Janet Eisenberg Casting has been a fixture (a leopard-spotted couch, to be specific) in the New York advertising community since 1993. That was the year Janet, an in-house casting director at Ayer Advertising, and a recent immigrant from Los Angeles, decided to open her own voice casting business. Janet was no stranger to business, having already cut her teeth, so to speak, on croutons. Two years earlier, she and her cousin realized their lifelong dream of running their own gourmet crouton company, which they did for five years, until the cousin, realizing her other lifelong dream, married a rich stockbroker and moved to California, leaving Janet, soon the victim of "crouton burnout", to sell the business and pursue casting exclusively, much to the delight and benefit of her non-salad clients. For over fifteen years, Janet has been casting voices for TV and radio commercials and promos, animated feature films, documentaries, and various television projects.



Janet has always done everything herself, from answering the phone, to choosing and booking talent, to directing, recording and editing her sessions on state-of-the-art equipment. If you go to another casting agency, you never know who'll be doing the casting.

A few years back, the New York casting industry was scandalized when it was discovered that casting work was being farmed out to unskilled day laborers in Malaysia and Senegal, some as young as five. Naturally, Janet emerged from the scandal unscathed. While casting agencies are now scrupulous in regard to international labor laws, many continue to assign casting duties to inexperienced "assistants" - typically, recent college grads, many of whom are on drugs that Janet stopped using years ago.


Janet was a drama geek in high school, at a high school where being drama geek really meant something. Beverly High in Beverly Hills, CA. (Janet is not from the exclusive "90210 zip code", which explains her lack of attitude, understanding of the "common Joe", and desire for prompt payment of invoices, thank you.) Janet was also involved in theater as an undergrad at UC Berkeley. During her twenty years in New York, she has been a dedicated supporter of New York theater. While, for most, this means a subscription or two to an off-Broadway playhouse, Janet went that extra yard and actually dated an actor for five years. (The curtain came down on that relationship in 1993, followed by a brief revival in '94.) Janet's experience with theater and actors gives her a unique insight into the psychologies of those in whom passion and talent rage like forests on fire, while sanity flickers like a match in a thunderstorm. Janet's theatrical experience also informs her directing style and casting choices, assuring she gets the best work out of the best actors.


Janet likes creatives. And more importantly, they like her. So much so that one gay, writer-producer and his straight partner based their most successful TV series on the wacky, twisted—and at the time, for Janet, incredibly traumatic—(but did that occur to him before he sold her most humiliating secrets to the highest bidder which in this case happened to be NBC?) story of their relationship. Yes, Janet is the real Grace of Will &… and yes, she and the now phenomenally wealthy and famous Max Mutchnick are still collaborating. Not that she asked what he thought of the color she was painting her bathroom.

And then of course there’s the story of the award-winning copywriter so impressed with Janet’s work that he begged her to marry him. He was funny. He was creative. What else did she (naively) think could possibly matter? Together they were very creative. Now Ruby is eight. Think Bette Davis meets iCarly, meets Benazir Bhutto in the Body of Thumbelina. Ruby also gets along well with creatives. As long as she gets to be in charge.