanya Kleckner
Casting Director: Ulrich/Dawson/Kritzer
Additional Notes: Website: www.hritalent.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/hritalent Twitter: @hritalent

Friday, July 22, 2011

ANOTHER EARTH Q&A with Calleri Casting







ANOTHER EARTH
Director: Mike Cahill
Written By: Mike Cahill, Brit Marling
Casting By: CALLERI CASTING
Stars: Brit Marling, William Mapother
Awards: 2011 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize - SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL





Q&A with the incredibly busy and talented CALLERI CASTING (James Calleri, Paul Davis, and Erica Jensen) regarding the casting process on the HIGHLY acclaimed film ANOTHER EARTH which hits select theaters this weekend. ANOTHER EARTH was a big winner at Sundance and is generating incredible buzz.


Calleri Casting is a juggernaut that casts many notable Film, TV and Theatre projects such as Lifetime's "Army Wives", "A Raisin in the Sun", "Hope & Faith", and many more. Visit their site for more info: Callericasting.com. Without further ado, let's get to the Q&A:

Kabookit: How did you get involved with ANOTHER EARTH?
Calleri Casting: A former colleague of Paul’s from USA Films put us in touch with one of the film’s producers, Nick Shumaker, who sent us Mike & Brit’s treatment for the film. We fell in instant love for the project and people involved.

Kabookit: Can you provide a brief overview of how the Casting process went?
Calleri Casting: Mike and Brit were wonderfully actor-friendly in sessions – the process was very organic/fluid. For example, Jordan Baker read for the role of Dr. Joan Tallis but we cast her to play Brit’s mom. We embarked on casting at a point when there wasn’t a full script – just the treatment and some clips of Mike’s unique visual style, so actors took a leap of faith in coming in for us. And we were very improvisational in the audition room (special credit goes to our top drawer audition reader, Elliotte Crowell Simian, who was extraordinarily adept at bringing out the best in actors’ auditions.)

In finding the right actor to play John Burroughs, we encountered a bit of perfect synchronicity (appropriately in line with the movie’s sci-fi elements) when we sat down for a general meeting with William Mapother. The light bulb went off and we knew he was our man.

Kabookit: Every movie features actors who may not be well known to general fans (yet). Are there any names/faces we should be keeping an eye from ANOTHER EARTH?
Calleri Casting: Brit Marling – is the one to watch. Everyone will know her soon.

Kabookit: ANOTHER EARTH has received a lot of critical praise and there seems to be a general buzz about the film. Assuming you’ve seen the film, what’s your take?
Calleri Casting: Beautiful strong lyrical film. Strong point of view from Director and Writer. We take away something new every time we see it.

Kabookit: What are you working on now?
Calleri Casting: Casting two films: One for producer Nick Shumaker (THE PINES by Alex Mar) as well as EMOTICON for Livia DePaoli.. Co-produced and cast REFUGE for writer/director Jessica Goldberg. Upcoming release THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID directed by True Blood’s Carrie Preston. Season six of ARMY WIVES starts in the fall.

ANOTHER EARTH hits select Theaters Today! Find Tickets on Fandango:
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Friday, June 10, 2011

SUPER 8 Q&A with Emerson Brooks

EMERSON BROOKS
We're very excited to have a Q&A with the very talented
EMERSON BROOKS who will be appearing in this weekend's Blockbuster release SUPER 8.                    
Writer/Director: J.J. Abrams
Producer: Steven Spielberg
Casting By: April Webster & Alyssa Weisberg





Despite my ham-fisted questions, Emerson graciously provided incredible insight into how one books a summer blockbuster written and directed J.J. Abrams's and produced by Steven Spielberg. So, I won't waste any more time getting to Emerson.

Breakdown: How did you get into acting?

Emerson: Wow, that’s should be an easy question to answer, but it is not. I guess I didn’t really get into acting…acting got into me. Unlike a lot of my peers, I didn’t grow up knowing that I wanted to do what I do today. As a child, I wanted to be a solider, as pretty much most boys do at that age. After spending some time as an Officer in the U.S Army, I subsequently became an engineer. As an adult, I happened upon the entertainment industry by chance. It was pretty much on a dare, and turned out to be a fortuitous one.

