Anya Colloff (Interview)

Anya Colloff (Interview)

In the film world, Anya Colloff cut her teeth as a casting assistant on Air force One, and casting associate on The Lost World: Jurassic Park in the same year!

Since then she is known for casting, Serenity, The First Time, Walk Hard, The Dewey Cox Story, Sex Tape and Bad Teacher.

It’s remarkable to note that even with all her success in film casting, It’s really in Television that she’s made her mark, casting around 1000 episodes of Primetime including, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Monk, Hung, Weeds, New Girl, Lethal Weapon, iZombie and Fresh off the Boat.

Nominated for 2 CSA Artios awards and a primetime Emmy for New Girl. She was also Emmy nominated for Monk and two seasons of Weeds.

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Anya Colloff (Interview)
  • A Conversation With Casting Director, Anya Colloff

    Anya Colloff
    Emmy Winning Casting Director | New Girl, Monk, Weeds

    Where do you post breakdowns for auditions?
    Do you audition non-union actors?
    Where do you find readers for your audition sessions?
    Does SAG-AFTRA vs SAG-AFTRA Elligible make a difference in casting?
    Do you ask for headshots and...

  • Anya Colloff: Rapidfire

    Anya Colloff
    Emmy Winning Casting Director | New Girl, Monk, Weeds

    Where do you post breakdowns for auditions?
    Do you audition non-union actors?
    Where do you find readers for your audition sessions?
    Does SAG-AFTRA vs SAG-AFTRA Elligible make a difference in casting?
    How Do you feel about actros...

  • What Would You Say To A Petrified Actor Auditioning For You For The First Time?

    Anya Colloff
    Emmy Winning Casting Director | New Girl, Monk, Weeds

    Why am I nervous in an audition?
    Why are first time actors nervous at audition?
    What makes an actor nervous in an audition room?
    What does nerves mean for an actor in audition?
    Why do I get nervous at casting?
    What can casting do...

  • Where Do You Find Readers For Your Audition Sessions?

    Anya Colloff
    Emmy Winning Casting Director | New Girl, Monk, Weeds

    Where do you look for readers?
    Who read for your actors in auditions?
    At auditions, who is the reader?
    Can I be a reader for your auditions?
    Where can I regifted to be a reader for auditions at CD offices?
    Do you look for readers...

  • What Are Some Do-s & Don't's For Actor Demo Reels?

    Anya Colloff
    Emmy Winning Casting Director | New Girl, Monk, Weeds

    What makes an effective demo reel?
    What should I not do in my demo reel?
    What should I avoid in my demo reel?
    What makes a great demo reel?
    Is my demo reel good enough?
    Is my demo reel effective?
    How can I put together an effecti...

  • What Are Some Do-s & Don't-s For Actor’s Headshots?

    Anya Colloff
    Emmy Winning Casting Director | New Girl, Monk, Weeds

    How do I shoot a winning headshot?
    What do you look for in a great headshot?
    What is the recipe for success of an effective actor headshot?
    How do I make my face stand out in my headshot?
    Any tips on how to take a great headshot?...

  • Do You Like When Actors Send Thank You Notes After An Audition?

    Anya Colloff
    Emmy Winning Casting Director | New Girl, Monk, Weeds

    Do you expect an actor to follow up with a thank you note after an audition?
    Should actors follow up with a thank you note after an audition?
    Do casting directors expect an actor to follow up with a thank you note after auditions...

  • Do You Like A Second Option For Each Scene When Actors Send Self Tapes?

    Anya Colloff
    Emmy Winning Casting Director | New Girl, Monk, Weeds

    Should I send a second option on a self tape?
    Does casting watch second takes on self tapes?
    Should my self tapes have a take 2?
    Should I include a take 2?
    Do you suggest I post a second take on an audition?
    Should I send multipl...

  • How Important Is It To Be Off Book In An Audition?

    Anya Colloff
    Emmy Winning Casting Director | New Girl, Monk, Weeds

    Is it important to be off book at an audition?
    Is off book important in an audition?
    Do you expect actors to be off book in an audition?
    Should actors be off book at auditions?
    In castings, can I read the lines?
    Can I read the li...

  • Do You Ask For Headshots & Resumes In Hardcopy?

    Anya Colloff
    Emmy Winning Casting Director | New Girl, Monk, Weeds

    Do I need a hard copy of a headshot at Anya Colloff’s office?
    Do I need hard copy of a resume when I go to Anya Colloff’s office?
    Does Anya Colloff require hard copies of photo and resume?
    Does Anya Colloff require hard copies of...

  • Do You Ever Watch Unsolicited Self Tapes Sent By Representation?

    Anya Colloff
    Emmy Winning Casting Director | New Girl, Monk, Weeds

    Would you watch a tape you didn't ask sent by agents?
    Would you want a tape that you didn't ask for if it was sent by an agent you trusted?
    Do you watch tapes sent by management if you didn't request them?
    If an actor's represen...

