The Casting Couch, Inc./Sande Alessi
13731 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks , CA 91423
Phone: (818) 201-0555
Welcome to Sande Alessi, CSA and The Casting Couch, Inc.
Sande Alessi Casting was founded 12 years ago with the idea that the best artists in film and television deserve the very best background actors for their projects. Rather than sending generic bodies like a cattle call to hit a quota, Sande Alessi Casting prides itself on finding the perfect person for each and every spot, helping directors and producers create distinct, amazing palettes for their shows. Our company has made its reputation by finding background actors that others could not. When Steven Spielberg wanted Hassidic Jews who played soccer, we found them in a day. When Gore Verbinski needed each and every pirate to look unique for Pirates of the Carribean, we scoured islands by schooner, canoe and Jet-ski to book them. When David Fincher has to nail down a time period in his films, we go through thousands of pictures to achieve his vision. To give production companies the highest quality background actors, we have seen thousands of beautiful women for Entourage, hundreds of characters for dead bodies on Six Feet Under, swingers of all shapes and sizes for Austin Powers, and have worked all night on locations to be ready to check-in huge waves of people at first light. Sande Alessi Casting books the best for the best in the business.
SOME OF OUR FEATURE FILMS
Pirates of the Caribbean: I, II, & III, Fast & The Furious, War of the Worlds, Rumor Has It, The Terminal, American Wedding, Catch Me If You Can, Austin Powers: Goldmember & The Spy Who Shagged Me, XXX, Minority Report, A.I., Zoolander, Banger Sisters, Fight Club, Jerry Maguire, That Thing You Do, Entourage, America's Most Wanted, Six Feet Under, Curb Your Enthusiasm
SOME OF OUR COMMERCIALS
Hertz, Gillette, Tommy Hilfiger, Ford, Frito Lay, Adidas, Yoplait, Nokia, American Eagle Outfitters, Verizon, Cingular, Pepsi, Dr.Pepper, Intel, Circuit City, Bud Light, 7UP, Gatorade, American Express, Visa, Titleist, Best Buy, Burger King, FOX Sports, Reebok, Target, Hershey's, Taco Bell, Home Depot, Heineken, Capital One, Dodge, Honda, Lexus, Mastercard, Miller Lite, Snickers, Sprint, Toyota, AOL, Bud Light, PETA, State Farm, Pizza Hut, Nabisco
Amputees, Sumo Wrestlers, Little People, Extreme Characters, Models, Real People, Hot Girls, Dead Bodies, Pirates, Re-enactors, Period Films, Motion Capture, Photo Doubles, Upscale Types, 18 To Look Younger, Hip and Trendy Types, Ethnic Groups, Body Parts, Athletes, Hosts and even rush calls for Hassidic Soccer Players.
TESTIMONIALS FROM SOME OF OUR CLIENTS
?For someone so expert and talented in extra casting?you?re very thoughtful and I look forward to working with you again??
- Steven Spielberg
?At our first meeting I voiced all my concerns and thankfully, did not have to reiterate them once. You got the vibe of my movie immediately and your department quickly became one I never had to worry about.?
- David Fincher
?From Sande?s credits, you will see years of hard work, with some of the best filmmakers around?Sande has a reputation for being kind to talent, as well as having a good eye ? that?s not always the case in our business.?
- Judith Bouley, CSA
?I have known and worked with Sande Alessi for many years. She is professional, kind to actors and truly loves the art form.?
- Craig Campobasso, CSA
?Your instincts for finding the perfect extras are impeccable?No matter what last minute craziness we threw your way, extras casting was always efficient, capable, and cooperative with production. It was one department I never had to worry about.?
- Joe Caracciolo, Executive Producer
?She produces what we ask for and I sincerely appreciated it.?
- Dave Venghaus, 1st Assistant Director
?Mrs. Alessi really went out of her way to cater to our diverse casting needs and unique schedule. She is an excellent team player whom I would recommend for any production.?
- Michael Arroyo, AD
?Thank you for all of your help and patience during our crazy shooting schedule?you produced what we asked for and we sincerely appreciated it.?
- Karen Hughes, UPM
MORE ABOUT US
CD Sande Alessi and her colleagues always create the right atmosphere.
Hanging out at the Casting Couch is like being in a sorority house between classes. Sande Alessi, Jennifer Alessi, and Kristan Berona have their own offices but retreat there only when it becomes too busy to gather in the central office, fielding phone calls and faxes between sips of coffee and riotous outbursts of laughter. The pace of the coffee talk is as rapid as the filling of jobs for countless extras. Sande Alessi, involved in every element of her company's operation, is a vibrant mix of energy, know-how, and chutzpah. Her goal of focusing even more on principal casting in the new year should be easily met.
Road to This Position: Alessi came from the recording industry. " I was in the music business in the '80s. Big hair, good times!" she recalled. "I did some non-union extra work, then worked as a SAG extra, did stand-in work, and then became a set coordinator," Alessi continued. ?I was a waitress on Seinfeld for several seasons, but never wanted to act. I preferred casting. It's creative, like decorating.?
How to Register: A $20.00 one-time fee puts you in the database that Alessi and her staff use to populate the worlds of every project they cast. Once registered, actors submit their availability on jobs listed on the Casting Couch hotline.
Most Gratifying Part of Her Job: "To see the work I did on the big screen. Calling people to tell them they got the job. It's such a competitive business, that part is really nice. Also I hired my best friend and my sister. We have fun all day here."
Taken from "Casting Qs: A Collection of Casting Director Interviews" By Bonnie Gillespie