Casting Director/Segment Producer 

(Female, Age 53) from Toluca Lake, CA

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At a Glance

Current Job

Basic data on your current job

Job Title Casting Director/Segment Producer
Salary $52,000
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week 40
Company Size (not answered)
Location Toluca Lake, CA
Years Experience 20 years

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Years in Career 0
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Income Rating 0 / 10
Interest Rating 0 / 10
Work-Life Rating 0 / 10
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Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
I am a freelance casting director and segment producer

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
I cast people for reality shows and actors for TV shows and films,

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
Under compensated

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
I speak to people all day long and interact with my bosses. This is something I like because I do not like to sit isolated all day long.

Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?

Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?

Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.
this week I am working from my home office, but often I work out of the offices of the production company.

Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Income: 2
Benefits: 8
Hours: 7
Co-Workers: 3
Supervisors: 1
Job Title: 6
Level of Responsibility: 5
The Actual Work: 4

A day in the life of…

Please describe a typical workday for you in your current job:

5am to 6am
6am to 7am
7am to 8am
8am to 9am
9am to 10am
10am to 11am I enter the offices of the production company and meet with the Supervising Producer. Then I go to my desk and make phone calls and check emails.
11am to 12pm A couple comes in for an interview to be participants in a reality show.
12pm to 1pm I go back to my desk and check and reply to emails and return phone calls.
1pm to 2pm Lunch
2pm to 3pm Another couple comes in for an interview.
3pm to 4pm A third couple comes in for an interview.
4pm to 5pm I meet again with the Supervising Producer to review what went on during the day and review the couples who came in to audition.

then I go back to my desk to check emails and make phone calls.

5pm to 6pm Leave for the day
6pm to 7pm
7pm to 8pm
8pm to 9pm
9pm to 10pm
10pm to 11pm
11pm to 12am

Table of Contents

How you got your job

How did you get your current job?

What was the application process?
I had so submit a resume and then I was called in for an interview.

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
I interviewed with the Executive Producer and Supervising Producer. I went in for the one interview and got hired the next day.

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
What casting experience I had. Also, how I would go about finding the people for this particular show.

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
They thoroughly explained the show and position to me.

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
No. I majored in advertising and communications which was not a training ground for reality TV

If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
They should start out as an intern or as a casting assistant at a casting or production company or network.

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
Being very flexible as each project is different. You are constantly working with different producers who have different personalities and like different things. Each show has different requirements of what I have to find or cast for.

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
No – just experience

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
it is important to find out exactly what the director/producers are looking for and to try as hard as you can to find the right people for the project.

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
Yes, I would like to continue in casting and producing.

What are your current career goals?
To further advance in casting and producing in the entertainment industry.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?

Prior work history

Please list your most recent jobs prior to this current job:

Title Length Salary Description
Prior Job 1 Segment producer 2 years 1200 I had to find real people for reality shows and produce the segments.
Prior Job 2 Casting Director 1 year 1500 Cast real people for reality shows

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:

GPA School Degree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
Fashion Institute of Technology Advertising & Communications A.A.S Degree
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)

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