Sunday August 13 - 1pm

Casting Agents and Directors: Insiders with insights

Are you an actor or filmmaker looking for advice on working with casting directors? Getting the most out of your performance—or your actors—on set? How to be cast in more projects? Tips for casting your next short or feature? Whether you're an experienced professional or a filmmaking newbie, this session will provide you with insider tips from top casting directors that have worked Productions around the world including a rolodex of projects in Blockbuster Feature Films, Television, Reality TV, Music Videos and more.

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Moderator
Meredith Thomas (Film/TV Actress, Producer)

Panelists

Moderator
Meredith Thomas (Host, Film/TV Actor)


Meredith Thomas spent her early childhood in Barrow, Alaska, the most northernmost settled village in North America. Her parents taught Native American Eskimos above the Arctic Circle for the Bureau of Native Affairs. Later in her childhood she moved to the Great Island of New Castle off the coast of New Hampshire. As a young adult she left the Arctic and Atlantic behind and headed towards the Pacific.  Meredith soon secured her first film role in Gary Ross'  Pleasantville and hasn't stopped working in film sine. She has over 60 film acting credits to date, 25 of which are short films and 2 of which she also helped produce. In addition to playing supporting leads in the features films "Air Collation"and "Camp" she also worked with then films' PR, producing successful red carpet events and helping to raise over $ 60,000  for children in the foster care system.  Get social with Meredith @meredithactress
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Cinzia Coassin (Agent & Manager- Sydney, Australia and Los Angeles, California, USA)

Cinzia Coassin was born in Melbourne Australia. Starting her career as a Theatre/Film and TV actress Cinzia continued to challenge herself to develop ideas which eventually motivated her to harness her creativity as a writer/producer.

Cinzia later found herself also being nurtured by the Industry; landing herself the role of Faith Martin's Casting Assistant which allowed her to explore the film and television industry from another perspective. Cinzia then went on to guest star and thrive at Christine King Casting. Now a seasoned Casting Director/Associate and industry professional some of Cinzia's most recent casting credits include The BFG, THE KING’S DAUGHTER, THE DRESSMAKER, Camp for the NBC Network, The Code and Hiding for the ABC Network. Also involved with the Australian search for the hit HBO series Game of Thrones, Hercules, The Shannara Chronicles, The Badlands.

At present Cinzia is involved with some very exciting projects in early development; she is creative producer and collaborator on HOLY MOSELLE a feature film written by Michelle Coassin and developing an original television series - 56.  Cinzia is currently Casting Director on UNSOUND an Australian feature film due to shoot in Sydney, Australia late October 2017.

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Pixie Monroe (Principal - Monroe Casting)

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Pixie Monroe is the high-energy CEO / founder of Monroe Casting and Production Services, Inc. Under her knowledgeable eye, she has overseen casting for everything from high-impact blockbusters to modest, independent productions.                        

In the mid to late 90's as an associate, Pixie worked on projects like "Tuck Everlasting" for Disney, "Minority Report" for Steven Spielberg, and "America's Most Wanted" for Fox Television. After a few years, Pixie successfully opened her own casting agency, and has been busily casting everything from print campaigns and music videos to Oscar qualifiers.                                        

An active member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Local #399 Casting Directors Union, Entertainment Industries Council (PRISM AWARDS) and Commercial Casting Directors Association.  Pixie has proudly served as a judge for the Blue Ribbon Daytime Emmy Awards and Directing Change Contest for High School students throughout the state of California.

Pixie also serves as military liaison to the Television and Film Industry through the Entertainment Industries Council, TreatNow.Org and Got Your Six organizations. She was also selected for the launch team of Leeza Gibbons' New York Times besting selling books, Take Two and Fierce Optimism.

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GIna Stoj (Principal, STOJ MANAGEMENT)

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In 2017 Gina Stoj Management celebrated 15 successful years in entertainment media representation in Australia. Gina Stoj Management is a sought after talent agency by established and new talent. Gina Stoj’s talent rosters in both Australia and the USA and provides entertainment media with a broad range of actors, presenters and models.  Many of her actors have landed lead roles in film, television and commercials.

Gina’s outstanding professional performance and high standards in talent management garnered her acceptance into the Australian Academy Cinema Television Arts  –AACTA and Television Academy in USA.

Gina formed Theatre 48, an LA based theatre company. The inaugural production of Theatre 48, “Finding The Burnett Heart secured rave reviews including the lead actors’ nomination as BEST MALE actor in LA Weekly’s Theatre Awards.  

“WHAT IF” a short film under the auspices of Gina Stoj.  A delicate story of sliding doors.  The film was Official Selection Catalina Film Festival, Sanford International Film Festival, and Reel HeART International Film Festival. Additionally, “WHAT IF” was a finalist in the Cause Film Festival and Winner in Moondance International Film Festival.

Gina will continue to strive hard for her clients. She believes in your dream and will do what she can in her power to help it come true.

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Christian Bishop (The Bachelor - Season 12, CEO GG Media Network)

                                                                                                   

Christian Bishop, is the Chief Executive Officer of GG Media Network. A former telecommunications consultant, Christian used his passion for gaming, esports and technology to launch GG Media Network, a global esports and gaming production company based in Los Angeles, CA.

                                                

In 2017, Christian launched “4Cast,” the first of its kind esports and gaming show to deliver esports and gaming news and information in an entertaining and engaging format that appeals to gamers and fans. He is also in development of another program focused on women in gaming and esports.

                                                

Over the course of his career, Bishop has served as an Enterprise Media Director and a Director of Content. He is also an Executive Producer, known for his work on the film "Huntsville.” Bishop is most recognized from his recent work on ABC’s “The Bachelorette” and “Bachelors in Paradise.”

                                                

Bishop serves on several boards and participates in community organizations like, the Western Regional Diversity Council, where he works to advance and sustain an inclusive environment for gamer and gaming enthusiasts. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree at California State University, Northridge.

                                        

                                

                        

                

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Kimber Eastwood (Producer, Makeup Artist)  

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Michael Fiore (Co-Founder, Creative Director, Executive Producer - Anyone weareanyone.com)

An experienced and award-winning Executive Creative Director, Executive Producer, and Director, Michael Fiore started his first advertising/media agency in 1996, which landed major contracts in his first year of operation. Thanks to Michael’s entrepreneurial spirit, his business steadily grew and later evolved into Anyone™. He’s directed films, music videos, commercials and digital campaigns as well as product launches and event productions, Michael’s areas of expertise include video/film direction, campaign strategy, graphics and print design, brand management, social media strategy, event production, and large environmental installations.

Michael’s impressive client roster includes American Idol, NBC/Universal, Warner Brother’s Stage 13, Fandango, Landmarks Live in Concert, Hollywood Burbank Airport, the City of Pasadena, Nike, MTV/Viacom, and other major brands and media corporations.

A talented musician, Michael has fronted his own band, which opened for Van Halen and Poison. He also toured for 10 years with Gary Puckett and the Union Gap playing bass and shared the stage with many talented artists like The Spinners, The Grass Roots, The Turtles, Tina Turner, Steve Miller, Three Dog Night and many more.

 

Michael’s most recent project with partner Stephen Chavez is a short film, Bound, that documents the lives of the Emergency Services crews that work on military training installation Fort Irwin and protect the service men and women that are protecting our country.

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