Episode Nine: Casting in the Wild West

August 19, 2009 by cindy  
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This week on Film Method we talk about the world of casting from both the casting director’s and the actor’s perspectives. Lost‘s Eric Lange joins us as well as actor Lindsay Hollister (Boston Public, Get Smart) and casting director Bonnie Gillespie to give advice to new filmmakers about the importance of hiring a casting director. In these ever changing times of new technology you have to be prepared to roll with the punches, as an actor or a filmmaker. The panel also discusses dos and don’ts of actor self promotion.


Bonnie Gillespie

Bonnie Gillespie is an author, producer, and casting director. Her books include Casting Qs: A Collection of Casting Director Interviews, Self-Management for Actors: Getting Down to (Show) Business, and Acting Qs: Conversations with Working Actors. Bonnie specializes in casting SAG indie feature films and regularly produces the Cricket Feet Casting Actors Showcase. She is co-founder and co-host of Hollywood Happy Hour. Her weekly column, The Actors Voice, is available at Showfax.com. Bonnie Gillespie has twice been named a Top Film Casting Director in Back Stage West’s “Best of Los Angeles” Issue and has been interviewed on BBC Breakfast, on UTV-Ireland’s Gerry Kelly Goes to Hollywood, and on Judy Kerr’s Internet series, Acting Is Everything.

To learn more about Bonnie click on one of the links above or visit her Cricket Feet website.

Lindsay Hollister

After Graduating with a B.F.A in Theatre Performance from Miami University of Ohio, Lindsay moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and television. Soon after she was cast as Christine Banks in Fox’s hit show Boston Public. After four episodes, David E. Kelley submitted Lindsay for Emmy consideration in the category of Outstanding Guest Star. This lead to numerous other Guest Appearance on such shows as ER, Strong Medicine, Any Day Now, Popular, and the opportunity to originate the character of Susan Adamson on NBC’s popular daytime series Days of Our Lives.

Since then, Lindsay has continued to Guest Star in Television having gained most recognition from her roles on Nip/Tuck, Law and Order: SVU, CSI: NY, Joan of Arcadia, Cold Case, Big Love, Desperate Housewives, Scrubs and My Name is Earl. Recently, Lindsay appeared opposite Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway the Warner Brothers film, Get Smart.

For more information about Lindsay check out her IMDB page.

Eric Lange

Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Eric graduated from Miami University with a B.F.A. in theatre.  After moving to Los Angeles, Eric began working on an extensive list of commercials, selling everything from burgers to beer.  Since then he has been seen on television guest starring on shows such as Entourage, Monk, ER, My Name is Earl, The West Wing, CSI, Criminal Minds, Without a Trace, CSI: NY and Burn Notice, amongst many others.  Most notable is possibly Eric’s recurring character Radzinsky on ABC’s Lost. Currently, Eric is starring alongside Al Pacino, Susan Sarandon and John Goodman in the HBO Film, You Don’t Know Jack, playing the impassioned attorney who convicts Jack Kevorkian. When not acting, Eric composes music and checks his e-mail.

For more information about Eric check out his IMDB page.

Jenna Edwards- Resident Producing Advisor

For more information about Jenna see the About page or click here.


5 Comments on "Episode Nine: Casting in the Wild West"

  1. Tracie James on Thu, 20th Aug 2009 7:53 am 

    I really enjoyed the podcast yesterday Cindy! Great panel, interesting discussion, very informative.. Congratulations!

  2. Killebrew-Mason on Fri, 21st Aug 2009 10:54 am 

    I loved this. Everyone was open and honest. I didn’t get a bs feel at all and felt each panel member wanted those of us out here to clearly walk away having gained some valuable knowledge. Loved it!

  3. Dan McClure on Fri, 21st Aug 2009 7:26 pm 

    It is generous that Eric, Lindsay,Bonnie, Jenna and Cindy share their stories and experience with us. For anyone interested in entering the world of Hollywood this is valuable information. It is practical knowledge that should help separate those who are willing to work for a chance to exist in this film making world from those just dreaming of quick riches and fame. It was a fun podcast.



  4. f glenn bowen on Wed, 2nd Sep 2009 5:23 pm 

    Dear folks –

    That URL is not my url, but an IMDb pic of Lindsay H.

    I am listening to the podcast (really great, btw) and am at the part
    where LH talks about her weight and being called stuff, and basically
    bullied, which I’m sure she is completely above, but things like that are still
    hurtful and completely un-called-for!

    Tell LH that she’s looking GREAT in that pic on IMDb, and not to listen to all
    the haters!!!
    ( :

    (…and not-a-stalker – I promise)!
    f g bowen

    PS – Cindy, your pdcst is great. What an incredible joy for you. I know you are having a blast, and I look forward to listening (and learning) from them ALL!
    ( :

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