AUSTIN ACTORS CONSERVATORY PRESENTS: CASTING DIRECTORS, COACHES AND HEADSHOTS – Learn the insights from industry pros…
Director, Writer, Producer, Photographer Ray Bengston
Casting Director, Producer Barbara Divisek
Casting Director and Acting Coach, Karen Divisek
All 3 in one afternoon!
What is casting looking for? What are good headshots? How should I approach the audition? Come spend an afternoon with 3 amazing industry pros and learn the secrets to the business and be seen by Divisek Casting! Bring your headshots and resumes and be prepared to bolster your game up a notch.
Where: Studio E
7612-F West Highway 71
Austin, Texas 78735
We're going to discuss the business from a veteran perspective and work on some auditioning techniques... and maybe a little improv will creep in. Please note only union members will be participating in the cold reads.
Cost: AAC members - Free / Fans - $25
RSVP to Sheila.Cooper@sagaftra.org to reserve your spot!
For more than 40 years Ray Bengston has been one of the most sought after headshot photographers in the industry. A master of lighting, he’s known for his ability to put his subjects at ease and capture truly beautiful, unique and spirited images. Early in his career The Screen Actors Guild recognized Ray’s talent and contracted him to be the official SAG photographer. For four decades Ray photographed events for SAG, AFTRA and the DGA. Whether at the SAG Awards or special tributes at the Shubert Theater, from red carpet premieres to behind-the-scenes interviews, he’s photographed virtually every personality in Hollywood including Julia Roberts, Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep. When the city of San Antonio tapped Ray to spearhead their new initiative, he jumped at the chance to develop video-based content for numerous city agencies. He shot and edited more than 40 documentary, training and promotional projects for the city including the award-winning In The Line of Fire, a news magazine format show. In 2010 he signed on with Mission City Productions to develop and execute high quality, family friendly film & TV projects. He has since written and directed several episodes of a reality-based TV show called Hometown Heroes and directed two feature films. Ray recently shot a guest starring role on the finale CSI: New York and is currently in post-production on the feature To Have and To Hold, which he directed and produced. He has several scripts in development, including a few TV projects.
For 27 years Barbara owned and operated one of the most successful casting companies in Hollywood. With more than 4200 projects under her belt, her clients include: The Coen Brothers, Jon Singleton, Barry Sonnenfeld, American Express, Coca-Cola,UPS, Disney, Mercedes and Target. Looking for a new challenge Barbara launched Trilogy Talent, a full-service management firm, with veteran agent Susie Mains. With their client roster expanding rapidly, they invited Barbara’s brother Jim Divisek to join them in order to continue to provide the hands-on, personalized guidance their clients were accustomed to. Despite her transition from buying to selling, so to speak, Barbara’s services as a casting director and acting coach remained in high demand. With the successful launch of her management firm in a relatively short period of time, agencies began to take note and the offers rolled in. Leaving Trilogy in Jim and Susie’s capable hands, she joined BBA to helm the commercial department. Within a year she’d built the fledgling division into a booking powerhouse that now included stunts. Awed by her ability to spot and nurture talent, Judy Savage of The Savage Agency made Barbara an offer she couldn’t refuse. She jumped at the opportunity to build a new adult commercial & theatrical division from the ground up, thus Savage/Divisek was born. Having been on both sides of the fence, Barbara realized how much she missed casting and decided to return to her roots. She launched Barbara Divisek Casting and delved right back into commercial & theatrical casting. She also refocused on teaching and developed a successful curriculum of acting workshops. Having witnessed tremendous changes in the industry, including the emergence of “satellite production hubs” in other states Barbara began to think outside the box. After a few inquiries she accepted an offer from San Antonio-based Mission City Productions to run the company. Committed to delivering high quality, family-friendly content, she has since produced an episodic TV show and two feature films. She is currently in post-production on the feature To Have and To Hold and has three TV shows in development.
Karen founded the wildly successful Divisek Casting in 1974. Prior to which, she ran the Actor's Studio in Los Angeles for Lee Strasberg. She is a sought after acting coach, having spent the last two years traveling between locations, Los Angeles and her home in San Antonio.