Vanessa Portillo Walsh
Vanessa's family involvement in the entertainment industry dates back to Hollywood's Golden Era. Vanessa started her career at an Extras Booking Agency and immediately showed promise. Soon, she was recruited to Central/Cenex Casting, where she spent 4 years casting Television Shows, Feature Films, Commercials and Music Videos. Vanessa's passion and operational mastery was noted by Shannon K. Dunn, an executive Vanessa met at Cenex, and in 2000 Shannon asked Vanessa to join as Partner of her newly formed company, Creative Extras Casting. Riding high on CEC's success, Vanessa acheived a major milestone, becoming CEO of Creative Extras Casting in 2003.
Today, Creative Extras Casting is at the forefront of Extras Casting and the path to which many make their way into Hollywood. CEC has been extrememly fortunate to work with many wonderfuly talented Directors, Producers, Assistant Directors, and Actors, many of which can be viewed here - see credits
Joey is a native to Central California, but grew up in a small town in Nebraska. He attended the University of Northern Colorado as a musical-theatre major. After a short time, he realized he wanted to pursue a career in film and left the Midwest for Los Angeles in the summer of 2009. His career in Casting began as a Casting Coordinator at an Extras Booking Agency. In April of 2014, Joey's attention to detail and work ethic caught Vanessa's attention and he began working as a Casting Assistant with CEC. His hard work and dedication was quite apparent and landed him a promotion to Casting Director in October of that same year. We are thrilled to have Joey on board and he is a valuable member of our team!