As we reflect on 2014 and look forward to celebrating our 5th Anniversary in 2015, there’s much to be said about our company…who we are, where we are going and the manner in which we operate.
We are BreakThrough — a company of 3 — Johanna, Dana and Pat.
Every company is filled with individuals who have something incredible to offer. Sadly, many companies overlook the countless sleeping giants that plug away day after day, feeling under valued, under appreciated and less than inspired. For many, work is a paycheck and an obstacle to their dreams. BreakThrough is a company built on the pursuit of dreams-
a company that fosters personal BreakThroughs.
Behind the scenes, we are the dreamers who believe there is more to building great companies than focusing on the bottom line. We believe it’s important to invest in our dreams and by doing so, amazing things will happen. Our hope is that our story continues to inspire others to be fearless, to awake those sleeping giants to pursue their passions, to hear the quiet ones, to see the invisible ones, to offer a word of encouragement, an inspiring story or some tools to help them take that next big step.
Our goal for 2015 is to continue to dream individually and as a company and to be open to all possibilities.
On paper, we are a company of 3 but in reality we are a company of thousands. Our existence depends on our relationships with friends, family, actors, managers, agents, producers, directors and clients. Our goal with every project is to exceed expectations by delivering quality with integrity. Our testimonials, word-of-mouth referrals and repeat clients reflect that we are on the right track.
We would like to acknowledge the following people that made 2014 what it was- A BreakThrough Year!
THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE ACTORS INVOLVED WITH OUR PROJECTS. WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR YOUR CONSUMMATE PROFESSIONALISM, YOUR HARD WORK AND DEDICATION TO THE INDUSTRY.
THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR CLIENTS for trusting us to bring quality talent to your projects. We deeply value our relationships with you.
THANK YOU to our Capital Region friends:
Upstate Independents Filmmakers Network- we’re inspired by your community
Mike Feurstein- for your wonderful students and asking nothing in return
Steven O’ Connor, Carolyn Cocca of Cocca Casting and Heidi Philipsen- for your help and support in making our 1st Albany casting session happen in record time.
Debby Goedeke, Albany County Film Commissioner- thank you for your generosity, kindness and infectious, vivacious spirit
The fierce ladies of UPWIFT- thank you for involving us in a memorable panel experience
DEAN, an amazingly hilarious script by Demetri Martin, was our first bi-coastal feature casting in NYC and L.A. where we grew leaps and bounds as individuals, as well as a team. Huge gratitude to the fiercely, multi-talented John Cole for all your help and support in L.A. and to the amazing Sheilah Papa for your help with scouting NYC talent and your inspiring gift of encouraging and supporting actors. Thank you Traci Carlson, Jessica Latham, Giles Andrew and Allison Carter for your trust on this project and to our lovely Naomi Wells, for connecting us yet again. We adore you!
Principal casting for GOOD OL’ BOY was truly unforgettable. This wonderfully endearing script won us over instantly. Finding the title role was literally a whirlwind which involved a world wide search that caused our systems to crash 3 times. Many the miles were driven with road trips North to the Capital Region, South to NYC & NJ, West to PA and East to Hartford, CT to scout talent and catch their performances. Our reward, were late night casting conference calls with Paul Quinn- absolutely priceless. Thank you Alan Baltes for your extended reach with talent. Huge gratitude to Anjul Nigam for your trust in us and to our lovies, Michelle Cameron and Naomi Wells for the opportunity to work with the best ladies in the business, yet again.
We could not have accomplished this daunting task without the invaluable assistance of Brian Gallio, Corey Smith and Kate Savitsky of FlowerCrates.com. We love you more!!!
Casting music videos is one of our favorite gigs and watching music artists like GUY SEBASTIAN and TRUST succeed, is absolutely thrilling. Thank you to the lovely and fiercely talented Jess Cohen, Will Joines and Zoe White for having us take part. We adore you all and cannot wait to reveal the next music video by ANDREW KOEGHAN!
Thank you to Carmine Famiglietti for trusting us with STARING AT THE SUN and to Dion Matthews for continually being our lifeline AD, soothing us with your calming demeanor and sexy voice.
Dawn Ansbro of Orange County NY Film Office- our Noble Coffee klatch was brilliant and proved how accessible and (yes we’ll say it) noble someone in your position can be.
A very special thank you to our HUDSON VALLEY CLIENTS for your continued pursuit for quality casting. Going above and beyond for you to help raise the bar is a beautiful win-win for all involved.
Wrapping up the year with how we began is casting principals for the feature film, HONEYBEE- absolutely exciting. Thank you Nicole Harris for trusting us with your baby. We are super STOKED to be on your team and on this journey!
This year saw us cast not only in New York and the tri-state area but in Texas and California as well. The talent for our projects came from as far as India and once again we learned the virtues of 21st century technology aiding our casting potential. Most importantly, we could not have done this without our amazing technical team, darling Brian for our kick-ass website and Cliff Vick of Artisanal Code, Inc., who struggles daily with our computer ignorance. We are eternally indebted to both of you. Love and thanks to Melissa Phillips for the design of our logo, too. You are so cool.
Finally, to OUR BEAUTIFUL FAMILIES, we are forever grateful for your patience, support and unconditional love.