An Interview With Casting Director Cassie Rubino Halliwell

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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.




Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)



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