Breakdown: How long have you been acting?

Emerson: Professionally speaking, I have been in Los Angeles for 7 years. I dabbled in local productions for 2 years prior to moving here.

Breakdown: Was there a specific point when you felt you “broke in”?

Emerson: No, not really. Every time I have felt that I have made it through some pretty tough doors successfully, I look forward and realize that there are more doors with different types of locks. I think I may be able to successfully answer that question when I am in my 70’s and have a bit more perspective.

Breakdown: What kinds of training really clicked and helped you hone your craft?

Emerson: The best training I have ever received has been on set. Be it on a USC student film or a $200 Million dollar movie. Being involved in a production, with other actors is always an amazing education.

Breakdown: Looking back to when you started out as an actor, is there anything you would do differently?

Emerson: No.

Breakdown: Most actors experience rejection at some point in their careers. How have you dealt with that aspect of the industry?

Emerson: Most actors experience rejection? Ha! More like, every actor experiences rejection everyday! Ya know, that’s the nature of it. One has to maintain a confidence about what they are doing and not let it get them down too often. It’s impossible to not let it get to you sometimes, but that’s ok, too. I don’t want to be a machine. There are a lot of ways to look at it. I see rejection as 2-fold; one, just having the opportunity to be rejected means that someone was considering giving you a shot! If that’s the case, you’re probably doing better than most. Two, a “no” is an opportunity to reflect. “Did I bring my best me today? Was I prepared? Was I present? Was I centered?” If one can answer yes to all these questions, then they can be thankful for the opportunity and move on. If not, you better believe that someone else out there who wants that same job was, and you need to do whatever it is takes get yourself in gear and raise your game.

Breakdown: As you’ve progressed as an actor, what you have you learned about the Industry that you wish you’d know when first starting out?

Emerson: I wish I knew that if I just waited 4 more years to move to Los Angeles, there would be this wonderful gadget called an iPhone with GPS, Google Maps, etc. I had a thing called a Thomas Guide. It was like the phonebook of navigation; too many pages, too small print, and the ability to take massive physical punishment. Aside from that, it’s a process, and you can learn and incorporate what works for you. It seems like every actor in town “knows” and is always eager to tell you how to book the job, or get an agent, or whatever. I recommend creating your own process through critical thinking, logical analysis and effective execution.

Breakdown: How did your role in SUPER 8 come about? Did you audition or was it an offer? How did the process go for you?

Emerson: Hmmm, I think it was a little bit of both. I auditioned for a role that was ultimately written out soon after the read. Casting and production liked my performance and subsequently offered me another, similar role, which I accepted…of course.

Breakdown: I see you’ve worked with JJ Abrams in the past. Did that factor in booking SUPER 8?

Emerson: I don’t think working with Mr. Abrams in the past played too much of a role. It was the intersection of three things. A hard working agent, a hard working manager, and a fantastic casting director I had booked with before. I’m merely a pawn in the process. If not for them, people would be saying “Venti, please” to me instead of “Action!”

Breakdown: How important do you feel relationships are in the industry?

Emerson: Tremendously. This business is all about taking chances, at every level; from the student film to the studio executive. Generally, people like to mitigate their risk by working with people that they know and have proven reliable. If you’re not reliable and professional, people are afraid of that. Every time I step into a casting office, on a set, a make-up room, etc., I keep in mind that I am not just representing myself, but the people who got me there as well. Everyone from your representation to the casting office, to the production member that hired you. If you’re unprofessional, it reflects on them. I do everything possible to avoid that.

Breakdown: With SUPER 8 releasing this week, what’s going through your mind? Are you nervous? Excited? What’s going through my mind?

Emerson: Well, I saw the movie last week at a private screening and can tell you it’s awesome! Mr. Abrams and Mr. Spielberg did a fantastic job, as always. But I am currently working full-time on All My Children so my mind is filled with some very different types of emotions and lines, none of which have anything to do with Super 8 at the moment. Honestly, as long as my Mom likes the movie, I’m cool.

