Bonnie Zane (Interview)

Bonnie Zane (Interview)

Bonnie Zane is the casting director of 74 TV shows over the last 25 years. After starting as a casting Associate on the Larry Sanders show, her first Full Casting Director Credit was 90’s hit series Mad about You.

She followed that up with popular programs including News radio, Sports night and the Drew Carey show and 134 episodes of the wildly popular Suits.

A two time Primetime Emmy Award Nominee, 9 time CSA Artios award nominee and two time winner. She’s One half of Zane/Pilsbury Casting, its a pleasure to welcome to the site, the brilliant Bonnie Zane.

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Bonnie Zane (Interview)
  • A Conversation With Casting Director Bonnie Zane

    with Bonnie Zane, CSA
    Emmy Nominated Casting Director | Suits, Mad About You

    What is a fun fact about you that people may not know?
    Where did you grow up?
    How did you become a casting director?
    What do you love about casting?
    What were your favorite casting jobs and why?
    What actors have yo...

  • Bonnie Zane: Rapid Fire

    with Bonnie Zane, CSA
    Emmy Nominated Casting Director | Suits, Mad About You

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

  • Do You Allow Unrepresented Actors To Submit On Your Projects?

    with Bonnie Zane, CSA
    Emmy Nominated Casting Director | Suits, Mad About You

    Do you let unrepresented actors to submit on your projects?
    Would you allow unrepresented actors to submit on your projects?
    Do you bring in unrepresented actors o castings?
    Are you open to actors without agents?
    Would...

  • What Are Some Tips For Actors When They Are On A Film Or TV Set?

    with Bonnie Zane, CSA
    Emmy Nominated Casting Director | Suits, Mad About You

    Do you have tips for actors when they are on a film or TV set?
    Any tips for actors when i am on a film or TV set?
    Does Bonnie Zane have any tips for talent when on set?
    Do you have any tips for me when I am on set?
    Ho...

  • What % Of Actors Auditioned Are Working Actors vs New Talent?

    with Bonnie Zane, CSA
    Emmy Nominated Casting Director | Suits, Mad About You

    How many new actors do you see for a role?
    How many new actors vs professional actors would you see for each role?
    How many new actors vs working actors do you see?
    What’s the percentage of new actors vs working actors ...

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

    with Bonnie Zane, CSA
    Emmy Nominated Casting Director | Suits, Mad About You

    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 brea...

  • How Do You Select Which Actors To Audition?

    with Bonnie Zane, CSA
    Emmy Nominated Casting Director | Suits, Mad About You

    How do you select people to audition?
    What makes you decide to bring an actor in to your office to audition?
    What makes you decide to choose an actor to audition?
    What is the selection process for choosing actors auditi...

  • How Many Actors Do You See In The Room & On Tape For Each Role?

    with Bonnie Zane, CSA
    Emmy Nominated Casting Director | Suits, Mad About You

    How many actors do you see for a co-star?
    How many actors do you see for a guest star?
    How many actors do you see for a lead roler?
    How many actors to you see per role?
    What is the number of actors you see for each role...

  • How Long Do You Watch A Tape Before You Know They're Not Right For The Role?

    with Bonnie Zane, CSA
    Emmy Nominated Casting Director | Suits, Mad About You

    How long do you watch a self tape before you know they're not right for the role?
    How much do you watch of a self Tape?
    How much of a self tape do you watch?
    Do you watch a whole self tape?
    Do you turn a self tape off ...

  • How Many Actors Do You Usually Present To The Filmmakers For Each Role?

    with Bonnie Zane, CSA
    Emmy Nominated Casting Director | Suits, Mad About You

    How many actors will you show the filmmakers?
    How many actors will be shown to a film maker?
    How many actors will you submit to producers?
    How many actors will you show to a tv producer?
    How many selections will you sho...

