I was an unknown actor, from a smaller out of state market. Jennifer took a chance and cast me as the lead in a short film by J. Casey Modderno called “Disgrace”. This opportunity not only helped me grow as an actor, but also to forge new connections in the industry. I can truthfully say that my career would not be where it is today, nor where it will be tomorrow, if not for Jennifer believing in me.
Jennifer Peralta-Ajemian is one of those rare casting directors who actors look forward to auditioning for. She makes the room a comfortable and caring environment where each performer can truly shine. Her adjustments are always spot on and make me wonder why she isn’t a director as well. Few people in this industry are as caring and talented as Jennifer. I wish all of my auditions could be for her.
They don’t give out Oscars for casting, but if they decide to start, I have a feeling one of the first recipients will be Jennifer Peralta-Ajemian. For every question our film Lust Life raised, JPA had an answer ready. An 18-year-old who can pass for 12, and looks exactly like our lead actress? No problem. A gender-fluid man with a godlike physique and great dance moves? Coming right up. In addition to her skills in specialty casting, Jen went the extra mile to make sure our nudity requirements were clearly laid out and understandable to the actors, setting an important standard of openness and courtesy that they could feel in the room. She was attentive and flexible in session, incorporating notes from both directors without a hiccup. We even created ‘story time’ together – allowing us to get past the audition mask and see the true actor underneath. But the very best thing about working with Jen is her patient, upbeat attitude. She’s always ready with a smile, and when she has to stand up for an idea, she does so in a polite and respectful manner. Again, if you care about the tone and attitude of your casting department, put Jen on top of it and you’ll never have to worry. I would (and very soon might) work with Jen again. You should too.
Jennifer is an exceptionally good casting director. Her great taste and good judgement brought us the cast we needed for our feature film, Rapid Eye Movement. The whole casting process was efficient, highly organized and a lot of fun too. Jen gave as much attention to casting the smallest roles as she did to casting the leads, the mark of a truly great casting director. A class act in every respect... can’t wait to work with her again!
There’s no way to overstate it: Jen is a dream to work with. She has an innate sense for material, digging deep into the script to truly understand what the project needs. On Sisters, we talked through the nitty-gritty of each character’s respective psychologies and relationships with one another, and somehow she could always weave that into reality. Not only were those conversations productive on a casting level, but they also impacted how I directed the film. She just has a very smart, perceptive and creative approach to casting. On top of that, she navigates through all the details to ensure the process of finding talent goes as smoothly as possible for all parties involved. She manages auditions like nobody’s business— I was especially struck by how well she interacted with our child actors. She was communicative and meticulous at every point in our work together. At times, it even felt like she was psychic, because she could intuit and anticipate certain requests I had, or tasks that needed to be done, in that quick, effortless, Jen way of hers. Above all else, she’s just a really great person to spend time with! By design, I like to create work with my friends, and I can proudly count Jen as a new friend with whom I would jump at the opportunity to collaborate again.
Working with Jen is a privilege and a joy. She brings wisdom, determination, intuition, passion, and tremendous talent to her job. Jen is an easy, clear communicator with a deep understanding of both the director and the actor’s process. Having her as an ally on any film is a huge asset. I hired Jen for a fine art video project with unusual demands of talent- my lead needed to mouth the recorded dialogue of another actor, while emoting straight to camera for very long takes. Jen understood the rhythm and themes of the piece right away and suggested wonderful performers for the role. She helped me craft the right deal to draw the kind of talent I needed and walked me through every step of the casting process. Thanks to her I enjoyed casting enormously and ended up with the performer of my dreams. Do yourself and your project a big favor and hire Jen! Your film will benefit hugely from her expertise and her generous spirit.
Jennifer is extremely professional and works quickly. She is able to connect the best actors with roles and has great casting ideas. The feature I just directed definitely benefited from her input - more than I can say. We had some very difficult roles to cast and Jennifer came through. Highly recommend her.
Jennifer helped me cast both a short film and a feature and I have nothing but great things to say about her. During our actual casting sessions, she ran the room brilliantly and continually offered valuable perspective. She’s also great at expanding casting possibilities beyond the obvious. Both of my projects benefitted immensely from her involvement.
After showing my film, “Disgrace,” around at numerous festivals, high praise has come specifically in regard to the performances. It was very important to me to find a group of actors who could portray this particularly tense family with an air of interpersonal baggage and skeletons in the closet. Jen brought the production a family that exceeded my expectations. She had the confidence and foresight to audition against type, and had a keen eye towards interesting pairings between actors. “Disgrace’s” success is in huge part due to Jennifer’s talents, and I cannot imagine feeling confident approaching another project without her on the team.
Jennifer is one of those rare casting directors who find characters that you didn’t even know you were looking for. She digs into the assignment and becomes an intuitive partner.
Working with Jen was great. She made the casting process a breeze, holding my hand and guiding me through the whole way. In the end, the right choice was obvious thanks to her.
Jen is a wonderful partner to have in production. She has the ability to find not only the talent we think we need but alternatives that are often better suited to our actual needs. Her eye for up-and-coming actors is also a great asset for those seeking both veterans and new-comers for their projects. And, perhaps most importantly, she is a pleasure to work with on all phases of casting.
Jennifer is a great casting director who is not only very connected but also awesome to work with. She has a talent for organization, coming through in a pinch, and finding amazing people for you to work with. I am always excited to work with Jen and recommend her often.