CDA Awards: Emily Tilelli CDA breaks down her expert advice

Casting directors often don’t get the credit they deserve. After all, their impact on TV, film and commercial projects is unrivalled and our industry would stop ticking by without them! Which is why it’s always fantastic to see their talents recognised at the annual Casting Directors Association (CDA) Awards - the 2021 ceremony was recently held at BAFTA London!

We had the chance to catch up with some of the incredible winners at the 2021 CDA Awards, lifting the lid on what their go-to advice is for actors, as well as some of their most memorable casting moments. Check out our chat with Emily Tilelli CDA below!

Tell us, Emily, what is your most memorable casting moment?

“Abi Hardingham's audition for Nina Forever will always hold a special place in my heart.”

And what is your best way to spend a Friday night?

“Bingeing a great TV series with a takeaway is hard to beat!”

What is your guilty TV pleasure?

“The guilt is so bad I couldn't possibly say…”

‘When not working, you can find me…’

“Doing fun things with my kids.”

Finally, what is your best piece of advice for actors?

“If you're ever given the opportunity to be a reader, jump at it. It's an invaluable experience.”

Emily Tilelli's career is unrivalled and she was voted the winner of Mandy’s Casting Director Awards in 2015! Emily also sat down with us previously for a Q&A on how actors can make the most of their career, as well as offering her expert showreel tips.