Experience

Citizen Pictures                                                                                                                                          Denver, CO

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER | RESEARCHER | PRODUCTION COORDINATOR                                 August 2016–Present

  •  Deliver compelling talent and eye-catching stories through creative, savvy research for a variety of food and travel-related projects – from hidden culinary gems to the world’s ‘most extreme places to cool off’.

  • Investigate and fact-check all facets of segments, anticipate potential pitfalls, and find creative solutions.

  • Conduct in-depth interviews with potential talent via phone and video chat.  Expert-level cold call skills.

  • Edit persuasive casting tapes and write accurate, entertaining pitches for numerous series.

  • Coordinate all needed arrangements, crew and talent travel, call sheets/schedule, permits, releases, and insurance.

CONTRACT PROJECTS: Emmy-nominated Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives (Food Network- seasons 26, 28, 29, 30); Triple D Nation (Food Network); Seaside Snacks & Shacks (Cooking Channel); Top Secret Swimming Holes (Travel Channel- season 2); Guy’s Family Road Trip (Food Network); and various development. 

Beth Liebetrau Casting                                                                                                 Los Angeles, CA / Denver, CO

CASTING DIRECTOR                                                                                                                January 2015–Present 

PAST PROJECTS: Twice Emmy-nominated Documentary Now! (IFC- seasons 1 & 2); ‘Best of 2015’- The New York Times; ‘Best of 2015/2016’-Entertainment Weekly; acclaim in 75+ publications; Dame Helen Mirren hosts.

  • Led department that orchestrated and delivered results for all talent-related needs of critically acclaimed IFC series from executive producers Lorne Michaels (SNL), Seth Meyers, Bill Hader, and Fred Armisen.

  • Designed the casting landscape of project from start to finish, against tight deadlines and unique talent requirements, including outreach in Bogota, Minneapolis, Miami, and Reykjavik, Iceland (40 roles locally).

  • Analyzed scripts, documentaries to conceptualize talent/performance needs. Authored casting notices and designed audition materials to target appropriate talent and communicate opportunities effectively to reps.

  • Utilized deep, developed personal knowledge of boundless talent pool and popular culture to generate lists of ideas. Tenaciously explored any and all avenues in order to provide exemplary talent for the project.

  • Secured high-profile special guest stars: Anne Hathaway, Jack Black, John Slattery, Faye Dunaway, Peter Bogdanovich, Mia Farrow, Peter Fonda; musicians Kenny Loggins, Daryl Hall, Michael McDonald; food critic Jonathan Gold, CEO Irving Azoff, author Chuck Klosterman, and director Cameron Crowe.

RedShoe                                                                                                                                             Los Angeles, CA

CLIENT RELATIONS | SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER                                                             August 2016 - August 2018

  • Developed and nurtured positive client, coordinator, and vendor relationships for top-rated DJ company with $750K in annual revenues.

  • Redesigned and implemented new social media/marketing strategies including generating content and brand messaging, as well as tracking analytics.

  • Managed business operations including client billing, contracts, and internal team communications.

  • First point of contact for all sales leads.

Thomas/O’Neill Casting                                                                                                                   Universal City, CA

ASSOCIATE CASTING DIRECTOR                                                                                   June 2012 – December 2015

  • Auditioned actors daily and coached talent for roles in multiple, concurrent network television projects.

  • Collaborated with writers, producers, directors, studio/network executives, and across departments to achieve the creative vision for projects via effective talent choices.

  • Conceptualized casting possibilities and generated lists of creative ideas. Advertised casting calls and reviewed submissions. Researched and recruited non-actor personalities. Coordinated casting sessions.

  • Scouted fresh talent at stand-up, theater, sketch/improv shows, showcases and through online platforms.

  • Negotiated and closed talent deals on budget. Managed talent onboarding (contracts, paperwork, union clearances, wardrobe, call times, new hire communication to other departments and studio/network).

PROJECTS: Man Seeking Woman (FXX- 2 seasons); The Office (NBC pilot/spin-off); Divorce: A Love Story (Sony pilot); Growing Up Fisher (NBC); Super Fun Night (ABC); Manhattan Love Story (ABC pilot); Mulaney (FOX).

