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Life & Work with Easton Edwin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Easton Edwin.

Hi Easton, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
Graduating from the University of Delaware, I had always expected to have a career in Fashion. From a very young age, I spent most of my time focusing on art, design, and Fashion. You could always catch me sketching, painting, taking photographs, creating new fashion pieces, and even writing poems. Shortly after I graduated college, I was asked to interview for a position on a daytime talk show. I had always loved the Entertainment Industry, but I had no idea what it entailed, the departments, or areas of focus. With a love for TV, I thought why not, let’s give this a shot and see what it’s like! Even though I did not stay in daytime talk, I immediately knew that I loved this industry and all of the diverse roles it had to offer. It gave me a chance to experience working on set, as well as in an office setting. This entry-level position opened many doors for me and it ultimately led me down a career in Casting, which I’m very grateful for. Now a Casting Director with almost 12 years of casting experience, I’ve had the opportunity to work on many amazing shows for major cable and primetime networks, and streaming services. It’s given me the chance to cast for unscripted/reality, documentary series, commercials, and much more. It has also allowed me the opportunity to become a member of the Casting Society of America (CSA), where I’ve had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful Casting Professionals.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Working in television is definitely not an easy feat! Between the overwhelmingly long hours and stressful deadlines, you need to maintain a great sense of time management and be able to handle high-stress environments, to comfortably work in this industry. It is also an industry where there is a lot of competition. The majority of Casting Professionals in unscripted work freelance, meaning you are constantly looking for your next gig.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I’m a Casting Director focusing and specializing heavily in unscripted/reality television casting. I’m a proud member of CSA (Casting Society of America). While I’ve worked on dozens and dozens of show castings, the ones that I’m most proud of are the ones where I can help others in some way. Albeit, a show that can help someone’s business to grow financially, or one that allows someone to show off their talents to help them grow their career. I think what sets me apart from others is how empathetic I am. This industry is very cutthroat and people can lose themselves in it. But, I love being able to relate to, understand and sympathize with those I’m casting for a show or project. As Casting Directors, we ask people to essentially bare their souls to us and share all of their heartwarming and painful moments. I want to make them feel as comfortable as possible.

What were you like growing up?
When I was very young, I was definitely shy and way more introverted. But growing up, entering high school, I really broke out of my shell. I became very outgoing, spontaneous, a social butterfly if you will. I loved the arts, sports and the beach. I had a thirst for adventure, which turned into a love for exploring new cultures, which led me to travel all around the world.

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