a little bit about me...
Sara Jane Sherman
Sara is a Two-time Emmy Nominated Casting Director, Dialogue Director and Voiceover Coach. She is currently casting ANIMANIACS and LOONEY TUNES CARTOONS for Warner Bros Animation; Directing the US talent for 101 DALMATIAN STREET; Casting and Directing a new series for Cartoon Network and a couple of other fun projects she can talk about next year!
Before that, she was Jon Stewart's Head of Casting for his animated project with HBO. However, the majority of her casting career was at Disney Television Animation, where she spent 12 years learning how to cast an animated series.
She was the Executive Director of Casting and Talent Relations before leaving at the beginning of 2017. She has worked on such hit shows as BIG HERO 6: THE SERIES, TANGLED EVER AFTER, MILO MURPHY’S LAW, PHINEAS AND FERB, GRAVITY FALLS, and STAR VS THE FORCES OF EVIL. Her credits also include MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE, YIN, YANG, YO, FISH HOOKS, CLUB PENGUIN, WANDER OVER YONDER, SUPER ROBOT MONKEY TEAM HYPERFORCE GO!, and many, many pilots.
Prior to joining Disney, Sara worked in development at Klasky Csupo known for RUGRATS and AS TOLD BY GINGER and at Gullane Entertainment known for THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE.
She started her career as Steven Bochco’s production assistant after attending the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University. Sara has recently become a mom and resides in the Los Angeles area.
a little q&a...
What is your favorite part of casting?
I love giving actors their first job in animation. This goes for actors who have been in the business a long time, but haven't booked as well as actors that had no idea acting in cartoons was a "thing." Many performers don't think about voice over. It isn't even on their radar. So when I bring it to their attention and then they actually book something, it is very exciting.
Any advice you would give to actors?
Take improv classes! Find your funny!
Take the time to listen back to your audition before submitting it. I know a lot of time there is a fast turnaround, but taking one final listen is always worth the extra minute. I can't tell you how many auditions I discard because of poor editing or recording quality. Edit out any false starts. Don't record when the trash is being collected out front. Don't record in your bathroom or any other room that echoes.