Anti-Workshop for Actors with guest Matthew Lessall
An alternative to the drama of the pay-to-play workshop world! In this relaxed evening of open conversation, cohosts and working actors Ally Iseman and Meredith Riley Stewart will interview Matthew Lessall on his experiences as a casting director of hundreds of projects over the 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."
Having cast successful internations, award-winning projects for film, television and new media, in the form of features, pilots and series, his promary recognition is on the indie film front. Matthew also currently serves as the co-president of the CSA. See more at lessallcasting.com.
We'll hear about specific instances from his experience that shape how he 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. $11 parking in the building, $7 parking across the street, Pershing Square is just 3 blocks away...so you could always take the subway there!!