Tolley Casparis Casting

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Most asked question from actor to casting director: What is the secret to getting more callbacks/booking more jobs? I al...
03/15/2019

Most asked question from actor to casting director: What is the secret to getting more callbacks/booking more jobs? I always start with the things on this list and add "How old are your headshots?" You would be surprised how many actors believe this list to be optional. And headshots should be once a year. Minimum.

03/04/2019

n 2013 during an appearance on the radio show "Sway in the Morning," Perry said it took him 256 auditions before he scored his first gig.
RIP Luke Perry #keepgoing

These beauties began this journey by submitting themselves on a $200 music video. If you approach every project you invo...
05/26/2018
Jessie J Recruits Royal Girl Squad For 'Queen' Performance on 'Late Late Show': Watch

These beauties began this journey by submitting themselves on a $200 music video. If you approach every project you involve yourself with as the most important project you will ever do, your talent and passion will take you places you could never expect.

While Harry and Meghan's names are still buzzing in the headlines, Jessie J looked reminiscent of a royal herself during her appearance on Thursday's (May 22) episode of 'The Late Late Show With James Corden.'

04/16/2018

Hi!! I need some volunteers on 4/20 to help me register voters at LAUSD headquarters. It's the next phase of the #marchforourlives efforts to affect lasting gun reform and help make our students safer. Anyone reading this can volunteer. It's basically 12 to 5 in Downtown LA

JessieJ Queen  I can FINALLY show you what we did in December
03/08/2018

JessieJ Queen I can FINALLY show you what we did in December

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12/17/2017

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06/28/2017

Working on a project where I need a trans teen. Can you connect me with anyone at all in the Los Angeles trans community? I try to represent authenticity in my projects and I need some intros please.

Tolley Casparis Casting
05/11/2017

Tolley Casparis Casting

04/28/2017

WAY TO GO @Gary Marsh and Breakdown Services!!! I got the following release today .....
Breakdown Services Transgender / Non-Binary Search Function
As an innovator and influential leader in film, television and theatre, Breakdown Services is committed to being on the leading edge of diversity, inclusion and breaking down barriers.
Actors now have the option to choose Transgender / Non-Binary on their Actors Access profiles. Subsequently you have the ability to search for actors based on this criteria. As an established Casting Director you can conduct specific searches for talent based on information provided by the actor and their talent representative. Checking Transgender / Non-Binary will not preclude talent from appearing in searches for non-transgender roles.

04/05/2017

I am working on my favorite type of project at the moment. I'm looking at who the talent ARE as humans, not as performers or actors. People amaze and inspire me. I am speaking to a vet who has walked across the country to raise awareness for the 22 vets who commit suicide daily, I'm talking to activists and advocates for the homeless, for farm workers, for animals, for clean oceans, for clean eating. I'm talking to people like me with depression who have continued with their lives, being heroes in the face of the mundane, getting up, getting dressed, getting out and making a difference. Today I love humanity. I am reminded of my favorite poem by Sappho..."Day in, day out, I hunger, and I struggle" Here's to the human experience and all of her expressions!!

03/31/2017

Are you a young talent with depression? I am working on a very interesting project where young people who suffer from depression and have found a visually interesting way to cope with it can offer their stories documentary style and maybe inspire someone else with depression to find a passion. It does pay. If this is you, please message me here. Feel free to direct others here as well. Of course it's all happening very quickly so do reach out as soon as you see this if you are possibly interested.

Sooooo true,I don't have my headshot because.......I'm late because..........Can I start over?My agent should have.........
03/06/2017

Sooooo true,
I don't have my headshot because.......
I'm late because..........
Can I start over?
My agent should have..........
Where am I supposed to be? (my favorite question in a busy casting studio)................

02/14/2017

I hope the true love of your life is acting. That through love of your craft you expand your soul, push your boundaries, and bring understanding and community to the World through your expression of something you are not. #arthealstheworld #lovewins #withoutbeautylifeisempty

01/30/2017

David Harbors acceptance speech from the SAG Awards
“I would like to say that in light of all that’s going on in the world today, it’s difficult to celebrate the already-celebrated Stranger Things. But this award from you, who take your craft seriously and earnestly believe like me that great acting can change the world, is a call to arms from our fellow craftsmen and women to go deeper and through our art to battle against fear, self-centeredness, and exclusivity of our predominantly narcissistic culture, and through our craft to cultivate a more empathetic and understanding society by revealing intimate truths that serve as a forceful reminder to folks that when they feel broken and afraid and tired, they are not alone. We are united in that we are all human beings and we are all together on this horrible, painful, joyous, exciting, and mysterious ride that is being alive. Now, as we act in the continuing narrative of Stranger Things, we 1983 Midwesterners will repel bullies. We will shelter freaks and outcasts, those who have no hope. We will get past the lies. We will hunt monsters, and when we are at a loss amidst the hypocrisy and casual violence of certain individuals and institutions, we will as per Chief Jim Hopper [Harbour’s character] punch some people in the face when they seek to destroy the weak and the disenfranchised and the marginalised. We will do it all with soul, with heart, and with joy. We thank you for this responsibility. Thank you.”

