By James Howard

James Howard 

In January, I took a short drive to Cleveland to take advantage of a free workshop sponsored by the SAG-AFTRA Ohio-Pittsburgh Local. I shared a ride with a fellow SAG-AFTRA member, which was interesting because we didn’t know exactly what to expect. When we arrived, we saw a lot of folks from the Cleveland area and even a few from Pittsburgh. So, we introduced ourselves to the Hollywood casting director, Jason Wood. We then chose different sides to analyze, digest and read for him. Then, as a group we decided who was best for which part. 

Afterwards (and before), Jason answered burning questions regarding auditions, getting noticed and such. He also gave valuable tips based on his experience in the industry. It was a very productive afternoon and I look forward to attending more events. Special thanks to Chelsea Rodgers, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation and Jason Wood.

Jason Wood event
Ohio-Pittsburgh members in Cleveland video-chatting with Jason Wood at the free SAG-AFTRA Foundation Casting Access Live Event in January. Wood is a casting consultant for A&E Networks, which includes Lifetime, History Channel and A&E. 

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