Forensic Files Casting Challenge
Exciting Casting Challenge
Casting for the hit TV show Forensic Files, airing on truTV, and Mystery Detectives, airing on HLN, was a demanding project from the start, but Laurie Bianco, owner of Look (formerly Pro Model & Casting Agency), and her team were up to the challenge. And since the majority of these actors had to match a very detailed character description—this task was all the more daunting. Starting in the year 2000, this agency has been the preferred casting agency and has cast over 400 episodes.
For Laurie and her team, it wasn’t as easy as just pulling headshots from a database, they searched far and wide to find just the right look. Each prospective actor was evaluated by age, height, weight, hair and eye color for every portrayal. And, of course, these characters weren’t always gorgeous models, they needed to represent everyday people with everyday lives. In many cases, these actors even needed to be able to perform physical acts, such as struggling and fighting.
Needless to say, the screening protocol was very rigorous, but producers still had to sift through dozens, even hundreds, of potential actors to audition. And on the very rare chance that a match couldn't be found, Laurie would continue the search. She has been known to stop people in malls and on the street when she spots potential talent. A little unconventional, sure, but for Laurie and her team, it’s all about finding the look.
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