Dawn Hershey, CSA
Thanks for stopping by my website. I'll just take a moment to do the informal "about me"...
So, College: I went to 3 different schools (San Diego State, La Universidad Catolica in Santiago Chile and Chico State). I graduated with a Spanish major and a Theatre Arts minor.
I came to Los Angeles in 1995 and started working at Nickelodeon Animation Studios. There, I worked my way up through the ranks from Receptionist to Casting Assistant, Casting Coordinator, Casting Supervisor, and finally Casting Director. I joined the Casting Society of America (CSA) in 1999 and have been a full time Casting Director ever since.
From Nickelodeon I moved on to Icebox.com in 2000 where I was hired as the Executive Director of Casting to cast and record over 50 animated shorts for the internet. Then the dot com bubble burst and we all wheeled our Aeron chairs out to our cars, loaded 'em up, and started looking for the next thing.
From Icebox I went on to co-found Blindlight in 2001 (A production services company for the videogame industry) and I oversaw all of the voice-over production there for 7 years. Casting voices for videogames allowed me to create, develop and hone amazing organizational systems for casting large quantities of characters in short amounts of time. Videogames. Me? Who would have thought?
While holding down full time jobs at each of these companies, I continued to build my freelance career in TV and Feature film animation. And that is my main love, passion and focus now.
I'm based in West Hollywood, CA but my clients are in all parts of the US and I am always traveling around from city to city and studio to studio. I love it.
I can officially say that I am truly an expert in my field. I know the industry and talent pool very well and I have wonderful long-standing relationships with actors, producers, managers and agents.
And that about wraps it up. Me. In a professional nutshell.
Thanks for reading this all the way through...I am looking forward to doing business with you.