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How casting process works?

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All processes that affect an actor's chances at booking a role in the entertainment industry must be paid attention to. This means that there are portals besides the ones in your audition that can land you the role. No, it doesn't involve bribing nor the corruption of any sorts nor the evil roots of nepotism to boost your acting career. All it requires is your zeal, sincerity and an attentive eye to mind your surroundings. Now to understand how I mean these tactics, we must understand how the casting process works. Let's delve into it.

 

  1. Evolution of an Idea and submission of the script: 

It all starts when a movie or a show or series is compiled script-wise and the producer is resolved to go for it. The next step is assembling a crew, the cast to be, and estimation of the budget and the destination for the same.

  1. The hiring of a Casting Director:

To find the suitable cast which the producer is still unknown to, he/she hires a casting director for the same. A casting director has the critical responsibility of filtering the best actors to feature in the Producer's project. The casting director is given a time frame and the actor breakdown which he or she must pass on. Oftentimes, the delinquencies and inabilities drive a producer to take the job of a casting director to himself or herself hence taking up the profession permanently. Nevertheless, the search begins

  1. Casting Director Approaches The Agents Or Actors: 

Now the casting director either approaches the agents hoarding their team of actors or directly puts up on the social media handles depending on the priority and the budget of the production. If the production is a high budget, casting directors find their preferences with the agents to look for dedicated and accountable actors from their roasters.

  1. Agents' assessment and reciprocation:

Agents that are approached, rummage through their roasters to find for their actors their appropriate roles.  By matching the breakdowns to the data as headshots, resume as well as the demo reels, agents present the list for the casting director. 

  1. The brilliance gets chosen for the audition: 

Now, as the agents send their compilations to the casting director, prospect actor applications arrive in huge numbers. It can become a heck of a responsibility for them to go through the attachments of their details including the one's on the résumé and their demo reels. A better medium that finds their preference is, based on their headshots. Hence the need to have the most exquisite professionally clicked headshots and this isn't even rocket science. This is basic human psychology, pictures attract the attention span more than text no matter how refined it will be. One still has to read it but as they say, A thing of beauty is a joy forever! Your headshot claims the authority of granting you safe passage in the initial steps if selection if you decide to seize this opportunity. Finally, a list of actors to be auditioned is filtered from the pile.

  1. Fixation of date of audition: 

Once the list is generated, the call for the audition is made via the agents to the actors. A date is fixed and actors are given a defined amount of time to rehearse their sides or commercial copies, for whatsoever the auditions are being conducted.

  1. Audition Day-in person or self-made tape: 

Finally, the audition day arrives. The mode of the audition can either be in person, in the casting director's office or online via a self-made tape. Actors must depict their agility, composure, confidence and above all the fluency of their scripts (sides or commercial copies), They must be dressed proper, exactly like the way they were dressed in their headshots, because the inside fact being, they were chosen in the first case on its basis. An important trait that must be respected is punctuality. Remember it may appear that the audition is a mere test of your acting skills, apart from this, it is also an assessment of your personality, conduct and a portal of your future callings. So behave well. In the self-made tape mode, ensure that a quality clip taking into account the lighting mic, your dressing and the focus of the camera on you is qualitative. Make sure, you send over your audition clips via the official means, say email to maintain the decorum of your candidature.

  1. Casting director-the acting judge: 

With each audition, the casting director assesses the actors in question and finally compiles their result sheets for the session.

  1. Narrowing of the list and callbacks: 

The final results may either entertain the actors for the second round or directly to the office of the producer or they may be turned down and wished good luck. The callback for the second audition, to narrow down the casting director's list also helps him/her get a better perspective of those actors. Their mettle of this double assessment might disinterest some while some might press even harder and hence confirm their slot in the cast. Finally, the outcomes of the second auditions or the callbacks reach the producer who invited them over to his/her office.

  1. Casting director's final recommendation: 

If there are multiple choices for a role, the casting director can suggest the producer into going for a particular actor. A cold reading session may also occur to test the actor. 

  1. The producer makes the final decision: 

It is the producer who makes the final call to cast a particular actor among the list sent to him/her. Finally, the list of the chosen actors and their backups is generated.

  1. Agent of the chosen actor is contacted: 

Finally, the agent of the chosen actor is contacted and offered the role for their actors. The terms and conditions are discussed and the contract is signed.





WHERE LIES THE OPPORTUNITIES TO BRIGHTEN YOUR CHANCE IN THE CASTING PROCESS?

 

  1. The fact that an agent maintains a roaster of you and your fellow actors under him/her, signifies the need to strengthen your bond with him/her. The best way to do so is by being accountable and hardworking, besides being humble and respectful. You've got to earn their trust if you're looking for a fine role for the next time. 

  2. I also indicated the significance of your headshots. If you're still finding yourself barricaded by an imaginary force that even though it puts you on the top of the roaster yet fails to land you into the auditions, perhaps you should mend your headshots and the associated submissions.

  3. Your overall conduct besieged your acting skills have a considerable effect on your performance as being assessed by the casting director. Work on that as well, please.

 

Casting agencies also approach individual actors not backed by agents. Although there are some fraudulent agencies that tend to scam actors into paying them money. But using this you can always filter the genuine ones among the farce. In order to have an insight about the genuine casting agencies that operate throughout the world, you could always search for keywords like top casting agencies, or best casting agencies followed by your location. They will not only respect your trust in them but will widen your area of interests and opportunities that exist out there.

 

Good luck!

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