SUSIE MAIZELS – casting secrets from the inner sanctum

Susie Maizels, one of Australia’s most successful Casting Directors, began her ASDA Conference session with the following question: How can a casting director work with the director to get the best r
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Susie Maizels, one of Australia’s most successful Casting Directors, began her ASDA Conference session with the following question: “How can a casting director work with the director to get the best result?” The answer? Predominantly, by being in direct communication, to ensure a partnership is formed.

Susie spoke of her desire to listen intently whilst the director talks, often in a stream of consciousness, about the character in question. From there, emerges a stronger understanding of the character, rather than relying on a brief summary. She only works on scripts that she believes in – a story she can be drawn into.

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Kay Pavlou
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Kay Pavlou is a director of drama and documentary. Credits include Mary and Under One Roof.
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