Anti-Workshop with Kendra Castleberry
An alternative to the drama of the pay-to-play workshop world! In this relaxed evening of open conversation, host and working actor Ally Iseman will interview Kendra Castleberry 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."
Kendra Castleberry hails from Louisville, Kentucky. A TV, film and theatre enthusiast from a very young age, Kendra studied directing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before making the move to Los Angeles. She spent her first two years in L.A. jumping between production jobs before settling into a career in casting. Past credits include CBS’s Zoo, NBC’s Grimm, ABC’s Castle, CW’s Star-Crossed, as well as numerous other series, pilots and TV movies. Kendra also has a passion for charity work; she is a big fundraiser for AIDS Walk Los Angeles and started her own philanthropic group CHARITABLE LIVING in 2011. A proud member of CSA, Kendra serves on both the Casting Society Cares and Inclusion and Diversity committees.
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!!