Ashley Skomurski, Julie Arvedon Knowlton and Aaron Kahl welcome you to Slate Casting! If you are talent or you are looking for talent, Slate is your place!
Slate Casting specializes in full service union and non-union casting for industrials, commercials, films, live events, voiceovers, web videos, theater, print, real people, and any other project that requires talent. With over 25 years of casting experience in the Boston market, Slate casting directors Ashley Skomurski, Julie Arvedon Knowlton, and Aaron Kahl deliver the personalized service, expertise, ingenuity and creativity needed to find the right talent for your project. Utilizing a dynamic casting database, Slate Casting provides clients and talent with a cutting edge tool to make the casting experience a success from slate to scene.
Ashley is a red head whose special skills include marathon running, paddle boarding, and yoga. But casting tops her list of expertise! Working in the casting industry in Boston since 2008, Ashley's credits include a long list of feature films, commercials, industrials and real people casting. She has worked with a number of clients on commercial projects such as Volkswagen, Pinnacle Golf, IBM, LL Bean, Hasbro, Toyota, T.J. Maxx, Poland Springs and many more. Ashley's film and television credits include Casting Director for the upcoming Super Troopers 2 as well as casting associate for many films in the Boston area. You can see her full list of credits by heading over to her IMDB Page. Along with working regularly with actors, Ashley loves going out into the field and working with ‘real people’ to find the perfect needle in the haystack for many commercial projects.
Julie Arvedon Knowlton
When you work in the casting, publicity, marketing, and video production industries in Boston for over 25 years- you get to know a lot of people. And Julie loves people! As a casting director, she specializes in the corporate industrial market and voice over casting, and she recently cast the feature film Ghost Light and the television movie The Spruces and The Pines. Theater is definitely her passion and she is constantly scouting the local theater scene for new talent in Boston. In addition to casting, Julie handles publicity for Slate Casting and has worked for several area theater companies. The past president of the International Television Association, Julie has also taught on-camera acting at Salem State University. To learn more about Julie, check out her interview in Boston Voyager.
Auditions at Motion Cyc Studio
162 Columbus Ave
Boston MA 02116
"I have worked with Julie & Ashley on dozens of projects over the years. Their casting work is superb and I am very excited that they are joining forces."
Boston Digital Productions
With an MFA in film from Boston University, Aaron began his career in production working on documentaries, but quickly learned he liked actors a lot more than interview subjects and made the jump into casting. Aaron served as an extras casting director for several years before transitioning into principals casting, working on regional and national commercials, web spots, industrials, and feature films. With two small children of his own, Aaron is well accustomed to kids casting. Prior to joining Slate Casting, his feature credits included associate work on Chappaquiddick, Ted 2, Purge: Election Day, Central Intelligence, Bleed For This, and Patriots Day.
Full Service Casting for Every Project
Client Contact 617-932-7576 ext. 103
Ashley@Slatecasting.com, Julie@Slatecasting.com, or Aaron@Slatecasting.com
Film & Television
Real People Casting
Independent & Student Films
For all Casting- Clients will receive digital link with audition video, headshots and resumes immediately following the session
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Slate Casting Offering Classes!
Whether you're just getting into the industry, a seasoned professional actor or a parent looking to help their kids get to the next level, Slate Casting offers a range of classes for both kids and adults. Check out the schedule below, then click the button to register!
Classes and workshops with Casting Directors are a learning experience. They are not auditions or employment opportunities. When the class or workshop is over, the Casting Director who taught the class or workshop will not collect, take home, be given access to or retain your headshot, resume, or any of your other promotional materials.
On-Camera Auditioning for Kids (One Day Workshop)
Instructor: Ashley Skomurski, Casting Director, Slate Casting
Whether your child is just starting to peak an interest in acting or they have been at it for years, the art of the audition is a vital component to being a great actor! Casting Director Ashley Skomurski has run hundreds of auditions and has years of experience teaching children the art of auditioning to get them closer to booking the job! This one-day workshop will focus on all aspects of auditioning for the camera. Starting with the basics of audition room etiquette, the class will move through slating, delivering a read, taking direction and making adjustments. Kids will practice with commercial, television and film copy that is age appropriate and inline with what they might actually audition. After the class, parents will receive a link with the videos of what each young actor worked on that day. At the end of the workshop, the students will provide a brief presentation of their favorite audition piece, as well as a Q & A for parents with Ashley.
Sat Jan 26th 10am
Slate Casting- On-Camera Auditioning for Teens (One Day Workshop)
Instructor: Ashley Skomurski, Casting Director- Slate Casting
Being a teen actor is a tricky place to be! The competition starts to get pretty serious with so many young talented teen performers and delivering a memorable audition is so very important! Casting Director Ashley Skomurski has worked with hundreds of teens to teach them the art of walking into the audition room confident, starting off with a great slate and captivating the casting director's attention with an awesome audition. Teens will have the opportunity to focus on auditioning for commercial, industrial, film and television work in this workshop. All actors' performances will be filmed and sent by email following the workshop so students can continue learning from what they learned throughout the class. There will be a presentation of their best audition pieces for the parents in the last half hour of class, as well as a Q&A with Ashley on the insider scoop to acting in New England.
