Kelley Allen of Girl Gang Casting Collective Is On A Mission To Disrupt How Women Are Hired In The Entertainment Biz

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Kelley Allen, CSAGirl Gang Casting Collective

Kelley Allen may not be a household name to the ordinary public, after all the work of most casting directors is behind the scenes. But we are certain you are more than familiar with her entertainment work. This dynamic Self-Made Owner and CEO of Girl Gang Casting Collective have been casting your favorite reality, digital, and development projects for over 15 years. She is highly respected among her peers as a go-to to ensure Film & TV Projects secure the best and brightest talent.

The African American, Los Angeles native has been involved in the entertainment industry from as early as the age of 9 when she began working as a child background actor in movies like “Friday,” “Devil In a Blue Dress,” “Toys” and TV shows like “The Steve Harvey Show,” “Moesha” and “The Jamie Foxx Show” just to name a few. She ultimately landed behind the camera where casting talent came naturally to her. Casting projects like E! Network’s hit show “Botched,” Gordon Ramsay’s: “24 Hours to Hell & Back,” MTV’s “Are You The One,” OWN’s “Ready to Love,” Bravo’s “Married to Medicine,” HBO Max’s “The Sweet Life,” and TLC’s “Extreme Sisters,” just to give you a slight range of Kelley’s casting experience.

Coming from a troubled neighborhood in East LA, where street gangs were prevalent, she wanted to put a positive twist on the term “gang.” While in the hood, she gained the ability to become a chameleon, have thick skin, and handle many personalities, which is why her interview skills are unlike any other. “I truly know how to connect with people from all walks of life.” says the Girl Gang CEO.

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Kelley Allen, CSAGirl Gang Casting Collective

As we celebrate women’s history month Kelley Allen is determined to bring what she does out of the shadows and help create even more opportunities for women. Even though she’s been doing this job for years, the formal creation of The Girl Gang Casting Collective as a brand is what that’s really all about.

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“It was an idea that came to me because I have a fierce group of women, of EVERY color, that I rely on to get these projects completed,” Allen said. Often overlooked and underpaid, she wanted to offer her girls an opportunity to earn and learn when it comes to the casting industry.

“I had a lot of girls tell me what they were being offered to work and I couldn’t believe it! I started to feel like I needed to take care of these girls, take them under my wing and teach them how to properly negotiate a reasonable rate and also learn the necessary skills to move up in this industry.” said the Girl Gang CEO.

The Girl Gang Casting Collective, like all production and casting companies, hires according to the project’s needs and budget. When a budget allows, Kelley Allen will staff up the right girls for the job. From casting assistants, associates, coordinators, producers to editors- the collective can handle any size project and deliver optimal talent and premium edits for the network/executives to review. With so much combined talent, the only option for your project Kelley says is the “Girl Gang Casting Collective!” While she definitely collaborates with men from time to time, her go-to gang are indeed women and she wanted to have a company that focused on them. Let’s hear it for the girls!

Among some of her latest casting projects? CW’s March and The Ultimatum on Netflix which airs next month.

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Kelley not only casts shows but also helps develop new show ideas. If you are interested in hiring the Gang for your project, you can set up an intro Zoom with her by emailing iputyouontv@gmail.com.

Oh and want a laugh? Ask Kelley about the time she actually interviewed a Vampire! FrFr. She says he lives in Brooklyn! Of course!

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