Casting Directors in LA
Los Angeles is the biggest filmmaking hub in the entire world – it’s always busy in LA, and if you’re a serious actor, you’ll need to be aware of all the major players in your local industry. Here’s a list of some of the best Casting Directors in LA.
What does a Casting Director do?
A Casting Director’s job is to connect actors, with projects. They create briefs from projects and try to find the best-suited actor for the role. This could be anything from the lead role in a Marvel feature film, to a bit-player in a long-running soap television series. Safe to say, Casting directors are important people – so it’s important you always put your best foot forward at every audition!
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Casting Directors based in Los Angeles
It would be remiss of us to not begin this list with Carmen Cuba. Carmen is arguably the hottest casting director in LA at the moment. Here’s what she’s been working on: Stranger Things, The Matrix 4 (!!!), Sweet Tooth, The Laundromat, I Am The Night, Vida and The Girlfriend Experience, Narcos, Sense8 – I mean, I really just could go on forever… Definitely remember this name!
Another name you want to remember, as David Rappaport is casting many big projects that can make an actor’s career. We’re talking Batwoman, Supergirl, Katy Keene, Riverdale, The Flash, Arrow and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina to name a few…
The Justice League of Casting Directors: this includes, Sharon Bialy, Heather Fox, Sherry Thomas, Gohar Gazazyan, Stacia Kimler, Alyssa Morris and Katie Rampey. With their powers combined, these guys have worked on Better Call Saul, The Walking Dead, Dead to Me, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Society and many, many more…
Kim Coleman Casting
Most notably, Kim Coleman recently worked with Spike Lee to cast BlacKkKlansman – a truly fantastic film, with an incredible cast of actors. She has like a bazillion projects in the line-up – so definitely keep an eye on Coleman Casting!
April Webster & Associates
April Webster, Emmy award-winning casting director, has worked on projects such as Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Star Trek Beyond, Tomorrowland, Super8, Godzilla and The Day After Tomorrow. Not a bad line-up!
Linda Lowy Casting
Most notable projects include: How to Get Away with Murder, Grey’s Anatomy, Preacher and Friday Night Lights. Linda is currently the EVP of Casting for WarnerMedia’s HBO Max, TNT, TBS and truTV.
Jennifer Euston Casting
Jennifer is most known for her work casting Orange Is the New Black, GLOW, Girls and Scott Pilgrim vs The World. Jennifer is a multi-Emmy award winner, dedicated to equal representation on screen, reflecting what she sees on the streets of New York.
A true veteran in the comedy scene, Allison is responsible for casting projects such as: Arrested Development, Veep, The Office, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Other Guys, Yogi Bear, I Love You, Man, Step Brothers, Semi-Pro, Superbad, Knocked Up, Booksmart, Bombshell and The 40–Year–Old Virgin. She also recently worked with Greta Gerwig on Lady Bird. You should definitely be keeping tabs on Allison!
Headed up by Gayle Pillsbury and Bonnie Zane, these guys have cast projects like; Falling Water, Suits, Pretty Little Liars, Graceland and Good Luck Charlie.
Based in both LA and NY, Barden/Schnee was founded by Kerry Barden and Paul Schnee. Their credits include: Winter’s Bone, The Help, Dallas Buyers Club, 13 Reasons Why, Ma, Jessica Jones and The Birch to name a few!
Betty Mae Casting
Founded by Mary Vernieu, the team at Betty Mae are hip, young and experienced. Also part of the team is Lindsay Graham Ahanonu, Michelle Wade Byrd, Raylin Sabo and Bret Howe. Combined, they have cast series and films such as Anne, Dirk Gently’s, 12 Monkeys as well as many a commercial and short film.
Liroff has an impressive list of films under her belt, including E.T., Mean Girls, Heart of Dixie, Pretty in Pink, Poltergeist and Blade Runner!
Made up of Debi Manwiller, Russell Boast and Anna Mayworm – Manwiller/Boast is responsible for casting projects such as Dark/Web, The Fix, Insatiable, The Blacklist and Proof.
With a background in casting for film, Danielle now predominantly casts commercials in LA for companies and brands such as Coke, Dr Pepper, Stitch Fix, KFC, Mountain Dew and many more.
Headed up by Michael Sanford, Sanford Casting has been around since 2000. With offices in both Atlanta and LA, Sanford casts music videos, commercials and independent films.
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