CURRENTLY LIVING IN: Fullerton, Calif.
ALMA MATER: Marblehead High School ’07
JOB: Tesla advisor
FAVORITE FOOD: Kosher deli. If I could get myself a Bagel World bagel right now, I’d be very happy.
FAVORITE MUSIC: I’m big into film scores. I love film composers, like James Horner, Michael Giacchino, Danny Elfman, John Powell.
FAVORITE MOVIES: “Apollo 13,” “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” “In Bruges,” “Independence Day”
FAVORITE BOOK: Steve Martin’s “The Pleasure of My Company”
FAVORITE TV SHOWS: “Last Week Tonight” with John Oliver, “Rick and Morty,” “Community,” “Scrubs,” and the list goes on and on and on.
FAVORITE TRAVEL DESTINATION: Yosemite National Park
SOMEWHERE YOU’D LIKE TO GO NEXT: Scotland, Ireland, the UK
FAVORITE SPOT ON THE NORTH SHORE: Castle Hill in Ipswich and also Castle Rock in Marblehead.
FAVORITE JEWISH PERSON NOT IN YOUR FAMILY: Jon Stewart
FAVORITE JEWISH HOLIDAY: Hanukkah
WHAT WAS YOUR JEWISH BACKGROUND GROWING UP?
I lived in South Florida for the first 11 years of my life, and there’s a pretty big Jewish community down there, and I went to temple preschool, I went to Hebrew school down there. There were a lot of New York-style kosher delis and a lot of snowbird Jews. My family moved to Massachusetts because there was a big Jewish community there, and we continued Hebrew school at what I believe was Temple Israel on Humphrey Street in Swampscott [now Congregation Shirat Hayam], and had my bar mitzvah there. Today it affects me in a cultural sense, in terms of the food I like, the humor, a lot of my personality comes from the upbringing.
WHAT EXACTLY IS A “TESLA ADVISOR?”
I’m a sales advisor. Tesla [a brand of luxury electric vehicles] has a pretty unorthodox sales model compared to other automakers. We do direct sales, so we operate out of showrooms, and my showroom is inside of a mall in Orange County, so we can literally take people in and go for a test drive and buy the car right there. They can even buy the car right from their phone.
WHAT’S SPECIAL ABOUT TESLA?
It’s fortunately a company that I was super on board with, even before I started working there. For one, I’m on board with their mission that they’re trying to convert the world to electric vehicles, which I think is amazing, I’ve always wanted that for a long time. And the cars themselves are great – they’re fast, they have great on-board technology, they can even partially drive themselves; I barely have to do anything to sell the car.
BEFORE THAT, YOU OWNED YOUR OWN CASTING AGENCY. HOW DID THAT GET STARTED?
I had gotten an internship in talent casting from a really great mentor of mine, and she kind of encouraged me to keep doing it until the point where I was casting my own projects, and then decided to start my own company to take care of that, so I did that for about five years or so. It was a lot of fun, but it was hard to get off the ground in terms of making a consistent amount of money. I mostly did independent, small projects – I did a few feature films, a few things you’ll find on Amazon or Hulu, a lot of short films. Every year I did a project for the Los Angeles Outfest, an LGBTQ film festival where we would cast films for student filmmakers and they would screen at the festival.
HOW DID YOU SELECT THE RIGHT ACTORS?
It depended on the kind of project they were looking for. Sometimes we would do an open call where we would post to the internal network that most actors in LA use, like LA Casting and Actors Access. So we would post those, and either have the actors submit themselves directly, or representatives submit them, and then we would go through submissions, and select the ones we thought would be a great fit for auditions, and then we auditioned either in person or over tape, and from there, our producers, directors, and filmmaking team would go through the auditions and decide who we want to bring back for a callback or a second session, and then make their decisions usually from there.