Martin Gibbons: Life as a Casting Director

It’s Monday afternoon and we’re joined in the PHA studio by Casting Director Martin Gibbons to find out all about how he became a casting director and why he never followed his dream of becoming a footballer.
  1. Martin it’s so great to have you back in the studio again. We’ve been wanting to ask for a while how exactly did you become a casting director?

It all spanned from setting up my own theatre company back in 2003 called Monkeywood where I gained experience casting for theatre. At the time I was an actor working for a telecoms company before I was made redundant. My next step came when I landed the job as a casting assistant working at Emma Stafford Casting. I learnt so much in my 5 years there before eventually setting up on my own.

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  1. What’s your history both in acting & casting?

I’ve been acting ever since I was 12, my first ever role was the back end of a donkey in a pantomime, thrilling I know. My mum and dad used to put on amateur shows which I’d sell programmes at so I’ve spent my whole life around actors. I didn’t grow up wanting to be an actor, I wanted to be a footballer and even went to University to study Sports Science. I still did lots of acting on the side before setting up Monkeywood.

  1. Which casting are you most proud of?

Hands down it has to be Chris Morris’ film Four Lions, it was incredible to be a part of. I’m also really proud of the work I did casting for the BBC Short film ‘Sleeping Lions’ which won awards. Funnily enough we cast that in this very studio. One of the recent things I cast for which I’m really proud of has to be the commercial for ‘This Girl Can’ which also won awards.

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  1. What’s the worst thing you’ve experienced go wrong in a casting?

I was casting for a Hovis Farmer’s commercial, it was a group casting of 4 and the idea was for them to run towards the camera before jumping over a tiny fence. We filmed it in a car park in Chorlton where one guy ended up falling and tore his leg open, there was blood everywhere.

  1. What’s the most unusual thing you’ve been asked to do in a casting?

I could write a whole book! The strangest one though would have to be when I had to propose to a man to get their reaction on camera. One guy didn’t take it too well.

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  1. What are your plans for Martin Gibbons casting moving forward?

Well, things are getting busier which is obviously great. I’m blessed enough to say that I love my job so I intend on growing even further. I feel a real sense of achievement with every job that I take on so continuing with that will be a success.

  1. We hear you also do a bit of directing from time to time, are you working on anything at the minute?

I’m currently directing ‘Just Sayin’ as part of JB Shorts in November which is very exciting for me. I’ve also got some great things lines up for next year as I’ll be directing ‘The Manchester Project’ at HOME Theatre as part of the Push Season in January and ‘Witch’ with Bolton Octagon in May.

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  1. Any advice for an aspiring actor coming to cast with you?

The main thing I see from actors is that they have it in their heads that we are here to trick them or catch them out. Trust me we want you to brilliant so go into every casting with the confidence that you’re here because we believe in you.

  1. What sets you apart from other casting directors?

Ooh that’s a good question. I get told quite a lot that I make people feel comfortable and relaxed in a room and because I direct as well I’m able to give good direction to get the most out of a person.

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  1. What is it you like most about casting at PHA?

There’s a whole host of reasons I love casting here. The studio space is huge which makes it perfect for a big casting. I’ve done all sorts here, football, dance, running you name it! The staff are also amazing and very welcoming which makes me feel right at home every time I return.

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View the Commercial for This Girl Can here. 

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Tom K with Sam Riley Photography

We’re loving Tom’s recent shots with photographer Sam Riley.

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Click here to view Tom’s portfolio.

Click here to view Sam Riley’s photography.

Great work guys!

PHA Families: Lunar Caravans 2018 #betogether

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We’re really proud about this project with Wash Design for Lunar Caravans here at the agency.

Starring our very own talent and mini talent: Lee White, Gina Whitaker, Tayla-Daisy Hoyle and Dewey Wright.

Scroll down to view the promotional film in full:

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We’d love to hear your thoughts on this online commercial, feel free to Tweet us @phamodels with the hashtag #betogether

Click here to view the video live on the Lunar Caravans website.

You can also click here to follow Wash Design on Twitter.

Great work guys!

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PHA Youth: Sarah Byrne Acting Academy

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It’s all smiles here in the PHA Office as we welcome 9 new members to our Youth division following a successful day of auditions with The Sarah Byrne Acting Academy.

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Ran by actress Sarah herself the classes are open to anyone aged 4 – 17 years old in the Manchester or Greater Manchester area with an interest in acting.

The classes are held every Saturday with a focus to help all that attend learn new skills and build on existing ones. Aspects such as creativity, character building and dedication have given the Academy the great reputation it has today.

One parent recently praised the school saying “Sarah’s acting academy is fun friendly and a brilliant way to build confidence.”

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For more information please visit https://www.facebook.com/sarahbyrneactingacademy/

Email: sbactingacademy@gmail.com

Phone: 07711 573 471

Keep your eyes peeled for more details on our newcomers.

 

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ICON ACTORS: CRAVENDALE MOONICOW

HAVE YOU SEEN THE MOONICOW?

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock you may have heard about the mythical ‘Moonicow’ who seems to be responsible for the great taste and unique freshness of Cravendale milk. But the big questions on everyone’s lips is have you seen her?

Icon’s Catherine Morefield & Siri Ellis are definitely firm believers as you can see in the new advert.

Special shout-out to Teddy Ellis who also features alongside his mum!

Are you convinced? Take a look for yourself…

 

 

 

Let us know what you think in the comments below! #PHADoesCravendale

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WELCOME PHA CURVE!

We are extremely proud to announce the launch of our new division Pha Curve.

Want to be part of the #Phacurve? Then take a look below to find out how you can join in on the fun!

The Pha scout team will be searching the hashtag #phacurve across social media to find new faces for our curve division! This could mean you could have a chance to be called in to our Manchester offices to mean our team!

Click here to check out our Instagram for more Pha updates and sneak peeks.

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You can view Daisy’s full profile here

We are currently seeking plus size models sizes 12+. Please submit applications to sophie@pha-agency.co.uk or tag your best selfie on Instagram to #phacurve.

 

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PHA Creatives: Asteria Luxe Makeup

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We are now extremely proud to announce we represent Asteria Luxe on our PHA Creatives division.

Asteria Luxe is a Worsley based Make-up artist and hair stylist business run by Siana Hemmings, covering Manchester and the surrounding areas. She is also fortunate to be working nationally and internationally.

We are so excited for more to come from this amazing make-up artist/creative take a peak at some of her most recent work below.

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Asteria Luxe will be one to watch, keep an eye out for her all around Manchester and for any enquiries or bookings email: info@pha-agency.co.uk

To view more of her work click here

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