Rising stars join new talent management

Perth-based Talent agency Creative Soul Management launches today.

Amongst its new clients are Australian Casting Guild 2019 Rising Star Phoenix Raei (Clickbait Stateless, The Heights, Below), Shannon Berry (Offspring, Romper Stomper), Cooper Van Grootel (Go!, Mystery Road), Kate Lister (SeaChange, Bad Mothers) and Daisy Axon (H is for Happiness, Judy and Punch).

Founder, Hallie McKeig (pictured below) has more than a decade at the helm of Filmbites Talent Agency, dealing with producers and casting directors in both Australia and the US. She will continue to run both, with Filmbites continuing its strong youth focus and Creative Soul Management specialising in emerging and established talent.

“Creative Soul Management feels like the natural next step as we work more closely with actors on building rewarding international careers and lives in the film and television industry. We have a long term, comprehensive view towards working with great people, characters and stories,” McKeig said.

“We work incredibly hard and feel so lucky to be surrounded by really good people. I’m passionate about helping actors build rewarding careers and lives in this industry.”

Phoenix Raei was declared a 2019 Rising Star at the Australian Casting Guild Awards last week. He is currently filming Tony Ayres’ Netflix Original series, Clickbait alongside Adrian Grenier, Zoe Kazan and Betty Gabriel, as well as the second season of The Heights, as series regular Ash. He will also be seen on screens in 2020 in ABC’s upcoming drama series Stateless, alongside Cate Blanchett, Yvonne Strahovski, Jai Courtney, Clarence Ryan and Dominic West.

Shannon Berry was a series regular in sci-fi series Hunters for Syfy, before scoring the role of pregnant runaway Brody Jordan in the final two seasons of hit series Offspring, for Network 10. Shannon is currently in New Zealand filming The Wilds, a brand-new series picked up by Amazon Studios.

Cooper van Grootel stars in the new Australian feature Go! and has appeared in ABC dramas Mystery Road and The Heights. LA-based Cooper has recently been cast in the hotly anticipated new series One of Us Is Lying for NBC Universal in the US, an adaptation of the New York Times bestseller.

Kate Lister appeared as a series regular this year in Nine Network’s revival of cult series SeaChange, as police officer Lillian Liano alongside Dan Wyllie and Wayne Blair. Kate has also featured in multiple episodes of Bad Mothers for the Nine Network and appeared in The Warriors on the ABC.

Daisy Axon can currently be seen in Mirrah Foulkes’ feature directorial debut, Judy and Punch following her starring role in John Sheedy’s H is for Happiness, alongside Emma Booth, Richard Roxburgh, Miriam Margolyes and Deborah Mailman, which won CinefestOZ’s 2019 $100,000 film prize earlier this year.

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