Some Casting Directors Do's: Common Sense, Respect for the Space, and Leaving Props at Home
"Part of the test of becoming a working actor is being able to be resilient and work through those road blocks in whatever way you can." - Jenna Fischer
"You have to be more broad in your thinking, which is creating more opportunities for everybody." - Casting Director Leah Daniels Butler
"No one wants to be rejected. But if people reject you then that means it’s not the right fit for you" - Casting Director Bonnie Timmermann
"Personally, I'm not interested in casting the most perfectly beautiful woman or someone who ticks all the boxes of what a person is 'supposed' to look like." - Casting Director Nina Gold
"I think that traditionally kids who look a particular way—'cute' and 'all-American' are typical words used to describe what I mean—are encouraged to pursue acting and modeling and it results in a somewhat homogeneous representation of what a kid looks like." - Casting Director Carmen Cuba
"I’ve never been one to find somebody on YouTube and hire them." - Casting Director Jennifer Euston
"We didn’t settle on any single part, down to the one-year-old in the family that doesn’t speak." - Casting Director Carmen Cuba
"I would say out of the 150 people, probably 144 of them were auditions." - Casting Director Eric Dawson
"The actor either has to learn how to develop their interpretation of who their character is, or study someone who is of that nature already." - Casting Director Kimberly Hardin
"For a casting director, that’s your—the actor that you have loved for decades getting their shot, and then not only taking it, but killing it, as Sterling does each and every week." - Tiffany Little Canfield
"I think in some ways the image I presented of myself throughout the years has caused people to have a hard time casting me" - Christina Ricci
If you are ready to get on the radar of the casting directors and are willing to do what it takes, read on and take action.
What are you doing to make sure you set yourself apart from the rest of the pack?
"It wasn’t lost on me that had they not seen Justified, it was very possible that my first audition may have passed them by." - Damon Herriman on His Audition for 'Quarry'
Casting director Will Stewart wrote a now-deleted Facebook post accusing The Hollywood Reporter of writing a "hate piece" and that "workshops are dying" because of it.
"He had been auditioning for me for ten years. I had never hired him for anything" - Casting Director Jeff Greenberg on Modern Family Star, Eric Stonestreet
"If they looked like an actor they were discounted immediately." - 'Mr Robot' Casting Directors
Two prominent casting directors offer some insight on the difficulty of casting and how some casting decisions are left up to people who carry a bit more weight
Gold acknowledges that one of the hazards of her job is that agents constantly want to introduce her to their clients, but each production she works on already know what they are looking for.