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Caitlin Holleran | SKIN Editorial

Caitlin Holleran's new editorial for Blanc Magazine.

Caitlin Holleran - Cast Images - Skin Magazine - Mario Kroes
Caitlin Holleran - Cast Images - Skin Magazine - Mario Kroes

Caitlin Holleran - Cast Images - Skin Magazine - Mario Kroes

Aine by Aili Jian

Gorgeous Aine by Aili Jian.
Art director/makeup by Christian Alvarez; Stylist Jessica Thomson; Hair Jaymz Marez.
We found Aine at our recent model search and are absolutely thrilled with her first professional shoot. Keep your eye on this beauty...

Aine - Cast Images - Aili Jian

Aine - Cast Images - Aili Jian

What Everyone Should Know About Auditions!

Are you looking for a way to make your auditions (gasp!) fun? Here you go, courtesy of the good folks at Read the original post here.

What Everyone Should Know About Auditions

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What Everyone Should Know About Auditions
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An acting career is a strange thing. You spend more time interviewing for jobs than actually doing the work. I don’t think there are any other occupations like that. Looking back at my life as an agent, I’ve had only three job interviews in the last 15 years. A working actor probably had hundreds during that time.

This is why you have to learn how to handle an audition. Sadly, there are a lot of talented actors out there who never had a career because they couldn’t deal with the auditioning process.

The first thing you have to understand is that auditions aren’t about booking the job. You can’t do good work with that kind of pressure hanging over your head. As an agent, I don’t expect my clients to book every time I send them out. The only thing I expect is good feedback.

If the casting director says my client did a great job but he was too young or too old or too tall or too short, then we’re solid. That means we’ll get repeat business, or even better, the casting director will bring the actor in again without me having to pitch.

Look at it this way: Auditions are an opportunity to create fans in the casting world. And if you can get on the good side of 10 film and TV casting directors, you will have a successful career.
Another thing you want to keep in mind is that nothing a casting director does is personal. Remember, these people are under a lot of pressure. They have to get the job done while fielding calls from their producers, the director, the studio, the network, and guys like me who are trying to get their clients in the room. So if the casting director is eating lunch during your audition, it means he’s hungry. It doesn’t mean he doesn’t like you.

That’s why it’s a mistake to read into every little moment that occurs before, during, and after your audition. That road leads to madness. And nine out of 10 times, you’ll be totally wrong.
One of my pet peeves is when clients call me after an audition to inform me they were wrong for the part. I recently had a black actor do this. The guy explained that he didn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of booking the role because he was the only black guy there. All the other actors were white. He figured the only reason they had him in was to fulfill a diversity quota or something like that. Amused, I let him ramble on for a while and then I explained the casting director had already called to tell me he booked the job.

If you want to become a working actor, you’re going to spend a large part of your life auditioning for jobs you’re never going to get. So learn to enjoy the process. See every audition as a chance to perform, and don’t sweat the outcome.

I think acting coach Ian Tucker said it best: “All you guys want to do is act, and you finally get an audition, and all anyone is asking you to do is focus and act for two minutes, because that’s about how long an audition is, and none of you can do it. You jump into their laps and wonder if they’re paying attention. Do they like it? What are they thinking? Forget it. Just perform.”


Are You Confused About SAG-AFTRA Residuals? Here's help!

We love SAG-AFTRA bookings but do admit that the payment terms can be very confusing to newer talent.

If you've ever heard people talking about "Residuals" and how much money they can bring in, you might just be intrigued. Or, maybe you've booked your first union job and even received a paycheck and are now more confused than ever. And then, of course, you could just want to know everything you can about your, or your child's, potential earnings.

Whatever your reason, here's a very informative article for you (courtesy of on exactly how residuals work. It's written for parents of industry kids, but applies to all actors.

Information is power...enjoy!

Read the full article here.


Teen Takeover at the Crocker

Such a great evening at the Crocker Art Museum! Great group of teen girls learning to put on a fashion show, Cast models in thrifted clothing picked by the teens, beautiful makeup and hair by Deeda Salon, and a great turnout to support the arts here in Sacramento. A win on every front.

Cast Images models: Peyton, Sydney, Chloe, Stella, Lexy and Mandana.
Model Agent Amber Collins with Cast intern Callie Holleran.

Cast Images Models - Crocker Art Museum - Teen Takeover
Stage photos | Lionel Reyes


Jossalyn Nelson by Anthony Rogers

Jossalyn Nelson by Anthony Rogers.

Jossalyn Nelson - Cast Images - Anthony Rogers

Teen Takeover at the Crocker!

Join Cast Images models Sydney, MandanaChloeStellaPeyton, and Lexy at Teen Takeover, an evening art jam by and for teens at the Crocker. This Thursday, 4.17.14, 5-9 pm.

Check out live bands, DJs, parkour demos, open mic, a hip hop dance slam, interactive art making, plus a live art battle among the region's most cutting-edge creators. Get inspired by the opening of the High School Self-Portrait Show, digital photography display and a youth-produced fashion show featuring Cast Images models.

Adults will enjoy chair massages, cooking demos, art making, and more in the Adult Lounge.

