Monday, May 22, 2017

Hollywood Casting Director Dea Vise Kicked Out of Casting Society of America (CSA)

My video about Dea Vise and the revocation of her CSA membership.

Hey Everyone,

I know this post isn't typical for the type of content I post on Mangotology. However, I want to eventually branch out and discuss other topics and items I am passionate about besides just exposing the Church of Scientology.

 Today's post is about casting director Dea Vise:

Dea Vise

If you haven't already heard, Dea Vise had her membership revoked in the CSA 👎

Excerpt From THR: "Outspoken casting director Dea Vise, a vocal critic of her field’s alleged epidemic of pay-to-play auditioning, the predatory labor practice that in February resulted in misdemeanor charges against more than two dozen practitioners, has had her membership in the Casting Society of America revoked by its executive board. She claims the expulsion is baseless and comes as retaliation for her whistleblowing efforts, while the professional organization has asserted to her that she’s engaged in conduct unbecoming of a member on multiple occasions."

Many actor friends have told me to stay out of it. I have been advised not to discuss or call out the unethical acts of the Casting Society of America, popular TV/Film casting directors, and pay-to-play workshops. Understandably, I'm an actor. It could be detrimental if I call out the behavior of a greedy casting director and they blacklist me from their office. However, I was told the exact same thing would happen to me about speaking out against Scientology. I am an activist, I am a whistleblower, and I don't keep my mouth shut. If that gets me in trouble with others, or makes me not liked with industry professionals (for example), then so be it. I don't want to work for those casting directors then if they are ripping off and taking advantage of others, selling them the dream and lining their own wallets with cash! It's sickening and it's enraged me enough to go public and tell my story about casting director workshops.

Here are two other videos I made about the subject:


Please note I get absolutely nothing out of making these videos. I am not sponsored by Dea Vise. I do not get paid to make videos exposing pay-to-play. I do it because I have been scammed a number of times and have been to numerous workshops in the past. 

As I discuss in my videos above, these workshops are paid audition scenarios and are used by casting directors as a paid pre-read for roles they are currently casting. Many of these casting directors hold dozens of workshops a week and make thousands of dollars off of actors that they should be meeting and networking with for free.

So what happened with Dea Vise and her membership revocation in CSA? 

She did absolutely nothing wrong (in my opinion)!

I take you along the timeline of what happened leading up to the situation. However, if you don't want to watch my video, I will give you all a quick outline of what happened:

Dea made 3 posts that the CSA was unhappy with. They say these post suggest that Dea “acted in an unprofessional or unethical manner” and that she failed to “meet the standards of conduct generally acceptable within the profession.”

1) The first post was Dea asking a question on the CSA closed Facebook group. She had seen a Facebook thread on a luxury auction site called IF ONLY where casting director Sheila Jaffe was selling an audition for a role on one of her projects for a minimum bid of $5,000.

The Facebook thread was slamming Sheila calling her a scam artist and worse, and Dea wanted to see what CSA members thought - in a private group. So she asked “Are we OK with this?” She didn’t accuse Sheila of anything and she even mentioned that she had no idea where the money was going - but the CSA accused Dea of saying Sheila was “pocketing the money” - stealing! - but she never said that. She got slammed for even bringing up the fact that this might make casting directors look bad.

Here’s the IF ONLY thread that made Dea concerned enough to as the question in the first place. Dea was basically trying to warn the CSA of possible bad PR.

2) The second post was on the Casting Directors for Actors Facebook page (where Dea used to be an admin). The CSA accused Dea of encouraging actors to sue casting directors. But all she did was put up a link to a class-action suit that a lawfirm was considering. She posed text from the law firm class action page, but didn’t say or suggest anything. The title of her post was “FYI." While Dea did not ask any actors to sign up, she still believes that actors should have the right to seek some sort of financial relief if they’re the victims of a scam. And the lawsuit was about suing the workshops, not the casting directors charged.

3) On her own Facebook page, Dea posted that she had suggested that her actor friend - who LOVED casting director Carmen Cuba’s shows - call the office and ask a simple question: “What’s your policy on meeting actors for free in general interviews?” The friend, who called, was hung up on by the assistant who took the call, so Dea said, “I guess Carmen doesn’t do free general interviews.” The CSA said that this was wrong.

The irony is that Dea was doing exactly what the CSA bylaws suggest in their first articles:

Establishing a recognized standard of professionalism in the industry;

Enhancing the stature of the profession in the industry;

The other irony is that the CSA had promoted a Casting Community Defense Fund set up to raise funds to defend the 16 CDs who were charged with a crime.

And the same CSA bylaws that they were quoting to justify Dea’s removal also say this:

"Any member accused of violating any provision of law, acting in an unprofessional or unethical manner, or otherwise failing to meet standards of conduct generally acceptable within the profession, may have their membership revoked.”

I’m not sure how many of these casting directors who were “accused of violating” the law have even had their memberships revoked or even reviews, but the Defense Fund makes it hard to believe that they’re reprimanding the same people they’re raising money for.

Like one guy on Dea’s Facebook page said:

"Here's my opinion. The CSA revoked the membership of Dea Vise because she’s getting closer to the truth about the CSA's institutionalized corruption. It's up to actors to stop this cover-up—which means serious, ongoing grassroots pressure for an investigation into the CSA's denial and obfuscation of the facts. Actors must launch a powerful campaign, not just for Dea's benefit, but to get the truth out. This whole "kill the messenger" tactic smells criminal. Will you speak out to help stop the CSA cover-up?"

I really think they’re trying to cover up their behavior by getting rid of the whistleblowers.

What do you guys think? Have you attended pay-to-play workshops?

Do you think it's fair what they did to Dea Vise? If not, please share this blog post and my video. Make noise and don't be afraid to speak up. The only way to make change is to cause one!



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