1997, I started in casting because I needed a job. My friend was a casting director, I phoned her up, she had an opening so I started working. I really liked it. A couple of months later a friend called up saying her friend who was a casting director in L.A. was in need of someone to run the NY portion of the Levi's commercials she was casting. Wow! My first taste of running my own sessions. Some time later (July 1998) the production manager, Kate Sutherland, now a producer, was working on a music video. Lauryn Hill "the girl from The Fugees" was coming out with a solo record and they were shooting her first video. Now up until this point I was an assistant and had only done commercials. I began working on the job.
And that is how I became a casting director.