Anti-Workshop with Caroline Liem
An alternative to the drama of the pay-to-play workshop world! In this relaxed evening of open conversation, host and working actor/writer Ally Iseman will interview Caroline Liem about her experiences as a casting director 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."
Caroline Liem is a casting director based in Los Angeles. For 18 years she has cast studio features, independent films, television series and pilots for Paramount, Twentieth Century Fox, Disney Studios, Sony, Warner Bros, Nick Jr, ABC, CBS, NBC, The CW and Fox. Before there was American Horror Story, there was Popular, the first show she
worked on alongside Ryan Murphy. Many wonderful casting experiences followed, where Caroline worked with prominent producers and directors, including Lauren Shuler
Donner, David Goyer, Jon Turteltaub and Bryan Singer, as well as with Disney Studios’ casting department, overseeing such projects as “Gone In Sixty Seconds”, “Pearl Harbor,” and “Gangs of New York.” She served as head of casting for the award-winning late night show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and added video games, Assassin’s Creed III and Far Cry, to her varied and eclectic work. Additional credits include X-Men 2 and Blade Trinity. Her background as a musician and singer, progressing to actor and casting director, provided a firm foundation and distinct network of professionals in both film and television. Caroline is a Backstage Expert contributing writer, and one of Backstage’s must follow casting directors on Twitter.
Part of a casting director’s job is to uncover the truth of an actor’s work and elevate their potential. To that end, Caroline’s joy and expertise is insight and technique for the audition room. Her acclaimed film/TV audition technique and text analysis classes, have been taught throughout the United States, internationally in Russia, privately, with award winning and nominated artists, as well as group classes and universities, including The Juilliard School, NYU Tisch, University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theatre, Columbia College, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, The BGB Studio and Pace University, where she is faculty.
Caroline graduated with an MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a BA from UCLA. She is currently partnered with casting director, Jeremy Gordon, and
recently formed their company, Glass Ceiling Entertainment. She is a member of the Casting Society of America and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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 current headshot options too. A few days before the event, Ally 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, OR Pershing Square is 3 blocks away...so you could always take the subway there!!