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Confessions of a Casting Director

Confessions of a Casting Director

By Jen Rudin
Based on Jen Rudin's popular book Confessions of a Casting Director, Jen's biweekly podcast takes you inside the audition room as Jen offers audition advice and wisdom. She chats with famous actors, stage moms, and their kids, former child actors, stage moms, and actors auditioning today as they share their epic audition stories -- the epic fails as they share epic successes and all the juicy details in between!
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Episode 24 - JEN RUDIN ANNOUNCES HER NEW JOB NEWS AND SAYS FAREWELL
In this final episode, Jen Rudin reflects on her twenty-year career as an award-winning casting director as she embarks on her new career as the animation agent at ICM. 
24:09
July 14, 2020
Episode 23 - LIVE JUNE 17, 2020 FATHER'S DAY CHAT WITH JEN RUDIN'S FATHER RABBI JAMES RUDIN
Today's episode features the LIVE chat from June 17, 2020 Wednesdays with Jen. To celebrate Father’s Day, Jen's dad Rabbi James Rudin joined the chat as her special guest.  Not only did he share incredible wisdom and advice from his own years as a stage parent back in the 1980s, but some heartfelt and insight on the importance of education, how to raise strong independent women, and some hope on what to take away once the quarantine is lifted. Oh, and some fun insider stories from when Jen was on Sesame Street and when she was the Cat in the Hat in the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade. Enjoy! 
53:31
June 17, 2020
Episode 22 - MARC TUMMINELLI from The Broadway Workshop
Marc Tumminelli is the founder and director of New York’s top training program for young actors – Broadway Workshop – (BroadwayWorkshop.com) and is the host of LITTLE ME: Growing Up Broadway Podcast for The Broadway Podcast Network. Marc is considered one of the top acting coaches in New York with over 60 of his students appearing on Broadway in shows including Dear Evan Hansen, The Cher Show, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, School of Rock, Anastasia, Fun Home, Matilda, Newsies, and Billy Elliot. Marc adapted the book, music & lyrics as well as directed the developmental workshop productions of the school editions of Zombie Prom for the Samuel French Inc. Flight of the Lawnchair Man, Curtains, All Shook Up, Spamalot, Wind in the Willows, The Addams Family, and We Will Rock You for Theatrical Rights World Wide, EMMA! and Head Over Heels for Broadway Licensing/PlayScripts and is the book writer for My Town, The George M Cohen Musical for Inside Broadway. As an actor, Marc has appeared as “Eugene” in Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues, and Broadway Bound at theaters across the US. Other regional and New York credits include; GYPSY starring Patti LuPone, directed by Lonny Price, Santaland Dairies, The House of Nunzio, Spelling Bee, The Drowsy Chaperone, Dames at Sea, Lost In Yonkers, Into The Woods and Torch Song Trilogy.
47:03
June 9, 2020
Episode 21 - LIVE JUNE 3, 2020 CHAT WITH ACTOR DANA GAIER FROM "DESPICABLE ME"
This episode features a LIVE recording from the June 3, 2020, FREE Wednesdays with Jen, Jen Rudin's bi-weekly parent, and young actor chats. The next chat is Wednesday, June 17 at 2 PM EST. Please check out the details and sign up at www.jenrudincasting.com In today's episode, Jen chats with Dana Gaier who shared amazing stories, advice, and wisdom from her voice over career. Dana is best known for her voice-over work as Edith in the DESPICABLE ME franchise. You may also know her as Sahar, in NETFLIX'S hit show, On My Block. She graduated in 2019 from UCLA with a major in Communications Studies and a minor in Film, Television, and Digital Media Studies. Dana currently lives in LA, working and auditioning in the entertainment industry. Enjoy the chat! 
