Slate Turns 3!

It is hard to believe that three years ago, Julie and I sat in her kitchen, our fingers hovering nervously over the “publish” button on our brand new website. We were about to launch Slate Casting.  We had moved quick, like we do with most things (we tend to be a little over-eager), and had dreamt this company up just a couple months prior, and it was about to become real. We knew that as soon as we launched the website and Facebook page, a whole new world was going to open up, but we couldn’t have known just how big of an adventure it was going to be! Crazy to think that was three years ago!  Part of me thinks those years went by in the blink of an eye and the other part of me feels like Slate has been here forever.

We could not be more grateful for all the clients, actors, real people and extras that have grown Slate to be what it is.  While our immediate Slate Family consists of the five of us (Julie, Aaron, Molly, Marina, and me), each and every one of you has been an instrumental part in growing Slate to where it is today.  Each day we get to work in a career we love and bring our client’s visions to life with so many talented people. How lucky are we?

Over the past three years we have done hundreds and hundreds of auditions while casting for some super fun movies, tv shows, commercials, and even game shows! We’ve been challenged creatively and logistically, and met some incredible ‘real people’ who have opened up and shared their stories with us. We’ve definitely shed a few tears (extras casting haha), laughed a lot, and smiled every day.  Oh (and how can I forget)… we’ve gone through a TON of bacon tape ;) I know I speak for my colleagues when I say THANK YOU for making Slate what it is today!

Personally, I am in awe in how far Slate has come.  Three years ago Julie and I thought that we might do a few jobs a month; I never could have fathomed that we would be as busy as we are today, and no doubt with thanks to the fantastic team behind us.  Heck, we’ve taken our show on the road and done castings outside of Boston! Which led me to think… WE NEED TO CELEBRATE!! And since you’ve all been such an integral part of Slate’s success, we hope you’ll celebrate with us!  

On May 2nd, Slate officially turns three, and we are having a birthday party open house and invite each and every one of you to come and have some cake and say hello!  We are also going to use this opportunity to make sure we have all of your info! So while you’re celebrating, let us double check to make sure we have everything we need to call you in for the next project that you’re right for!  There will be music (maybe Aaron Kahl will do some dancing!), and a super fun photo station with lots of smiles and laughs to be had! Come on down to Motion Cyc Studio anytime between 3-7pm on Thursday, we would love to see you :)

Thanks for reading and, more importantly, thanks for being a part of our Slate Casting Community.  We look forward to many more years of hard work and fun doing what we love! Happy 3rd Birthday Slate, you’ve officially made it out of the Terrible 2’s :)

--Ashley



Reflections and Resolutions

It’s that time of year- the presents are wrapped, the holiday parties are slowly winding down, the new calendars are ready to be hung up, and the year 2019 is about to pop up everywhere.  It’s hard to believe another year has gone by- and that makes 2 ½ years since we started Slate Casting.  Counting my blessings every day that we decided to go for it.  And as we embark on 2019, it’s also that time of year to reflect on the past year, and more importantly look to the future- to where the bacon tape will take us next.

 Over the past year we have seen thousands of talented people stand on the bacon tape- ready to slate and tackle that next role.  Ashley, Aaron, Molly, Marina and I are so grateful for every single person who has come into Slate to audition.  We thank you for being on time (and keeping to your scheduled audition slot), for bringing your headshot and resume with you (even if we didn’t need it that day), and for your enthusiasm and passion for this crazy business (this applies to everyone!).  You make it fun to go to Slate every day and we absolutely look forward to seeing you even more often in 2019.

 We have also had the incredible good fortune of working with the best clients ever.  Everyone is routing for the actors to “Nail” that audition and that support is so appreciated.  We have worked on some really fun projects with crazy characters, and we have worked on some incredibly moving projects with messages meant to help and heal.  We love them all and in 2019 we resolve to keep ‘em coming! (This is my first resolution for the New Year!)

 We don’t want to bore you with ridiculously out of reach resolutions (there’s no way I’m losing 20 pounds…).  Instead, we have just a few simple ones- and we hope you will hold us to them:

·      Continue to make Slate a fun, supportive, creative environment for talent and clients

·      Work even harder to bring in amazing projects for actors and illustrate Boston’s vast talent pool

·      Maintain and exceed our own high expectations for client service.  (We’ll take any suggestions for different breakfast foods and lunch orders)

·      Continue to cultivate an atmosphere that encourages ‘real’ people to step outside their comfort zone and try something new by auditioning

·      Continue to have a blast teaching kids and adults about auditioning and getting ready to jump into this industry (we really love this part of the job!)

·      Stay on Aaron to shave his beard (ok, maybe that’s just my own personal resolution)

·      NUMBER 1 Resolution:  Have fun and keep standing on the Bacon Tape- it makes me smile :)

  Everyone at Slate Casting wishes you the happiest, merriest holiday season.  Get lots of rest because we predict 2019 will be a rocking year!  We are looking forward to seeing you!

 Happy Holidays!
Julie

Entering the “Outside Your Comfort” Zone

As a casting director, I meet so many cool, talented, outgoing, and amazing people every day.  Actors who are truly passionate about their craft and have a complete understanding of this crazy business.  But, what if you’re not an actor. Instead, you’re a doctor, a nurse, you ride a bike to work, you live in the far reaches of Maine, you were a professional boxer, a football player or an EMT?  What if you’ve never auditioned before and you find yourself at Slate because we sent out an email looking for exactly the type of person you are. These so called ‘Real People’ never cease to amaze me.  Not just because they are experts in their field (and many often save lives on a daily basis), but also because they have the guts and the courage to step out of their comfort zone and try something new.  They are putting themselves out there in a way that I don’t think I could have done if I were in their shoes.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot.  I give people so much credit for trying something new.  For letting things happen without really knowing what will happen.  For those of us in the business, we know what to expect from the process of auditioning and if booked (yay!) we know what it’s like to be on a set and to work with a crew and other actors.  For ‘Real People’ this is a whole new world.  They thrive in their own business environment- they are the experts and if we see them in in their workplace, we follow their lead.  In the studio, it’s our job to make these people comfortable, to work with them and guide them through the audition, booking, wardrobe, call times, and the thousands of changes that almost will certainly happen.  And they take it all in stride.

I look at my own life- my family and all the commitments my kids have (I wish my own social calendar was even half as full as theirs) and I think “How could I add one more thing?”.  Yet, when we put out a call for real hospital personnel, real banking customers, real hockey players, real people with real families and real commitments at work and home, they make the time to come in and audition.  They take that hour or so to leave work, audition for 3 minutes, and go back.  They put multiple days on hold, just to have schedules change over and over again. This isn’t their job, this isn’t their life, but they’re willing to give it a go. I marvel at that.  They’re jumping into the unknown for the thrill of trying it, maybe it was on their bucket list, maybe they’ve secretly wanted to perform but medical school got in the way.  Whatever their reason, we are so thankful that these ‘real people’ are willing to give it a try.  We absolutely recognize it’s not easy to put yourself out there like that.  But we are amazed, impressed, and inspired by their courage.  I don’t think I could go out of my comfort zone and put myself in their shoes, but I’m so glad that they want to take a shot at putting themselves in mine. 

-Julie