EL COLABORADOR DEL MES
Enzo Riley, our great technical helper in Frank Stein Studio is leaving us. Our teenager is finally packing his bags and going abroad to develop his audiovisual talent. It's been a great pleasure being able to teach and share experiences during this year. We all wish him luck in this new stage as a college student. Now, of course, after all this time the little one has a lot to tell, that's why we've decided to ask him about his experience in Frank Stein Studio.
What part of your job have you enjoyed the most?
Definitely all the new things I have learned. Be it technical skills or a better understanding of how the business works.
What have you learned during your time here?
On the techie side I have learned how castings are organized, what kind of software we use and how to use it, lighting techniques, how to operate professional equipment and many other things.
On top of that I have learned different tricks that actors or models can do to help them in castings, how the different companies in the business synergize with one another and proper workplace etiquette.
Any good stories to tell?
There are quite a few. Using a pillow as if it were my stomach to hit models in the face, pretending to prank news reporters, pretending to be Messi while posing for a portrait… Come to think of it, any time I’ve been asked to assist the actors during their casting has been very memorable.
What WON’T you miss about working here?
Well, If I’m being honest it would have to be absolutely nothing, working at Frank Stein was great.
Have you discovered something new about yourself ?
Indeed I have. I never in a million years would’ve pictured myself in a TV commercial, but now I’m with an agency and go to castings.
Have you considered working in something related to the media industry?
Yes absolutely, but I’m not sure what yet. The plan is to learn as much as I can and see what I enjoy the most.
How and when did you start working at Frank Stein Studio?
I started mid August of 2015, I had just graduated High School a few months before that and had spent that summer looking for a job. After working in the UK for a while, Luci, who I had met years earlier, offered to take me in. A week later I was in the studio recording castings.
What technical skills are required from a casting assistant?
I believe that all castings assistants need to know their way around a computer and a camera, especially considering the amount of different software we use and the amount of videos we record in a single day.
What surprises you the most about actors/models?
How unique they can be. They might all be actors and/or models, but each one of them will have a completely different career and background from the next.
Tell us about your best and worst moments during castings?
I’ve had many fun moments in castings, my favorite ones have to be the castings that required us to go somewhere outside of the studio. Castings for dancers were also very fun to watch.
And my worst casting experience ? Well… there was this one shampoo casting...no comments.
Do you have any advice for aspiring actors ?
If there is one thing that I’ve noticed, it’s that confidence and enthusiasm go a long way. My advice to actors and models that go to castings is that they should go to every casting like the job were already theirs. Being relaxed and feeling at ease when doing casting are absolutely key to nailing roles.