  • What Are The Roles & Duties Of The Various Casting Positions In Your Office?

    with Bonnie Zane, CSA
    Emmy Nominated Casting Director | Suits, Mad About You

    What are the roles in a casting office?
    What are the roles & duties of the various casting positions in your office? (which person does which task?)
    Who does what in a casting office?
    In a casting office, what are the r...

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

    with Bonnie Zane, CSA
    Emmy Nominated Casting Director | Suits, Mad About You

    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 s...

  • Should I Slate In Horizontal Or Full Body Vertical?

    with Bonnie Zane, CSA
    Emmy Nominated Casting Director | Suits, Mad About You

    Do I show full body in slate?
    How do I slate?
    Should I slate vertically?
    Should I pan up and down horizontally when I slate?
    What's the best way to slate?
    How to slate?
    What do I show in my slate?
    What is a slate?

  • What Are Some Do(s) & Dont(s) For Self Tapes?

    with Bonnie Zane, CSA
    Emmy Nominated Casting Director | Suits, Mad About You

    What are the do's and don't's of self tapes?
    Can you tell me the dos and don't of self tapes?
    Are there some dos and don'ts of self tapes?
    What are a few dos and don'ts of self tapes?
    Do you have any tips for self tap...

  • Storytime: The One About Aaron Sorkin

    with Bonnie Zane, CSA
    Emmy Nominated Casting Director | Suits, Mad About You

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

    with Bonnie Zane, CSA
    Emmy Nominated Casting Director | Suits, Mad About You

    If my reader cancels, can I say my lines at a wall and pre-record the other character's myself?
    Is there a downside to audio recording lines myself for tapes?
    Can I just do the scene and sub in my own voice for the oth...

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

    with Bonnie Zane, CSA
    Emmy Nominated Casting Director | Suits, Mad About You

    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 no...

  • What Is Your Preferred Delivery Method For Self Tapes?

    with Bonnie Zane, CSA
    Emmy Nominated Casting Director | Suits, Mad About You

    What method should I submit my tape via?
    Should I post my self tapes to You Tube to give to casting?
    Should I post my self tapes to Vimeo to give to casting?
    Should my self tapes be downloadable?
    Do I make my self tape...

  • How Do You Feel About Actors Sending A Thank You Present When You Hire Them?

    with Bonnie Zane, CSA
    Emmy Nominated Casting Director | Suits, Mad About You

    Do you like actors sending a thank you present when you hire them?
    Do you expect actors sending a thank you present when you hire them?
    What are your thoughts on thank you card presents from actors?
    Are thank you prese...

  • Has A Bad Self-Tape Reader Ever Cost An Actor A Job?

    with Bonnie Zane, CSA
    Emmy Nominated Casting Director | Suits, Mad About You

    Do bad self tape readers ruin self tapes?
    What is the impact of a bad reader in a self tape?
    Should I retape if my reader is bad?
    Are bad readers on a self tape a deal breaker?
    Can a bad self tape reader stop me from b...

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

    with Bonnie Zane, CSA
    Emmy Nominated Casting Director | Suits, Mad About You

    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 s...

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

    with Bonnie Zane, CSA
    Emmy Nominated Casting Director | Suits, Mad About You

    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...

  • What Gifts Do You Love & Not Love?

    with Bonnie Zane, CSA
    Emmy Nominated Casting Director | Suits, Mad About You

    What gifts do you not like?
    What gifts are too much?
    Do you expect thank you gifts as a casting director?
    Are cards enough as a thank you gift to casting?
    Do cards look cheap from a casting director POV?
    Should I be s...

  • At What Point In The Casting Can You No Long Consider Those Without Work Papers?

    with Bonnie Zane, CSA
    Emmy Nominated Casting Director | Suits, Mad About You

    When do you stop conceding actors without work papers?
    Is there a point in the casting where you can no longer consider an actor who does not have work papers?
    Is not having work papers a deal breaker in casting?
    I'm on...