06/27/2016

First seminar!! Here it is.
Why aren’t you working (more) (at all) ??

Why can’t you get an agent? If you have an agent…..Why aren’t you getting auditions? If you are getting auditions…….Why aren’t you getting callbacks? If you are getting callbacks…..Why aren’t you getting availed? If you are getting availed…….Why aren’t you booking? Why aren’t you working ALL THE TIME????

Join Tolley Casparis and Karen Livers on Saturday July 9 from 11am to 1pm at Ashe Cultural Arts Center in Mid-City for a two hour seminar to jump start your career. We are going to give you REAL TALK as to what is needed to be a working actor. We will answer ALL of your questions. Tell you what you are doing right, where you need to put some effort, and how to get to the next level (it’s simpler than you think)

$15 if you register before July 7. $20 after that and at the door.
(introductory pricing, next workshop prices will be higher)
Register or questions through [email protected]

Tolley Casparis is a commercial, print, and music video casting director. A native of Los Angeles, she has worked in L.A., N.Y.C, Chicago, London, and New Orleans for such Clients as Target, Popeyes, Coca-Cola and a myriad of others. Her music video work ranges from “Baby’s Got Back, “Hit Me Baby (One More Time)” Beibers “Boyfriend” to Musgraves “Biscuits”. Tolley relocated to New Orleans a year ago.

Karen Livers is a New Orleans native with 30+ years experience working on varying sides of the industry. A locally trained and award-winning actor, she has also worked as a casting associate, coordinator, and director on such local projects as “Treme”, “AHS:Coven”, “Underground” and Spike Lee’s “Oldboy”

Between Tolley and Karen there is nothing they haven’t seen, both in the “Big City” and in “Hollywood South”. They’d like to help you establish a firm standing as a WORKING actor.

Scholarship opportunities available but we will make you work for it and you must be registered before the 7th.

06/21/2016

First workshop and first announcement regarding it!! Join me and local New Orelans actor/casting consultant Karen-kaia Livers on July 9 in New Orleans for a two hour seminar titled "Why aren't you working (more) (at all)?" Details will be released later today. If you are interested but not in the New Orleans area, please contact me here. With enough interest we may figure out a way to simulcast (get it?) on the web.
Crazy low prices....$15 with preregistration and $20 at door for two hours No one denied for lack of funds but you will need to work for it : ) LET'S GET TO WERK!

05/26/2016

Adventures in casting for today......booked talent for today gets call sheet with 2pm calltime and THEN informs her agent that she has a singing gig that night and can't make her print job unless they rearrange the schedule for her. List of people I won't work with just got longer. Is there ever a reason ever for not properly informing your agent of your availability? EVER?

05/15/2016

Working on a print job where we did the first round of casting off headshots. Narrowed each role to 2 choices and sent a request for selfies. Request sent through agent Friday @ 4:30. Pics were due today at noon. I am missing 2. One actor is at the zoo and will get them to me when he can. The other was at the studio all night and has just woken up and will look at request and get to me as soon as he can. What does that say to me about these two actors? Just because you didn't have to get in your car and come see me doesn't make this any less of a callback.

05/04/2016
STAR WARS SPIKE T.V. COMMERCIAL

May the 4th Be With You
7 years ago Spike TV started showing Episodes 4,5,&6 and I was lucky enough to cast the promos. Star Wars characters came from Skywalker Ranch, including Lord Vader who we were never allowed to see out of costume or refer to as a man in a suit, always Lord Vader. Enjoy all three spots.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ywhf1-q6lA

STAR WARS DARTH VADER BOBA FETT EWOKS SAND PEOPLE T.V. COMMERCIAL FROM SPIKE T.V.

