I had a rough day of prereads. Rough. More no-shows than I’ve ever seen in my casting career. A room that was way too hot for me by the end of the day. Communication glitches that were just annoying. It was a long day. But I love casting, I ADORE actors, and getting to see all of the possibilities is always a thrilling thing. So, I came home exhausted (and a little ready to retire from casting… which I think is a good sign of a hard day’s work) and went to bed by 8pm.
Awake by midnight, I checked my email and had a “Spam Summary” from an account I no longer use. One of the items looked to be from a former coworker from my days as a columnist for Back Stage West. So, I clicked to view more. And I am so fucking shocked I don’t even know what to say.
Welcome to Back Stage West‘s first attempt at a “best of” issue, featuring a compilation of our readers’ favorites and staff picks.
Um. Holy crap, right? Wait.
Wow wow wow wow wow.
I — with under FOUR YEARS of experience as a casting director — am named among CDs who have credits like, oh, I don’t know… The Matrix; Titanic; LA Confidential; The Shawshank Redemption; Sex, Lies, and Videotape; Alias; Lost; and Knight Rider for cryin’ out loud.
Seriously… 95 years of casting experience in that group. I am responsible for fewer than four of those years. I am humbled and amazed and floored and honored to be included in that group of CDs. And I guess, even on the toughest days, maybe I’m not so bad at this job.
THANK YOU BACK STAGE WEST! THANK YOU BSW READERS!