I first became hooked on the necessity for talent and the importance of casting when I was a young 22-year-old, studying Television Production at Bournemouth University, writes Media Parents Talent Agent Leonie Hodge. That same year I attended a media industry Lunch Club in London, where legendary casting director Patsy Pollock spoke.
Patsy gave an insightful talk on casting and I never forgot her advice. At the time my passion was documentary’s and after working on a Channel 4 documentary on group sexual violence in South-East London, I left T.V production and retrained as a youth worker/counsellor and set up a charity that worked with young people to tackle attitudes towards sexual violence. After 5 years I merging the charity with Parentline Uk, I moved on to being a Director at The Jimmy Mizen Foundation set up in memory of murdered teenager Jimmy Mizen.
After moving from London to Bath, I moved into the corporate sector working on Diversity and Inclusion initiatives for law firms, trying to move the needle on those recruited from diverse backgrounds. During this time, I have kept my passion for the arts, by supporting my friend Maya Sondhi (Line of Duty, Citizen Khan) to write a script for a play called ‘Sket’ based on teenage interpersonal gender relationships which ran in the Park theatre in Finsbury Park.
Rural Artiste supports casting directors in their code of conduct (the Casting Directors Guild) to:
· Give due consideration to professional talent from the community or region in which the production is made or set.
· The Guild and its members shall strive to enable the casting of actors from all backgrounds, regardless of socio-economic status and to engage with producers and directors to create opportunity and access.
· Actors should not be forced to move to London to pursue their careers or give up their ambitions when they assume caring responsibilities.
Indeed, Rural Artiste works to recruit those from a diverse back ground to move the needle on equity of opportunity
We are open for business and can support the following:
ONLINE COMMERCIALS & PROMOS
PRINT & DIGITAL MODELLING
DEMO & INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS
SCRIPTED TV & VIDEO
REALITY TV & DOCUMENTARY
DANCERS & CHOREOGRAPHERS
FEATURE FILMS SCRIPTED
TV & VIDEO COMEDIANS & IMPROV
As part of our offering, we have links in with local mental health services and offer awareness raising and support to artistes on our books. We can provide DBS checked chaperones.
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