Breakdown: Has booking a summer blockbuster like SUPER 8 helped your career? Are you seeing more offers/opportunities? Emerson: Absolutely! I don’t think you’d be interviewing me right now if my HD-CAM short I filmed in my living room was coming out on the same weekend. As I said before, people want to work with people that make them feel confident the job will get done. When a production like Super 8 hires you, it gives confidence to future employers. I have been lucky with the big films. They are such an awesome experience to be a part of. Breakdown: You’ve got a lot of set experience working with talented filmmakers and actors; have you ever found yourself a little star struck? If so, how did you overcome it and perform? Emerson: Ya know, not really. I feel as if I belong here, belong in the picture. No matter if I am across from the average day player to Steve Buscemi, Christian Bale, or Nicolas Cage. I am respectful not deferential, but I always keep in mind that I have earned my right to be here same as they have, so that makes us co-workers, teammates who are both trying to bring our best to the project. I then become a sponge and absorb as much knowledge from them as possible! Breakdown: Do you have any general advice for actors who are just starting out? Emerson: Sure. Always think critically about the choices you are making. Be pragmatic. Balance your artistic mind with a business perspective. If you get the opportunity to do something cool, don’t believe your own hype. Always take advice from other actors , like myself, judiciously. There is no rule book. What works for one, won’t always necessarily work for others. Try to find representation that really believes in you. It makes all the difference. Wake up everyday committed to doing something, even if it’s only one small thing for your career and craft. Make that process a habit, your mantra. Remember that thousands of people want it as bad as you, so that night before the audition when you are tired and say to yourself “oh, I’ll look at the sides before I go in tomorrow, I have done this before”, someone else out there has made it the most important thing in their life, and will walk in more prepared, more professional, and ultimately more deserving of the opportunity. Always take responsibility for you actions and performance. The most tired lines to me are “oh, I wasn’t the right look” or “it’s not me, it’s them.” Be honest with yourself, be your worst (thereby your best) critic. And always remember, you belong here as much as anyone else, and it’s your job to prove it. Oh, and don’t be cynical about your journey, nobody wants to hear it. This is a beautiful thing we do when we get the opportunity to do it. Be proud you’re a part of it, no matter what stage you are at. I wake up every morning and say “F*** yeah, bring it”. SUPER 8 is in theaters TODAY. Get out there and watch Emerson!     Fandango - We've Got Your Movie Tickets! Visit Emerson's website at www.emersonbrooks.com

Booking: IN PLAIN SIGHT - HRI Theatrical - Tanya Kleckner

Ken Barnett
Booked: In Plain Sight Episode #413, "Something Borrowed, Something Blew Up" (USA Network)
Role: Carson Cistulli
Represented By: Tanya Kleckner
Casting Director: Ulrich/Dawson/Kritzer

See Ken in "Entourage" Episode "Snow Job"

Booking: BULLETPROOF BRIDE - HRI Theatrical - Tanya Kleckner

David Thomas Jenkins
Booked: Bulletproof Bride (Hallmark Movie)
Role: Robby
Represented By: Tanya Kleckner
Casting Director: Perry/Reece Casting

Monday, March 21, 2011

SUCCESS STORY: Hakim Callender


Here is another segment of Success Stories, the column devoted to the triumphs of our hardworking actors. This month we have chosen the accomplished artist HAKIM K CALLENDER. Born and raised in Harlem, New York City, he studied acting with many reputable teachers in NYC including Mary T. Boyer of MTB Studio for two years before booking several short films, TV pilots, performed in community theaters and auditioned for countless projects. Relocating to Orlando, FL in 2007 and picking up acting again in 2008 where he left off in NYC, he began studying The Meisner Technique at Orlando’s well respected Art’s Sake Studio as taught by Yvonne Suhor. Represented by Melanie Hurt's The Hurt Agency, Hakim has gone on to book a number of short and independent films, principal roles in local and regional commercials, has been specifically requested and been a front runner for guest starring and recurring roles on many television programs including “Army Wives”, “Burn Notice” and “The Glades.” Hakim has also written, produced, shot and directed a number of projects with his production company Orlando Frat Pack. The productions consist of himself and six of his closest friends who are among the high number of talented actors in Orlando. Hakim is currently auditioning for everything he can and continuing his studies of The Meisner Process as one of the students of renowned actress, teacher and private coach Lauren O’ Quinn. He is grinding every day to follow his bliss.

