Nominated for five Outstanding Casting awards at the upcoming Society of Voice Arts and Sciences’ prestigious Voice Arts® Awards Gala, respected Montreal casting director Hélène Rousse is heading to Los Angeles for the celebrity-attended November 17 ceremony at Warner Bros. Studios. Founder of Total Casting, Rousse’ nominations include Salma’s Big Wish (Día de Muertos) and Mission Kathmandu: The adventures of Nelly & Simon (Feature Film Animation), and Overwatch (TV Animation & Games). She is honoured to be competing in the same category as blockbusters How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Ralph Breaks the Internet, and Toy Story 4.
The Voice Arts® Awards is a global competition celebrating some of the world’s most brilliant media where the voice is a key creative element. For Rousse, the nominations are coming at the height of her career, “I am casting and recording more and more animated shows as well as videogames from around the world. I enjoy working on many different projects; each challenge of finding the star voice or the perfect talent for a given movie still gives me a thrill. And I adore being in LA with my peers and gifted voice actors.”
Along with running a busy casting agency, the ever-on-the-go Rousse is a published author and is also working on a master-class acting book and video for 2020, a YouTube casting vlog, and a celebratory event for the 20th anniversary of Total Casting. “I have always worked in this field and love my job; I am grateful to be the entrepreneur I always wanted to be. Being active is my passion.” Creative by nature, she is also working on an invention.
Formerly a model (finalist for Miss Montreal; winner Miss Rive-Sud and Miss Personality Riviere des Prairies), an actor, and a talent agent, veteran Casting Director Hélène Rousse has overseen the casting for multi-million dollar feature films, television series, video games, and audio books for kids and adults. A guest at major gaming events and a panelist at Comicon, she provides valuable insight into the world of casting and voice work. In addition, Rousse is part of a myriad of artistic organizations and cultural development groups and is known for mentoring young professionals and nurturing Montreal`s international presence. Rousse ranks as one of the top casting directors in North America and is a member of CSA (Casting Society of America), CDC (Casting Directors of Canada), ACDQ (Casting Directors of Quebec Association), FCTMN (Women in Films Association) and IGDA (International Game Developers Association).