(photos by Liz Rosa)
1. I know you, but some people may not.
So could you please introduce yourself to the world?
”I’m Tina Marie McCulloch, I was born in the small town of Port Moody. I was always the kid getting into trouble growing up until I found my creative outlet. Fast forward, I became an actor and then moved on to becoming a casting director and opened my business Tina Marie Casting.”
2. What was your first job in the entertainment industry?
Also, what did you do before that?
”I was an actor and my first booking was a US national commercial. I was also in the medical field before getting into entertainment, and throughout the years, I continued to go back to school and upgrade my education. I have been employed and working at a trauma hospital within the Fraser Health Authority for 15 years.”
3. Did you study film or something else related to your
job as a casting director before getting into the industry?
”I studied acting at different schools in Vancouver, and I also studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film institute in New York City.”
4. If you could work with anyone you'd want,
who would that person be, and why?
”Kurt Sutter because he creates incredible characters that have dark and complicated souls but who are also entirely relatable.”
5. What does a normal day in your life look like?
”When I’m casting, I’m non stop. Once I sit down with my laptop, I don't finish my work until late evening, sometimes as late as 11:00pm. A lot of people are not aware of the administrative work that goes into casting. We have to negotiate the deals between agents and producers, which is very time-consuming.”
6. Where is your favorite place to be, and why?
”My condo is where I feel most at peace, this is where I can shut off the world. I also have my kitten, Hershey, with me, and she is the love of my life.”
7. If you could, what would be the one advice you would want to give to your younger self?
8. What is the best advice that you've been given?
Who was the person that gave it to you?
“<What everyone else is doing is none of your business, focus on yourself> - this was a celebrity that will remain nameless.”
9. What is your biggest accomplishment so far?
”Opening my business and having the perseverance to keep going. I never started out as an assistant or an associate in a casting office. I didn't get any help, and everything I've built has been from my own hard work.”
10. What made you start Tina Marie Casting?
”I was an actor, and I didn't like waiting for an agent to make things happen for me. I also saw a need for new talent to be recognized, and I wanted to make it easier for actors to have an opportunity to get into the audition room.”
11. What is your favorite part of your job, and why?
”Actors! Because I know how much they sacrifice to be in this industry. I respect their passion and dedication cause I myself have the same drive.”
12. How is it working on a project like NarcoLeap?
”Incredible, I am very fortunate to work with director, producer and writer Kate Green, who has taught me so much about the business. I also got to cast a lot of talented actors in both season 1 and 2. I am very proud of how far NarcoLeap has come, and I can't wait to see what the future holds for the series.”
13. How important is it for you to cast new talent and
give them the chance to share their talent to the world?
”This was the biggest inspiration for opening my business. Making sure I gave new talent the opportunity to get into the room. Also providing directors and producers with an actor they haven't seen before.”
14. Do you have any advice for the people who want to become actors?
What is really important, and that they have to keep in mind when it comes to auditions?
”My advice for anyone wanting to become an actor, this is a business, you have to treat it like one. People sacrifice a great deal to pursue their dream, and if you don't take it seriously, you are wasting people's time and resources and also someone's spot in the audition room. You don't take summers off and blow an audition to go to the beach. You have to be committed 24-7. Make sure you are doing this for the right reasons.
When it comes to auditions, make sure to always bring in your sides, commit to your choice for the scene and be prepared for redirection. Also, drop the ego, it's not a good look.”
15. In the end, is there anything you'd like to say to the people who support you?
”I've lived a very colourful life, and the one thing I've learned is not everyone is going to like you, and that’s ok as long as you believe in yourself, you'll succeed.”
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Tina Marie McCulloch is a Vancouver-based Casting Director and founder of Tina Marie Casting. She is best known for working on projects like: NarcoLeap, Murphy's Law, Itsy Bitsy Spider, Camping Trip, Shiraz, Small Fish, Atalanta, Messiah Complex, Pearly Nights, Day Dream & Hostage.
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