Barbara McCarthy

Casting Access

Los Angeles

Barbara McCarthy

Monday, September 18, 2017

7:30 PM
Check-in begins at: 7:15 PM


This class will include a Q&A and a prepared reading session with an experienced casting professional.

Please prepare a film/TV monologue or scene two minutes in length or less. If you choose a scene, please bring a copy for the reader.


Barbara McCarthy began her career in entertainment business affairs but soon moved into the more creative, challenging world of casting. Having worked her way up from Casting Assistant to Casting Director, her efforts had been noticed by the community at large and she was offered a Casting Executive position at Paramount Pictures. Working in the casting department under the legendary Gail Levin, she spent 9 years casting and overseeing hundreds of Paramount films. While there, she worked closely with studio executives, producers and directors such as Cameron Crowe, JJ Abrams, Jay Roach, Kenny Ortega and many others. Along with supervising all the Paramount films during her tenure, some casting credits include VANILLA SKY, ELIZABETHTOWN, and HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS. Barbara left the studio to return to her indie casting roots in 2010. 

Her post-Paramount casting highlights include the Sundance Festival Competition Selections: THE SPECTAULAR NOW, FOR A GOOD TIME CALL..., CELESTE & JESSE FOREVER, and THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT; the Tribeca Film Festival selections: CAROLINE & JACKIE, IN YOUR EYES, ELECTRIC SLIDE and DREAMLAND; the 2013 Toronto Film Festival Selection, WE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE (aka BAD TURN WORSE) and the 2016 SXSW selection, OPERATOR. Along with independent festival films, she has cast major studio releases such as THE DUFF, BLENDED, PIXELS and the just released MOTHER'S DAY. She has also expanded into television with the MTV show, FINDING CARTER and Emmy winning mini-series THE KENNEDY'S.


You must have completed a Casting Access Application prior to registering for this class.

Please note that the 90-day frequency restriction applies to this class. Your last frequency-restricted class must have taken place no less than 90 (ninety) days prior to this event to be eligible to register. 

NO LATE ARRIVALS and NO WALK-INS are admitted. Only those participants who have received a telephoned or e-mailed confirmation message from staff will be admitted to the session. Waitlisted individuals who have not received such confirmation will not be admitted at the door. Please do not show up if you have not been explicitly confirmed as RSVPed.

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