One Take Wonders

One Take Wonders

I marvel at how actors can prepare for auditions at the last minute. It takes a certain skill set to disseminate the breakdown, read the script, if offered, prepare the material, and deliver a personalized and thoughtful performance in the audition room or through a self-tape. I’ll offer observations on both.

There is an actor I tape from time to time. She has appeared as a series regular, recurred on several familiar shows, and has tested for countless projects. Whenever I work with her it’s very last minute, usually due the same day, and she has just had the day or evening prior to review the material. She usually tapes it in one shot, and books the role. She’s a one-take wonder. But what does she do?

1. Her confidence is palpable. She’s clear and focused on the performance at hand.

2. There is very clear sense what she wants from the other character, and it is undeniable she will get it. 

3. She draws the camera to her read, as if it is listening in on a juicy secret.

During recent casting, the actors I brought back to producers and those who ultimately booked their roles had certain qualities in common. CLICK HERE for specifics on how each of these actors booked the room in one take!  – Backstage, originally published 07.10.16

Inclusion & Diversity

Inclusion & Diversity

On January 7 the Casting Society of America’s Inclusion & Diversity Open Call took place in LA. It was eye-opening and simply moving for this Casting Director! Our Casting Team was one of a dozen onsite meeting and reading with performers with disabilities. Approximately 750 people participated and were seen by 50 casting directors and associates in 16 cities across the US. Here’s a video of the day. Scroll down for more information on giving actors with disabilities their due.

Inclusion & Diversity Open Call

As part of a series of events focusing on casting opportunities for actors who have been historically overlooked in the entertainment industry, Casting Society of America (CSA) Inclusion and Diversity Committee focused on performers with disabilities (PWDs). Performers were given an opportunity to share a two-page prepared scene of their choice in front of a panel of CSA casting directors. This was an educational opportunity and a chance for Casting Directors to meet with and learn from the PWD community.

Article written by committee and CSA member Marci Liroff – CSA Is Giving Actors With Disabilities Their Due via @BackStage http://bit.ly/2GuEPzZ

PPALA 2018 – The LA Intensive

PPALA 2018 – The LA Intensive

Pace University has done it again! I am THRILLED to be a part of Year 4 producing, co-directing and teaching this amazing grup! This year’s BFA Acting seniors traveled from NY –> LA immersing themselves in an intense intensive throughout January. Prior to that I co-directed them in their showcase videos. To view their work and learn more about them – click the link… http://bit.ly/2HAnAON

They worked with industry directors, producers, casting directors, seasoned talent and writers; honed their skills on-camera, produced their showcase videos and learned A LOT about self-care, online presence, who they are and what they have to offer as unique and fierce artists. This terrific group is ready to take on whatever comes their way. So blessed to be part of  their journey. THANK YOU!! #TeacherHat

 

For information on each student and their upcoming NY Showcase – http://bit.ly/2HAnAON

 

What a lovely surprise- a thank you video- http://bit.ly/2EVZcc7.

“You’re all pretty!”

 

 

 

Pace University

Pace University

….and so it begins… Final rehearsals for our Pace University digital showcase shoot. This is their first step to bridging their college experience with the film/television industry. They’ll be in LA this January- WATCH OUT!!

 

Casting panel at SAG-AFTRA Foundation. A great day with The Inside Game’s Michelle Colt and Michael Colt, Jane Jenkins and Angela Lewis discussing the artist’s unique full potential in terms of acting and casting. #CastingHat

http://www.carolineliem.com/3736-2/

OFFICIAL SELECTION

HOLLYSHORTS FILM FESTIVAL

BLOOD BROTHERS, a haunting WWI film I cast, will screen at the Academy Award Qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival on August 18th @ 2:30 PM TCL Chinese Theatres.

WHERE: TCL CHINESE THEATRES

PROGRAM: Historical

WHEN: Friday, August 18th at 2:30 PM

TICKETS:  Click HERE

http://www.carolineliem.com/bloodbrothersmovie/

Blood Brothers

Blood Brothers

It was an honor and joy working with this team. A wonderful and haunting WWI film I cast is an Official Selection at L.A. Shorts International Film Festival and HollyShorts Film Festival

Academy Award Qualifying and BAFTA accredited so WAY TO GO for our filmmaker, production team, crew and amazing Talent!

 

Some  of the  #BloodBrothersmovie  team back in action at our premiere at L.A. Shorts International Film Festival

From Left to Right: Nicole Falsetti (Producer), Max Chernov  (Director),  Dan Funes (Executive Producer),  Elena Bawiec (Executive Producer).

WHAT A TEAM!!

CMTC 2017

CMTC 2017

New talent. Young talent. Singers, dancers, actors, musicians were abundant at CMTC in Toronto celebrating their 25th anniversary! I taught my seminar BOOM THE ROOM: Preparing for an Unforgettable Audition which included proper slating and tips for performing their monologues, commercials and cold reading scenes. Take a look at some of the terrific talent I met…

Pre-BOOM warmup – CLICK HERE

 

BOOM highlights – CLICK HERE

 

 

 

The Guthrie Theatre|UMN

The Guthrie Theatre|UMN

One of the many highlights of working as a casting director is visiting colleges and universities sharing my experiences and collaborating with theatre departments and the up and coming artists in training on what to expect upon graduation. University of Minnesota BFA Actor Training at The Guthrie is a favorite and this time it was a Juniors who benefitted from early conversation on business tools for the Actor and what it means to be “socially” visible.

New School Video Showcase

New School Video Showcase

I was honored to direct the School of Drama at New School in New York. 13 MFA graduates and 24 BFA undergraduates worked at lighting speed and fiercely showed up to film scenes designed in collaboration with myself and CTCA. They learned how to distinguish material showing their strengths as artists, as well as how they would be cast. This was their first time on camera, and they did a beautiful job! Web links to come. For now…

MFA preview link- CLICK HERE

 

BFA preview link- CLICK HERE