A list of references is available upon request.
Kathleen (FOLLOWED UP)
Tay (FOLLOWED UP)
Lesley (FOLLOWED UP)
Kusbit (haven't asked yet)
"It has been my pleasure working with Michael Petrella. He is an asset to the production of my life story. I have the privilege of working with him first hand and his contributions are greatly appreciated. He is committed to the vision of our life story, making sure that we are not exploited and our experiences are handled in the most respectful and compassionate way possible. It’s hard to find people you can trust, but Michael is that person. Not only has he navigated me through this process with such ease, he has also became someone I fully trust. Someone that truly values human rights and cares as much about
the people he works which makes him stand out in the film industry. I vouch for his work ethic, opinionated positions, and attention to detail. He will complement any project he is a part of."
- Jacoba Ballard Our Father
"Michael is one of the best in the business, he truly cares about characters and story, he has kept me in the mix for several projects because he wants the best for all his clients. Michael is no doubt a positive anomaly in today's casting world."
- Chef Plum, Food Network, ABC's The Taste
"I have had the privilege to work with many casting directors in my short 7 years doing hosting jobs in front of the camera. As the job requires, casting directors, very busy individuals who get to meet so many people who wants these type of jobs, responding to talent questions is not always an option for casting directors. With that being said, Michael Petrella has been the most kind and informative casting director I have ever worked with. He has made my casting process very easy by answering questions and giving me updates. The “waiting” is what most talents go through, but having a casting director like Michael, makes things easier since will let you know about your project “EITHER WAY”, making your experience more enjoyable and practical. Thanks a mil my friend."
- Neil Fuentes, Chopped
"I've been fortunate to get cast on 5 different game shows/reality competitions, so I've interacted with quite a few casting producers in my day. The highlight of these was Amazing Race Season 6. I can honestly say that Michael Petrella distinguishes himself on such a personal level, he is the only staffer I was THRILLED to see the moment my taping ended. He offered the best talent coaching and made me feel more comfortable and confident going into the competition than anyone else on staff. Much like an Indian Medicine Man's approach to healing, he showed a personal interest in me throughout the process, getting to know me on a personal level so that he could offer the best words of guidance at each step of the process. Losing was one of the harshest feelings I've ever had, but no one made more efforts to cheer me up like him. That includes a followup email on his own time within a week after taping ended. Character like Michael Petrella's cannot be taught, and I'm thrilled to have been the beneficiary of it."
- Joe Rashbaum, The Amazing Race