Speed Networking Nov. 13 Industry Guest: Casting Director Billy DaMota

FAC celebrates 5 years of supporting FilAms in entertainment and media with a special event! This year the speed networking will be done in small groups with each group spending 10 min. with a successful industry guest and then rotating to another esteemed guest. Nov. 13, 7pm, The Parlor Hollywood, 7250 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, California 90046. RSVP with name and industry occupation at filamcreative@gmail.com.

Meet our industry experts:

casting director

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In 1985, Billy DaMota began his casting career, working as an assistant on such films as Predator, The Running Man, The Three Amigos and Project X. In 1988 he was hired as the casting associate on the gang epic, Colors, directed by Dennis Hopper. Billy became an independent casting director with Steven Seagal’s first film, Above the Law, directed by Andrew Davis. He went on to cast Miracle Mile, starring Anthony Edwards and Mare Winningham and the legendary cult classic Chopper Chicks in Zombie Town, casting the then unknown Billy Bob Thornton in his first co-starring role. He recently cast the faith-based blockbuster, God’s Not Dead, the family drama Touching Home, starring Ed Harris, Robert Forster and Brad Dourif and Apostle Peter starring Hollywood legend, Robert Loggia.

Billy has worked with acclaimed director Alex Proyas on dozens of national commercials and as a casting consultant on The Crow as well as the Will Smith hit I, Robot. He has cast hundreds of films, TV shows, commercials, plays and music videos, casting actors like Marcia Cross, James Franco, Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Sean Young, as well as Hollywood legends Faye Dunaway, Mickey Rooney and Tony Curtis.

For 2 decades he cast the hit TV show America’s Most Wanted. He also works as the staff casting director for Pure Flix, the industry’s #1 faith-based production company.

In the world of Music Videos, Billy has worked with artists such as Big & Rich, Tori Amos, Trace Adkins, The Basement Jaxx, Brooks and Dunne, Faith Hill, George Strait, Dave Navarro, Ministry, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley and The Ramones.

Billy joined the The Casting Society of America in 1992 and has been nominated three times for Best Casting for an Independent Film. He founded DoNotPay.org in 2001 to help educate and inform actors about Hollywood scams. His book, An Actor Grovels is due out soon in bookstores and eBooks everywhere.

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