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Your First Co-Star Audition

Co-star. Under 5. Bit part. Walk-on. Whatever they call it these days, congratulations on scoring your first audition for network/on-demand television! For some of you, it means the union card you've been waiting for. For others, it's the chance to meet or reconnect with people that can help you take your career to the next level. You're not in Kansas (student films) anymore. Now what?

Join some of the busiest members of New York's casting community as they discuss navigating your very first co-star audition including: prepping and using your sides, choosing wardrobe, who and what to expect in the room and what happens afterwards.

Hear how the indie auditions you are used to differ from the network casting process - and what stays the same! Discover how to make strong, professional choices to 'book the room, not the part'. Learn how to act like it's not your first rodeo and turn those two lines into the best bartender, secretary, nurse or crime witness you can be.

Headshots/Resumes will be collected after the event.


John Andrews
began his career with Carolyn Pickman, CSA where they worked on principal location casting for The Departed (Warner Bros.) and principal casting for Brotherhood (Showtime). In Los Angeles, he worked at FMW Casting on Cold Case and joined Mark Saks, CSA on the Untitled Carol Mendelsohn Pilot (CBS). Other credits include Numb3rs, Medium, Dirt, The Good Wife, Person of Interest, the miniseries Coma (A&E) and U.S. consulting on the miniseries Pillars of the Earth (Starz) and its sequel World Without End (Reelz). In 2012, Mr. Andrews shared the Artios award (Best Casting in a Drama Series) with Mark Saks for their work on The Good Wife.

Jennifer Euston
was born in 1974 and grew up as an avid fan of film and television. Euston began her career in casting as an intern, while attending NYU, Tisch School Of The Arts as a Cinema Studies major. She has proudly worked for Howard Stern. Her first job was as a Casting Assistant on Law & Order. She then worked with Casting Director Ellen Lewis on films. Euston has been casting on her own for the past nine years, has won three Emmys, six Artios Awards and never looked back. Her credits include lots and lots of movies and TV shows, of all shapes and sizes, including Girls and Orange Is the New Black.

Shirley Faison
has been an independent talent agent for the past twenty years. Prior to becoming an agent, she served as the Executive Director of The National Black Theatre (NBT). Faison served as an interim Executive Director of NBT for five years following the death of NBT Founder, Dr. Barbara Ann Teer in 2008. A graduate of Rutgers University, Douglass College, she has been twice cited in Who’s Who Among Female Executives. Faison frequently speaks at colleges and training programs on "How To Transition From School Into The Entertainment Job Market." She is also a coach for Stagelighter.com.

Rosalie Joseph
has an extensive career having worked on hundreds of pilots, series and movies of the week for CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, ABC Family, Lifetime and E! Networks. She began by assisting casting director Vic Ramos on features. Joseph has held positions as Director of Casting for CBS Daytime and CBS Primetime, Casting Consultant for Columbia Pictures Television, V.P. of Casting at MTM Studios in Los Angeles and V.P. of ABC Primetime Casting in NY. Joseph was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for her work on Annie (1999, ABC). Joseph is presently an independent casting director for theater and film. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Casting Society of America.

Kim Miscia
is an Emmy-nominated casting director whose credits, in partnership with Beth Bowling, include Gotham, Blue Bloods, Sleepy Hollow, Gossip Girl, Bored to Death, Mad Men, Medium and Third Watch, as well as the features They Came Together and Everyday People. Prior to her partnership with Bowling, Miscia was the Manager of Casting for HBO Films, where she oversaw projects like 61* and Conspiracy with Casting Director Carrie Frazier. She has also served as an associate to Casting Director Ilene Starger, assisting on features like The First Wives Club, Shaft and Twilight, as well as The Diary of Anne Frank on Broadway.

Kimberly Skyrme
has been running Kimberly Skyrme Casting since 1993. Her portfolio includes work on national projects: Unsolved Mysteries, Deep Impact, Hearts in Atlantis, Beloved, The Pelican Brief, True Lies; independent projects: Death of a Nation, Group House, Camouflage; and Regional and National Commercials: McCormick, Washington Post, AOL, UMD-UC and Bud Light. She is presently working on one of her largest endeavors, House of Cards. Kimberly is the Chair of the Board for WIFTI, as well as a member of WIFV-DC and NYWIFT, among other affiliations. She is also founder of Wonder Wheel Entertainment, producing films, commercials and interactive training programs.

Meredith Tucker is a New York-based casting director. Credits include Boardwalk Empire (Emmy win and nomination), Mamma Dallas, The Missionary, Veep (HBO, Emmy nomination), Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix), and the feature films Cedar Rapids, In The Loop, Year of the Dog and Not Fade Away. Prior to breaking out on her own, she worked at Walken/Jaffe Casting on The Sopranos (4 seasons), and co-cast Seasons 1 & 2 of Entourage (HBO, Emmy nomination.) She also worked for casting director Howard Feuer on films helmed by directors such as Jonathan Demme, Alan Parker, Tom Hanks, Peter Weir, Barbet Schroeder, Harold Ramis, Bernardo Bertolucci and Roman Polanski.

Amanda Prasow
(Moderator) is an American-Canadian actress specializing in quirky, comedic characters. Her beat is perky, nerdy best friends and ethnically ambiguous co-workers. She recently returned to New York after five years overseas in Vanuatu and New Zealand. You can find her improvising at The PIT, on stage with Articulate Theatre Company and onscreen in offbeat indie rom-coms. She cried after her first co-star audition.

Please note that panelists may be subject to change.

Producers Amanda Prasow and Destiny Lilly

Special Thanks to Madiba Harlem at My Image Studios for hosting this program.

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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts