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How to be a considerate casting director

September 27, 2016

If you’re a conscientious casting director that wants to be gracious to actors, and wants to give back to the community, here are some tips on how to be a good casting director:

 

1.  Post Your Sides

 

Before holding auditions in a casting room, be sure to always post your sides when writing up your breakdowns on casting websites.  Sides give actors a good idea of the quality and style of the writing for your project, and it truly helps actors decide whether they should confirm your audition and show up to the casting facility. Posting sides can help you and the actor save time.

 

2.  Avoid No-Shows- Don’t Leave Early

 

Sometimes, less considerate casting directors will arrange a casting session from 10am-6pm, but then leave at 5:30pm.  An actor will then show up at 5:40pm, and their entire day will be ruined.  Having a casting director skip out early on you feels like being stood up on a date- it’s not fun for anyone.

 

3.  Write Descriptive Breakdowns

 

It can be confusing to read a breakdown for a casting session where the character description says simply “Principal Role,” or “Featured.”  Reading the type of role that you’re offering doesn’t really help the actor determine the nature of the character, and therefore prevents the actor from coming prepared to the audition, and in some cases, may make it hard to properly interpret the sides.  Writing a breakdown like “a quirky, paranoid man with OCD” is a much more helpful description.

 

4.  Offer immediate feedback in the casting room:

 

If an actor delivers some lines, and you can tell that they are hungering for immediate feedback, give it to them.  You never know what kind of performances you can elicit or inspire in the casting room.

 

These are just a few tips on how to be the most considerate CD you can be.

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