Casting Director at Amhalise Casting
WHAT SHE DOES FOR LOVE: "Casting keeps money in the bank and my bills paid, my kids and friends keep love in my life."
HER 2015 GOAL: "Keep growing better: as a mom, as a friend, and in business. We always have room for improvement."
A LADY SHE ADMIRES: I admire many attributes in women from emotional vulnerability, to inner beauty, to strength. Though I have never met her, I am fascinated by Angela Farmer. She is beautiful and radiates.
HER INITIAL REACTION TO HER LADY GUN NOMINATION: "What an honor!!! I love the name of the blog and am a firm believer of building up women and not competing against other women. To add to the dynamic-ness of being nominated is the fact that Katra nominated me. She is special and a constant reminder that life is hard and we need to be fragile; we are intrigued by the flower and not the thorns."
ON CHALLENGES: "Life throws us curveballs constantly and I live my life by the quote, 'You can be a victim of circumstance or the author of your experience.' Every bump in the road is a chance to learn."
ON MAKING IT: "My company was born quite quickly. I assisted two Casting Directors and on one of those jobs, I met a production manager who some months later called me up (way before texts and emails on your phone) and said, 'The girl from the Fugee's is coming out with her solo record, would you consider doing her music video?' That, [Lauryn Hill's music video], was my first job as a Casting Director and the birth of my company; that was July 1998. This business is all word of mouth; a few weeks later was Jay-Z's 'Hard Knock Life' video and it hasn't stopped (thankfully). I am truly grateful for the jobs I get."
ON THE MOST REWARDING PART OF BEING A CASTING DIRECTOR: "Honestly, the most rewarding part of running my own business is the work itself. I always joke and say I am a money faerie. I do a great deal of 'real people' casting. It is so gratifying when someone who is not an actor, not a model, books a national network commercial. I like living in a place of gratitude and it comes through with real people who we find out do some great things in their personal lives with their new added income (while the commercial airs). A woman who had dreams of opening a yoga studio did exactly that after being in a national network commercial. Another woman took her whole family on a much needed vacation.
"I feel very thankful on so many levels: to do what I do, to the directors, producers and executive producers that hire me, to the real people who say yes and come to our castings or say yes when we stop them on the street."