My name is Jodi Purdy Quinlan, and I began my career in 1980 as a talent recruiter for Herb Mandell of The Casting Company. I became a member of AFTRA in 1982 and SAG in 1986. That same year, I was accepted into the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
In 1987, I chose to marry my boyfriend of nine years and settled down in Weymouth, MA, to build a home and start a family. I witnessed the growth in the film and TV industry as I’ve continued to recruit talent for casting directors in New England, NY, and LA, and work on occasion as an actor.
In 2006, the year of the initial film tax incentive, I worked with Boston Casting on set with extras and helping to cast extras for films.
The money I earned on these films allowed me to reinvest into Diane Purdy’s Children’s Theatre Workshop, Inc., which I operated for its final five years, producing and directing 25 productions. Dozens of children received discounted tuition as a result of my subsidizing a not-for-profit program.
In 2009-10, we felt the impact of the mere suggestion by Gov. Patrick to scale back the film tax incentive with the withdrawal of a dozen potential film projects. My work as a casting director on feature films slowed down, so I had to supplement my income by working as a production assistant.
My sons have had the opportunity to work in feature films, commercials, and music videos, and have aspirations to work in the film and TV industry; it would be nice if they could pursue their dreams here in their home state.
My mom was a member of SAG/AFTRA and devoted her life to educating kids in the art of acting for 40 years, from 1970 to 2010. She passed away on Christmas Eve 2014, having just published a children’s book based on one of her original plays. It was her dream to see her characters come to life on television. I hope to make her dream come true here in Massachusetts. She voted for Charlie Baker and she would not be happy with his plan to eliminate the film tax incentive.
My husband’s vehicles have also been working in the industry since the days of Spencer for Hire and are still working today!!
The film tax incentive is working in Massachusetts!