Ben Parkinson (C.S.A), casting director on “Jungle” with Daniel Radcliffe, “The Shallows” featuring Blake Lively, and Australian feature “Don’t Tell,” along with actor and casting assistant Joey Vieira, offered their insight into the world of entertainment to eager acting for film students of the New York Film Academy Gold Coast during a Q&A session on Friday, May 19.
Mr. Parkinson has been casting for over 17 years with major experience in various facets of the industry. He has worked in New York, Los Angeles and Australia-wide on major motion pictures, indie films, local and international television commercials, and music video clips. Ben’s unique eye for casting and his compassion for each project has made him one of Australia’s most highly accomplished casting directors.
Mr. Vieira, a California native with over 20 years experience in acting, relocated to Australian in 2014. His career has include roles on Channel 7’s mini-series “Hoges,” “Illusion V,” “Texas Rising,” “The Simpsons,” “The Shield” and “Kitchen Confidential,” as well as feature films “San Andreas” and “Jungle.”
Hosting a comprehensive presentation to students, Parkinson and Vieira provided invaluable insider knowledge of the industry.
NYFA Australia acting for film student Ethann S. says of the session: “I had fun, had a laugh and learnt some interesting things … The boys helped with my question regarding contracts with a possible agent and negotiating … I definitely felt like I got something out of today. And hopefully the next time I see them it’s in the audition room.”
Fellow student Danni-Elle C. added her thanks “for the opportunity … it was super informative.”
The New York Film Academy Australia would like to thank Ben Parkinson and Joey Vieira for taking the time to speak with our students.