55:46
June 4, 2020
Episode 20 - ALL ABOUT AGENTS WITH NATASHA MATALLANA FROM TAKE 3 TALENT
This week's episode features the May 20, 2020 live recording from Jen Rudin's FREE Wednesday chats for parents and young actors.  Founder and President of Take 3 Talent Agency, Natasha has been working in the entertainment arena for almost 15 years. In 2009, after working at WPLJ/Radio Disney, MTV in the Press Dept, and Product Model Management she launched Take 3 as a bi-coastal boutique full-service platform for young emerging artists looking for representation and development in the areas of television, film, and commercials. In 2012, Natasha strategically and successfully added multiple new divisions, creating a home for more established artists and adding the 18+ divisions in commercials, voiceover, television, film, and theatre. In 2017, Take 3 launched its comedy, branding, packaging, and influencers divisions, making Take 3 a premiere full-service mid-size talent agency, shedding the boutique title, but not its approach. Natasha oversees all divisions but manages tv/film/packaging for T3’s emerging young talent. She currently manages the careers of Lily Brooks O’Briant (The Big Show Show), Brian Michael Smith (9-1-1 Lone Star), Jacob Laval (HBO Plot Against America, John Mulaney’s Sack Lunch Bunch), Haskiri Velasquez (Saved By The Bell [Peacock]), Jaylin Fletcher (Snowpiercer, Clickbait), Isabella Ferriera (Love, Victor; Orange is the New Black), Uly Schlesinger (Generation HBO Max), Quinn Mccolgan (Non-Stop, Mildred-Pierce, Blue Bloods), Bailey Bass (Avatar Sequels), Curtiss Cook Jr. (CMP, Bull, Power), Jillian Lebling (Bridge of Spies, Blacklist), Madison Lagares (On Your Feet!, Search Party, School of Rock), Wolfgang Lacz (Kevin Can Wait, Jim Gaffigan Show), Nadia Affolter (Jack Ryan, Blacklist) and several more. Visit www.take3talent.com.  Natasha holds a Bachelor’s degree in music business management, graduated Valedictorian and Summa Cum Laude from FTC in Dix Hills, NY. She lives in NYC with her husband; Emmy Award-Winning Producer, Dave Marken. She is a huge country music fan, loves musical theatre, fashion, travel, anything gold and sparkly, and will admit, CW shows and rom-com’s are her guilty pleasure.
59:41
May 21, 2020
Episode 19 - MOTHER'S DAY WITH SPECIAL GUEST MARCIA RUDIN
Today's episode features the LIVE recording from Jen Rudin's weekly chats for parents and young actors. This week we celebrated Mother's Day and Jen's mother, Marcis Rudin, was the special guest. Marcia shared tips and wisdom from her own years as a stage mom back in the 1980s.  Enjoy the episode!  BONUS: Listen to a full interview with Marcia in Episode 5 of the podcast!
54:25
May 13, 2020
Episode 18 - LIVE CHAT - ALL THINGS VOICEOVER AND ANIMATION - April 29, 2020
In this special live episode from April 29, 2020, Jen shares animation and voiceover stories, tips, and wisdom from her two decades casting animation and voiceover. In her intro, she shares stories from her days as head of casting for Walt Disney Feature Animation, casting such beloved movies as Brother Bear, The Incredibles, The Princess and the Frog, and more.  Enjoy these epic stories and more in this episode recorded live on April 29, 2020. 
