Casting Director Erica Arvold is celebrating her nomination for a 2022 Creative Emmy Award for Location Casting of Hulu’s critically-acclaimed limited series, Dopesick.
The 8-episode series examines how one company triggered the worst drug epidemic in American history. The Danny Strong and Michael Keaton-produced project takes viewers to the epicenter of America’s struggle with opioid addiction, from the boardrooms of Big Pharma, to a distressed Virginia mining community, to the hallways of the DEA.
Defying all the odds, heroes will emerge in an intense and thrilling ride to take down the craven corporate forces behind this national crisis and their allies. The limited series is inspired by the New York Times bestselling book by Beth Macy.
“Local casting often feels like an unknown profession. It is nearly invisible…and it shouldn’t be,” shares Arvold. “We are a rare craft within the film and television industry. We often cast the majority of speaking roles on a project. From one line to guest star roles, we typically do not hire the leads, but rather, the entire principal ensemble around them.”
She adds, “Our selections must be nuanced and enhance the world of the project, so it feels real and adapts the entire tone of the piece flawlessly. Each role, even one line, can stand out as a sore thumb or a diamond. Our job is to not only creatively collaborate with the showrunner’s vision, but also to be a barometer within the world we are all creating. Location casting is an artistic endeavor…and I love it.”
Arvold has spent 32 years as a casting director, educator, speaker, producer, writer, director and an advocate for screen artists. Erica has contributed to, participated in, or helmed the making of over 150 films, 90 television shows, and countless multimedia & commercial projects.
Erica has worked with ABC, AMC, Amazon, Apple TV+, Blumhouse, CBS, Disney, Dreamworks, Flynn Picture Co., Focus, Fox, Hallmark, HBO, History, Imagine, NatGeo, Netflix, Paramount, Scott Free, Showtime, Sony, SYFY, Universal, USA, and Warner Brothers as well as many independent filmmakers and creatives.
She has been nominated for CSA’s Artios Award five times, inducted into First Lady of Virginia’s Opportunity Hall of Fame for contributing to the economic growth in the state, and is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Casting Society of America, and Producers Guild of America.
Arvold will be attending the 2022 Creative Emmy Awards on Sunday, September 4 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA. The Creative Arts Emmy Awards Show will air an edited presentation of the ceremony on September 10th at 8:00 PM ET/PT on FXX.