Join Produce Iowa as we gather virtually for a special series of virtual fall workshops, focused on the pre-production stage of film and media projects. Each two-hour, roundtable-style class will be held on a Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to noon. We are limiting each class to 20 people in order to maximize interaction with each presenter. Registration will be $15 per class.
- Joni Tackette, Owner, Joni Tackette Casting
- Maureen O’Brien, Executive Director, SAG-AFTRA Missouri Valley Local
In this session, Joni will explain how to conduct casting sessions to find local and national talent and offer a few tips on matching an actor’s abilities to the role you’re seeking. Maureen will discuss the benefits of hiring union performers and share an overview of the rates and guidelines for working with the SAG-AFTRA office, with some advice about performer contracts for feature and short films as well as digital series productions. The session also will summarize a recent report called “The Safe Way Forward,” which includes Covid-19 safety guidelines and was developed by SAG-AFTRA with DGA, IATSE and the Teamsters. Please come with lots of questions about working with talent.
About the presenters:
Casting Director Joni Tackette has more than 30 years of experience working in the motion & digital media industry. Her diverse casting experience includes Principal casting for hundreds of Commercial, Corporate Film, Digital, & Print projects. In addition, she’s worked on over twenty-five feature films providing Principal, Day Player, Extras, and Promotional Crowd Casting in St. Louis and on location throughout the US and Canada. She is a member of Casting Society of America - CSA, Past-President of the Missouri Motion Media Association, and is a ten year Board Member for Cinema St. Louis. Her website is Jonitackettecasting.net.
Maureen O’Brien is the executive director for the Missouri Valley local of the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artist (SAG-AFTRA), where she oversees and manages member outreach and communications, contract enforcement, organizing initiatives and administration. She acts as the liaison between union members, their agents, paymasters and producers for commercials, corporate training videos, network TV, internet programs and film projects. Maureen also has extensive experience as both a director and a producer. Previously, she spent seven years as the casting coordinator for Talent Plus Inc., where she was responsible for producing auditions for local and national clients as well as promotional materials for artists represented by the agency. She currently serves on the board of the Missouri Motion Media Association.