Casting director's dream brings him back home

Casting director's dream brings him back home

WHITE CASTLE, LA (WAFB) - A job making movies in Hollywood has its perks- the excitement of the bright lights and all the glitz that goes along with it. But sometimes getting there can be the hardest part.

Brent Caballero put in his time in the grind, literally.

"Yeah in fact everybody called him Hollywood," recalls his former boss Buckely Kessler.

Caballero worked at the Cora Texas Sugar Mill in White Castle working 12-hour days seven days a week to save up for his dreams of moving to California to make movies.

Working in a Sugar mill during harvest season can be very tough work, but according to Brent worth every hour.

"No, I mean coming from little White Castle, you know it's a population of 1300. Most people thought I was crazy for moving [to California]," Caballero said.

He saved up enough money to leave his parents home and move to Los Angeles, but quickly realized with the so-called Hollywood South movie boom going on in his home state of Louisiana, he could return and do even more.

"I moved to Los Angeles, chasing something and I never really found it until I came home," Caballero said. "It's been an amazing ride for me to come back home and do what I love to do and to be able to chase the aspirations of being a film maker."

Caballero now owns his own casting company with offices in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. He primarily provides extras for films and TV shows. Most recently he was hired to cast extras to be used in the latest offset of the CBS drama: "NCIS New Orleans."

Caballero's company is also proud to have worked on the award-winning "12 Years A Slave" movie and a host of other projects including the HBO crime drama, "True Detective."

In all, since moving back home to chase his dream Caballero has worked on 70 film and TV projects.

Caballero is excited about co-producing a movie about how the disease of Alzheimer's affects relationships. The film, "Una Vida" has won a number of awards at various film festivals.

"Very gratifying to me and it taught me a lot because I think if something comes easy, you don't respect it as much," Caballero said.

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