New SAG-AFTRA Commercials Deal Set to Increase Wages
04/14/2016
New SAG-AFTRA Commercials Deal Set to Increase Wages

New SAG-AFTRA Commercials Deal Set to Increase Wages

The new SAG-AFTRA commercials contract, which the union’s board endorsed over the weekend, immediately increases wages by 7 percent and additionally increases use fees (residuals) for national broadcast and cable commercials and internet commercials, The Hollywood Reporter has determined from an ana…

NOLA peeps. Come play with me Sunday
04/01/2016
The Vinyl District

NOLA peeps. Come play with me Sunday

"I would like to say that French music and Francophone culture is making a resurgence in New Orleans, but the fact is it never went away. It just seems like things are getting more French in these parts lately. Sunday, a wide array of musicians will be performing at Cafe Istanbul NOLA for an afternoon of French music, dancing, drinking, and partying from 2 PM until 5 PM courtesy of SpeedUpTheTV..."

This is a first but it won't be a last. Good thing? Neutral? That's the way things are these days? Or the loss of actor ...
03/10/2016
Vine Star Jake Paul Cast in Disney Channel Series ‘Bizaardvark’ (EXCLUSIVE)

This is a first but it won't be a last. Good thing? Neutral? That's the way things are these days? Or the loss of actor jobs? Weigh in please.
http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/jake-paul-disney-channel-bizaardvark-cast-1201725541/

Vine star Jake Paul has been cast in Disney Channel’s upcoming series “Bizaardvark,” Variety has learned. He marks the first social-media star to be a series regular on Disney. Pa…

03/04/2016

Hey New Orleans!! I am working as an associate on this project, but I've still got your hook-up. Who meets the specs? Lets get you some work.

*** NATIONAL BRAND COMMERCIAL CASTING ***

We are casting an amazing TV commercial for a major national brand!!! Seeking FUN-LOVING, OUTGOING RESIDENTS of NEW ORLEANS

TEENS IN SCHOOL GROUPS/CLUBS, ages 14-17 (student government, chess clubs, science fair, robotics clubs, artists, musicians, groups of BFFs, etc.)

EXTENDED FAMILIES with teens ages 14-17 (tight-knit families with grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, etc.)

QUINCEANERA FATHERS & DAUGHTERS (daughters aged 14-17)

MARIACHI BAND with costumes and instruments

EVERYONE WHO SUBMITS MUST BE AT LEAST 14 YEARS OLD (no exceptions)

If you or anyone you know fits these descriptions, please email TOLLEY ASAP at [email protected] with the following information:

1) Your Full Name
2) Age and Birthdate (MM/DD/YY)
3) Occupation or Current Grade in School
4) Phone Number
5) E-mail Address
6) 2-3 Recent photos of you and your “crew” who can audition with you (can be selfies, JPEG format preferred, under 40MB) along with all their names and ages
7) 2-3 Photos of family members who can audition with you (can be selfies, JPEG format preferred, under 40MB) along with all their names and ages

ADDITIONAL DETAILS (please make sure you are available for the dates listed below):

Auditions: 3/5 - 3/6, 3/8 - 3/10 @ New Orleans location, TBD
Callbacks: 3/11 or 3/12 @ New Orleans location, TBD
Fitting: 3/18
Filming: 3/21-3/23
Rate: $500 (and possibly much more)/per person

Interesting take on the creative process
03/01/2016

Interesting take on the creative process

“I’m a pianist. I’m playing my last concert Thursday night. Then I’m taking a sabbatical. Some of my friends think I’m crazy to step away now, but I don’t want to become a two-hundred-concert-per-year performing machine. It requires too much efficiency. And the efficiency burns you out. There is a lot of pressure when you perform at Lincoln Center or Carnegie Hall. People pay for those tickets and you must respect your audience. If you’re piloting a Boeing 777 with four hundred people on board, you aren’t going to try new maneuvers. You aren’t going to have fun or experiment. You don’t have time to stay in your dreams or ideas. You need to step back from the public eye so you have space to grow. I won’t say that taking time off makes you a ‘better’ musician, because I don’t like the word ‘better.’ It sounds competitive. But it does make you less of an automaton and more human. It’s like exploring a new continent. Time off is a space where you allow things to happen other than the known.”

If you feel safe in the area you’re working in, you’re not working in the right area. Always go a little further into th...
01/13/2016
David Bowie Quote

If you feel safe in the area you’re working in, you’re not working in the right area. Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in. Go a little bit out of your depth. And when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting.
Read more at: http://www.azquotes.com/quote/811058

If you feel safe in the area you’re working in, you’re not working in the right area. Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in. Go a little bit out of your depth. And when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the…

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Tolley Casparis Casting is a full service casting company catering to commercials, music videos, print, new media, and just about anything else you can dream up while keeping your clothes on. Represented in the SE by Fiftytwo45

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Monday 10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00

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Hi Tolley, excited to announce that I have signed with BBA for commercial representation!