A Moment with our Casting Manager…..

Tell us a bit about yourself!

Hi everyone! My name is Kathleen, i’m a Melbourne girl and attended Monash University, completing in my degree in Communications and a Diploma in Languages, la bella vita! I have a little dog called Penny (see picture below!) who is the love of my life! In my spare time, I love to dance, go to the beach, ride my bike and love a good Neflix session….

 

Screen Shot 2015-12-10 at 12.06.16 pmCan you tell us a bit about your background in the entertainment industry?

When I was younger I was in the Children’s Performing Company of Australia where I took singing, dancing and acting lessons. I’ve done some musical theatre and continue to dance to this day! I was also in a talent agency growing up, I was even the face of Primary School Wear! I was also in a short film that won an award at the Melbourne International Film Festival. More recently I worked as an event supervisor for The Entertainment Store, with clients such as Disney, Nickelodeon, Marvel, Cartoon Network etc.

 

What is your favourite part of your job?

The delight we get from seeing our little kids shine! Once our kids are finally confirmed for that big job, all the hard work is worth it.

 

What is your least favourite part of your job?

Paperwork! A necessary evil…….

 

What do you look for in potential talent?

Above anything else I look for a child with a great personality. There’s nothing better than seeing a child who is doing what they love and you can always see that when they get on camera.

 

What do think are the most important things to have in a talents portfolio?

Lots of photos! Not just your professional head shots, any natural shots showing your skills, personality and passions! A chat to camera is also really important, this allows us to see your personality and how you come across on camera. An outline of any skills you have, and what level you are at. Briefs are often very specific, we can’t often only submit kids who have specifically said they have certain skills. Up to date sizes and measurements, especially in kids as they are constantly growing.

 

Have you seen any changes in the industry recently?

There’s no such thing as a “typical” commercial look anymore, clients are looking more and more for a diverse range of talent, which we love!!

 

What advice would you give parents with children who have big dreams in the entertainment industry?
The industry is all about timing, you need to be ready as opportunities can come quickly and unexpectedly. Your time may not happen straight away but it may be just around the corner! You also need to work on any unique skills you may have, as this will make you stand out from the crowd. Always make sure your portfolio (whether it be AT2 or the likes) is full of material that allows clients to see your personality and unique skills. Videos (monologues, chat to camera, dancing, singing, anything!) as these will give you more opportunities to be recognised. Never give up! This industry is very unpredictable, but hang in there as your time may be just around the corner!