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'Stranger Things' Casting Directors Reveal Why Atlanta is The New Hollywood

Do you want to become an actor? Well, you may want to move to Atlanta.

The casting company behind Stranger Things, Ozark, and Atlanta, revealed that many Georgia actors are auditioning for nearly every day.

In a recent interview, Atlanta’s Feldstein Paris Casting shared how Georgia’s film industry has changed in past years. They began by explaining how they discovered Shannon Purser, a local actress from Roswell Georgia, to play the role of Barb.

“We had to been looking for that role forever seeing all different types of girls,” Paris said. “When we ran into Shannon, we actually overlooked her at one point. We looked at her tape. It didn’t work at that moment. Then we went back and take another look at this girl.”

Her audition would launch her career, the casting company explained.

The casting helped the casting company win their first Emmy last year. They were later nominated both Stranger Things and Donald Glover’s hit FX series Atlanta.

Arguably, Feldstein Paris casting is one of the most influential casting companies in Atlanta, Georgia. They provide casting for several hit shows including Netflix’s Ozark, OWN’s Greenleaf, and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Previously, the casting company worked from home. Now, the casting directors work out of an office in Battery Park in Smyrna, Georgia. Thanks in part to the fact auditions are now being sent digitally saving an enormous amount of time and money.

According to SAG-AFTRA Atlanta, the number of actors working in the state has grown from 800 people to well over 2,200 in less than a decade.

“Some actors are getting four or five auditions a week,” Bennett said. There are some actors who try to book every TV show that shoots in town. You could potentially get a day in everything.”

“Some actors are getting four or five auditions a week,” the casting company explained. There are some actors who try to book every TV show that shoots in town. You could potentially get a day in everything.”

One actor even argued that Feldstein Paris casting decisions have improved the number of opportunities for regional and local actors. The casting company explained the casting company has  “really raised the industry’s awareness of the talent pool in Atlanta. They really love actors, and it shows in their work. They’ll push to cast local actors in larger roles.” 

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