Apartment Therapy Media                                                                                                                 Los Angeles, CA

FREELANCE PROP STYLIST                                                                                             January 2013 – August 2013

  • Directed artistic vision to create a compelling, unique, on-brand aesthetic for editorial content in popular entertaining series "Gatherings from The Kitchn' on The Kitchn.com.

  • Styled all prop placement on-set for shoot; planned, sourced visually interesting and functional pieces.

  • Collaborated with editor, photographer to plan featured event and execute conceptual theme for each shoot.

Emily Henderson Design                                                                                                                     Los Angeles, CA

FREELANCE DESIGN/STYLING ASSISTANT                                                                                      Various Fall 2012

  • Assisted HGTV Host, Interior Designer, Stylist Emily Henderson with photoshoot styling and client install used for content on the popular blog: stylebyemilyhenderson.com.

  • Collaborated in the styling and design process, DIY projects, and helped source, transport, and inventory pieces.

CBS Studios Television                                                                                                                                 Studio City, CA

TALENT & CASTING COORDINATOR                                                                          August 2006 – December 2011

  • Collaborated efficiently and fastidiously between nine studio departments, executives at multiple networks, casting directors and production staff to manage talent for 20+ series and pilots at any one time.

  • Spearheaded all video projects including producing specialized actor reels; filming and editing all studio tests.

  • Served as talent liaison and an interim point executive managing the casting process, actor approvals.

  • Planned events, including annual casting director appreciation party. Managed casting dept. calendar.

  • Coordinated executive and talent travel, Arranged talent and industry gifts.

  • Networked domestically and internationally with agents/managers to target development talent abroad.

Lisa Vorce Co. Event Design & Production (formerly Oh How Charming!)                                         Los Angeles, CA

EVENT ASSISTANT                                                                                                                          Various 2006-2010

  • Assisted Owner/Creative Director, Lisa Vorce, in the execution of high-level events and weddings.

  • Supported day-of coordination by collaborating, coordinating with catering staff and roster of vendors.

  • Interpreted and implemented ceremony and reception set-up plans to achieve desired aesthetic, while working against strict deadlines. 

  • Found creative solutions to problems, as they arose, to ensure the client’s vision was enacted flawlessly.

Prairie Meadows Racetrack                                                                                                                        Altoona, IA

VIDEOGRAPHER                                                                                                                                      2001 Season

  • Filmed live horseracing for closed-circuit replay, simulcasting, and national sports network content.

PPGI                                                                                                                                                     Des Moines, IA

PUBLIC RELATIONS ASSISTANT                                                                                                             Summer 2000

  • Wrote and delivered press conference statement in response to SCOTUS ruling.

  • Created press releases and wrote editorials featured in local media. Produced statewide newsletter.

  • Coordinated media coaching. Organized media kits, collateral and news packets for all 19 PPGI offices. 

 

Education

Drake University                                                                                                                                   Des Moines, IA

B.A. | Journalism & Mass Communications (Radio & TV Production)                                               Magna Cum Laude

 

Additional Skills

Training/Experience | Digital and film photography; videography and editing (digital & linear); digital audio editing; digital photography post-processing; public speaking; writing (broadcast, press releases, treatments, newspaper, magazine); copy editing; event planning; prop and interiors styling; talent scouting and coaching.

Technology/Software | Google Sheets & Docs, iMovie, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Premiere, Adobe Photoshop, Bridge, Final Cut Pro, QuickBooks, Odoo, HoneyBook, WordPress, Handbrake, Slack, Instagram, Skype, FaceTime, Skype recorder, Breakdown Express, Cast It Systems, Now Casting, MS Office, Mac & PC.

Honors & Interests

Recipient | Highly competitive Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Internship.

Finalist | Apartment Therapy’s “Small Cool 2012” interior design contest.

Volunteer | Event Co-Chair - 'Grandparents & Special Friends Day' - Denver Cooperative Preschool

Maker/Doer/Enthusiast | Photography, interior design, flea markets and thrifting, travel, soap-making, vintage-anything, asking questions, iced coffee, ghost stories, state fairs, DIY projects, home renovation, horses, yoga, compelling stories told through documentaries, film, TV, and podcasts, clogs, Etsy, Pinterest, burritos.