Nicci Topping, Casting Director

Nicci Topping, Casting Director

What was your path into film and TV?

I originally started out as an agent over 20 years go, then I worked a little bit as a production manager on commercials and then I moved into casting, first as an assistant and then as a casting director. I now work in feature films, TV dramas, TV commercials and voiceovers.

Nicci Topping Photo by Martyna Przybysz

What do you love about working in Yorkshire? What makes it different to filming in other regions?

Working in Yorkshire is special to me as it’s my home, it’s where I chose to live and I love the people! I think people underestimate the amazing talent pool that we have here.

What are some recent projects that you've worked on in Yorkshire?

In theory all my projects I work on are in Yorkshire as I am based in Huddersfield, but as regard projects that are shot and produced in Yorkshire these include:

  • TV Commercials – Yorkshire Tea featuring Sean Bean
  • Feature FilmsDusty and Me, a comedy featuring Luke Newbury, Iain Glen and Lesley Sharp
  • TV Productions – pilot for comedy/drama Back for Good featuring John Thomson, Will Mellor, Richard Blackwood, Jake Canuso, Sally Lindsay, Caprice and Paul Chuckle. ( I also produced)
  • Shorts – I cast Fargate which was a comedy short filmed in Sheffield with lots of amazing regional cast.

Do you have any advice for people starting out in the industry generally or your department in particular?

Network as much as you can, don’t run down to London, get as much industry professional advice and get as much work experience as possible. Over deliver! 🙂

Nicci Topping Photo by Martyna Przybysz

Tell us about any particular highlights and / or any notable challenges that you have overcome during your career in the industry?

Getting into the industry was a challenge, but once I was in I am of the belief that going the extra mile goes a long way to building relationships and repeat business with clients which is the only true way to build a sustainable business. In short make sure you over deliver!

There are too many highlights really – I love my job – but working on the Gucci campaign, the Chase and Status “ Blind Faith” music promo and also starting my production company (Rocketship Productions) and producing my own projects are up there.

Last year I also won a CDA Award for Casting short film The Big Day, a comedy filmed in the north, which was pretty cool.

How do you think the production landscape has changed in the region over the past 5 years?

I think things in the north are improving, but we are yet to see producers committing to work with regional heads of department, particularly in casting for film and TV drama, more often than not this seems to come out of London.

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