Casting internationally, Karen Hallford of Casting Works LA has established a vast network of resources to find Actors, Extras, and Stand Ins. She has a keen eye for talent and uses her background in advertising to merge art and industry. Karen believes in a “hands on” approach, and doesn’t hesitate to find what others call impossible. She uses the most current technology available to provide her clients with immediate virtual footage of their audition. Bridging the gap between the creative vision of the director, producer, client, and actors; Karen is able to bring a conceptual vision to an on-screen reality.
Karen began her professional journey as an actor in 1975. Then spending years in the advertising field, she honed skills in negotiating and meeting production deadlines from concept to creation. When Karen’s daughters chose acting careers, it sparked a renewed love for film-making in Karen. Through the ins and outs of the industry, she realized her film-making home was in Casting which became her main focus and passion. She has worked on award-winning films, commercials, industrials, PSA’s, music videos. Karen has learned through years of experience that passion for your purpose is the first step to success.
Casting Works LA has cast hundreds of commercials and currently has feature films in various stages of Development, Pre-Production and in Post-Production.
Ashley has been involved in the entertainment industry since she was a young child, with a fierce passion for the arts. Ashley received extensive training with many of the industry’s top acting coaches as an actor. While appearing in several feature films, Ashley was also embarking upon a love for behind-the-scenes work. She first worked as a Casting Assistant, Production Assistant, and an Assistant Director on many feature films, short films, television series, and commercial projects before dedicating herself to being a full-time Casting Director. Ashley brings her life-experience, production experience, knowledge of the inner-workings of the actor’s mind and training, and the client’s visions together for each project.
As a Casting Director for Casting Works LA, Ashley schedules, manages and directs auditions, and is the head of our Extra’s Casting division. Ashley handles the stress and high-pressure environment of a film set and casting department with grace and ease.
While not working, Ashley enjoys spending quality time with her family. She also enjoys immersing herself in her love of learning, nature, gardening, art, music, sci-fi, and the Cosmos. Ashley believes in the importance of family and friendship, and spends much of her time enriching these relationships.
Alexis' responsibilities include many aspects of our business, including billing, client relations, audition scheduling and bookkeeping. Her amazing organization skills make sense of the chaos of multiple clients, projects and auditions. Alexis graduated with an BA in Business Administration from Texas State University. She is the friendly voice that our clients and talent will hear when calling our office. She takes pride in answering all questions in a positive, informative manner.
In her spare time, Alexis enjoys spending time with her husband and daughters. While not working you might find her pulling weeds in her organic vegetable and herb garden, swimming with her family, or cooking delicious treats.
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