A Live Discussion with Agent, Shirley Faison

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A Live Discussion with Agent, Shirley Faison

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Begins at 3:00 PM PDT | 6:00 PM EDT

3:00 PM PDT | 6:00 PM EDT

RSVP-ed members will receive the Zoom link by email one hour prior to the start of the program, and will be able to ask questions through Zoom's chat function.

Join us for a remote Zoom discussion with Agent Shirley Faison. This is an "Ask Me Anything" style Q+A. Member participation encouraged. This session will last approximately one hour. 


Shirley Faison - Over 40 years in the entertainment industry Shirley Faison has built a strong reputation. A former actress, director, producer, and artistic director for a theatre company, she has been an agent at Carson-Adler Agency for more than 25 years. 

Faison attributes her success in developing talent to several factors. She goes where the new talent is and identifies what sets her clients and prospective clients apart from others. She promotes their unique skills and crafts a plan to get them in front of individuals and audiences who can advance their careers. And she animates these efforts with the Faison First Principle, “always look beyond the obvious.”

Known as an agent who listens to what producers and casting directors are looking for and a talent developer whose keen eye interprets the needs. Faison has earned the respect of leading casting professionals in theatre, film, and television.

Faison is proud of her track record building career ladders for the actor from their first job.

Actors represented by Shirley Faison have booked lead and supporting roles in feature films and parts in television pilots, episodic and series. Her clients have also booked many leads and supporting roles on Broadway, Off-Broadway, national tours, and regional theater companies across the U.S.

Faison is proud to have developed and launched successful actors, including Eden Duncan­‐Smith, Bobbi MacKenzie, Donald Faison, Ryan Toby,  Horace V. Rogers, Laz Alonso, Dorian Missick, Constance Wu, and Jeannette Bayardelle.

Shirley Faison is a graduate of Rutgers University and is the author of 7 Rules To Thrive As A Performer: A Workbook Experience. She is a proud mother of three sons and a grandmother of eleven.

Moderated by Rochelle Rose, National Director of Performers Programs, SAG-AFTRA Foundation.