Member of The Casting Directors’ Guild (CDG), Heather Basten is a part of the CDG’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee.
She’s also a member of the Casting Society of America (CSA).
Starting in the industry at the BFI’s education department, London-based Heather Basten moved into casting for TV and film more than a decade ago.
As a casting associate, Heather worked with Kharmel Cochrane, and her projects included TV series The End of the F***ing World.
Having been Casting Director for a number of short films, In 2018 she took on her first TV mini-series, for Shortflix.
Since then she has been consistently busy, including TV series Hometown Horror, video game The Complex to dystopian feature film Zero.
She’s worked for many notable directors and producers, including Rob Savage, Oliver Kassman, Charlotte Regan, Abraham Adeyemi and Andrew Cumming.
In 2021, she ws named as a ‘Star of Tomorrow’ by Screen International.
Heather Basten doesn’t mind actors being proactive and getting in touch with an email.
But include just one headshot, which is a close up of your head and shoulders. Link to your showreel and CV.
Heather Basten’s social media streams also highlight current briefs which may be harder to fulfil.
When talking to Spotlight, Heather Basten says she prefers actors to learn their sides, even if they only get a day’s notice. She believes it enhances what they do in the casting room.