Hometown: Bloomfield, NJ (Home of musician Ted Leo and my mom)
Education: BFA from Academy of Art in San Francisco
Favorite Credits: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Broken Flowers, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Time Freak (Oscar-nominated short)
What kind of projects do you cast?
Principal casting for commercials and shorts. Extras casting for features, TV and commercials.
How did you get into casting, and why?
I wrote a feature when I was younger and tried to get it made, however I quickly realized I didn’t have the funding for it… but I still had to cast it.
What’s your favorite part about being a casting director?
My favorite part about being a casting director is just being lucky to have a job in an industry I love, doing something creative with creative people, being part of a collaborative art.
What are some major benefits for actors doing extra/background work?
Besides paying bills?
I also think seeing a large-scale production being filmed is an education in “on set” etiquette.
Not to mention I think it’s a great place to meet other actors who have similar goals.
What’s the best way for an actor to get noticed by you– agent appointments, meet and greets, self-submissions, etc.?
The best way to be seen by me is self-submissions and meet-and-greets but being auditioned is the best way for me to remember you.
If you could give one piece of advice to an actor auditioning for you, what would it be?
I ask everyone to bring their personality in the room. I tell all actors to be prepared to tell me something about themselves (that isn’t about acting or modeling.) Maybe tell a short story that is funny or sincere or both. You’d be surprised how many actors book jobs on their charisma.I ask everyone to bring their personality in the room. -Kristian Sorge, casting director Click To Tweet
What’s the difference between auditioning for film and for commercial projects?
I believe one of the big differences between auditioning for film / tv and commercial work is mostly in preparation. There are many great commercial actors who book a lot because of their ability to read copy, understand context and the author’s vision immediately. Then with that they’re able to make their own choices on the fly to enhance what’s been written.
What’s are some great ways to break into the voice-over world?
Practice and record. I think understanding your voice and recording as much as you can is so helpful. Most of the voice-over people who audition for me are so good at manipulating their voice and taking adjustments and I think a lot of it is practice and listening.
What’s the best way for an actor to follow up with you?
Email is always the way to go with me. Save the planet.
Any exciting projects (current or coming up) that you can talk about?
We just finished principals for a big Converse job. Starting the extras casting for the 4th Season of The Americans and we’re also working on a new film with Keanu Reeves.
What movies are on your Netflix (or imaginary Netflix) cue?
Hmm, maybe genres would be better: Music documentaries, Sci-Fi films and indie thrillers. And always a good comedy.
What are your favorite activities outside of ‘the industry’?
What’s the meaning of life?
Where can someone learn more about you or what you currently have going on?
An email to romancandlecasting (at) gmail dot com is the best way.Are You Bringing Your Personality Into the Audition Room? (An Interview w/Kristian Sorge) Click To Tweet
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