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Stephen Salamunovich Poster

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Date of Birth 11 March 1958Burbank, California, USA

Mini Bio (1)

Stephen Salamunovich CSA, brings a diverse background to his 30 year career as a casting director. He began his professional life as a musician performing and recording as a vocal soloist with such groups as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Francisco Opera Company, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the soundtrack of "The Godfather" and the Disney recording of "It's a Small World". As a studio drummer, keyboardist and vocalist he has worked and recorded with numerous artists including contemporary jazz artists Gerald Albright, David Benoit, Taylor Mesple' and Peter White, NBC's "The Voice" sensation, Mycle Wastman, renowned bluesman, Doug MacLeod and Michael Tomlinson. In 1984, he was offered an opportunity to work for the seminal, Los Angeles casting firm, Anderson, McCook & White and what began as a part-time interest became a full-time passion. After a five-year apprenticeship under Nancy McCook and Catherine White, he moved to Seattle, Washington in an effort to embrace a better quality of life and founded Complete Casting. Stephen has worked with such Academy Award-winning directors as Milos Forman and Bernardo Bertolucci. His television credits number well over three thousand projects including numerous features for television, the series Simon & Simon, Ferris Bueller and In Living Color, as well as literally thousands of commercials and feature films such as the "The Details" starring Toby McGuire, Elizabeth Banks and Laura Linney. Salamunovich is also the recipient of the Artios Award©, casting's highest honor bestowed by his peers in the Casting Society of America©. He holds the distinction of being the being the first and one of only two lead casting directors in the award's history to win an Artios© outside of New York or Los Angeles. It is one of three nominations he has received for the award, the most recent in 2014. He is a frequent guest speaker and facilitator to numerous professional groups and acting workshops and has made many appearances on television and radio as an industry expert. He has served on the boards of the IFP and the Centerstage Council of the Seattle Theater Group and is a strong advocate for arts education and outreach programs that support the involvement of youth in the arts. He retired from casting in May of 2016 after 31 years and close to 4000 projects. Salamunovich is a presentational and media coach and has prepared many public and private figures for appearances on such shows as Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, The Today Show and The Tonight Show. He has worked with such companies as The Westin Hotels, The American Cancer Society, Kaiser Permanente and Campfire USA. His work with sports stars like Kareem Abdul Jabbar as well as CEO's, political figures, chefs, entrepreneurs and sales teams is based on authenticity as a fundamental cornerstone for personal expression and communication. He is at work on an upcoming book based upon the revolutionary techniques he's successfully helped his clients to master. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Sheila.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Written By: Webmaster, CompleteCasting

Spouse (1)

Sheila Perrin (9 July 2005 - present) (3 children)

Trivia (5)

Son of conductor, Paul Salamunovich, nephew of producer, Michael Salamunovich, cousin of associate producer Teresa Salamunovich, lead person, Patrick Salamunovich and assistant director, Christopher Salamunovich and Toto keyboardist David Paich.
Was the photo model for the action figure Louis "Wild Card" Thibodeaux from the "Crimson Skies" online video game.
Is an accomplished professional musician as well and regularly performs and records with name artists.
Was the first and one of only two CSA, Artios Award winners working as a solo/principal casting director to win the award working outside of Los Angeles or New York.
Retired from casting on May 19, 2016 after 31 years. Is completing his first book about public communication techniques honed from helping actors on hundreds of thousands of auditions.

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