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2:30–3:30 P.M. – 4th Floor, Class A
Commercials can give birth to iconic characters and provide actors with industry recognition and the opportunity for career growth. This intensive with commercial casting directors gives you the skinny on booking that high-residual spot.

Speakers:
-- Erica Palgon, Casting Director, Erica Palgon Casting & Beyond
-- Scott Wojcik, Casting Director, Wojcik/Seay Casting

SPEAKER BIOS

Erica Palgon, Casting Director, Erica Palgon Casting & Beyond

Erica Palgon is a casting director for all types of film, commercials, and theater, union and nonunion, and "real people" casting. She has worked on the casting of the studio films "Mean Girls," "Something's Gotta Give," "Holiday," "X-Men 3," "Aquamarine," "Glory Road," and "Eragon."

Indie films include "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," "Shortbus," "Party Monster," "Double Whammy," "Series 7," "Great World of Sound," "Just Like the Son," "The Project," "Murt Ramirez Wants to Kick My Ass," "Dumping Lisa," "Blissestrasse," and "Hannah Has a Ho Phase," and is currently working on the Emma Thompson–executive-produced film "Sold."

In 2001, Erica attended the Sundance Film Festival representing the casting of five films: "Series 7," "Acts of Worship," "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," "Diary of a City Priest," and "Double Whammy." Currently she is casting a gritty dark comedy, the indie feature "F*ckers," and a short film, "The Bad Days." She just completed casting for an awareness commercial for the NFL for the 2014 Super Bowl in New York.

Over her 16-year career, she has worked with and learned from such commercial and film directors as John Cameron Mitchell, Tom DiCillo, Jesse Peretz, Matt Aselton, Phil Morrison, Jeff Preiss, David Gordon Green, Pam Thomas, Ninka Usher, Frank Samuel, Stacy Wall, and Morgan J. Freeman. She has also been hired regularly over the past two years by the casting department of Grey Advertising to prep and cast for its top clients.

Scott Wojcik, Casting Director, Wojcik/Seay Casting
Scott Wojcik has lived in NYC since 1992. He attended Bentley College in Waltham, Mass., where he studied management and marketing, and did his graduate studies in arts management at Texas Tech University. While at TTU, he also did extensive undergraduate course work in acting and directing.

Following work in Dallas and on tour, his acting brought him to NYC. Scott supplemented his acting career by working as a freelance casting assistant for several independent casting directors until 1999, when he joined Charles Rosen Casting.

Scott became a partner of Rosen & Wojcik Casting in 2005. His work as an arts presenter during college and grad school led to an interest in producing. To further that interest, Scott aligned his skills with partners to form CRW Productions, a company that creates customized theatrical events.

From 2002 till 2007, CRW produced projects that ranged from corporate fundraisers and philanthropic events to new musicals and developmental readings, as well as a multimillion-dollar product launch in South America.

In addition to casting, Scott pursues his interest in education by teaching audition skills. He teaches regularly for SAG, CAP 21, and Vassar's summer program. Along with co-teacher Susan Pilar, Scott has developed a curriculum called FUSE. FUSE is designed to help recently graduated acting students bridge the gap between the academic and professional acting environments.

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