Bernard Telsey, Vice-President (New York) of the Casting Society of America.
Bernard Telsey is vice president (New York) of the Casting Society of America.
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As part of its ongoing "Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion in Casting Initiative," the Casting Society of America will sponsor a Business of Acting Event for Trans* Actors. The Initiative is a series of conversations and workshops designed to effect concrete change in how actors in historically underrepresented communities are afforded access to job opportunities.

The Business of Acting will take place June 7 at the Actors Equity Building in the Equity Council Room. Doors will open at 6:30. Capacity is limited; to RSVP, CSA members and actors should email, noting their affiliation, to

The event will address such topics as what a casting director is, how a casting director and agent differ, headshots and résumés, audition repertoire, self-advocacy, marketing, proper audition attire, finding out about auditions, self-submitting, self-taping, and more.

The session is for union and non-union artists who are professional and professionally trained actors and those actively pursuing professional careers as performers. Actors who are transgender, non-binary, gender non-conforming, gender-queer, or gender questioning are encouraged to attend.