Tonight I attended a Casting Director Workshop with Commercial CD Beth Holmes. The workshop was at AIA Actors Studio in Burbank.
I audition often commercially, but I have never auditioned for Beth, so I was really looking forward to this workshop. Beth was great. Very laid back. She told us that she had started off as an actor but realized that it wasn’t really her passion. She had gone to graduate school for theater, but ended up getting her first job in casting through this experience. Now Beth casts comedic commercials. Recently she has also opened up her office for theatrical work and cast a pilot.
Beth passed out sides from various commercials she has cast for a cold reading exercise. I was paired with another woman in class and was given commercial copy from a McDonald commercial. It was a quirky kind of commercial and I felt really good about my reading.
Thanks Beth for sharing your expertise!