58:44
May 4, 2020
Episode 17 - LIFE ON SET FOR YOUNG ACTORS - LIVE CHAT WITH QUINN MCCOLGAN & NOELLE MCCOLGAN
In this lively chat from Jen Rudin's weekly Zoom chats for parents and young actors, Jen takes us straight to the set in a candid interview with young actor Quinn McColgan and her mother Noelle. Topics covered include safety, tutoring, hours worked, and more.  Quinn and Noelle share some fun insider stories about filming with Liam Neeson and Kate Winslet!  For more info on Quinn, follow her on Instagram @quinnmccolgan
54:51
April 27, 2020
Episode 16 - BOB MARKS
In this episode, Jen Rudin chats with legendary vocal coach Bob Marks. Bob shares stories from his days as a rehearsal pianist fr the Broadway production of ANNIE and coaching young Britney Spears, Ariana Grande and more.  BOB MARKS has been coaching privately for over thirty years. His well-known clients have included Lea Michelle, Debbie Gibson, Britney Spears, and Ariana Grande, as well as cast members of almost every current Broadway musical. He was a pianist with the original Broadway production of Annie and spent two seasons as the Associate Conductor of the Muny Opera in St. Louis. He has given audition and performance workshops and Master Classes across the United States and Europe.  www.BobMarks.com
40:51
April 21, 2020
Episode 15 - LIVE RECORDING FROM FREE PARENT ZOOM CHAT WITH TALENT MANAGER KAREN LAMPIASI - RECORDED APRIL 8, 2020
Join us for a LIVE recording from Jen Rudin's 4th weekly free parent support chat during the pandemic.  Today's guest is talent manager Karen Lampiasi.  Lampiasi Talent Management is a boutique management company whose clients are on Broadway and National Tours, starring in films, network and cable TV shows, national commercials and writing/recording music. Karen graduated from Vassar College as a music major and worked at Motown Records, PolyGram Publishing, and Atlantic Records as an A&R Executive developing new artists and Executive Producing soundtrack albums, including the Gold Album for the hit TV show “The Wonder Years.”  After leaving Atlantic Records, she helped manage recording artists & performers, including multi-platinum recording artist – and sister – Debbie Gibson. Her own children became immersed in the arts, becoming involved in community theatre, music, film, TV, commercials, voice-overs, Broadway and National Tours. After working as the NY Talent Scout for an LA-based talent agency, she decided to open her own management company, specializing in representing clients for theatre, film, TV, commercials, and music. Since forming Lampiasi Talent Management, her focus has been on developing up and coming artists and performers whose abilities and interests allow them to be pursuing multiple areas of the entertainment industry simultaneously. The combination of her well-rounded knowledge and expertise in the entertainment industry, along with her personal experience as the parent of children who actively worked in the industry, makes her uniquely qualified to help performers of ALL ages maximize their potential and have a successful and fulfilling career. www.lampiasitalent.com
59:12
April 14, 2020
Episode 14 - LIVE RECORDING FROM FREE PARENT ZOOM CHAT WITH DOUGLAS GORENSTEIN - RECORDED APRIL 1, 2020
Join us for a LIVE recording from Jen Rudin's 3rd weekly free parent support chat during the pandemic.  Today's guest is headshot photographer Douglas Gorenstein. Doug shares a lively presentation on all you need to know about headshots!  DOUGLAS GORENSTEIN was voted "Favorite New York Headshot Photographer" in BackStage.com. He served as the official photographer for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon where he photographed virtually every major star on the planet. Next time you are at the grocery store pick up a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Tonight Dough ice cream to see the headshot Douglas took of Jimmy Fallon that appears on the carton. For 20 years Douglas has taken amazing acting headshots for kids, teens, and adults at his beautiful NYC studio. His clients have appeared on Broadway, in major films and TV shows, and national commercials. He's proud to be the headshot photographer for Jen Rudin and Bob Marks. Douglas also loves working with actors who are just starting out to make sure they have head shots that get them noticed!More info at: www.douglasgorenstein.com
01:06:40
April 7, 2020
Episode 13 - LIVE RECORDING FROM "SELF TAPING" PARENTS CHAT - MARCH 24, 2020
A live recording from our 2nd weekly free online chat for parents on March 24, 2020! Today's discussion featured an in-depth Q&A on self taping, best practices, lighting and tripod and a bonus chat about voice over recording from home. 
