About Us

POGO Casting was founded by Karen Maseng, who began her career in Los Angeles as an actress. She met Melissa Martin on the set of a commercial they were both cast in. Neither one realized that this was the beginning of a very fruitful collaboration that would last for many wonderful years. Melissa went on to become one of LA's top commercial casting directors (Martin Casting), while Karen's love of the acting process led her to running camera and directing the casting sessions. They soon discovered that they shared an affinity for interesting faces, strong actors and a very warped sense of humor. This helped them as they worked on such projects as Macy Gray’s “Sexual Revolution” directed by Dayton/Faris ('Little Miss Sunshine'), the intense Montana Meth PSA's directed by Alejandro Inarritu ('Babel') and Michel Gondry's ever inventive commercials to name just a few.

Following Melissa's untimely passing in 2008, Karen took the helm at Martin Casting & Associates with a passionate commitment to every aspect of the casting process. Among the many commercials she's cast you'll find the visually breathtaking Canon 'Journey', Assassin's Creed 2, the Sprint Now campaign, Buick, Marshalls and Coors Light, as well as Comedy Central’s wonderfully twisted promos (Charlie Sheen's Roast, Tosh.0, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Nick Swardson's Pretend Time, David Hasselhoff's Roast…).

In this economy that sees ever diminishing budgets with everyone feeling the squeeze, POGO Casting goes out of its way to find the best talent for your project at extremely competitive rates.