It’s early Saturday morning and the church parking lot is filled with cars, and people rushing to get their spot in line. They’re not there for worship service. It’s one of many open calls in Atlanta.
At the helm of today’s open call frenzy is Andrea Hume and her staff from Marinella-Hume Casting. Hume says her passion for the film industry got her into casting. The job is filled with long days and having to please production companies while juggling the needs of actors, isn’t for the faint at heart. “It takes skill to successfully cast a movie or a show,” she said. “The production is trying to paint a picture and they give me the palette and I help to paint that picture.” She books for both featured and background roles (extras). With extras, it’s all about at the look. “If we have a crowd scene, it’s my job to make sure the crowd looks real, and has diversity.” A diverse crowd has a little bit of everyone in it.
Hume says she looks forward to interacting with each and every person, and putting a face to the name. They love their talent pool in Atlanta. With teams also in Miami and Chicago, Hume feels Atlanta is a great market to find good talent. In addition, she says Atlanta offers the best of both worlds for productions and is as diverse as the people who live here. “It’s a real plus to shoot somewhere that’s big city, and then 20 minutes away you can shoot out in the middle of nowhere in the country.”
The best part of her job is when she can make someone’s dream come true. “When people scream into the phone and say ‘Praise God’. They really wanted this and they got it. To be a part of that is really something special.” On the flip side, she says the challenge is the delicate balancing act she does trying to please both sides especially with constantly changing production needs. “You can’t book everyone for everything. I wish I could. Sometimes a scene gets dropped and it’s my job to call the actor. You almost feel like you’re wrecking somebody’s day.”
Her advice for aspiring actors is to be prepared. That picture is very important, because directors may ask to see pictures first. “It is so important that these pictures are well lit.” Also, she encourages actors to read the casting notices and know what the requirements are for that particular casting call.
Among the projects Marinella-Hume has cast are Tyler Perry produced, “Love thy Neighbor”, “The Haves and Have Nots.” They have also cast for “Devious Maids,” “Drop Dead Divas,” and the upcoming “Ride Along 2”. Hume credits her success with an amazing hard-working staff.
For more information about Marinella-Hume Casting, you can find them on Facebook.