Cassie Rubino Halliwell is an Executive in Charge of Casting at Magnetic Productions, whose projects include Rehab Addict and Buy This Restaurant; here is a link to the website:
Q: What made you interested in casting?
A: To be honest, I didn’t start out knowing that casting could be a career. I have always loved people, loved bringing out the best in them, and helping them find their voice. When I first moved to Los Angeles, I started out as a street recruiter for MTV. It was my first taste of casting – and I loved every part of it. Over the years I worked my way up from recruiter to associate to producer, then director and now EIC of Casting for Magnetic Productions. I have enjoyed all aspects of this journey!
Q: What kind of educational background do you have?
A: I went to school for Sports Medicine.
Q: What makes for an interesting reality show star?
A: Someone who is confident, not afraid to look silly and can connect with people. As a casting director, I’m always looking for people that can connect.
Q: What are some common mistakes people make when auditioning for a reality show?
A: Often I see people putting on an act of what they think I want to see, or they will try to portray a character they want to be. I can tell if you’re being your honest self the moment you walk in a room.
Q: Why do you think home improvement shows are so popular?
A: Owning your own home and making it truly yours is a dream! At some point, everyone has the fantasy of owning his or her own home. I think getting to watch it lets us live out a part of that fantasy.
Q: What is the weirdest thing you have ever seen someone do in an audition?
A: I have seen some pretty amazing auditions. I once had a very nice man pull a live snake out of his pocket half way through his audition. I’ve had someone stand up during a skype interview and reveal they weren’t wearing any pants (they forgot – this wasn’t a statement) – A young lady was so nervous she started throwing up mid-sentence.
Q: What do you like about show business?
A:I like making people’s dreams come true. I love that it celebrates talent and being unique.
Q: What would you change about it?
A: I would take out ego! Do what you do, and do it well. Enjoy the journey and stop being full of yourself or taking it personally if you don’t get a part.
Q: Do you think fame or compensation is more important to the average reality show contestant?
A: Both! Everyone wants to be famous if they are auditioning for a show! And who doesn’t want the paycheck to follow.
Q: What kind of show are you casting for now?
A: Right now I am looking for experts in house flipping and contractors. I am ALWAYS looking for fun outgoing family businesses and experts of unusual topics! Part of my job is finding fun new talent and creating shows around them.
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