59:42
March 31, 2020
Episode 12 - GETTING YOUR DIGITAL HOUSE IN ORDER WITH ELLEN SAUCHELLI FROM STAGE DOOR DESIGNS
In this episode, Jen chats with Stage Door Designs owner Ellen Sauchelli.  Stage Door Designs is a full-service agency for actors & performers. We provide consulting services for families just getting started in the business as well as full-service marketing support those further along in their career.  Our clients include actors, performers, and members of the arts community in general. Ellen Sauchelli is a co-owner of Stage Door Designs. She and her business partner, Carter Sayle, founded the company in January of 2010 to support the marketing, digital and online needs of savvy actors, their families and other members of the arts community. Ellen has always had a great love for theatre and performing, and formally studied voice at the college level. After graduating, her career took a different direction, where she spent 20+ years in financial services sales, marketing, and product development. In 2008, she started her own second act when she began to guide and support her son Jake and his young performing career. Carter has been working in graphic design, digital publishing, and video for over 25 years. Carter holds a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance and a master’s in music education. He acted in musical theatre in college and wrote and staged three musicals while there. In addition, Carter spent many years as a teacher of both music and gifted students. Ellen and Carter first met in Kansas City, Missouri when their sons (Jake Bennett Siegfried and Zachary Sayle) originated the roles of Randy and Ralphie Parker in the Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s World Premiere of A Christmas Story the Musical. Their jobs as traveling ‘stage parents’ caused them to realize how much a parent has to do to support a child actor. The business of the business was a full-time job. Carter and Ellen decided to join forces to help parents and families with these tasks and so, Stage Door Designs was born.
41:08
March 24, 2020
Episode 11 - WFH AND LIVE RECORDING FROM "HOW TO KEEP YOUR ACTORS FOCUSED" LIVE ZOOM CHAT
On Monday, March 16, 55 parents gathered on a free ZOOM chat with Jen Rudin, to discuss ways to keep young actors focused during this challenging time.  Jen shares the discussion here, along with a bonus chat about strategies for working from home!  For more info, visit www.jenrudincasting.com
56:01
March 17, 2020
Episode 10 - RACHEL RESHEFF
In today's episode, Jen Rudin chats with seasoned young actor Rachel Resheff about balancing college and her professional acting career, with insights into Rachel's years as a child actor.  Rachel Resheff is an actor, singer, and dancer. At age eight, she started her career starring opposite Edie Falco and Elias Koteas in Eric Mendelsohn’s acclaimed film Three Backyards. On Broadway, Rachel originated the role of Young Fiona in Shrek, The Musical, followed by roles in Billy Elliot, Mary Poppins, The People in The Picture (originated lead opposite Donna Murphy) and Larry David's Fish in the Dark (originated principal). Rachel has workshopped and performed in dozens of new works and Off-Broadway plays at Playwrights Horizons, Signature Theater, New York Stage and Film, Roundabout, Soho Rep and the Eugene O'Neil Center. Some of her film and TV credits include Netflix’s: Seven Seconds, Friends from College, and Orange is the New Black and feature films: The Escort, The Boat Builder, Annabelle Hooper and The Ghosts of Nantucket, and the upcoming Giving Birth to a Butterfly.  Rachel is an alumna of the prestigious LaGuardia Arts High School and currently attends Harvard University ('23).
46:43
March 10, 2020
Episode 9 - KIRRILEE BERGER
In this episode, Jen interviews Australian-American actress Kirrilee Berger. Jen and Kirrilee first met in 2008 when Jen was the Casting Executive for Disney Theatrical Productions and cast Kirrilee as Jane Banks in the national tour of Disney's hit musical Mary Poppins.  Australian-American actress, singer, and dancer, Kirrilee got her start at the age of 4 on Sesame Street. Kirrilee went on to do the Broadway national tours of both Billy Elliot and Mary Poppins before the age of 12. In her adult career, Kirrilee has been lucky to have been in over 100 episodes of television working with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood such as Zendaya, Elizabeth Moss and Katharine McPhee. Some of Kirrilee’s most notable credits include The Handmaid’s Tale, KC Undercover, One Dollar and The Who Was Show. Find Kirrilee @kirrileeberger and follow the Confessions of a Casting Director podcast @confessionscastingpoodcast.  For more info, visit www.jenrudincasting.com/podcast
39:39
February 25, 2020
Episode 8 - LIVE AT BROADWAYCON 2020 WITH BROADWAY ACTOR BHAVESH PATEL
LIVE from BroadwayCon 2020, this episode shares the lively CONFESSIONS OF A CASTING DIRECTOR PANEL with Jen Rudin and her Broadway actor guest, Bhavesh Patel. The conversation covers auditions, Patel's tips for performing 8 shows and week, and the importance of being PREPARED for auditions, just in case you get a chance to read opposite Kevin Kline.  For more info, follow Bahvesh on Instagram @projectpatel and Jen Rudin @rudinj. 
