I have been a Casting Director for television and film drama for many years and possess a wide ranging and thorough knowledge of all aspects of the casting process; from initial cast suggestions and advice on casting budgets to organising smoothly run casting sessions and concluding final contractual negotiations.
I have a comprehensive and widespread knowledge of actors and actresses and maintain excellent working relationships with all the major theatrical agencies in the UK, US and Europe; providing me with full access to the best acting talent available, both established and upcoming.
I believe passionately about the quality of service I provide. I deal with all aspects of the casting process personally and do not delegate important responsibilities or decision making to assistants or others. I run all my casting sessions in person.
From the outset of the casting process to its conclusion, I possess the ability, enthusiasm and dedication to ensure that the procedure is professional, efficient, enjoyable and, most importantly, successful.
"Matt championed me at the very beginning of my career, and cast me in one of my first, and happiest, jobs. I'll always be grateful to him and his support and belief in me."
"Matt Western was one of the very first people to offer me an opportunity in television when I was fresh out of drama school. His instinct to champion me, as an actor, for the particular role for which I was auditioning, was, for me at the time, crucial. His understanding of what it is to be a fledgling actor, and the respect, guidance and support I received from him during the auditioning process, allowed me to present myself to the director with confidence and clarity. I appreciated his help at the time, an I have continued to appreciate it ever since."
"Matt Western has a passion for storytelling. His projects are always cast with diversity and impeccable taste. He is instrumental in bringing fantastic films to life. It’s always a huge pleasure to collaborate with him."
"I have known Matt for 20 years or more. He is always a complete pleasure to deal with. I always enjoy speaking to him and he has impeccable taste."
DALLAS SMITH - UNITED AGENTS
"I have known and enjoyed working with Matt for many years. He has great knowledge of the business side of the industry as well as great taste and a genuine enthusiasm for seeking out and championing emerging talent."
SARAH SPEAR - CURTIS BROWN
"Matt has worked with our company for more than twenty years. He is always the British casting director we contact when we need help with UK casting. His taste is impeccable. He is a wonderful person to work with."
BETTY POST - POST/CASTELIJN CASTING (NETHERLANDS)