Starting in the industry at the BFI, London-based Heather Basten moved into the casting profession.
Member of The Casting Directors’ Guild (CDG), she’s part of the CDG’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee.
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.
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.