USA - Just a short time ago Modern Family's Emmy winning Casting Director Jeff Greenberg gave Theatre Chat an exclusive for artists trying to make it from Stage to TV or Film. Now with the Modern Family's new win for 2013 SAG Award for "Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series" casting genius Jeff Greenberg (Cheers, Frasier) may be set casting shows for the next century. Winner of the stage casting award, which is called the Artios Award, Jeff may need to build a new shelf for his gift for casting.
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You can't find a better place to get information for actors than the multi-award winning casting director that is kind enough to answers your questions through Theatre Chat. "Congratulations to the cast of Modern Family for the comedy and laughs in life they give us all! The SAG Awards chose the very best Modern Family". Theatre Chat".
Below from the Emmy and Atrios-Award winning Casting Director Jeff Greenberg Theatre Chat shares what you should know to get that next paying job. "Jeff Greenberg cast for Stage, Film and TV and there is no better casting company or person in the biz. Jeff's magic is casting!" BroadwayGlobal.org.
Jeff Greenberg recently won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series for the hit comedy "Modern Family" after having guided the casting chores for such other iconic shows such as "Frasier" (11 seasons/6 Emmy Nominations/5 Artios Awards) and "Cheers" (7 seasons). Other television credits include "Ugly Betty"(Emmy nomination), "Wings", "Eli Stone", "My So-Called Life", "Early Edition", "NewsRadio" and dozens of others. His feature credits include "A Night at the Roxbury", "Father of the Bride 2", "Look Who's Talking" and "Die Mommie Die!" Jeff is the recipient of 23 Artios nominations, which the Casting Society of America bestows as it's top honor.
How do you describe your success as a casting director? How far in advance are you casting a project and do you always see the script first?
"I got some major breaks early on in my casting career and I guess had the talent to back them up. I do always see the script first but sometimes it's months ahead of time and sometime it's the day before."
Is the Actors type a stronger choice than the acting?
"They are both crucial."
How can you explain a healthy relationship between Casting Director and Director?
"A great communication in how to best serve the text and also in terms of working with the actor in an acting vocabulary we all understand."
What are the most difficult parts to cast?
"When you're casting a comedy and the material is not very funny. They are usually hoping for the actor to make the material better than it is."
What part did you cast in the past that has endured the longest career?
Would you cast a lead role from a stage show you had attended?
Is it appropriate for actors to send you invites to shows? Or is a clip a better choice to send through the mail?
"Invites are fine to send."
What in the chance that an actor would need to be seen in person for a part?
"We always need to see the actor in person unless they are a star with lots of film we can look at in lieu of an audition."
If they don't have an agent would you call them in by a clip, seeing them in a show or showcase?
What is the first thing you look at on a actors resume?
"Their TV credits and then their theatre credits."
Is look as important as training?
At what point should a casting director get a PR or Agent?
"One needs an agent or lawyer to negotiate one's deal with the studio that is offering the Casting Director a job."
How many shows had you cast before you started your own company? What are the pros and cons of working on the lot of Paramount or working for your own company?
"My company started with my first job on my own, Cheers. I always am given an office on the lot where the show is in production."
What are you favorite things to cast Movies, TV, Sitcoms....?
Cheers, Ugly Betty, Modern Family... What have been the most challenging and most happiest moments... ?
"Loved all 3 of those experiences. Cheers was my big break and a glorious 7 years. Ugly Betty was just fun, a great vibe with great people. Winning the Emmy on Modern Family is a career highlight. Every job is challenging in their own individual ways."
What is next?
Waiting to hear if my pilot is picked up!
Well, it got picked up and won the SAG Award for "Best Ensemble for a Comedy".
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