What Do Casting Directors Do
The Actor's Life
So, what exactly does a Casting Director Do?
Well, in the simplest sense, a casting director is the person who is
responsible for finding the actors who will be right for the various
roles in a production.
Most casting directors are well connected to agents and actors - and
most specialize in various areas such as television dramas, or
comedies or action feature films.
When you get auditions, you'll primarily be meeting with casting
directors. This is the first hurdle that you have to get over. If
it's a film that you're auditioning for, you'll almost assuredly be
auditioning for the director and/or producers at some point - or the
Casting Director may also film your audition for this purpose.
You can think of the casting director as the Human Resources person
who is screening people for the job. But, remember, it's their job
to recommend you to the next level - so you want to impress them.
Don't save your best performance for the Director. Also, remember,
the Casting Director will also work on other things. So, you're
likely to meet him/her again in another audition down the road. So,
always be polite.
Some Casting Directors work for the studios or production companies
producing the show or film. However, most Casting Directors are just
like you - freelance business people working from production to
Once the show has been cast, many times the casting director will
negotiate money, schedules and billing with the agents or the actor
Casting Directors can belong to the CSA (The Casting Society of
America). This is a national professional organization for Casting
Directors - but it's not like SAG and isn't a formal union or
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