Julia: Tell me a little about what you do, what kind of jobs you find yourself on?
Lareysa: I currently cast mostly for commercials, and a few music videos here and there. So that means I work with actors, models, and “real people.” As a casting director, I find myself constantly looking at people’s faces, handing out my card. I collect people for future jobs, so to speak. In a sense, I am always working.
Julia: You used to be an actor. How does that inform your work now?
Lareysa: I am able to empathize and put myself in the shoes of the person auditioning; I have been there. I always try to anticipate what I can do to help them deliver their best performance. If I can do that, everyone wins.
Julia: You actually strike me as someone I might see in an ad. Do you get that a lot? Do you ever toss your hat in the ring when on a job?
Lareysa: Last summer I was casting Jay-Z’s “Picasso Baby” and threw myself in the mix. Mark Romanek, the director, selected me and I was serenaded by Jay Z. He took my hand, and we danced. There was no money in it but it was a great NYC “happening” to experience.
Julia: You and I share a minor obsession with older women. Should we host a Salad For President dinner party for seniors?
Lareysa: I like to see elegant beautiful woman who are aging gracefully and naturally. I am sick of seeing older women whose faces no longer move because they have had so much work done in an effort to look younger. Youthful beauty is not the only kind of beauty. Wrinkles and grey hair are gorgeous too! And YES, lets host a Salad for President Seniors Only dinner party.
Julia: If you had to create a casting call to find this vinaigrette, what description would you use?
Lareysa: You know that dressing you whip together for a spontaneous dinner gathering? After a day at the beach, in a cabin in the mountains, at your Airbnb after shopping at the market on a quaint street in Amsterdam…. We want that recipe!
Julia: If you had to create a casting call to find someone exactly like me, what description would you use?
Lareysa: Looking for an artist with a deep passion for food. Must be a petite brunette. Qualities: open, curious, fun and intellectual. Must have a calm inner stillness about her but also be able to tap into a gregarious fun loving down-fo- whatever-adventure.