Deborah Barylski (Interview)

Deborah Barylski (Interview)

Deborah Barylski is an Emmy-Award winning casting director, a job she has held for the past thirty years. Some of her most recent credits include The Middle (2009), Arrested Development (2003) (for which she won the Emmy), Life with Bonnie (2002), Still Standing (2002), Home Improvement (1991) and Just Shoot Me! (1997), as well as past favorites Frank's Place (1987), The Famous Teddy Z (1989) and Doctor Doctor (1989). She also cast the feature, Pastime (1990), which won the Audience Award at Sundance in 1990. She was nominated for the Artios Award for excellence in casting seven times, and won the Artios in 2003 for Arrested Development (2003). Her first love, however, is the theatre and she has directed in theatres in Michigan, Illinois, California, and Alaska. She was the assistant director and contributing editor to the world premier of Tracers, a play which ran two years at the Odyssey Theatre in LA, with further productions in New York, Chicago, and an international tour. Her most recent full-length Los Angeles directorial outing, the world premier of solace by Jake Jay Clark, garnered three L.A. Weekly Award nominations, including Best Direction, Best Original Play, and Best Ensemble. Last year she was selected to direct in the auspicious Ojai original Christmas play series. For the past twenty-five years she has held acting seminars in Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, St. Louis, San Diego and Vancouver. She holds professional memberships in the Casting Society of America and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She was a member of the American Theatre Association for twenty-five years. She holds a B.A. in Theatre from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and a Master's in Directing and Theatre Management from Illinois State University at Normal. She has been inducted to the Hall of Fame at both Alma Maters. She resides in Santa Monica, California.

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Deborah Barylski (Interview)
  • A Conversation With Casting Director Deborah Barylski

    Deborah Barylski, Casting Director C.S.A
    Emmy Winner (Arrested Development)

    Deb Barylski is available for online coaching. She works on a sliding scale/pay what you can basis.(Perhaps a suggested minimum is US$50/50 minutes?) She can be reached at [email protected]

    What is a fun fact about you...

  • Deborah Barylski: Rapid Fire

    Deborah Barylski, Casting Director C.S.A

    Deb Barylski is available for online coaching. She works on a sliding scale/pay what you can basis. (Perhaps a suggested minimum is US$50/50 minutes?) She can be reached at [email protected]

    More thoughts from Deborah Barylski here: https://tinyurl.com/...

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

    Deborah Barylski, Casting Director C.S.A
    Emmy Winner (Arrested Development)

    Deb Barylski is available for online coaching. She works on a sliding scale/pay what you can basis.(Perhaps a suggested minimum is US$50/50 minutes?) She can be reached at [email protected]

    Should I stay in accent the ...

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

    Deborah Barylski, Casting Director C.S.A
    Emmy Winner (Arrested Development)

    Deb Barylski is available for online coaching. She works on a sliding scale/pay what you can basis.(Perhaps a suggested minimum is US$50/50 minutes?) She can be reached at [email protected]

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

    Deborah Barylski, Casting Director C.S.A
    Emmy Winner (Arrested Development)

    Deb Barylski is available for online coaching. She works on a sliding scale/pay what you can basis.(Perhaps a suggested minimum is US$50/50 minutes?) She can be reached at [email protected]

    Do you have tips for actors ...

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

    Deborah Barylski, Casting Director C.S.A
    Emmy Winner (Arrested Development)

    Deb Barylski is available for online coaching. She works on a sliding scale/pay what you can basis.(Perhaps a suggested minimum is US$50/50 minutes?) She can be reached at [email protected]

    Do you like actors sending a...

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

    Deborah Barylski weighs up how much casting directors influence the final decision.

    Deborah Barylski, Casting Director C.S.A
    Emmy Winner (Arrested Development)

    Deb Barylski is available for online coaching. She works on a sliding scale/pay what you can basis.(Perhaps a suggested minimum is US$...

  • Should An Audition Be Different At A Pre-Read Compared To Network Tests?

    Deborah Barylski, Casting Director C.S.A
    Emmy Winner (Arrested Development)

    Deb Barylski is available for online coaching. She works on a sliding scale/pay what you can basis.(Perhaps a suggested minimum is US$50/50 minutes?) She can be reached at [email protected]

    Should performances be pitch...

  • How Many Actors Do Casting Directors Present To Filmmakers For Each Role?

