Damian Bao is a casting director, producer, and coordinator. Since 2011, he has worked on the casting of major global advertising campaigns, lookbooks, magazine covers and editorials, runway shows, branded content media, commercials, and featured films. As a top and respected casting director, Damian’s work involves researching and identifying top models, actors, influencers, musicians, and artists from all around the world and assessing the portfolios of countless potential newcomers. He is an avid supporter and huge advocate for more diversity in the media, advertising, and film and more visibility for the images and stories of those who are disenfranchised and voiceless in our world.
Since the age of 7 while assisting his mother at her beauty salon, Damian has always been fascinated by beauty and its cultural, social, and political impacts. His interests extend beyond the standard boundaries and interpretations. As an expert in real people casting, Damian’s keen eye has made him a dynamic street casting connoisseur with a discerning taste for authenticity and substance. With the goal of finding beauty in many different forms and providing clients with a diverse selection of talent, he has found many interesting faces in the streets of New York City and beyond. His street casting repertoire showcases people with unique faces and an ability to speak genuinely to the stories being told via still images and motion videos.
Always up for a challenge, his strength is being able to finely mix high aesthetic with strategic casting, ethnographic research, and versatility, as well as a mastery of all the latest casting technologies and tools. Damian also works closely with brands, photographers, directors, and producers to maximize and exhaust casting possibilities by being involved with creative direction, logistics, and pre-production. His innate organizational and planning skills as a natural producer who can maintain any budget also adds strength to his ability as a savvy casting specialist that can deliver and meet every client’s expectation.
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