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Ilona Smyth
CDC
C.S.A.

Casting Director, Coach

English
Eastern
Meets virtually

Ilona's Services

Acting: Film & Television
Acting: On-set Preparation
Audition Preparation
Career Consultation
Reader (Audition)
Running Lines / Rehearsal
Self Taping: Performance
Self Taping: Technical (Set up, Audio/Lighting)

About Ilona

Ilona Smyth is a Casting Society of America member and is the founder and CEO of Smyth Casting which has been in business for 10 plus years. She provides firsthand knowledge and much-needed insight when it comes to casting from a sales perspective, to the right actors for your project. She has her finger on the pulse of Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal actors. She has cast over 80 projects including feature films, TV series, national commercials, reality TV, print campaigns, corporate videos and events in Canada and internationally. Ilona is a guest speaker and has been a keynote speaker worldwide on casting and separately on female entrepreneurship.

Other services offered:

Business Plan for Actors

Industry Highlights

The Monster
Feature Film
Christmas Jars
TV Movie
The Blackcoat's Daughter
Feature Film
Michael Every Day
TV Series
I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House
Movie

Session Rates

FAQ

20 minute consultation

Consult to assess where you are skill and career wise. Explain Ilona’s coaching approach and what steps you can take together moving forward to help navigate your career.
$ 65.00 USD
Coming soon

Coaching Session/Self Tape Prep - 60 minute session

Designed to help you understand the breakdown given by the CD, work on the character backstory while breaking down sides with a focus on breathing. Goal is to find smarter choices to make your tape stand out and help you to book the role. If not for a specific self-tape sides will be sent to you prior to the coaching and Ilona help give you the tools to breakdown sides and find the smart character choices within the sides.

- Please send existing breakdown and sides prior to coaching and any notes from CD.
$ 100.00 USD
Coming soon

Career Advice - 60 minute session

Career advice with a focus on understanding yourself as a business within the industry as a whole. From making a guided (by Ilona) business plan for yourself, to what questions you should be asking your agents, what you need to be doing to make an O-1 Visa process easier etc. This coaching is great for actors at any stage of their career from needing to shake things up and look at their career from a fresh perspective to beginners who need to know how to navigate the industry.

- Please send any existing materials headshots, resumes, demos etc prior to coaching session.
$ 100.00 USD
Coming soon

Learning to Help Guide your Child’s Career for Parents - 60 minute session

This coaching is designed for teens and children along with their parents. It will give advice on how to guide your child in the right direction in their chosen career path when it comes to agents (what to ask), headshots, setting up at home self-tapes, helping them prep for auditions, career guidance, and what to expect on set etc. With a focus on understanding your child is now working in the field of their passion and being able to understand the industry as a whole. This coaching is great for actors at any stage of their career from needing to shake things up and look at their career from a fresh perspective to beginners who need to know how to navigate the industry. Ilona is also a mother of a son who is a working actor and has first-hand knowledge of navigating this industry as a parent of a child actor.
- Please send any existing materials headshots, resumes, demos etc prior to coaching session.
$ 100.00 USD
Coming soon

Ilona's Gallery

Testimonials

Sam Ashe Arnold
Whenever I get an audition request for a self-tape, the first thing I do is book an appointment with Ilona – before I even see the breakdown and sides! I show up off book and with a couple of ideas, and then we run with it for an hour or so. Ilona is an expert at scene and character analysis – knowing where to put the beats, when it’s better to be more subtle than obvious, how to use the space around the camera to fill in the scene, and how to capture the widest range of my acting abilities with the material we’ve got. Sometimes we do 30 takes! As a certified casting director herself, Ilona knows exactly what impresses and she won’t settle for anything less. It’s fast-paced hard work, but it’s also like a fun acting class! I completely trust her and know my performance is 100% better than it would be without her coaching. That’s how I booked the lead role in the feature film, The Adventure Club (one tape – no callback!). Honest truth: I’m heading to Smyth in an hour to tape for an L.A.-based TV pilot. Wouldn’t dream of doing it without Ilona.
Bradley Hamilton
If it wasn’t for Ilona I would be working non union, volunteer films in the city I started in, from coaching to advice, tips and ideas there is nobody better. I owe her an awful lot and I’m forever grateful.