Breakdown: How long have you been on Actors Access?

Hakim: Oh it’s been at least 5 years. I can’t believe it was that long ago, it was before I even had color headshots.

Breakdown: How did you find out about Actors Access?

Hakim: I studied at MTB Studio located in midtown Manhattan and run by a wonderful teacher Mary T Boyer. Upon my second year of studying her process at her studio she decided to put on an industry showcase at her studio for her students to get seen by Agents and Casting Directors. She asked every student in the showcase to sign up for Actors Access and then forward her the link to our resumes. That way visiting the website for the studio showcase and looking at the cast list for the show, they could bring up our profiles by clicking on our names. I’ve been on the site ever since.

Breakdown: What success have you had with Actors Access?

Hakim: Countless auditions and booked some independent and short films when I initially got on Actors Access. The biggest benefit of being on Actors Access is that I’ve been requested by Casting Directors through my Agent to audition via Eco-Cast for “One Tree Hill” and other programs that cast out of Orlando. Casting directors of other TV shows are using it as well which is a positive thing for us all. Haven’t booked them yet, but as long as I keep getting the opportunity to be seen it’ll happen. I’m staying positive and focused.

Breakdown: How has Eco-Cast been helpful to you?

Hakim: Eco-Cast is very helpful for actors and casting in general. Knowing that I can be requested by and have my audition seen by a Casting Director in another state without having to travel there is a beautiful thing. I’m loving it baby!

Breakdown: What do you think the most helpful feature on Actors Access is?

Hakim: Definitely the notifications of projects that match your profile via email. There are only so many hours in the day that you have to search every Breakdown and there are a lot of them, but getting the email with Breakdowns that are already close to my type is very helpful.

Breakdown: How often do you update your profile?

Hakim: As often as I can. I remember my first Actors Access profile had nothing but “Representative Roles” from work I did in class. I’m proud that I have legitimate credits on my resume, but I have a loooong ways to go. It does get hard to update it when you haven’t booked anything in a while, but as my mentor and guru Lauren O’ Quinn would say, “When there’s a drought and you feel like things are down, there’s nowhere else to go but up so look forward.”
Breakdown: What advice would you give to your fellow actors for how to find success on Actors Access?

Hakim: I would tell actors to submit early and submit your ass off! Seriously, when you’re submitting yourself for projects 4 days after they’ve been posted, there’s another actor working twice as hard submitting 2 days after, and then there’s another actor working 4 times as hard submitting the day of. Be that actor, straight up.

Breakdown: How long have you been acting

Hakim: I can say I’ve been pursuing it professionally for at least the last seven years, although it wasn’t until the last 2 years that I began making money as an actor. I mean enough money to pay for classes and headshots and McDonalds and what not [laughs].

Breakdown: What made you go into acting?

Hakim: My elementary school, well one of them because I moved around a lot throughout the five boroughs of NY was PS 123 in Harlem. At 7 years old some of us were given the chance to be on an episode of “Reading Rainbow” as I guess what you would consider featured extras. Just being in front of the cameras gave me a feeling that I can’t explain, but it wasn’t until I actually saw myself on TV that I knew I wanted to keep doing it. Growing up in Harlem helped fuel that dream too, when we took trips to the Harlem School of the Arts I was drawn to the Drama and Art classes. It wasn’t until 2004 that I had the opportunity to pursue it as an adult and research what acting actually was. I walked straight up to the Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center and every day I just started reading book after book about the craft, but it was Uta Hagen’s book, “Respect for Acting” that completely blew me away. Reading it was another one of those unexplainable feelings like being on the set of “Reading Rainbow.” From there I knew what I was going to do for the rest of my life. Here I am, almost 8 years later, still growing as an artist and loving every minute of this f***ing journey baby!

