Victoria Burrows (Interview)

Victoria Burrows (Interview)

Victoria Burrows | Casting Director

A renowned casting director – Victoria Burrows career spans 30-years in both film and television industries. Miss Burrows started working in the casting field with top independent casting director Ramsay King. She apprenticed under Ramsay for four years before helming her first show and After School Special titled Just Pals.

Miss Burrows expanded her casting experience to include film by joining the talented Barbara Claman. While working with Ms. Claman, Miss Burrows focused on independent films over a four year period.

From there Miss Burrows was asked to join the newly created Stephen Cannell Productions casting team in 1985. Victoria’s casting roster included: 21 Jump Street, Wiseguy, The A Team, and Riptide & Stingray.

After two years, Miss Burrows decided to go independent – casting high profile series such as MacGyver, Tales from the Crypt, Werewolf, Diagnosis Murder and Martial Law.

In 2000, Miss Burrows offered a partnership to Casting Director, Scot Boland thus creating
Burrows/Boland Casting.

Notable Television credits include: The Feast of All Saints Based Miniseries based on the Anne Rice novel for Showtime. The Last Brickmaker in America starring Sidney Poitier. Vanishing Point starring Viggo Mortensen.

Feature casting credits include:

The Lovely Bones directed by Peter Jackson.

The Hobbit directed by Peter Jackson.

Yellow Submarine, A Christmas Carol, The Polar Express and Castaway, all directed by Robert Zemeckis.

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn produced and directed by Stephen Spielberg.

King Kong directed by Peter Jackson.

Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, Two Towers and Return of the King directed by Peter Jackson.

Contact starring Jodie Foster and Matthew McConaughey.

Cast Away starring Tom Hanks, directed by Robert Zemeckis.

Miss Burrows love casting and being able to identify and support talented artists in their pursuit of acting.

Victoria Burrows (Interview)
  • What Can An Actor Do To Make A Good Impression In An Audition Room?

    How can an actor Impress In the room?
    Any tips for me to make a good impression at my audition?
    How can I make a good impression in an audition?
    How do I make a good impression on a casting director?
    Any ideas on how to make a good impression at a casting office?

  • A Conversation with Casting Director Victoria Burrows

    with Victoria Burrows, CSA
    Casting Director | Lord of the Rings, King Kong, The Lovely Bones

    Where did you grow up?
    What is a fun fact about you that people may not know?
    How did you become a casting director?
    What did you like and dislike about being an acting agent?
    What do you love about ...

  • Victoria Burrows: Rapidfire

    with Victoria Burrows, CSA
    Casting Director | Lord of the Rings, King Kong, The Lovely Bones

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

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

    with Victoria Burrows, CSA
    Casting Director | Lord of the Rings, King Kong, The Lovely Bones

    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...

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

    with Victoria Burrows, CSA
    Casting Director | Lord of the Rings, King Kong, The Lovely Bones

    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...

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

    with Victoria Burrows, CSA
    Casting Director | Lord of the Rings, King Kong, The Lovely Bones

    Do you have tips for actors when they are working on set?
    What can I do to be a better actor when I'm on set?
    Do the casting directors have some tips on what I can do to be rebooked after working on set?...

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

    with Victoria Burrows, CSA
    Casting Director | Lord of the Rings, King Kong, The Lovely Bones

    How many actors per role are seen by the director?
    How many actors go to producer session?
    What is the number tapes that you pass onto a filmmaker per role?
    How many actors will you see and then pass on ...

  • What Do You See Seasoned Actors Do Differently To New Actors In Auditions?

    with Victoria Burrows, CSA
    Casting Director | Lord of the Rings, King Kong, The Lovely Bones

    What do professional actors do differently to new actors in an audition?
    What separates the professional actors from new actors in an audition?
    How can you tell a professional actors from a new actor ...

  • How Do You Select Which Actors To Audition?

    Victoria Burrows, Casting Director C.S.A
    King Kong, The Lovely Bones, the Lord of the Rings trilogy

    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...

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

    Victoria Burrows, Casting Director C.S.A
    King Kong, The Lovely Bones, the Lord of the Rings trilogy

    How many people would you see for a role?
    Do you see move people on tape or in the room for each role?
    When are you doing an in the room audition, how many will you see?
    How many self tapes do you...

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

    Victoria Burrows, Casting Director C.S.A
    King Kong, The Lovely Bones, the Lord of the Rings trilogy

    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...

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

    Victoria Burrows, Casting Director C.S.A
    King Kong, The Lovely Bones, the Lord of the Rings trilogy

    Should I wear a costume to my audition?
    Do actors wear costumes to auditions?
    How much of a costume do I need for audition?
    Should I run out and buy a full costume for my audition with Victoria Bu...

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

    Victoria Burrows, Casting Director C.S.A
    King Kong, The Lovely Bones, the Lord of the Rings trilogy

    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...

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

    Victoria Burrows, Casting Director C.S.A
    King Kong, The Lovely Bones, the Lord of the Rings trilogy

    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 actor...

  • Where Do You Post Breakdowns For Roles You Are Casting?

    with Victoria Burrows, CSA
    Casting Director | Lord of the Rings, King Kong, The Lovely Bones

    What site do you use to post breakdowns?
    Where do CDS post breakdowns?
    Where are breakdowns viewed?
    What site is used for breakdowns?
    Where do you advertise auditions?
    What do CDs post auditions notices?...

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

    with Victoria Burrows, CSA
    Casting Director | Lord of the Rings, King Kong, The Lovely Bones

    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...

  • Where Do You Find Readers For Your Audition Sessions?

    with Victoria Burrows, CSA
    Casting Director | Lord of the Rings, King Kong, The Lovely Bones

    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 office...

  • Do You Ask For Headshots & Resumes In Hardcopy?

    with Victoria Burrows, CSA
    Casting Director | Lord of the Rings, King Kong, The Lovely Bones

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

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

    with Victoria Burrows, CSA
    Casting Director | Lord of the Rings, King Kong, The Lovely Bones

    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...

  • What Is Your Preferred Delivery Method For Self Tapes?

    with Victoria Burrows, CSA
    Casting Director | Lord of the Rings, King Kong, The Lovely Bones

    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 ma...

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

    with Victoria Burrows, CSA
    Casting Director | Lord of the Rings, King Kong, The Lovely Bones

    Would you want a tape sent by an actor if you didn't ask for it?
    Are you open to receiving unsolicited self tapes?
    Will you watch a tape from me if I get a hold of sides?
    Can I send random tapes to you t...

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

    with Victoria Burrows, CSA
    Casting Director | Lord of the Rings, King Kong, The Lovely Bones

    Will you watch a tape randomly sent by a management company to you?
    If an agency sends you a tape you didn't ask, will you watch it?
    Would you watch a tape you didn't ask sent by agents?
    Would you want a...

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

    with Victoria Burrows, CSA
    Casting Director | Lord of the Rings, King Kong, The Lovely Bones

    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 ...

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

    with Victoria Burrows, CSA
    Casting Director | Lord of the Rings, King Kong, The Lovely Bones

    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 than...