Friday, 24 March 2017

A day in the life of a Casting Booker

Working on everything from epic period dramas to the country's most-loved soaps, Rhiannon is a booker on our casting desk. We grabbed five minutes with her to find our what her average day is like.

My alarm goes off at… 6am and the first thing I do is check my work phone and catch up on any news. I’m up early anyway as its takes me that long to do my hair and makeup – haha. I can’t live without my GHDs they are my pride and joy! I’ve actually just had to get new ones as my old trusty pair of 12 years broke the other day - I treated myself and got the new limited edition pink copper. I tend to have a cereal bar on-the-go for my breakfast as I never have time to sit down and eat.
My average day… generally consists of working through breakdowns that clients send to me. These can be various requests such as finding passer bys/pub drinkers for soaps like Coronation Street or Hollyoaks, lawyers for crime dramas like Happy Valley and No Offence or people with lots of hair and beards for a period drama like Victoria and Peaky Blinders! I also get out and about to visit clients on set: It could be on the cobbles or in the countryside. It’s great to do this so both parties can put a face to a name and break the ice properly. We also run dance castings which I love being a part of as it's so exciting watching the talent and seeing who stands out. Its amazing seeing all the tricks they can do as well – it makes me want to get up and join in!
After work… I like to be quite social and so will try and arrange different activities to do with friends a few days a week. I also go to tap and ballet class and am part of Manchester Show Choir . It’s important to me that I try to fit in catching up on any programs that we have worked on – I love spotting our artists and thinking “Ooooh I helped to create that!”
How I got to where I am today… As a child I attended dance and acting classes eventually going on to do a degree in Dance and Musical Theatre. I also attended Carney Academy where I had exceptional tutoring from industry professionals on all areas of acting both for theatre and screen. I had amazing opportunities there including working with two West End dancer/choreographers as well as undertaking intense audition prep, Stanislavski and Shakespeare courses run by successful actors and directors. I truly believe without this training at Carney I wouldn’t be where I am today as it fully prepared me for the professional world and taught me so much.
What I love most about my job… No two days are the same. You never know what weird and wonderful requests you may get from a client. Its also great when you put somebody forward for a featured role and then they get picked: I love the feeling you get from picking up the phone and making somebody’s day. Sometimes I’ll get a nice message from an extra thanking me for putting them on a job where they got to work with one of their idols – that’s a lovely part of the job. I don’t think there’s anything I would change, I love it all!
When I get home…The first thing I do is exercise off all the treats that the models and extras bring us! There’s always so much temptation! I then catch up on all the soaps – its important I stay up to date with storylines. My housemates and I will then gather on the sofa to watch something together – its Broadchurch at the moment (I’m suspicious of Lenny Henry…but then again maybe not, its always someone you least expect!)
Advice I would give to someone who wants to break into the industry… Know your casting. You could be the most talented actor in the world but if you are going up for the wrong roles you’ll never get cast. As well as having the talent and skills a lot of this industry is based on looks and whether you “fit” that character. It can be tough realising that you won’t ever be cast as the leading man or lady but you have to remember that it is not a reflection of your talent, it just might be that you suit the funny best friend or sidekick better. Think of Martin Freeman – he usually plays those sort of roles but is just as talented and successful as someone like Hugh Jackman. He’s played some fantastic characters that if you flip it, Hugh Jackman wouldn’t suit (like Bilbo Baggins). I’d also say you can never stop learning. Go to all the workshops and classes you can and continually develop your skills and techniques. Oh, and definitely buy the book “Actions: The Actors’ Thesaurus” by Marina Calderone. It is devised to help you break down text and find interesting ways of delivering lines with different emotions. It’s like the bible for actors!

Friday, 17 March 2017

BOSS Artist David Bailey in Beauty and the Beast!

We are so excited to head to the cinema and see one of our BOSS Artists on the big screen. Out TODAY, Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson also features long-time member of the BOSS gang David Bailey. David plays a 'vagrant' and can be seen in the song 'Belle' giving an intoxicated 'Bonjour!' to Emma. We are super proud of  David - amazing work! Get in touch for David's booking details.


