Casting Director, Jen Rudolph and The Actors Green Room
- February 26, 2016
- Posted by: distortionactors
- Category: Uncategorized
Casting director and entrepreneur, Jennifer Rudolph has cast over 40 films and television shows and has helped start the careers of such actors as Michelle Monaghan, Kate Bosworth, Matt McGorry and Ian Somerhalder.
She also began teaching audition technique classes and is the founder of The Actor’s Green Room, a program that offers classes and treatments specifically designed for artists to help renew and rejuvenate their minds and bodies.
“… Casting is a very intensive process and it requires real creative interaction with the actors in the casting room…”
What do you love about being a casting director?
“Casting is an incredibly creative process. It allows me to deal with both the producers and director on one side and the actors on the other. Casting is a very intensive process and it requires real creative interaction with the actors in the casting room which is my favorite thing to do.”
Did you ever want to be an actor?
“I studied acting in college and knew upon graduation that I wanted to be on the other side of the business.”
Do you have a specific process you go through when you cast a film?
“Yes, first I read the script and come up with a picture of what my ideal cast would like. Then, after talking to the director and producers, we embark on a creative journey to bring that vision to fruition.”
Have you ever regretting casting someone in a role?
“Yes, we hired an actor on a big TV series who turned out to be a big problem and were relieved when the producers let him out of his contract. It was a lot of fun to recast him with a better actor.”
What should an actor bring to an audition?
“Their sides (they should know them and front and back if possible) and always bring a hard copy of your headshot/resume but most of all, their instrument as an actor should be on point and ready to bring magic to the character.”
What are some of the mistakes that actors make at an audition?
“Thinking that they know more than me and the producers and telling me that they are the answer to my search.”
“Actors should have humility and respect for the casting process and allow me to do my job. When an actor walks into the room his/her job is to show me what they have and what they can contribute to the character and then they need to leave and let me make the decision with the producers.”
What was the most fun you had on a project?
“The most fun that Jeff Mitchell and I ever had was working on the comedies like MAD TV and another comedy for Showtime for producers Fax Bahr and Adam Small. Comedies are always a blast to work on because the talent on this kind of shows makes every day a hilarious and fun experience.”
What were some of the craziest auditions you ever witnessed?
“When we auditioned people for The Exorcism of Emily Rose, actresses decided to come in and do method acting for the possessed lead character. The flung themselves against our wall and one of them made a dent in the wallboard. Also, our office neighbors called 911 because they thought someone was being attacked.”
Tell us about the film Deserted?
“Deserted is the brainchild of my good friend Ashley Winters. The synopsis from IMDB is: When twenty–four–year–old Jae is released from prison for killing her mother, she returns to her childhood home in small–town Ridgecrest. The desire to go anywhere but there prompts her to agree to join her brother on a road trip out to Death Valley–which results in getting them hopelessly lost in the most stunning, but unforgiving topographical terrain on the planet.”
“I loved Ashley’s ability to suck me in within seconds of reading it. The character was so vivid and the writing was so captivating that I couldn’t wait to see where it was going to go.”
“I watched Ashley and her producing partner/husband Edward Winters (who is also an actor and has a lead role in the film) assemble the brilliant cast (including Misha Barton and Jake Busey) and couldn’t be prouder. Ashley hired the brilliant casting director Jami Rudofsky to cast the film. I recommended a student of mine for a role and she auditioned via self–tape from NYC and got the job. Her name is Annunziata Gianzero. I adore her. Super talented.”
What other projects are you working on?
“I recently Associate Produced the film Pick–Up written by my friend Jessica Blank starring Mandy Evans as well as the short film White Privilege Frankenstein by Chris Carfizzi which won a few awards via Funny or Die. I also donated to Nicol Moeller’s film company Monarch Moon Films which is set to produce 3 feature films. I love to support the arts and get involved with project and people that I am passionate about.”
Tell us about The Actors Green Room.
“The Actor’s Green Room is the first of its kind–a brick and mortar school where actors work with and meet casting directors, agents, managers, scene study teachers, as well as mind/body classes that enrich their souls like C.R.E.A.T.E. Workshops with Natalie Roy and Kristin Hanggi and Intro to Essential Oils for Actors with my wife Genevieve. We are a one stop shop for craft and mind/body holistic advancement of an actor’s career. I wanted to create a sanctuary where I could mentor actors in a whole new and expanded way beyond the scope of what I accomplish in casting.”
“Our classes are the smallest in the industry. I am very hands on and am involved in everything. I know all of the students and am involved in everything that goes on at AGR. Also, AGR provides a huge online support resource for actors including a very active Facebook group and daily motivational emails from me (re: every aspect of actor’s careers). Also, AGR Online provides free webinars with the creme de la creme of the casting business and beyond.”
What is your vision for the future?
“My vision is to reach out to as many actors as possible to help transform and change their lives and direct their careers to success.”
“My AGR Online VP Jeff Mitchell and I are expanding our educational outreach to universities and colleges about the world. Our mission is to make AGR Online the Juli–Yale (Julliard/Yale quality) of the business of the business education for actors.”