After serving fours years in the US Marine Corps, David began his business career as an entrepreneur in the entertainment industry in 1997. Since then, David has founded and operated four successful casting companies providing casting services for background and principal actors. Combat Casting was his first venture, casting actual military, law enforcement, and firefighting personnel on Hollywood’s production sets.
Combat Casting’s success spread rapidly through the film industry and led to another company just one year later, Networks Casting Services. For the next five years, Networks Casting Services managed and booked over 400 extras daily, and was one of the premier extras’ management companies in Los Angeles. In 2003 David sold Networks Casting Services, and joined the ranks at one of Hollywood’s elite boutique extras casting companies, Background Players as Office Manager. Under his management, Background Players cast background actors for the feature films Mr. Woodcock, Balls of Fury, World Trade Center, Disturbia, and Rent.
Just after 18 months of managing Background Players, David established yet another company, David Kang Casting. The budding company’s first job was booking all the extras and specialty performers in Brett Ratner’s Rush Hour 3. Not long after this success, David and his staff launched a principal casting company, booking actors commercials such as Budweiser, T-Mobile, Virgin Mobile, Wal-Mart, American Express, BMW, Mc Donald’s, and Johnson & Johnson
Now, David is one of the industry’s biggest music video casting directors, casting for such artists as 50 Cent, Akon, Britney Spears, Eminem, Flo-Rida, Jamie Foxx, Jay Sean, Jessica Simpson, Jonas brothers, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Miley Cyrus, Pussy Cat Dolls, Timbaland, and Usher.
Despite the demands of owning and running his own businesses, David’s inclination toward projects benefiting children started with a book. In 2006, David published the children’s book, Song and Juniper, nominated for The Henry Bergh Children’s Book Award and widely available through major bookstores. Currently, David also serves as a board member for Create Now, a nonprofit providing arts-based mentoring for at-risk youth throughout Southern California.
As a dad, David is proud to raise his six-year-old son, Ethan, who has been David’s inspiration in many ways, including the origination of Project LACE’s shoeLACE bands.