How did you get started?
I was Craig McDean’s Studio Manager for six years. I did most of his castings.
Name one quality that contributed to your success.
I think a lot of my success can be contributed to the fact that I am a social person. I met a lot of my clients outside of work. I go out, I am talkative and interested. I really value my personal relationships with clients. I work best with friends and people I can connect with on another level.
What’s the best piece of advice you can give to an aspiring casting agent trying to make it in the industry?
There is a lot of competition in New York. Many people think they can and want to be casting directors. It’s an easy fun job, and you don’t need any kind of education or training for it. The only thing you need is good taste and an eye for relevant beauty. But casting agents are dispensable. The link can be easily eliminated, again because it’s not that difficult a job. So the competition for those few jobs that do require casting is very tough, and if you don’t have any experience or contacts, it’s pretty much impossible to get started. So I would say, work with a talented photographer or in a company where casting is part of the curriculum and build contacts. Then start with one or two shows. And remember, in New York you are only hot for a minute; so if you do create a buzz for yourself, exploit it!