  • Do You Like Actors To Wear Costumes Or Dress The Part?

    Anya Colloff
    Emmy Winning Casting Director | New Girl, Monk, Weeds

    Should I dress in full costume at a casting?
    Can I costume for an audition?
    Should I wear full costume at a casting?
    At a casting, can I go full costume?
    Would you recommend, full costume at an audition?
    At an audition, can I wea...

  • Which Props (If Any) Are Appropriate In Auditions?

    Anya Colloff
    Emmy Winning Casting Director | New Girl, Monk, Weeds

    Can I bring props to an audition?
    Who provides props at an audition?
    What props should I bring to a casting?
    What props can I use at a casting?
    What props is OK to bring to casting?
    What props aren't too much in an audition?
    At a...

  • If An Actor Truly Bombs An Audition, Should They Reach Out To Apologize?

    Anya Colloff
    Emmy Winning Casting Director | New Girl, Monk, Weeds

    I bombed my audition - what should I do?
    Should I apologize to casting about a bad audition?
    After a bad audition, should I apologize?
    Should I check in with casting if I bomb an audition?
    I bombed an audition - what now?
    Is ther...

  • What Has Motivated You To Take A Chance On Auditioning An Actor You Don't Know?

    Anya Colloff
    Emmy Winning Casting Director | New Girl, Monk, Weeds

    What Made You Take A Chance On An Actor You Don't Know?
    When do you take a chance on new actors?
    Why would you take a chance on a new actor?
    Would you ever take a chance on a new actor?
    What would a new actor have to do to impres...

  • Where Do you Post Auditions?

    Anya Colloff
    Emmy Winning Casting Director | New Girl, Monk, Weeds

    Where does Anya Colloff post auditions?
    Where can I find auditions for Anya Colloff?
    How does my agent see auditions from Anya Colloff?
    Where can I find auditions notices from Anya Colloff Casting?
    Does Anya Colloff post publicly...

  • Does SAG-AFTRA vs SAG-AFTRA Eligible Make A Difference?

    Anya Colloff
    Emmy Winning Casting Director | New Girl, Monk, Weeds

    Does SAG-AFTRA eligible carry the same weight as SAG-AFTRA membership?
    Do you view SAG-AFTRA eligible differently to SAG-AFTRA membership?
    What does SAG-AFTRA eligible mean?
    Do you view SAG-AFTRA eligibility differently to a memb...

  • What Backdrop Colors Do You Prefer In A Self Tape?

    Anya Colloff
    Emmy Winning Casting Director | New Girl, Monk, Weeds

    What backdrop colors are best for self tapes?
    For self tapes, what backdrop color should I choose?
    Is blue best for self tapes?
    Is a grey background best for self tapes auditions?
    What color is best for backdrops?
    For my self tap...

  • When, If Ever, Can Actors Improvise Or Paraphrase In Auditions?

    Anya Colloff
    Emmy Winning Casting Director | New Girl, Monk, Weeds

    Can actors improv in audition?
    Can I add a button at the end of my audition?
    Can I paraphrase in auditions?
    Can I improvise in my audition?
    How much can I paraphrase in auditions?
    Do I have to follow the script exactly in an audi...

  • If I Can't Find A Reader, Can I Pre-Record The Other Character's Lines Myself?

    Anya Colloff
    Emmy Winning Casting Director | New Girl, Monk, Weeds

    Can I tape my own voice reading the other role's lines for a self tape?
    When I can't find a reader can I record on my own?
    Can I tape a self tape without a reader?
    If I can't get another actor to read opposite, can I tape my own ...

  • In An Audition, Should I Talk In The Character's Voice Before & After The Scene?

    Anya Colloff
    Emmy Winning Casting Director | New Girl, Monk, Weeds

    Should I stay in accent the whole audition?
    Should I arrive in character to an audition?
    Should I stay in character during an audition?
    Should I speak in the character's voice before and after my audition?
    Should I break characte...

  • What Can An Actor Do In The First Few Beats Of A Scene To Keep You Engaged?

    Anya Colloff
    Emmy Winning Casting Director | New Girl, Monk, Weeds

    How do I stop the casting director from turning my tape off?
    What can I do keep a CD engaged?
    What can I do in my self tapes to maintain the viewer's attention?
    What do actors do on self tapes in the beginning of the scene to boo...

  • What Is Your Process When Working With International Casting Directors?

    Anya Colloff
    Emmy Winning Casting Director | New Girl, Monk, Weeds

    Who is in charge of global search castings?
    Does Anya only see shortlisted actors from international CDs?
    Does Anya see all choices from international territories?
    How many actors will Anya see from o/s countries when doing a glo...

  • How Much Input Do You Feel You Have In The Final Casting Decisions?

    Anya Colloff
    Emmy Winning Casting Director | New Girl, Monk, Weeds

    How much say do you have in the final casting decision?
    Do you get a say in the final casting decision?
    Does casting have a say in the final decision?
    Do casting directors get a say in the final decision?
    Do CDs get a say in the ...