Your chess moves to your top five Casting Directors
Don’t be a sentimental fool and get bogged down in the good old days. Now is the time to have the courage to attack those goals you set back in January with conviction. It’s March so everyone is a little bit happier, it’s getting warmer, the days are longer (well except for you lovelies down under) and holidays are all done and dusted. It means that the acting world is starting to get busy again. And just because you don’t see a casting on Spotlight or LA Casting, doesn’t mean that behind the scenes the directors, producers and Casting Directors aren’t wheeling and dealing. So get a move on. Time waits for no BABE. And this has inspired today’s post.
When I start working with new clients we often look at what their goals and intentions are for the year ahead. They spend time working through the things that really make them tick, those things that really get them excitable, those things they despise, and then we knuckle down and do the business. I don’t do it for them, obviously, but I do help with making a plan of attack that is clear and concise.
And bearing all that in mind, here are a few little secrets on what you might want to consider spending a little time on as you kick into Spring the right way. It’s about making sure you’re on the same page as your agent and the Casting Director. It is about knowing where you get the work from:
1) What are your three top stereotypes?
Much as we hate them (darling we are actors we can do any role) stereotypes help to pigeonhole us and make it easy for a Casting Director to put us in a casting bracket. And you want them to do that, initially at least. If they know where to place you, they know when to cast you. What roles do you suit?
- Are you a young mum?
- Are you a girl next door (ladies in your 30’s, this is not you anymore sorry!)?
- Do you play the sassy vixen well?
- Does your fiery red hair and flushed cheeks lead you to English Rose castings?
Know your type.
2) Find out how often you audition for these type of roles
Go through and review your last 12 month’s of auditions. See who you are seen by regularly, and which jobs you book. Are the stereotypes you’ve noted above actually the jobs you are booking?
I once had an actor tell me they wanted leading lady roles all the time. Sadly though, they weren’t the typical casting type for Ryan Gosling. I think it’s far easier to start in the place where people naturally see you, and then get that Gosling role later once you’ve proved yourself. But perhaps that is just me.
3) Once you know your top three casting types, work out who the top five Casting Directors are that you most want to be seen by?
- Why them?
- Firstly, do they cast the types of roles, and within the age bracket, you are perfect for?
- Ever been in front of that CD? No? Well then this is the time to focus on that.
- What is the Casting Director you want to be in front of currently casting? Do you suit any of those role? Does your showreel reflect that?
- Is that CD going to be doing any workshops in the near future that you can enrol into? If you don’t know who is running workshops in your local area now is the time to find out. I have seen acting buddies get into an audition room just after they have been seen at CD workshop, both here and in the US. If you choose the right sessions they can bode you well.
Ladies be fearless. Work on the business side so you make your job as easy as possible.
And while you’re at it, during the Oscar mayhem, make sure you take an hour out of your week to watch the RoundTable for the nominees for best actress. Every year I watch these because I want to hear what the professionals who are at the level I want to be at, say. And every year I am delighted and surprised by their tenacity, camaraderie, strength and talent. True professionals spend time praising other true professionals and getting on with work. And each of these ladies talk about how hard they worked and how long they worked at it. This is a marathon, and one worth doing the work for.