The “How Does a Casting Director Work?” Edition

Bernie Telsey gives a few tips about what he’s looking for in an audition.

Bernie Telsey
Casting director Bernie Telsey.

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Bernie Telsey has been casting hit musicals, films, and TV shows for more than 20 years. In this week’s episode of Working, Telsey talks about what he’s looking for in an audition, how diversity has changed on the stage and screen during his time in the business, and how finding talent isn’t necessarily the hardest part of the job.


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