CDA Awards: Sue Odell CDA's expert guidance for Actors

Casting directors are often the unsung heroes in our industry, which is why we love to shout about the winners in the annual Casting Directors Association (CDA) Awards. It recognises the hard work they do and, now in its fifth year, was recently held at BAFTA in London, highlighting casting talent across commercials, television, and film.

We had the chance to catch up with some of the incredible winners at the 2021 CDAs, 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 Sue Odell CDA below!

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

"Casting a campaign for Velvet loo rolls (the copy line was ‘Love Your Bum’) I photographed lots of bottoms. But one man turned around - oooops!!!"

What is your best way to spend a Friday night?

"At the theatre. Hands down."

And your guilty TV pleasure?

"Googlebox. Shhhh."

‘When not working, you can find me…’

"In a charity shop. at the theatre. In an art gallery."

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

"Be natural. Enjoy yourselves. Don’t be ashamed of having a second job!"

Sue Odell CDA is a force in the industry, which is why the Mandy community voted her as our Casting Director of the Year in 2019! Find out what our community had to say about her extraordinary work here.