Friday, June 10, 2011

Booking: HEAD & SHOULDERS - Susan Nathe & Associates

Marcus Mitchell
Booked: Head & Shoulders
Role: Football Player
Represented By: Susan Nathe & Associates
Casting Director: Joe Blake
Additional Notes: 2 spots and a viral

Booking: OLD SPICE - Susan Nathe & Associates

Lee Weaver
Booked: Old Spice
Role: Hot Tub Guy
Represented By: Susan Nathe & Associates
Casting Director: Francene Selkirk

Booking: UNTITLED REALITY SHOW (Disney) - Lisa Berman, Berman/Sacks Talent Agency

Mike Lutz
Booked: Untitled Reality Show (Disney)
Role: Newscaster
Represented By: Lisa Berman, Berman/Sacks Talent Agency
Casting Director: Matt Vener
Additional Notes: BSTA Mike Lutz is a hilarious talent. Actually a quick draw with a gun, Mike is a member of the Groundlings and recently had roles in the feature film Meth Head, filmed a recent project for CDW and was even the body of Bill Paxton in HBO promotional ads! A marvelous comedic actor, Mike will always make you smile.

Booking: DAYS OF OUR LIVES - Vandiver Management

Thomas Owen
Booked: Days of Our Lives (NBC)
Role: Maitre D'
Represented By: Vandiver Management
Casting Director: Marnie Saitta

Booking: - Stage 9 Talent / Carol Weiss & Blossom Wagner

Robert Towers
Booked: 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show
Role: World War II Veteran
Represented By: Stage 9 Talent
Casting Director: Rebecca Shumsky


The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Booking: MY MOTHER'S CURSE - Judy O Productions

Rose Abdoo
Booked: My Mother's Curse (Feature Film)
Role: Diane
Represented By: Judy O Productions
Casting Director: Cathy Sandrich
Additional Notes: Rose Abdoo just booked the role of Diane, one of Barbra Streisand's friends, in the feature MY MOTHER'S CURSE, starring Streisand and Seth Rogan, directed by Anne Fletcher for Paramount Studios. She can also be seen as the School Secretary in BAD TEACHER, starring Cameron Diaz & Justin Timberlake, directed by Jake Kasdan for Columbia Pictures, opening June 24th!

See Rose in GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK Directed by George Clooney.
Good Night, And Good Luck

Booking: DROP DEAD DIVA - Houghton Talent, Inc.

Elliot Grey
Booked: DROP DEAD DIVA #311, "Ah, Men"
Role: VP Mark Stout
Represented By: Houghton Talent, Inc.
Casting Director: Mark Fincannon

SUPER 8 Q&A with 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

Booking: DROP DEAD DIVA - Houghton Talent, Inc.

Amanda Lavassani
Booked: DROP DEAD DIVA #311, "Ah, Men"
Role: Attractive Woman
Represented By: Houghton Talent, Inc.
Casting Director: Mark Fincannon

Would I Lie to You?

Booking: TOUCH (Pilot) - HRI Theatrical - Tanya Kleckner

Judy Echavez
Booked: Touch (Pilot)
Role: Reporter
Represented By: Tanya Kleckner
Casting Director: La Padura/Hart

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

Booking: PRIDE - Meridian Management

Arthur Angeles
Booked: Pride
Role: Enrique
Represented By: Meridian Management
Casting Director: Marc Saltarelli

Signing: KELSEY WALTON - Core Talent

Signed With: Core Talent


Chris Floyd
Booked: Hasbro-Star Wars (commercial)
Role: Jedi
Represented By: Core Talent
Casting Director: Chris Seay

Booking: DROP DEAD DIVA (Lifetime) - Houghton Talent, Inc.

Cynthia Barrett
Booked: DROP DEAD DIVA #311, "Ah, Men" (Lifetime)
Role: Judge Freeland (recurring)
Represented By: Houghton Talent, Inc.
Casting Director: Mark Fincannon

Would I Lie to You?

Booking: DROP DEAD DIVA (Lifetime) - Houghton Talent, Inc.

David Kronawitter
Booked: DROP DEAD DIVA #311, "Ah, Men" (Lifetime)
Role: AUSA Blaine (recurring)
Represented By: Houghton Talent, Inc.
Casting Director: Mark Fincannon


Booking: DROP DEAD DIVA (Lifetime) - Houghton Talent, Inc.

Eric Esquer
Booked: DROP DEAD DIVA, #311, "Ah, Men"  (Lifetime)
Role: Attorney
Represented By: Houghton Talent, Inc.
Casting Director: Mark Fincannon


Booking: DROP DEAD DIVA (Lifetime) - Houghton Talent, Inc.

Courtney Patterson
Booked: DROP DEAD DIVA, #311, "Ah, Men" (Lifetime)
Role: Julie
Represented By: Houghton Talent, Inc.
Casting Director: Mark Fincannon


Booking: WALTER - Susan Glenn

Tod Fennell
Booked: Walter
Role: Worker
Represented By: Susan Glenn
Casting Director: Nicolas De Monitigny


The Spiderwick Chronicles

Booking: JOSH STONE - Susan Glenn

John MacLaren
Booked: Josh Stone
Role: Jim Gammon
Represented By: Susan Glenn
Casting Director: Sheila Lane

See John in CAPOTE.


Booking: WALTER - Susan Glenn

Yanick Bousquet
Booked: Walter
Role: Delivery guy
Represented By: Susan Glenn
Casting Director: Nicolas De Monitigny

Booking: WALTER - Susan Glenn

Sam Stone
Booked: Walter
Role: Store Owner
Represented By: Susan Glenn
Casting Director: Nicolas De Monitigny

Booking: MILLER HIGH LIFE BEER (Commercial) - Crown Talent Management

Chris Abdou
Booked: Miller High Life Beer (Commercial)
Role: TV Scene Guy
Represented By: Crown Talent Management
Casting Director: plaster casting
Additional Notes: Client is a very good actor, speaks fluent arabic, and is very well trained across the board. All "CHRIS" lacks now is, "the opportunity to showcase his talent in a current television series, commercial, or feature film project", and with that being said, we ask that you guys please give him a chance to at least audition for you, and I promise that it will be well worth your while. Thanks!!! G. Porter, agent

Booking: YELLOW - Stage 9 Talent

E.G. Daily
Booked: Yellow
Role: Aunt Netty
Represented By: Stage 9 Talent
Casting Director: Matthew Barry, Nancy Green-Keyes
Additional Notes: Directed by Nick Cassavetes.


The Devil's Rejects

Booking: SARA LEE - Affinity Artists Agency - Los Angeles

Booked: Sara Lee
Role: Commercia/Print
Represented By: Wendy Wheaton
Casting Director: Tiffany Persons
Additional Notes: Paris Benjamin was recently accepted into Tim Robbins' Actor's Gang. She's originally from France/Morocco and speaks Arabic fluently.