June 30, 2004 12:00am
5 out of 12 - Casting Call Chosen
Source: Creative Image Management & Casting, Ltd.
by: Robert Lombard
Mainstream gets real nervous with the possibility of venturing down the Porn Road - some with attitude!
This is a first hand account of a trip down that road with the "real" mainstream world that includes a cast of characters from the NYC Ad agency, the Client, a Creative Director, an Agency Producer, an LA Based Producer and Robert Lombard.
Back in the middle of May I was contacted for the possibility of casting a project that would include PG 13 or real soft R rated type nudity. The NYC Agency producer had done her research and thought a meeting should take place to discuss this project and the chance to be contracted as their casting director on this project.
Weeks passed and no contact. So I chalked that up to another project gone away. Many emotions went through my mind but the one that stood out was. "Well" I said, "they all figured out what I do for a living and they did not want to get near me or travel down that road".
Low and behold in the beginning of June I was contacted again and was requested to send a couple of jpgs samples of girls that I felt were right for this project. Understanding they were looking for all natural or implants that do not look like implants, limited tattoos, beautiful, early to late 20's and could pass for Elite type models for print.
Ok this was going to be a slam dunk as I had of course girls available for a casting session that would impress them or should I say blow them away.
I send pictures of Monique Alexander, jessica drake, Kaylani Lei, Syren, Cytherea, and Justine Jolie.
Weeks later I get an email asking me if I had more girls or were these my choices that I felt were right. Felt like a slap in the face!
Now it was time to either lock this deal up or let it go away as I was most nervous but still confident that I could do this job for them.
I pitch! I close! Set the talent fees, which would be a good payday for any model cast for a few hours of work. But still very nervous as I was now communicating with the Creative Director. He was dead against casting any girls from the world of Porn. So now I am what you might say bluffing, doing a dog and pony show because I then found out what the product was and I felt strong that once the client found out that he could possibly have recognizable porn girls he would be more than cool. My alias in this scenario was the NYC female ad agency producer. Maybe she was just intrigued or maybe she felt I really had my shit together.
Casting session was set for June 24th and shooting was to be on June 26th and June 27th.
As I start prepping my calls on Monday June 21st I receive an email from the NYC agency producer telling me that things are ok but the Ad Agency and Creative Director are going to still set up girls from the higher-end modeling agencies in LA.
It was like getting hit smack in the face as I have done casting jobs with these type girls and whoa they are beautiful but I was not to be defeated or discouraged. I knew these girls were beautiful but I also knew they did not have sexual heat in person or when the camera was on and that was something key in all the discussions I was having - The girls needed to have sexual heat.
I receive my casting director normal 50% deposit check and I now start putting out calls.
I put out calls to all the girls that I currently have in my loop that have been cast in various Late Night productions and some newer ones who I have met as well as putting calls out to Direct Models, CS Models, World Talent, Roy Garcia, Joey Serio, Naughty Modeling.
I find my job getting tougher and tougher as the only individuals who responded with professionalism were Derek at Direct Models, Cam Smith at CS Models and Joey Serio at Adult Staffing.
I set up 53 appointments and was fairly confident that a few would get chosen for the 12 available slots.
It is Wednesday June 23rd and I am now starting to make my re-confirming calls things run smooth and as expected I now start getting cancellations due to work booked. I am now real depressed as some of my "ringers" like, jessica drake, Kaylani Lei, Justine Jolie, Cytherea call to cancel. I am Fucked! I am never going to work again! The girls from Direct Models I have not seen other than pictures on the company site and was fairly confident that if the ones who were scheduled showed up I still should be ok. And to end my day with a positive note I receive a call from Lisa the Lesbian and she says I am with Cassidy ex-vivid girl and she wants to come in and discuss soft-core productions further. Wow! Cassidy. Get her into this session. She confirms. Ok not all lost.
The day arrives Thursday June 24th our start time is 12 noon until 4:00 PM, Upon my arrival an hour prior as requested at the casting location I walk into this beautiful exterior courtyard. Sitting there is the director of the project, Creative Director, an assistant, LA Female producer and inside is a guy sitting at the computer who is responsible to scan in the Polaroids and digital stills back to NYC. I am saying to myself, "I am in the wrong place". Well at least I can drink all the bottled water I desire and get my fill of fresh fruit and a catered lunch.
We all meet and greet and the Creative Director informs me that his list of higher-end models are coming starting at 2:00 PM and he wishes me luck with what he still feels is a waste of everyone's time.
12:05 PM no one has arrived on my list. 12:10 PM still no one. 12:20 PM as I am standing at the end of the driveway pacing, smoking and wondering if I should just head back to my office the girls start arriving, one by one, Friendly faces that is what I need right now. Girls I know start showing up.
They sign in, move to the exterior garden area where they are to have their picture taken and we say our good-byes. The process takes less then 15 minutes. No one shows any emotion. God I hate these ad agency types. Too cool for they're own good sometimes.
It is now 2:00 PM the higher-end models start showing up and I now get really frustrated as these girls are beautiful, but I remain confident as they have seen some hot looking ones from the list I set up. I need a laugh right now.
Ok... Some walk away from the session as they will not do any type nudity regardless how arty it is. Ok, good for my side, but still I don't know what the clients are feeling. I am stressed out beyond belief!
In walks Cassidy with Lisa the Lesbian, I think this one is going to blow them away like when Monique Alexander and Dee arrived. Even though they showed no emotion they still have to like this one. As Cassidy walks up the driveway two higher-end models recognize her and giggle and you could also see a bit of fear in their faces. Cassidy talks out loud and as her tongue moves outward she says. "Ummm I would like the both of them right now". Normally I would of said stop. But I want our side to win some slots. So if she scares a few away so be it.
At the end of the day I have 28 girls show up out of the 55 that were scheduled. 5 had made calls the day before and these were 4 very strong contenders to cancel [Wicked Contract stars, jessica drake, Kaylani Lei, Cytherea, Justine Jolie] and 22 were simply no shows. No calls! Just flaky no shows!
The higher-end models scheduled all showed up - All 60 of them. I left not feeling good but still felt what I did was worth every dime they paid me and surely they would reward some of the slots unless all parties vetoed any use of Porn Girls. Well at the end of the day... The Real World of Mainstream cast 5 girls. Dee, Monique Alexander, Cassidy, Jassie and Domino.
I would like to give Special thanks to Lucky Smith of Risque Management and Derek Hay of Direct Models for making me look very good!
Creative Image Management