The public is welcome to a free meet and greet event with Karen Hallford, Casting Director and Owner of Casting Works LA of Austin, and Leon Rodriquez, Austin cinematographer. This event that is open to the public is sponsored by UMHB’s Delta Kappa Chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, a national performance honor society. The University of Mary Hardin Baylor is a charter member of this prestigious organization that is over one hundred years old. This meeting is scheduled for Dec. 1 from 4-6 p.m. in Brindley Auditorium, York Hall, UMHB, Belton, TX. Karen and Leon are to present how they approach and manage their crafts in the film and entertainment industries. This event is to be concluded by Shakespearean scenes and monologues performed by new inductees.
Casting internationally, Karen Hallford of Casting Works LA, has established a vast network of resources to find Actors, Extras, and Stand-Ins for her clients. She has a keen eye for talent and uses her background in advertising to merge art and industry. Karen believes in a “hands-on” approach and doesn’t hesitate to look for and find what others call impossible. She uses the most current technology available to provide her clients with immediate virtual footage of auditions. Bridging the gap between the creative vision of the director, producer, and client; Karen is able to bring a conceptual vision to an on-screen reality. Karen began her professional journey as an actor in 1975 and has since enjoyed years of success in business and entertainment. She has spent years in the advertising field, where she has honed skills in negotiating and meeting production deadlines from concept to screen.
Karen has added production services, which provide full service capabilities, to Casting Works LA. She has learned through years of experience that passion for your purpose is the first step to success. She uses this perspective to freshly approach each project with renewed eagerness and commitment to the human element in each endeavor. Casting Works LA has cast hundreds of projects and currently has feature films in various stages of development, pre-production and in post production.
Rodriguez has served as a cinematographer for commercial work, feature narrative form, aerial cinematography, and special effects in all formats. Attention to detail and persistence of vision is a standard trademark of his work. Due to his range of expertise, he can seamlessly serve in the creative and technical realms with entrepreneurial inspiration. Leon holds college degrees in communication (writing), electronics, music arranging and engineering technology (physics).
With over 60 productions under his belt, Leon brings insight, cohesion and weight to each and every project. Leon is accustomed to and prepared for large production responsibilities. He is prepared to guide visions from concept to final cut with precision.
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