Fulfilling Your Dreams

From Overworked Casting Director to Empowered Talent Scout In the glittering world of showbiz, Casting Directors often start as performers, chasing their dreams beneath the spotlight. But as they transition to the other side of the audition table, the dream sometimes fades, replaced by the challenges and pressures of the role. They find themselves overworked, […]

Make Your Casting Business Repeatable and Scalable

Running a casting or talent managements services business, regardless on the form of entertainment, can be both exciting and challenging. As the demand for casting and talent services grows, so do the opportunities to scale your business. To achieve this, you need to make your processes repeatable and scalable while maintaining the quality of your […]

Giving Ballet Careers an Evolutionary Leap

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By Rick Tjia (Article originally published Feb 16, 2023) Quest Tied Story Rebecca Haw is a ballet dancer from South Wales who has had her share of challenges fighting her way to employment in the very difficult and very competitive world of ballet. But so what, you may say.  We’ve heard that story before.  Is […]

Casting in the Age of the Cloud, Episode 6: The Ballad of the Overkill

(2023 update: original article published May 5, 2022)  By now I hope we all have understood that, with respect to casting in the age of the Cloud, video is king.  Nothing will ever replace a live audition, but even live auditions today will often be immortalized in video.  Video has become an essential tool in […]

Casting in the Age of the Cloud, Episode 5: Cut to the Chase

(2023 update: original article published Dec 3, 2021)  There was a time, years ago, when a friend (a cellist by profession), had to go on unemployment at the end of a long term contract (as those of us in the performing arts are wont to do from time to time).  It is an unfortunate norm […]

Casting in the Age of the Cloud, Episode 4: The Visibility Conundrum

In a conversation I had with a choreographer friend of mine several months ago, she said, “There are so many dancers I know who want to be seen by you!” (obviously we were talking about auditions).  The statement would suggest that there are a lot of dancers looking for opportunities, and this in itself is not […]

Casting in the Age of the Cloud, Episode 3: Video Manipulation

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(2023 update: original article published August 31, 2020)  When I originally planned the electricity renovations in my house many years ago, I originally had a future in mind where one day I would have a video editing suite in the house where I could edit professional video someday at home.  At the time, that idea involved […]

Casting in the Age of the Cloud, Episode 2: Showreels

(2023 update: original article published August 6, 2020)  Although I already established it in the last episode of this series, I think it a good idea to recap the important question word that leads to better understanding of the casting process: the simple question “Why?”. I have mentioned this in a previous article about another […]

Casting in the Age of the Cloud, Episode 1: Eponym

(2023 update: original article published June 1st, 2020)  I will be honest with you: I hate Top Ten lists. I hate them because they often end up being a cheap way of avoiding the need for writing skills.  If one publishes a list of things that are interesting enough in their own right, then one […]