KAREN MASENG - ACTING COACH | LA CASTING DIRECTOR
Karen Maseng began her career as an actress. Los Angeles offers actors access to some of the best teachers in the business, and Karen took full advantage of those opportunities.
Not long after she co-produced and played the role of May in ('Eastern Standard') with the wonderful Bryan Cranston, she met Melissa Martin on the set of a commercial they both starred in. Neither one realized that this was the beginning of a very fruitful collaboration that would last for many wonderful years.
Melissa went on to become one of LA's top casting directors (Martin Casting), while Karen's love of the acting process led her to running camera and directing actors in the casting sessions.
While being a session director and camera person, casting director Karen Maseng had the privilege of collaborating on such projects as Macy Gray's "Sexual Revolution" directed by Dayton/Faris ('Little Miss Sunshine'), the intensely dramatic Montana Meth PSA's directed by Alejandro Inarritu ('Babel'), Michel Gondry's ever inventive commercials and Comedy Central's wonderfully twisted promos to name just a few.
Karen formed her own company, Pogo Casting, as a boutique casting company, catering to discerning clients who demand a casting director that is deeply involved in every aspect of the casting process. Her love of actors and years of coaching talent, have given her a unique perspective directors truly appreciate.
Teaching is her way of giving back. Her classes explore every aspect of the acting process and the human experience, and guide actors as they develop and maintain a healthy perspective in a challenging world.
Disclaimer: Any workshop Karen teaches is a learning experience. It is not a casting session, nor an employment opportunity.
“Karen has a brilliant understanding of the acting process. She creates a tangible bridge between actor and character. ”
- Martin Donovan, Director
"This is a GREAT class! I took it, applied what I learned, and booked a national commercial, two print sessions, and an industrial within a month! I can say this class helped me bring in lots of $$ fast!"
- Pete Freeland, Actor
“This class landed me a commercial agent and led to booking many many commercials. Highly recommended! Thanks Karen”
- Kayvon Esmaili, Actor
“I thoroughly enjoyed the class and got tons of value out of it. I’ve booked 3 commercials in the two weeks since taking it!”
- Shauna Markey, Actor
“Karen’s class is a must for commercial and film actors alike. She teaches you how to get to where you need to be fast, and that is an invaluable skill. I can’t recommend this class enough!"
- Dea Vise, Casting Director at Casting By Dea Vise
"Karen is a champion for actors in a way that they get and a way that they learn."
- Landall Goolsby, Actor
"I've worked as an actress for many years and I have studied with many wonderful teachers. Karen's techniques helped me build confidence. Her exercises are a revelation. She cuts through, simplifies and helps you get specific, and specifics get you jobs."
- Zilah Mendoza, Actor