Date 11th February 2023
Starts 4:30 pm GMT
Finishes 5:15 pm GMT
Room Online Room A
Hosted by Casting Director, Danielle Pretsfelder Demchick
Type Live Stream or Recorded Media

With experience working at Nickelodeon, and now as an independent Casting Director working across live action and animation, scripted and unscripted projects – Danielle has worked with thousands of fresh talent from across the globe. Danielle will be discussing how a Casting Director works with talent in the audition room, and gives her advice on how to really listen to direction and take that feedback to better your performance.

About Danielle:

Danielle Pretsfelder Demchick, CSA (she/her/hers) is an advocate manifesting change in how the real world is reflected in today’s media.  She has been an active member of the New York casting community since 2004. Nickelodeon was her casting home for over 14 years, where she tapped into her love of developing young talent. From live action and animation, scripted and unscripted, long form and short form, and even podcasts, she has and loves to cast it all! Some highlights from her Nickelodeon years include The Astronauts, The Barbarian and the Troll, Blue’s Clues & You, Bubble Guppies, Dora the Explorer, Drama Club, Wallykazam, and Welcome to the Wayne.

Prior to Nickelodeon, she worked in independent film casting. Select credits include Adam (2009), Holly Rollers (2010), New York City Serenade (2007) and Where God Left His Shoes (2007.) She also spent a year at Innovative Artists learning the agency side of the business, learning from the absolute best of the best.

Since her departure from Nickelodeon to open her own casting office in April 2022, some of her favorite credits include American Girl: Corinne Tan, the first American Girl of the Year film, which tells the story of the first Chinese American Girl, for HBOMax and Marvista Entertainment, Matt Rogers: Have You Heard of Christmas? for Showtime and You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah for Happy Madison Productions. She continues to cast Viacom Kids & Family content, including a collaboration with Alvin Ailey that she is especially excited about. She also has several independent films and consulting projects she can’t wait to share more about!

The co-VP of Advocacy for the Casting Society of America, her work elevating underrepresented communities has been barrier breaking. She has led open calls for Trans & Non-Binary Actors, Performers with Disabilities, MENASA (Middle Eastern, North African, South Asian), Veterans, Senior Actors, Native American and Indigenous Actors, Black Actors, and most recently, a global open call for Asian Actors (over 7,000 actors submitted.)

A leader in the organization’s Equity in Entertainment committee, she serves on the board of both the Casting Society of America and Casting Society Cares, where her focus is on Training & Education. She serves as a faculty advisor for RespectAbility, the talent and casting consultant for GAMUT management, which works exclusively with talent with disabilities, and she is on the Actor’s Fund’s Looking Ahead Advisory Board. In addition to her work in casting, she is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Disabilities Studies at the City University of New York. She is also a trained childhood bereavement group facilitator and serves as a member of the Caring Committee for the Wechsler Center for Modern Aging. She prides herself on being an ally to artists and aspiring talent of all abilities.

A leader in the organization’s Equity in Entertainment committee, she serves on the board of both the Casting Society of America and Casting Society Cares, where her focus is on Training & Education. She prides herself on being an ally to artists and aspiring talent of all abilities.

She serves as a faculty advisor for Respectability and she is on the Actor’s Fund’s Looking Ahead Advisory Board. In addition to her work in casting, she is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Disabilities Studies at the City University of New York. She is also a trained childhood bereavement group facilitator and serves as a member of the Caring Committee for the Wechsler Center for Modern Aging.

When she is not working, you can find her on her Peloton, cooking while enjoying one of her many favorite podcasts, or taking her vitamins.