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Becoming Casting Director Erica Hart "THAT DAMN MICHAEL CHE," "GODFATHER OF HARLEM," "THE BOLD TYPE"

ERICA A HART, CSA, was born and raised in Washington, DC. Her casting experience spans into network, studio, independent films, commercials, and recently Broadway. Her television/streaming directorial casting credits include both seasons of THAT DAMN MICHAEL CHE (HBOMAX), JODIE, BLACK DON'T CRACK (ABC), BUST DOWN (PEACOCK) and THE GIRLS ON THE BUS (HBOMAX). Her commercial work has been with brands such as Maybelline, Gillette, Hasbro, and Delta. Casting on Broadway for CHICKEN & BISCUITS, PASS OVER, DEATH OF A SALESMAN and the upcoming production of JAJA'S AFRICAN HAIR BRAIDING. Erica is on the Board of Directors for Casting Society (CSA), a member of the Television Academy, and an educator at institutions like Harvard University, Yale University and NYU Grad Acting.

In this episode, we talk about:

• First job - NBC casting internship

• Her time at ABC casting where she worked on the Showcase to Marvel’s Agents of Shield to pilot season, The Goldbergs, Secrets & Lies, Blackish, Scandal, Once Upon A Time, How to get away with Murder, For the People, Grey’s Anatomy, etc.

• Her advice for actors going in for pilots

• The great story about getting her job at ABC with John Ort and not selling yourself short

• How she became a Reality TV co-producer by taking a camera, filming a story, and submitting it to places where she eventually got a deal

• Self tape tips and self tape privilege

• A ⁠panel⁠ she did with Erica Jensen and Barnard Telsey

• How to break past the avail/pin phase when you feel stuck

Jenny Hochberg’s question: If there could be one piece of advice that you would tell your younger self, what would it be?

Linnea Sage: Are you asking for people for second takes or call backs if they missed the mark?

Rebecca Martinez: How do we stay in touch with Casting Directors, especially with the impending writers’ strike?


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