Anti-Workshop with Coco Kleppinger of Rich Delia Casting
An alternative to the drama of the pay-to-play workshop world! In this relaxed evening of open conversation, host and working actor Summera Howell will interview Coco Kleppinger on her experiences as a casting director and former actor 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."
Coco started acting in theater at age 13 (So she KNOWS the struggle!). She initially went to the University of Wyoming for theater, then transferred to UCLA where she got both her BA and MFA: a degree in theater with a dual emphasis on acting and voice/speech/dialect production. Subsequently, Coco acted in and voice/dialect coached plays around LA and Edinborough. Then came the big jump to the other side. In the two and a half years she's been casting, she's worked on 17 films. Favorites include the remake of "Stephen King's IT", "Lights Out", "Fist Fight", Sundance favorite "To the Bone" and SxSW favorite "The Disaster Artist."
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. Plan to give your personal "elevator pitch" or log line and get feedback on your curent headshot options too. A few days before the event, Summera 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!!