Chad's Open Road

CHAD DARNELL

Casting Director

“You've got to create your own opportunity. Don't ever let anybody tell you what you can or can't do. Don't let anybody tell you who you can or can't be. ”

INTERESTS:

Film Acting & Theatre

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Character Opportunity Confidence Experience Hard Work Community Struggle Education Support & Encouragement Dedication Self-Reflection Passion Determination

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Has been acting ever since he was a kid doing community and school theater.
  • While in high school, he participated in the Georgia Governor's Honors Program and subsequently won an acting scholarship.
  • When he took the ACTs, they accidentally switched his scores, affecting which colleges he got accepted to—Georgia State University was the only one that would accept him.
  • Worked as an extra in film and television to help put himself through college, but one day he was asked to help in the casting department and he’s worked in that field ever since.
  • Decided to move to Los Angeles and got a job working for Central Casting, where he worked for almost 10 years casting projects such as “Spider-Man,” “White Oleander,” “Alias,” and “Crossing Jordan.”
  • After working extremely long hours on multiple projects, he decided to leave Central Casting and move back to Georgia in order to focus more on pursuing his own projects.
  • Says the worst moment in his life was when he was misquoted in an article calling actors in Georgia “lazy”—calls this his “turning point” and it subsequently inspired him to start his acting camp.
  • Says working in Georgia has given him unique opportunities in the film industry—when he started in the ’90s, there were only five shows in production in Georgia; now there are over 100.

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