CASTING DIRECTOR SPOTLIGHT

Casting QA Nike_Imoru-065-Edit-2Nike Imoru  
Nike Imoru Casting
www.nikeimorucasting.com
Nike Imoru, CSA, is delighted to announce the opening of an additional casting studio in Seattle. It means we will be able to extend our casting reach and make connections with many more actors, agents, managers, commercial clients, producers and directors across the State. It’s an exciting move for us and we very much look forward to serving our Seattle-area clientele. The NIC casting studios in Spokane will remain open and continue to serve Spokane-area projects. In a gesture of collaborative enterprise, we are also thrilled to be sharing resources and creative synergy with Credence Productions, a company of producers and talent managers who are bringing their dynamic East-West Coast management team back to Seattle. Key Credence staff include: Tom Klassen, Co-Founder and Head of Talent; Michael Bloom, VP of Talent; Dawn Wilson, Manager and Producer; and Riley Charles, Head of Operations.
Seattle Location / Nike Imoru Casting
1705 Westlake Ave N #105, Seattle, WA 98109
Nike Imoru Casting is located in the McHugh building, on the west side of Westlake Ave N in Seattle. There are hundreds of public parking spaces in a lot across the street from us, on the east side of Westlake.

casting - Lori Lewis Lori Lewis  
FreeSpirit Casting
www.freespiritcasting.com
Lori had an extensive background in the entertainment industry as an entertainer/actor before discovering casting and how much she loves it! She launched FreeSpirit Casting (FSC) on May 1, 2013 with the indie film Deep Dark, followed by the web series Exceptionals, along with several local commercials. In 2014, Lori was asked to cast the indie film Lily on Saturday, two more series, Runestone and Camp Abercorn, along with several more commercials.
“At FSC we like to do things a little differently,” says Lori. “For example, all the commercial jobs we cast in 2014 were done without the need for callbacks. This saves everyone time and money. Another thing different about FSC is the follow-up with talent after casting, letting all know whether they were cast or not. It’s such a simple thing to do with today’s technology.”
Simply put, Lori loves actors, the collaborative creativeness of this industry and finding new talent. Because of her background, Lori makes an extremely effective and empathetic casting director, stating, “I strive to be the type of casting director I always hoped I’d get to audition for when I was an actor.”

casting Denise GibbsDenise Gibbs  
Foreground Background LLC
www.foregroundbackground.com
Denise Gibbs, owner of Foreground Background LLC, grew up in the world of theater and music performance as a director, writer, performer and actor. In 2006 she made the jump from theater to film and television production. Before doing film, she was the project manager of a local graphic & web design firm. She also became the managing editor of a local newspaper, while producing and directing small local children’s theater, a reader’s theatre and event planning for faith-based family events.
Denise has been a part of the casting process for numerous local and national commercials, television, film, corporate videos and new media projects here in the Pacific Northwest. She directed the first season of The Vanessa Waller Show, a talk show that won the SCAN TV Award for Favorite New Program. And she was part of the producing team that won the Accolade Competition Winner award for the film Of Yesterday and Tomorrow.
Denise currently works as an extras casting director for most of the major film, television and commercial projects that come to Seattle. She also does principal casting on smaller projects. Denise has found having a background in theater and journalism also provides a foundation for working on commercials that involve “real people casting.”

Casting Amey ReneAmey René  
Amey René Casting
www.ameyrene.com
Amey René is a casting director with over 15 years of industry experience. She started her casting career with Jeff Greenberg on the Emmy Award-winning show Modern Family. She now casts feature films, television and commercials. Amey is a member of the Casting Society of America. Recent projects include the films Captain Fantastic and Laggies, both filmed in Seattle, as well as commercials for Nike, GoldieBlox and the University of Washington.

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