23- Are You the Gatekeeper? (feat. casting director Chris Freihofer)

Chris Freihofer has worked in the entertainment industry for over 30 years as an actor, theatre director, theatre producer, acting teacher and casting director. In early 2004 he launched Freihofer Casting and quickly became the leading casting director in Oklahoma, considered the go-to casting office for feature film and larger regional and national commercials. His name is now synonymous with filming in Oklahoma.

 He has worked for such noted filmmakers as Francis Ford Coppola, Terrence Malick, William H. Macy, Cameron Crowe, John Wells, Nick Cassavetes, Andrea Arnold, Amiel Coultin-Wilson, Michael Winterbottom, David Boyd, Oliver Stone and many more. He has also cast major commercial projects for some of the most recognized brands in the world.

 His full-time, full-service studio The Actor Factory in Norman, Oklahoma boasts the largest and most-accessible casting room in the state. It is seconds from I-35, 15 minutes from downtown Oklahoma City and 2 1/2 hours from downtown Dallas.

 He is skilled at principal casting and extras casting, has negotiated SAG-AFTRA contracts and deals on every agreement level from Oklahoma to Los Angeles and New York, and has experience hosting open calls for extras in several cities in the U.S., processing and logging as many as 3,500 people in one day.

 Freihofer has years of experience in front of the camera, too. As a principal actor, he has appeared in motion pictures with Academy Award-winning directors, television on all three networks (including a recurring role on the hit series Breaking Bad) and national commercials, while being an active member of the Screen Actors Guild. For ten years Freihofer served as Artistic Director of Stone Soup Theatre, and for four years as Producing Artistic Director of Duty Free Productions, producing over 65 stage plays and directing dozens more.

 Since 1996 he has taught acting and auditioning techniques privately, as well as guest lecturing in high schools and universities as well as film festivals and theatre conferences.

 He is a member of The Casting Society of America; the only CSA-member Casting Director in Oklahoma, and Freihofer Casting is the only CSA-approved casting office within 200 miles of Oklahoma City.

Check out Chris and The Actor Factory at www.theactorfactory.com