Could you be our next success story? To be considered, please send your contact information and a few words about your success jennap@breakdownservices.com.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Here is another segment of Success Stories, the column devoted to the triumphs of our hardworking actors. This month we have chosen the accomplished artist Kate Stewart. Kate Stewart of Boston, has performed in venues across the United States with various bands (The K8 Stewart Experience, Love Patrol, The X-OT-X, CIN, The Jim Bellemy Band). They included members of Ray Charles’ Orchestra, Sprirt, Reflex, and The Boxtops.
 In 2006, The K8 Stewart Experience released the EP-CD, “They All Come Back” which was co-produced with Tony Ferguson of A & M Records, and found airplay on jazz stations in the US, Canada and Belgium.

Also that year, Kate had her feature film debut playing Tom Sizemore's wife in the mixed martial arts film, “No Rules”. Her other films include "Ball Don't Lie", "Eugene", "The Wages of Sin is Death" and "Rice Girl". Kate also appears in episodes of Discovery Channel's "Solved" and "I Didn't Know I was Pregnant", commercials for Kellogg's Heart Smart Cereal, Foodsaver Storage Products, HD Sunglasses, and various webisodes.
Breakdown:  How long have you been on Actors Access?
Kate:  Originally, I was hesitant to sign up for Actors Access because you hear so many cautions about being on the lookout for scams.  I was wary of wasting my money, and being "taken".  With that in mind, I initially started submitting about 5 years ago but just on a casual basis and paid for each individual submission.  I was rarely getting called in to audition and decided to write to the company and basically, bluntly ask if it was a scam.  The company representative who got back to me was nicer than I deserved:  He looked through my submissions and explained the importance of submitting to the casting notices when they were fresh.  I was waiting two, three, even four days to submit myself.  By that time the Casting Directors had so many submissions they probably never it looked at mine.  That was eye opening. I had come from the relatively small pool of talent in Boston, to an ocean of talent here in Los Angeles.  Once I started submitting in a timelier manner it made a big difference.  It started working so well that
I changed over to the yearly Showfax subscription 3 years ago.
         Breakdown:  How did you find out about Actors Access?
Kate:  I had heard some other actors talking about it, but until I saw some good things written about it in a trade publication (Backstage West) I didn't check it out.

Breakdown:  What success have you had with Actors Access?
Kate: I have had tons of auditions, and have booked many jobs - both before I was Union, and now that I am in SAG.  I don't have an Agent so having access to breakdowns through Actors Access is an invaluable tool for me.

Breakdown:  What do you think the most helpful feature on Actors Access is?
Kate:  Well, of course getting the breakdowns and being able to self-submit is the most important part of Actors Access.  But I have particularly had great success with the seminars that Breakdown Services sponsors for actors that are on the site.  Being able to get information straight from the source, Casting Directors themselves, has been priceless.  Over the six months - as a direct result of following specific advice I learned during these sessions, I have increased the amount of auditions I get fourfold.  And I am booking lots more too! 
Breakdown:  How often do you update your profile?
Kate:  I update my profile every time I have a new credit to put on my resume.  I think it’s important to keep current.  Also since I am somewhat of a chameleon looks wise - I did several different headshot sessions and have 7 photos posted because the way I do my hair and makeup drastically changes the way I look. It opens me up for a lot of more roles and shows how versatile I can be. 
Breakdown:  What advice would you give to your fellow actors for how to find success on Actors Access?
Kate:  Always submit as soon as you possibly can.  Keep your profile up to date.  Attend the seminars - they are chock full of information.
Breakdown:  How long have you been acting?
Kate:  I started acting in high school and put myself through college on the East Coast with the money I made singing and acting in the theatre and at nightclubs.  I took off 10 years and became a corporate executive but the lure of the stage was just too much - I couldn't ignore it any longer.  I gave up the money, the nice car, and the cushy lifestyle - but it’s worth it.  I'm back to pinching my pennies, spending my days going to auditions and instead of fancy dinners in nice restaurants on an expense account - I'm doing character analysis and memorizing lines at night.  Pure bliss! 
Could you be our next success story? To be considered, please send your contact information and a few words about your success jennap@breakdownservices.com.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

First Kabookit Blog Post

You have officially been KABOOKED!