For today’s episode, we’re chatting with Casting Director, Kendra Castleberry. She walks us through a full-circle tour of a casting director’s journey — from Intern to assistant, and associate to top Casting Director, her career is not unlike that of an actor. Negotiating ambition with reality, and dreams with security, she’s managed to find her niche in an industry that captured her attention from the very beginning.
Hailing from Louisville, Kentucky, Kendra always loved TV and dreamed of a day when she would be a part of making it. Years later, she transplanted to Los Angeles, and discovered her passion for casting. Past television projects include: “Grimm”, “Zoo”, “Castle”, “Warriors” (pilot), “Star-Crossed” (pilot), “Matadors” (pilot), “Happy Town,” “The O.C.,” “Wildfire,” “October Road” and the series regular recasting of “Life on Mars.” She is currently partnered with Billy Murphy, and recently completed work on “Limetown” (starring Jessica Biel, Stanley Tucci and Marlee Matlin) for Facebook Watch and “Take Two” (starring Rachel Bilson and Eddie Cibrian) for ABC.Her extensive resume includes shows like CASTLE, GRIMM, THE O.C., and Facebook’s upcoming crime series LIMETOWN (starring Jessica Biel and Stanley Tucci).
“When you forget what it takes to get a job, you lose part of what it is to be an actor. Part of being an actor is the fight to get the job.”