56:47
February 11, 2020
Episode 7 - SELF TAPING
If you are an actor, you will get asked to send in a self-tape! It's the first step for auditions these days. In this very important episode, Jen Rudin goes over the details for how to submit a self-tape for a live action project or for voice over. This episode is full of do's and don'ts! DON'T MISS IT! 
30:29
January 28, 2020
Episode 6 - DANNY BURSTEIN
In this episode, Jen Rudin chats with six-time TONY nominee and star of Broadway's MOULIN ROUGE, the incredibly talented Danny Burstein. Danny shares stories from his early years as a student at New York's prestigious High School of Performing Arts, and his journey as a celebrated actor over the course of his career.  For more info, follow Danny on Instagram @dannybur. 
46:57
January 14, 2020
Episode 5 - MARCIA RUDIN
In this very special episode, Jen celebrates the new year and new decade with an honest, moving and heartfelt chat with her mother, Marcia Rudin. They talk about Jen's childhood acting career, the sacrifices parents have to make and Marcia shares her own wisdom and humor as she advises parents today on the highs and lows of show business. 
30:41
January 1, 2020
Episode 4 - MADDIE CORMAN
In this inspiring episode, Jen chats with actress and writer Maddie Corman about their lives as child actors, Maddie's performance as Lady Aberlin in A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, and Maddie's one-woman show ACCIDENTALLY BRAVE.  To download Maddie's Audible recording of ACCIDENTALLY BRAVE, visit www.audible.com and check out her full list of credits clicking her IMDB profile here. 
42:58
December 17, 2019
Episode 3 - BRITTANY PORTMAN
Join Jen Rudin with her first podcast guest, writer/producer Brittany Portman.  Jen and Brittany met when Brittany was a child actor and Jen was a casting executive at The Walt Disney Company. Years later they reconnected when Brittany hired Jen to cast her TV pilot HOOKED. In this episode, Jen and Brittany chat about their lives as professional child actors, shifting into life behind the camera and their shared love of ANNIE. 
18:09
December 4, 2019
Episode 2 - I WAS THE CAT IN THE HAT
In 1995, Jen Rudin spent Christmas season at Macy's dressed up as The Cat in the Hat! She first appeared as the Cat in the 1995 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Jen shares funny stories about her time as the Cat and offers advice for great supporting jobs for actors in this episode. 
06:08
November 26, 2019
Episode 1 - INTRODUCTION
Based on Jen Rudin's popular book Confessions of a Casting Director, this podcast takes listeners inside the audition room. Episodes feature Jen sharing her own audition stories from when she was a professional child actor mixed with current audition stories and interviews with some of her current favorites actors, child actors, stage moms, and more!  Jen Rudin is an award-winning casting director who began her over thirty-year career in show business as a child actor at age eight.  As a casting executive at The Walt Disney Company, Rudin conducted talent searches across the United States, identifying and hiring actors who went on to star on Broadway in The Lion King, Mary Poppins, and The Little Mermaid and in beloved Disney movies like The Incredibles, The Princess and the Frog, Chicken Little and Brother Bear. Her company, Jen Rudin Casting, casts animation, commercials, live-action and TV projects in New York and Los Angeles. She is a proud member of the Casting Society of America.  For more info, visit www.jenrudin.com, Facebook.com/JenRudinCasting and follow @rudinj on Instagram
06:35
November 19, 2019