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When to Use Remote Auditioning to Cast

August 25, 2016

The popularity of remote auditioning has been growing steadily in recent years.  These days most casting directors have, in some way, asked actors to submit a remote audition when trying to cast for a project.  But opinions about remote auditioning are mixed:  

 

Some people view remote auditioning as a convenience, and a Godsend- it cuts down on the time and money spent on traveling up to 1 hr. only to deliver a 5 minute audition. But others (mostly actors) are understandably concerned that the remote auditioning process will ultimately take away personal elements from the casting process.  

 

Who's right?  

 

Our advice at HCandF is that both filmmakers and actors should embrace remote auditioning as a tool when it's appropriate, but also acknowledge that in many cases, nothing beats a face-to-face interaction.  For instance, one very efficient way to hold a casting session is to initially have a remote, online casting call for a role to initially screen auditions, and then invite your most promising prospects for a follow-up audition, or callback session.  Employing remote auditioning for stage-1 casting, and but relying on traditional casting methods to actually cast your project allows you to get the best of both worlds, and saves both yourself, and the actors you're considering a lot of time and money.  

 

So when you think of the merits of remote auditioning, think of it as a tool you can pull out of your back pocket when needed, and not as a threat that promises to undermine the fabric of the traditional casting call.  

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