based at film city glasgow (www.filmcityglasgow.com), enjoying the company of the sigma films and film city families, the casting directors at kcc cast for films, tv, short films, commercials, music promos and animation.
kahleen crawford grew up in glasgow. her childhood love of black and white films and the actors in them was the start of what led her graduate from glasgow university with a degree in film and television with theatre studies.
after graduation, she moved to london to work in live television production but after several months of particularly ludicrous lectures from her boss (the highlight being a high-drama showdown regarding the apparently life threatening lack of decaffeinated earl grey tea in the production office) kahleen quit her job and drove back to glasgow.
a fortnight later, and back working at the bar she had worked at when she was a student, kahleen decided to try and get her ideal job in casting. she applied for a job as an agent's assistant, however, a lengthy telephone conversation led to the agent instead telling kahleen about a new casting company, set up a few months earlier by gillian berrie of sigma films. kahleen started in casting the next day.
she thanks maryam for her time, advice, and for not hiring her, and gillian for hiring her. she will never yell at anyone about speciality tea.
danny started in the industry as an actor after doing the drama school thing. he was pretty lucky and spent ten years doing all sorts of the weird and wonderful things on stage and camera that make up a modern acting career. but despite being busy, danny found he was more and more frustrated at not being involved in the early creative stages of film and tv. after having a go at jobs in various other departments, danny realised that going into casting was the right move. he was lucky enough to gain some really valuable experience working with some top casting directors in london, but when he met kahleen he decided moving back to glasgow to work with her was the thing to do.
danny was worried that there may be a 'poacher turned gamekeeper' attitude towards him when he moved into casting from acting, but this has not been the case (or maybe people just whisper it out of earshot). danny brings an insider’s knowledge of what it’s like to be an actor at a casting, and he tries to apply that to every detail of the castings he’s involved in.
danny knows he will never lose the sense of satisfaction that putting together a cast, and seeing the end product, gives him. he remains sure he made the right move coming to work at kcc, and is pleased that he hasn’t grown sick of the sight of kahleen. however, he is still horrified by the amount of milk she takes in her non-speciality tea.
caroline trained at central in drama education with the aim of teaching drama wherever the interesting jobs would take her. with that in mind, and in search of a tan, she headed off to singapore to teach for a year....but it turns out that once you have seen one palm tree, you’ve seen them all, so home it was.
upon returning to glasgow, caroline said yes to a favour, found herself chaperoning, and a television and film production career began to unfold. she stumbled around the industry working under many, many job titles, but her first taste of something akin to casting was working on a wedding show with glasgow production company la belle allee, finding bride(zilla)s to participate in filming. then, in 2004, an RSA project for glenfiddich helped her take the leap from finding contributors to casting, with a little push from film producer karen smyth.
after several years of freelancing on ads, short films and music vids, caroline landed work as a casting assistant on taggart, the mothership of many a scottish actor’s career. working on the show made her determined to continue in casting, so she bit the bullet and moved to london in order to keep working for her bosses. however, after some time well served in the big smoke, she found herself jobless and penniless....for approximately two hours. in a freakishly timely fashion, kahleen rang desperately looking for holiday cover, so caroline packed two weeks’ worth of clothes and got on a train to glasgow to help find gypsy travellers for a film. the banter (if not the tea making) has turned out to be so good that she hasn’t made it out the door for laughing yet, and she’s still here.
(...with two week’s worth of clothes.)