Friday, 10 March 2017

James Ashcroft behind bars for Emmerdale

BOSS artist James Ashcroft appeared in this gritty scene in Emmerdale playing a prison bully alongside some main cast members. With some amazing work from James, this scene is intense! See booking information for all of our fantastic artists on our website.


Thursday, 9 March 2017

CASTING CALL: Manchester based dancers needed


BOSS Casting are looking for male and female artists aged between 18 – 28 for a principle global sporting brand show performance.

Female sizes: 8-10
Male sizes: Medium

We are on the look out for multi-discipline, vibrant dancers. The audition will include a range of dance styles, with the opportunity for freestyle.

You must be available on ALL of the below dates.

Tuesday 21st March 2017 in Manchester

Rehearsal 1 
Sunday 14th May 2017 in Manchester

Rehearsal 2
Monday 15th May 2017 in Manchester

Show Day
Tuesday 16th May 2017 in Stockport, Manchester

Competitive fee offered.

Please send your CV, height and size to

Please be aware that we only have time to respond to successful applicants. If you do not hear from us by Monday 20th March unfortunately you have been unsuccessful on this occasion. However, you can apply to join BOSS Casting for other TV and extra work here.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

CASTING CALL: Female skateboarders and male/female long boarders aged 20 - 30 need for TV commercial

We are looking for female skateboarders aged 20 - 30yrs and female and male long boarders aged 20 - 30yrs to appear in a TV Commercial. You must be available tomorrow in Manchester and on the 8th of March for the shoot. You must not currently be signed with another agency.
Please email with you name, date of birth and a recent picture of yourself.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Jade and Joel in Hollyoaks

Causing trouble in Hollyoaks this week, BOSS artists Joel Bennett and Jade Golding play journalists hounding Leela for the scoop on her serial killer ex! We're loving the drama. Good work guys! Check out our website for booking details.


Monday, 20 February 2017

Changes ahead at Boss Casting

After eight years at the helm of our outstanding casting team, Cath Ashworth has decided to step down and retire from her role as head of the division.

Since 2009, Cath has led Boss Casting through some incredible achievements and she has some exciting plans for her retirement.

Cath says: ‘I have had an amazing eight years working at Boss Casting. Every day has been different, I have 'Shamelessly' laughed …and cried. Thank you Boss clients for your challenging requests, support and friendship and to the Boss background artists for doing the real hard work. I leave you all in good hands and hope you will venture to Ireland for a visit to my new home!’

Taking Cath’s place is the brilliant Kirstie Jones.  Kirstie has an impressive career history including roles as Assistant Director at both the Royal Court and Royal National Theatres in London and as a LAMDA trained Acting Tutor and Director. She formed Cherry Pie Performance and worked most recently at ALRA North for 3 and a half years.  Kirstie was a part of the team at Boss Casting until 2008 and we are glad to welcome her back as Head of Casting.

‘I am absolutely thrilled to be returning to Boss and to deliver my bold and ambitious vision to the casting division.  Cath has done an amazing job here and I’m so happy to continue her great work. Joining at such a pivotal time is really exciting!’ says Kirstie.

This is a monumental period for the company.  Following a move in November, the inspiring new Boss HQ on Turner Street suits the varied requirements of the agency perfectly and the team have adapted well to their new home. Overcoming challenges is nothing new for the team at Boss. Having transformed this formerly derelict Grade II Listed building from a run down warehouse in Manchester’s cutting-edge Northern Quarter into an impressive studio space housing agency services, Boss look forward to sharing their passion for business with their many friends, colleagues, clients and collaborators.

With four studio spaces available and either wet or dry hire options, the whole business and casting division in particular continues to thrive.

Managing Director and Boss founder Debra Burns says: ‘Manchester’s ground breaking industrial heritage is well documented and I am very proud of our city, its people and our work ethic.  Having the opportunity to develop our own little piece of Manchester has been a terrific journey and we have breathed life and soul back into 33 Turner Street. Having a low carbon home for Boss in the centre of town is terrific and we hope our clients will enjoy the space as much as we do.’


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