We had no idea when we jumped on the phone today with New York-based casting director Alison Goodman that the mediabistro.com job board had played a pivotal role in her landing a new gig as editor-in-chief of Girl2Watch.com. The two-year-old LA based site, which is dedicated to showcasing up-and-coming young actresses, has officially relaunched today with new weekly video interviews and daily blog updates.
“We got a huge number of responses via mediabistro.com and met with some good people,” explains company VP Noah Laracy, also on the call with Goodman, “but no one felt quite just right. As we were about to call it a day, Alison sent an email asking about it. We talked, and we quickly knew she was the right one. It was a bit of serendipity.”
Goodman, whose credits include Law & Order: SVU and Guiding Light, will remain based in Manhattan. She recently wrapped up pilot season work for ABC Family and CW, and says that she will continue to selectively consider freelance casting work to go along with her new EIC duties.
“Everybody can profile the girl that’s the big star on the cover of a magazine,” Goodman suggests. “I’m trying to find people that are going to be the stars of tomorrow… Think of them as a best friend on a TV show, part of an ensemble, or maybe someone with their first big independent film or Broadway play.”
“Tomorrow I have two interviews with actors who are in LA,” she adds. “I usually talk to them on the phone and then we do some Skype, which we record and upload. If I do interviews here in New York restaurants, it’s me with a Flip Cam.”
Gir2Watch is officially partnered with the websites for Backstage magazine and TV’s The Insider. Their content is also often featured on BUZZ MEDIA flagship JustJared.com. The next video interview, set to post Monday November 14, will feature The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part I player Tinsel Korey (pictured).
“We are really trying to present these women in a positive, non-snarky, non-gossipy way,” says Laracy. “The world has caught up to where we were trying to go two years ago… A tweet or re-tweet to fans is almost like an autograph now, and a lot of these young women, some of whom I had never heard of, have upwards of 100,000 Twitter followers.”
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