Anti-Workshop with CD Nicole Arbusto
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 Nicole Arbusto about 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."
Nicole Arbusto has continued her long relationship with Azazel Jacobs, casting his most recent film, The Lovers, which stars Debra Winger and Tracy Letts and was produced by A24. The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. Recent films include Trust Nordisk & Bacon Pictures DRIB, which screened at SXSW, and 31, written and directed by Rob Zombie, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. In TV, she recently cast Room 104, a new anthology series from the Duplass Bros., airing on HBO during summer 2017. Other films screening at Sundance include Stephanie Daley, The Business of Strangers, and The Tao of Steve. Nicole also casts for theater and has a 12-year association with the Ojai Playwrights Conference, working with playwrights and directors in the development of new work. She is a graduate of Smith College.
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!!