Shari Carlson is the definition of an entrepreneurial spirit, always open to new moments, new adventures. Shari's latest endeavor as Director of Photography for a short film d'illusions and the independent feature film Knocked Up, which she also directed, shown at the Cannes Film Festival 2007, demonstrates her mastery. Shari’s choice to constantly grow and develop as an artist has magnified her ability to coach many gifted and talented people. As casting director for a number of feature films, Shari had the chance to work on projects with such luminaries as Francis Ford Coppola. These experiences enabled her to gain insight into the demands on actors and what they need to reveal to be cast. Shari also founded several small businesses, including Imaginative Productions, a new independent production company,, To top this all off, she has even performed with and trained elephants, which levels the playing field when training actors!