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As a Lafayette native, I (Blair Foster) have always been passionate about working in my home state. I left Louisiana for my college degree. I felt despite our state’s strong film production presence there wasn’t (and still isn’t) a cornerstone university rearing young people with the skills to break into the industry. I returned to Louisiana after graduating, as planned, to realize most of the crew I meet are transplants. They are also wonderful people who I am happy are investing in our state, bringing their skills, beliefs, new ideas, and MONEY to Louisiana, but I worry this is another example of Louisiana being a day late and a dollar short for their own opportunity at economic advancement.
It’s been 6 years since I graduated. I’m optimistic that students and new graduates are meeting a different climate, that Louisiana is seen on the forefront of film/television production and job opportunity, but I am still not seeing the number of native-born crew members that I see in comparable markets (i.e. Atlanta and Wilmington).
I DO, however, see an abundance of Louisiana actors, and perhaps that’s why I love what I do so much! Creating and giving opportunities to local talent is a dream job. Creating and giving opportunities to any and everyone who would not otherwise have them is a dream job.
1. What products and services do you offer?
Namaste Casting provides principal casting services for film and television, as well as extras casting for feature films. Throwing in an occasional national talent search, commercial, short film, or print media.
2. How long have you been in business?
I have worked for the same remarkable woman, Tracy Kilpatrick, for 6 years now. She is a best friend and mentor. Her company, simply titled The Casting Office, has been around for 20+ years. We travel across the southeast with her two 80lbs hound dogs in a white passenger van, working from the road, holding casting sessions, and taking meetings wherever we need to be. We laugh a lot, handle our business, and do amazing work.
Due to the nature of the film industry (and a lot of boring tax reasons), she does not employ me directly. Consequently, I formed my own corporation at the behest of my CPA in 2018. She is similarly self-employed/freelance.
3. How do people find you online?
I’m an old soul and prefer prospective employers to reach me by email – firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re an aspiring/working actor or interested in becoming an extra you can email a headshot/resume to email@example.com. Be sure to list if you have an agent, the city where you live, a working phone number and email, and that your photo is RECENT, in color, and does not have an Instagram filter on it.
4. What is lesser known about your business that you wish more people knew?
Most often, the first question I get when I tell people my profession is, “who’s the most famous person you’ve met?” I really dislike that question, because it implies my job is all about meeting famous people, which it is not. Sure, celebrity is a natural curiosity but I wish it were not so highly valued in our culture.
5. Lagniappe Info.
I chose Namaste Casting Corp. as my company name, because namaste means, “the light in me acknowledges and respects the light in you.” I sincerely believe that is at the core of acting. It is important to me for actors and directors to know that is how I approach my job.
Contact Blair directly at firstname.lastname@example.org