ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 03: Tara Feldstein and Chase Paris attend the Below the Line: National Casting panel on Day 3 of the SCAD aTVfest 2018 on February 3, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for SCAD aTVfest 2018 )
Photo: Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for SCAD aTVfest 2018
Photo: Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for SCAD aTVfest 2018

Listen: Podcast with Emmy-winning Atlanta casting directors

This week’s accessAtlanta podcast focuses on the duo who found “Stranger Things’” Barb

Originally posted Thursday, August 23, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

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TV shows and films live and die by their big stars. But casting the secondary characters properly - the bratty younger sister, the best friend, the cop, the nurse - can be crucial to keeping viewers in the moment. 

That’s where Atlanta’s Tara Feldstein and Chase Paris come in. They run a fast-rising local casting company. When a show like FX’s “Atlanta,” Netflix’s “Ozark” or “Stranger Things” needs a 14-year-old skateboarder, a hapless real estate agent or a gangbanger, they ask Feldstein/Paris to find them.

The pair send out calls to local casting agencies and typically using online-only audition tapes, pare down the best folks for the film or show producers to select from. That’s how they landed Barb on “Stranger Things” and the middle-school versions of Earn and Alfred for “Atlanta.” 

We recently talked to the two hard-working casting directors about their process. Bottom line: their jobs are stressful, fun and ultimately fulfilling. They won an Emmy last year for casting “Stranger Things” and are up again this year for casting Emmys for that show and “Atlanta.”  

You can read my story as well. 

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Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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