CASTING A LINE FOR SUCCESS
At Bond University, when we ask our new students to imagine where they could be in five years’ time, we often hear some wild and way-out dreams. Even so, there aren’t too many who seriously believe they’ll be working with the likes of Hollywood mega-star Mel Gibson and Oscar-winning director, Steven Soderbergh.
But for 2005 film and television graduate, Rodrigo Urbano from Mexico, that’s exactly where his Bond degree has taken him – and in much less than five years.
Within a month of graduating from Bond and returning to Mexico City, Rodrigo had scored a plum job as Casting Assistant for Carla Hool Casting.
And before the year was out, he was giving Mel Gibson a hand, casting the Mayan-speaking roles for his blockbuster, Apocalypto.
Rodrigo came to Bond fresh out of high school and made his presence felt on campus as the first Latin and first film student elected to the Student Council. He also founded the Film and Television Student Society and served as President in its first year, earning a Res Council’s Community Service Award for his contributions to campus life.
Rodrigo chose Bond University due to the reputation of our Centre for Film, Television and Screen-Based Media and the fact that he could gain an internationally recognised university degree in just two years.
"In Mexico, the film schools award a certificate but it has no university or international industry recognition," he said.
"When I graduated in 2005, Bond’s Centre for Film, Television and Screen-Based Media was ranked as one of the top ten film schools in the world.
"Having a film degree from such a highly regarded institution, coupled with the fact that I’d studied overseas, really made a big difference when I started going to job interviews back home in Mexico."
Not that he would have gone for a lot of interviews: It took Rodrigo only two weeks to land a job with Carla Hool Casting and he was soon working with some of the biggest names in the business, casting Mexican and American feature film productions.
Two years after joining Carla Hool, the agency’s growth and success encouraged the opening of a Los Angeles branch; whereupon Rodrigo was promoted to Casting Associate and head of the Mexico office at just 24 years of age.
So far this year, he has worked with Oscar-winning director, Steven Soderbergh on his back-to-back Che Guevara biopics, Guerilla and The Argentine, as well as Disney’s South of the Border and Focus Features’ Sin Nombre.
If that’s what he can achieve in just two years out of uni, there’s no telling where Rodrigo will be in five years’ time.