Jen Rudin is the head of the animation department at ICM Partners. She joined ICM in July 2020 following two decades as an award-winning casting director. Rudin grew up in New York City and began her professional acting career at age eight. She is the author of Confessions of a Casting Director: Help Actors Land Any Role with Secrets from Inside the Audition Room published by HarperCollins.
Jen spent seven years as a Casting Executive at The Walt Disney Company. From 2002-2007, Jen served as head of casting for Walt Disney Animation Studios in Burbank, California and she won the 2006 Artios Award for casting Chicken Little and the 2010 Artios Award for The Princess and the Frog. From 2007-2009, she served as Director of Casting and Talent Development for Disney Theatrical Productions in New York City.
"As a casting director, if you’re good, we will bring you back because we depend on certain actors."
Jen Rudin’s Book: Confessions of a Casting Director
You can become one of those people so when you come to the audition, the CD doesn’t have to worry about you.
Simplify, do it, and get on with your day.
Casting Directors have the hardest job.
Read audition directions OUTLOUD.
The core work: You in and of yourself know you are ok, you are there to serve the project, to serve the work.
You speak the "Language of the Agents and the Casting Directors," you don’t bring in your actor stuff, you are on the same page.
When auditioning for animation, watch the shows, do your research!