Damian Bao is a casting director, photographer, filmmaker, producer, digital strategist, and creative consultant based in New York City.
Damian has casted major global advertising campaigns, editorials, runway shows, branded content, commercials, and feature films since 2011. His work involves identifying top models, actors, influencers, and artists and assessing the portfolios of potential newcomers. In addition, he has a particular eye for street casting those with distinct looks, experiences, and abilities. He seeks out individuals who are able to genuinely convey the stories being told via still images and motion videos. He enjoys traveling near and far, seeking talent for his projects wherever he goes.
Raised by refugee and immigrant parents in an ethnically diverse trailer park community in New Orleans, the surroundings of Damian’s childhood provided him with a rich exposure to the human experience. Either behind the camera or behind the scenes, Damian’s unique life story as a marginalized outsider belonging to multiple disenfranchised groups allows him to speak from the heart when fighting for change. He is an advocate for more representation for those who are often invisible or voiceless in the media. Determined to redefine and reshape how society limits the concept of beauty, Damian strives to uplift the human spirit by encouraging empathy through his works.
SELECT PUBLISHING CONTRIBUTIONS:
Vogue, Vogue Australia, voguechina.com, Vogue Girl, Vogue Netherlands, Vogue Turkey, Elle China, Eurowoman, Femina, Grazia China, Grazia Germany, Harper’s Bazaar Korea, Nylon Korea, Self China, style.com, Teen Vogue, CNN, Lucky, Allure, H&M, Glamour Germany
SELECT CASTING CONTRIBUTIONS:
Barneys New York, Tory Burch, Rodarte, Helmut Lang, Band of Outsiders, Acne Studios, Calvin Klein, Shinola, Apple, Facebook, Edun, Diesel, Gap, Uniqlo, Joe Fresh, Mac Cosmetics, Reed Krakoff, NARS Cosmetics, Vigoss, Nike, Foxiedox, NFL, Warby Parker, Mezcal Tequila, Lucky Jeans, Levi’s, Jack Spade, Kate Spade, Lowe’s, Amazon, Maybelline, Target, Nordstrom, Abercrombie & Fitch, Bulova, Cadillac, Net-a-Porter, DKNY, Gucci, Conde Nast, GQ, Hewlett Packard, Mall of the World, Hudson Yards, Burberry, DVF, Vice, Nylon, 20th Century Fox