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Zora is a Nigerian born, British raised, Hollywood independent/freelance film, television and commercial Casting Director, as well as, a CBS TV Judge. Zora is an active member of the prestigious “Casting Society of America”.
She has cast such films as Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Ali G InDa House” (2002), “Species III” (2004), “Loving Annabelle” (2006) which won 10 awards including L.A. Outfest, Atlanta Film Festival, Paris Film Festival, Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival; “Half-Life” won emerging director award (Jennifer Phang) at the Asian American Film Festival in 2008 as well as best feature Gen Art Film Festival in 2008, then in 2009 won jury award at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. She followed that with “Sushi Girl” (2012) in which she cast Danny Trejo, Mark Hamill, Michael Biehn, Tony Todd, Jeff Fahey.
From 2002-2004 Zora worked in-house for MGM Television casting TV series “She Spies”, “Dead Like Me” and “Jeremiah”. She got to work with MGM again at the end of 2014 as a casting consultant on an MGM feature film entitled “Max”.
End of 2014 Zora cast a pragmatic gritty urban tale about Latino gangs set in East Los Angeles called “I Am Gangster”. This film proved to be a challenging yet gratifying experience casting sixty-six speaking roles predominately of Mexican descent mostly under the age of 18. Then she finished off the year with a martial arts themed feature “Insight” starring John Savage, Tony Todd and Keith David.
In 2015 Zora had a wonderful experience working with Sean Stone (Oliver Stone’s son) on ‘Fury of the Fist and the Golden Fleece” and worked again with award-winning director Katherine Brooks (“Loving Annabelle”) to cast her follow-up feature attaching Jill Hennessey to play the lead in “Lost In Time”.
Zora also just completed six features “What is and What Should Never Be” starring Nichelle Nichols, “Red Sneakers” starring Adrian Paul and Erica Gimpel, “Nana’s Pancakes” starring Vivica A. Fox and “Michael Vey” based on the Michael Vey books by Richard Paul Evans about a group of young teenagers who have special powers since birth that hold the fate of the world in their hands. “Closure” starring Shameik Moore and Cleopatra Coleman. Then “Trees of Peace” – a feature based on true accounts of the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
Working with director McKay Daines, Zora cast predominantly true Native-American actors for the MOW “Shadow Wolves” about real accounts of Native-Americans who work side by side NSA to infiltrate border crimes. “Shadow Wolves” stars Thomas Gibson, Graham Greene, Louise Lombard and Cody Walker.
In front of the camera, Zora was the protagonist in the 2005 award-winning documentary by director Veit Helmer entitled “Behind the Couch: Casting in Hollywood”. In 2019, Zora was again on-camera as an Expert Judge in casting for CBS TV series “The World’s Best” with host James Cordon and American judges Drew Barrymore, Faith Hill and RuPaul.
Zora has also made a name for herself as an Acting/Audition Coach. She coaches actors as they prepare for auditions. Her clients have included Wale [rapper], Neil Dickson, Bert Belasco, Hannah Cowley, Oliver Trevena, Darren Darnborough, Terence Beesley, Samuel Caruana, Laura Vandervoort, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Rodney Charles, Tony Okungbowa, to name a few! Before that she was a resident acting teacher at Talent Ventures Inc. (TVI Actors Studios) for eight years teaching “cold reading mastery”.