Sat Jan 26th, 12:30pm
Show, Don’t Tell! Intro to Film Studies for Teens
(5 Week Class)
Instructor: Molly Oliver, Casting Director- Slate Casting
Movies: we all love 'em. Everyone has a movie close to their heart. You may have a story of your own you can't wait to share. But do you understand how to read a movie? How the choice of a lens can help your audience understand the viewpoint of its protagonist? How the composition in a shot can create a mood and tone for the scene? For any aspiring filmmaker it is important to first understand what visual storytelling is before creating your own. What sets film and television apart from any other medium and art? With this five week class for teens 14-17, we will look at the foundations of visual storytelling and begin to understand the basics of the tools needed for it: from the script to the camera all while looking at some popular blockbusters as an example. You'll learn some of the important rules of filmmaking and how and when to break them. And finally we will look at why we want to share these stories with the world. To do that we must follow the golden rule: show, don't tell!
Sundays, Jan 6th-Feb 3rd: 2-4pm
About Molly: Molly Oliver always knew she’d end up in film: it is and always will be the great love of her life. Writing film criticism since her junior year of high school, she began to become passionate about becoming an active audience member. In 2012 she graduated from College of the Holy Cross with a BS in English and Theatre. Without a film program, she found herself at home specializing in directing (and taking film classes when she had time). During her four years at HC she directed 6 shows on the mainstage and black box theatres. Since graduation she’s worked mainly in casting and has worked on 8 feature films and 2 television series and managed to find time to take film studies at NYU. When she’s not casting, she blogs for film and television criticism.
Kids On-Camera Auditioning Intensive (4 Weeks)
Instructor: Ashley Skomurski, Casting Director, Slate Casting
If your child is looking to take their on-camera auditioning skills to the next level, this is the class for them! Having run hundreds of auditions for kids, Casting Director Ashley Skomurski knows exactly what clients are looking for out of potential talent and also knows how to direct young actors to succeed in their on-camera auditions! This class will cover everything from improv auditions to cold reading to scripted material. Students will practice their skills on-camera in the actual audition room to really provide them with the best training to succeed in future auditions. Using age-appropriate audition scripts from commercials, voice-overs, television shows and movies- young actors will really have the opportunity to dive in and develop those audition scripts. Weekly "actor homework" will be given where kids learn to develop and understand their character, break down their scripts and come back with their best audition piece prepared. Ashley will also teach kids the skills necessary for accepting re-direction and making adjustments on the fly. Parents will receive a weekly link to the audition clips to showcase their child's progress. There will be a Q&A on the last class for parents to learn more about auditioning in the New England Market.
Teen On-Camera Auditioning Intensive (5 Weeks)
Instructor: Ashley Skomurski, Casting Director, Slate Casting
Being a teen actor is a tough job with a lot of competition, but with the proper audition tools your teen can rise to the top of the talent pool! If your teen is looking to take their on-camera auditioning skills to the next level, this is the class for them! Having run hundreds and hundreds of auditions for kids, teens and adults, Casting Director Ashley Skomurski knows exactly what clients are looking for out of potential talent and knows how to direct young actors to succeed in their on-camera auditions! This class will cover everything from improv auditions to cold reading to scripted material. Students will practice their skills on-camera in the actual audition room to really provide them with the best training to succeed in future auditions. Using audition scripts from commercials, voice-overs, television shows and movies- young actors will really have the opportunity to dive in and develop those audition scripts. Weekly "actor homework" will be given to train students to develop and understand their character, break down their scripts and come back with their best audition piece prepared. Ashley will also teach the skills necessary for accepting re-direction and making adjustments on the fly. Parents will receive a weekly link to the audition clips to showcase their child's progress. There will be a Q&A on the last class for parents to learn more about auditioning in the New England Market.
Before the Slate: Everything you need to know about becoming an actor in Boston- before your first audition
“I learned so much useful information, and the informal presentation was terrific. Many thanks for all of your wonderful insights and suggestions and I will definitely recommend your class to anyone I know looking for a start in the business!” Dawn Tucker, Actor
Instructor: Julie Arvedon Knowlton, Casting Director, Slate Casting
Interested in learning how to become an actor in Boston? Whether it’s on your bucket list, or you have a child who is really interested in performing, or it’s a passion you want to pursue in your spare time, ‘Before the Slate’ will provide you with the inside scoop on everything you need to know to get started and be prepared for your first audition. From essential tools of the trade (resumes, headshots, classes, industry lingo, and more!), to finding auditions, to discovering what makes you stand out in the industry- we will help you navigate the Boston on-camera and theater scene and help give you the confidence to pursue what you love! At the end of class, you will leave with The Slate List- a must have resource that will prepare you for that moment when you hear, “Slate, please!”. Open to all ages and to parents/guardians who are looking for guidance for their children.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
6 pm -9 pm
On Camera Acting Technique for Adults
Instructor: Aaron Kahl, Casting Director, Slate Casting
Casting Director Aaron Kahl demystifies the audition room to help you give your best read and better your chances for booking the job. Drawing on his experience from running hundreds of auditions for commercials and films, Aaron will expose the real process behind casting, including what clients and casting directors are looking for in talent as well as common mistakes actors should avoid. The class is open to all levels, from beginner to advanced. You'll find out what casting directors are really looking for and you'll learn the process behind client requests for talent and the decision process. Get the inside scoop on common mistakes actors should avoid, and perform mock auditions for commercial, industrial, film and television. Actors will receive a link with the videos of the mock auditions, and you'll have the opportunity for a Q&A with Aaron, so bring all your questions!
Tuesday, November 27th
6 pm - 9 pm
Main Line: (617) 932-7576
Marketing/Public Relations: (617) 932-7590
Ashley Skomurski: Ashley@SlateCasting.com
Julie Arvedon Knowlton: Julie@SlateCasting.com
Aaron Kahl: Aaron@SlateCasting.com
162 Columbus Ave, Boston MA 02116