Mandy's Surgery Sessions: Casting Director, Ben Cogan
6th Oct 2020

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Mandy’s CV Surgery Sessions are your opportunity to gain valuable insights and advice from leading figures in the industry. 

We are delighted to announce that esteemed casting director, Ben Cogan, will be doing a series of one-on-one sessions with several Mandy members on Tuesday 6th October! This session is the perfect chance for actors and young performers to fine-tune their Mandy Profile, get advice and feedback on headshots, showreel, cover letters and ultimately increase their chances of securing auditions and roles!


Ben Cogan has worked in casting for over 20 years. He began as a Casting Assistant for many TV shows (including EastEnders, Holby City and Waking the Dead), before becoming the Casting Director for Doctors in 2002. 380 episodes later, Ben moved to Casualty and, in his time there, six episodes that he worked on were recognised with BAFTA nominations. During this period he also worked on the Afternoon Play series, Kiss of Death and various short films - one of which (Wish 143) was nominated for an Oscar. Ben is now a freelance Casting Director having cast feature film Just Charlie (Winner of the Edinburgh Film Festival Audience Award), Trendy (nominated for Raindance) and Amaryllis as well as award winning short films, Apple Tree House for CBeebies, additional child roles with Tom Hooper on Jack Thorne's BBC adaptation of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials. He is currently casting the feature film: Witch West and working on two new short films.

When: Tuesday 6th October. Members will have a slot between 15.00 - 18.30 BST.

Where: Zoom. The invite will be emailed to members that are successful.

Mandy Surgery sessions are run exclusively for Premium Members and applicants will be entered into a raffle to be selected. To be in with the chance of having a one-on-one session with Ben, all you have to do is answer the question below! Hurry, we will be closing the draw on Tuesday 29th September at 23.59 BST. We will then contact the lucky winners by 1st October.

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