Chris Williamson CDC

Casting Director & Founder


Chris has been casting real people and actors internationally for over a decade and a half, and has worked professionally in both scripted and unscripted media production for twice that time. He’s contributed to the selection of hundreds of reality television participants, experts, judges, and hosts for hit series like Sugar Showdown, Canada’s Worst Driver, and Dragons’ Den, and has cast compelling actors and real people for a range of arresting ad campaigns. Chris’ work as a producer, director, and former actor gives him a rich understanding of both clients’ and subjects’ goals and a diverse array of tools to achieve them. He is a member of the Casting Directors Society of Canada.

How We Work


Real People Casting finds real people, performers, and models for commercials, branded content, reality television, documentaries, still photo campaigns and live events around the world. We specialize in discovering authentic, compelling personalities with stories that pack an emotional punch. We’ve worked with a range of broadcast and cable networks across the U.S. and Canada, and a number of major agencies including Saatchi & Saatchi, BBDO, J. Walter Thompson, and Cossette.


The same persistence and creativity we use to find real people is applied to our searches for under-the-radar actors and performers. We conduct targeted outreach that bigger agencies don’t have time for, leveraging our international contacts to find dynamic, authentic, union and non-union talent.

Real people and actors

who are anything but ordinary.

Selected Commercial Clients


Chevrolet, Toyota, KFC, TD Bank, Nature Valley, Merrell, Safeway, Sobey’s, Doritos, Canon, Cineplex, Sport Chek, Quaker, Frito-Lay, Shell Canada, Yoplait, Expedia.ca, Clairol, Air Wick, The Globe & Mail, Ancestry.ca, Planned Parenthood, Roadwarrior, Ting Mobile, TouchBistro, Metrolinx, Shutterstock Custom, Sidewalk Toronto, Canadian Real Estate Association, Canadian AIDS Society, Mount Pleasant Group, David Cornfield Melanoma Fund, Winnwell Hockey

Selected Broadcast Clients


Discovery, HGTV, History, Cooking Channel, Food Network, Logo, Global, CTV, CBC, Slice, Showcase, W Network, YTV, APTN, Gusto, BNN