    Deborah Barylski, Casting Director C.S.A
    Emmy Winner (Arrested Development)

    Deb Barylski is available for online coaching. She works on a sliding scale/pay what you can basis.(Perhaps a suggested minimum is US$50/50 minutes?) She can be reached at [email protected]

    How many actors per role are...

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

    Deborah Barylski, Casting Director C.S.A

    Deb Barylski is available for online coaching. She works on a sliding scale/pay what you can basis.(Perhaps a suggested minimum is US$50/50 minutes?) She can be reached at [email protected]

    Does SAG-AFTRA eligible carry the same weight as SAG-AFTRA memb...

  • Storytime: The One About Casting Will Arnett

    Deborah Barylski, Casting Director C.S.A

    Deb Barylski is available for online coaching. She works on a sliding scale/pay what you can basis.(Perhaps a suggested minimum is US$50/50 minutes?) She can be reached at [email protected]

  • What Is Your Preferred Delivery Method For Self Tapes?

    Deborah Barylski, Casting Director C.S.A

    Deb Barylski is available for online coaching. She works on a sliding scale/pay what you can basis.(Perhaps a suggested minimum is US$50/50 minutes?) She can be reached at [email protected]

    What method should I submit my tape via?
    Should I post my self ...

  • Do You Teach Any Classes For Actors?

    Deborah Barylski, Casting Director C.S.A

    Deborah Barylski is available for online coaching. She works on a sliding scale/pay what you can basis. (Perhaps a suggested minimum is US$50/50 minutes?) She can be reached at [email protected]

    Is Deborah Barylski teaching any classes at this time?
    Is ...

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

    Deborah Barylski, Casting Director C.S.A

    Deb Barylski is available for online coaching. She works on a sliding scale/pay what you can basis.(Perhaps a suggested minimum is US$50/50 minutes?) She can be reached at [email protected]

    Should I dress in full costume at a casting?
    Can I costume for ...

  • How Will Covid 19 Affect The Film & TV Industry Both Short & Long Term?

    Deborah Barylski, Casting Director C.S.A

    Deborah Barylski is available for online coaching. She works on a sliding scale/pay what you can basis.(Perhaps a suggested minimum is US$50/50 minutes?) She can be reached at [email protected]

    Will covid affect acting?
    How will covid affect acting?
    Wha...

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

    Deborah Barylski, Casting Director C.S.A

    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 booking the role?
    Can I miss a booking...

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

    Deborah Barylski, Casting Director C.S.A

    Deb Barylski is available for online coaching. She works on a sliding scale/pay what you can basis.(Perhaps a suggested minimum is US$50/50 minutes?) She can be reached at [email protected]

    Can actors improv in audition?
    Can I add a button at the end of...

  • How Do You Feel About Actors Shaking Hands At Auditions?

    Deborah Barylski, Casting Director C.S.A

    Deb Barylski is available for online coaching. She works on a sliding scale/pay what you can basis.(Perhaps a suggested minimum is US$50/50 minutes?) She can be reached at [email protected]

    Can I shake hands with casting?
    Will casting expect me to shake...

  • Do You Audition Non-Union Actors?

    Deborah Barylski, Casting Director C.S.A

    Deb Barylski is available for online coaching. She works on a sliding scale/pay what you can basis.(Perhaps a suggested minimum is US$50/50 minutes?) She can be reached at [email protected]

    Do you see non-union actors?
    Do you only see union actors?
    Do y...

  • Have You Hired An Actor From An Unsolicited Self Tape?

    Deborah Barylski, Casting Director C.S.A

    Deb Barylski is available for online coaching. She works on a sliding scale/pay what you can basis.(Perhaps a suggested minimum is US$50/50 minutes?) She can be reached at [email protected]

    Do you remember hiring from an unsolicited self tape?
    Do unsoli...

  • Where Do You Post Auditions?

    Deborah Barylski, Casting Director C.S.A

    Deb Barylski is available for online coaching. She works on a sliding scale/pay what you can basis.(Perhaps a suggested minimum is US$50/50 minutes?) She can be reached at [email protected]

    Where does casting post auditions?
    Where does my agent look at ...

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

    Deborah Barylski, Casting Director C.S.A

    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 lines from my sides at a cas...

  • Where Do You Find Readers For Your Audition Sessions?

    Deborah Barylski, Casting Director C.S.A

    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?
    At auditions, where do t...

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

    Deborah Barylski, Casting Director C.S.A

    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?
    Should actors followup w...