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380. On the Job with Rikki Gimelstob, Casting Director

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“As much as this is your job and this is serious, there’s a lot of fun and joy in the process.”

Welcome to Season 5 of the On the Job series on the Ali on the Run Show! On this series, we hear from women who have cool, unique, interesting careers — and who also happen to be runners.

We’re kicking off this season with Rikki Gimelstob, a casting director who works on films, television shows, commercials, and theater productions. (Most recently, Rikki worked on the upcoming Dear Evan Hansen film, and the new AMC show Kevin Can F**k Himself, starring Annie Murphy of Schitt’s Creek fame!) On this episode, Rikki explains what, exactly, a casting director does. She explains how she got into the industry (it involves the opera!), and addresses whether or not what she does is actually like what we’ve all seen on Entourage. Plus, she talks about some of the craziest dressing room requests she’s seen, and shares her thoughts on diversity in the industry. (When you’re done listening, go watch this — the greatest video ever on YouTube, or anywhere.)

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