CDA Awards: insights for actors from Leanne Flinn CDG CDA

The Casting Directors Association (CDA) Awards are over for another year! This ceremony is a fantastic platform that celebrates the hard work casting directors do throughout the year. Productions couldn’t survive without their talent, and this year’s ceremony was held at the incredible BAFTA London.

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 Leanne Flinn CDG CDA below!

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

“I don't know if this is a good memory but certainly one I won't forget... casting a 'finger licking' KFC commercial (luckily just before the pandemic) and watching actors eat crisps and lick the salt off their fingers for days on end!!! Put me off crisps for a bit!”

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

“Watching a film in my PJs!”

Your guilty TV pleasure?

“Married at first sight Australia and now UK.”

‘When not working, you can find me…’

“Walking round the park with my dog and baby.”

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

“Be yourself & try to forget about the casting you just did and know you did your best. Oh and that the casting director wants you to do well!”

Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with us, Leanne! Our members are always grateful to receive career advice from industry experts and congrats again on your big win at the CDA Awards.