For more information, text TeenTakeover to 313131. Free for teens and members. Included with general admission for nonmembers. Reserve your tickets online now, or by calling 916.808.1182.

See you there!

Cast Images - Crocker Art Museum - Teen Takeover 2014


Parents Only Industry Seminar | Free!

Great opportunity for Parents courtesy of our friends at Studio 24...and it's FREE! 
Please email or call 916.358.9915 to save a seat now.

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Welcome Hollis & Lyle!

We're thrilled to welcome adorable sisters Hollis & Lyle to Cast Images. So glad these two cuties came out to our Model Search last month!

Photos | Jay Dixon


Commercial Actors Should Never...Insights from Laurie Records

Terrific advice for actors from Casting Director Laurie Records. (Via The Networker.)
Commercial Actors Should Never...
If you’ve ever heard me give a talk to commercial actors…or deliver a group explanation during a session, I tend to be wordy.  It’s a great and terrible thing about me.  I just so desperately want to give every last morsel of information I can think to share, in hopes of illuminating the light the bulb above the head of ALL actors.  I guess they call that the “Ah-hah” moment.  But some of you just want the CliffsNotes version of the commercial do’s and don’ts.  This month is for you.

Commercial actors should never ignore the top 10 commandments of commercial success.

*Thou shalt watch commercials
It’s hard to be cast in commercials if you don’t watch them.  Watch them to know the trends, the types represented, and the wardrobe.
*Thou shalt have BRILLIANT commercial headshots.
What are your commercial types?  Do you have a headshot to represent each one?  And far more important… are they really, really great?  Like the top 10% of all commercial actors in your market?  Your headshot is the first thing the Casting Director sees…and they won’t go any further if they don’t like what they see.  Make sure yours are brilliant.  Pretty good doesn’t cut it.  (and you MUST look like your shots)
*Thou shalt take the wardrobe instructions seriously.
It’s the easiest thing that actors tend to ignore… or get wrong.  In commercials, wearing the right wardrobe for the role/commercial you are being seen for can give you a big advantage.  I’m not kidding.  Read the wardrobe description.  Then make sure your choice matches what similar roles on already made commercials are wearing.  Like it or not (and I know this bugs some of you) your wardrobe choice is wildly important.
*Thou shalt arrive on time.
Obviously your punctuality benefits the Casting Director, but it benefits you, too.  Really.  When you arrive on time you have the proper scene partners, you are within the correct spot, and you don’t have to wait through lunch or be turned away.
*Thou shalt LISTEN to the session director/casting director when they give the explanation.
When the session director/CD is giving an explanation they are telling you everything you need to know to book the job.  It’s shocking how many actors don’t pay attention.  Listen meticulously. They are handing you the keys to the kingdom.
*Thou shalt be prepared.
If the copy is provided ahead of time, know it.  Well.  If the scenario is provided, think about it.  Prepared actors get the callback.  I promise.  There is a big difference.
 * Thou shalt never LIE.
…not to the casting office, your agent, or on your resume (and that includes STATS).  I know there are different opinions on this subject.  I say that it’s the exception to the rule when the lying has a happy ending.  Far more often it doesn’t go well.  Which leads to…
*Thou shalt not burn bridges.
You are pretty much planning on being an actor forever, correct?  Or at least a really long time.  Well, that will become increasingly difficult over time if you’ve been burning bridges.  Big, hard decisions will need to be made in the course of your career.  Think long-term when it comes to decision making.  Sometimes you have to look past the end of your nose to know the right decision to make.
*Thou shalt develop thick skin.
There will be a lot of rejection.  You won’t get the audition, the agent, the callback, the avail, the booking…more often than not.  Learn to let it roll off.  It will save you.
*Thou shalt celebrate ALL the victories.
Celebrate the big, obvious stuff…that’s a no-brainer.  But there’s plenty to celebrate in what could be perceived as the failures.  You had a meeting with a top agent who decided not to go with you?  Celebrate getting the meeting.  Got a callback but didn’t book the job?  I ALWAYS say that a callback is a victory.  You received an audition from a Casting Director who has never called you in before?  Hooray!  Celebrate that!  Find a way to enjoy the journey…and a sturdy support group to stand by you the whole way.

Anne Ho | Intel

Anne Ho is wonderfully sassy in this snarky ad for Lithium!


Size 4/6/8 Model Search!

Cast Images Healthy Model Search

Are you a fit and proportioned size 4, 6 or 8?
Are you between 5'7" and 5'10"?
Do you have a flexible schedule and a desire to be a model?

If so, this is your chance!

Cast Images is looking for a few wonderful women 19 and 35 with healthy, athletic bodies. It's important that you be fresh faced, have a nice smile, and no prominent tattoos. You'll need to live in Northern California.

If this sounds like you, please email two snapshots of yourself, (a close up of your face smiling and a full length in exercise clothes or a swimsuit with minimal makeup), to Put "Healthy Model" in the subject line and be sure to include your name, dress size, height, age, city you live in, and contact information.

 Good luck!

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Melissa O'Keefe | Toyota

Melissa O'Keefe is utterly charming in this new ad for Toyota!