Casting directors have an extremely demanding job.
It cannot be the easiest thing in the world to find a handful of great actors out of thousands of great actors to deliver in a crucial role for a hit movie, but the job has to be done. Though the job is difficult, we have watched a plethora of phenomenal movies because the perfect people were chosen for the roles.
It is time that we show some of these casting directors that we appreciate them, as well as shed light on some of the casting directors that were behind some of your favorite films and actor.
- Twinkie Byrd – Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd has been the creative mind behind plenty of popular films. The 48-year-old casting director takes credit for Fruitvale Station (2013), Notorious (2009), and Stomp The Yard (2007), but she has plenty of movies under her belt. “Being Mary Jane” and The Gabby Douglas Story are only a couple of other films that she has cast.
- Kimberly Hardin – Kimberly Hardin is nearly 25 years deep in the casting directing game. She is known for the hit television show One on One, and the films Four Brothers (2005) and 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003). She is also known for her work on the popular comedy film, Friday (1995).
- Kim Coleman – Kim Coleman is another popular black casting director that has been behind some of the greatest films and television shows. She has done work for Gone In Sixty Seconds (2000), Enemy of the State (1998), Save the Last Dance (2001), and The Last Samurai (2003), among many others. As for TV shows, Coleman has casted for “The Haves and the Have Nots”, “The Real Husbands of Hollywood”, and “House of Anubis”.
- Robi Reed – Robin Lynn Reed has earned an Emmy Award for her outstanding work as a casting director. She has done work for some of the most classic films including The Best Man, Soul Food, and Love Jones. Reed also takes credit for Spike Lee’s Crooklyn, Mo’ Better Blues, and Jungle Fever. She has casted for a plethora of television shows and is currently the Vice President of Talent and Casting at BET!
Often times we like to give all of the film credit to the actors producers, but the people behind the scenes deserve just as much credit. Two snaps for our casting directors for without them, we would have empty roles!
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