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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Miller

Becoming... Casting Director Maribeth Fox at Laura Rosenthal Casting

This week’s mentor is casting director Maribeth Fox of Laura Rosenthal Casting. Maribeth has cast several of our favorites, including The Kids Are All Right with Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, and Mark Ruffalo; Mildred Pierce with Kate Winslet and Evan Rachel Wood; and Late Night with Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson, and many more.

In this episode of Mentors on the Mic, Maribeth and I discuss not only these projects and her other upcoming ones, such as Bottoms with Kaia Gerber and produced by Elizabeth Banks; Apple TV psychological thriller Sharper with Julianne Moore and Sebastian Stan, and; Murder Mystery 2 with Jennifer Aniston, Adam Sandler, and a mentor from this podcast, Tony Goldwyn.

We then take a look into the process that led up to these actors’ casting – from in-person auditions, self-tapes, and submission preferences, to her own process for selection.

We also learn about her own journey within the industry, starting from her first role as an assistant at Buchwald Agency to having an eight-week casting job that eventually turned into a 15-year career.

Show highlights:

  • [02:30] Maribeth’s first role in the entertainment industry as an assistant at Buchwald Agency

  • [03:56] Her exploration of different trades within the industry – from talent agencies, publicity, to network casting – and why casting with Laura fit her best

  • [10:39] The day-to-day differences between casting at a network and working freelance at a casting office

  • [16:44] How many people she confers with for approval on a project, depending on it being TV and film

  • [24:42] Maribeth’s self-tape tips for actors that can help them in future auditions

  • [29:20] Her submission preferences and how casting actually handles self-tapes

  • [30:44] The process of how to select actors for an audition

  • [42:22] How Maribeth navigates self-tapes compared to in-person auditions

  • [44:18] How they split shows in Laura Rosenthal Casting

  • [46:07] A breakdown of Maribeth’s upcoming projects including Kaia Gerber’s audition for Bottoms

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Links and resources

Resources

  • Email Maribeth at ⁠lrclasses@gmail.com⁠ for a 30-minute self-tape feedback over Zoom

  • Mentors on the Mic is on ⁠IMDb⁠

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