Anti-workshop for Actors with CD Jessica Sherman
An alternative to the drama of the pay-to-play workshop world! In this relaxed evening of open conversation, host and working actor Meredith Riley Stewart will interview Jessica Sherman on her experiences as a casting director over the past few years in LA. The goal of the evening is to enlighten actors to the internal workings of the casting process, to breakdown the heirarchy we create in our minds about this process and to focus more on what we can do that will actually make a difference "in the room."
Jessica Sherman has been involved with casting some of film and television’s biggest projects over the last 6 years. A Los Angeles native, Sherman took a passion for entertainment and casting while studying at UC Riverside, and has translated that passion into a successful career. Working with April Webster Casting since 2010, as a Casting Associate since 2012, and now as Casting Director, Sherman has been involved with projects like Star Wars Episode: The Force Awakens, Star Trek Into Darkness, Bates Motel and The Strain. As well as several smaller budget films that she has cast independently such as recent Sundance darling Sleight. With experience in the talent agency world as well, she has a diverse background that showcases her knowledge and love of film and television.
We'll hear about specific instances from her experience that shape how she sees the casting process "from the other side of the table." We'll talk topics like star meter, drop offs, agent pitches, workshops and more. A few days before the event, Meredith will take questions from the attendees to help guide the night to be most insightful for everyone. One thing we will NOT do is cold reads or prepared reads or sides of any kind! We're all approaching this evening as potential collaborators who are coming together to hear about an individual's experiences in casting offices and take away what works for each of us.
Location: DTLA. $10 parking in the building, $7 parking across the street, FREE parking under Pershing Square 3 blocks away...or you could always take the subway there!!