Casting Networks® caught up with Ezrah Lockwood, who as a session runner operates the camera, gives direction to actors and works with casting directors, directors, agencies and members of the production team to ensure that audition and callback sessions run smoothly. Ezrah explains his journey working in casting, some words of wisdom he lives by and what excites him about the future of casting.
1. What inspired you to work in the industry?
I have always worked in the entertainment industry but on the music and video creation side. When a good friend introduced me to casting, I thought it was the perfect type of work to engage my creative interest.
2. What was your first job in the industry? How did your path to working as a studio session director start?
My first job was working for a casting studio managing technical operations. As I learned about the business more, I realized that session directing would be perfect for me and I slowly picked up gigs until one day I realized that I was in high demand.
3. What is a career highlight of yours?
I would say my career is actually a constant highlight! When I see an actor who just booked a job I was the session director for, I get to share in their excitement. Also, I am always thrilled to unexpectedly see a spot on television for the first time. Especially if it is on the Super Bowl!
4. If you could go back, what would you tell yourself on your first day on the job?
I would tell myself to relax and enjoy the process. Not many people get the opportunity to do this kind of work.
5. What advice would you give to professionals interested in a career as a studio session director?
I would tell them to be sure to hone the skillset for not only directing people according to someone else’s plan, but also the skills to operate all of the necessary equipment in the way casting requires.
6. What are some of your favorite hobbies outside of work?
I love to travel, try out new Los Angeles restaurants, read, watch movies and drink good wine, all with my amazing wife!
7. If you could describe yourself as a television or movie character, who would you pick and why?
Ha! Well, the first thing that comes to mind is James Bond? Maximus? Darth Vader? I guess a bad guy in “Mad Max,” but only because I have a similar wardrobe.
8. What was the last film you saw?
“Promising Young Woman.”
9. Do you have a quote or mantra that you live by?
Don’t let perfection be the enemy of progress!
10. What excites you about the future of your profession?
We are on the precipice of an evolution, so I’m excited to be a part of discovering what comes next.