Is A Casting Director?
(by AM Staff)
A casting director is the person
who is tasked with the assignment of finding actors to fill
acting roles in a production. Casting directors work with
actors, their agents and film directors to cast the right
actors and negotiate deals. Therefore, it is crucial for
actors to impress the casting director, as they are the
connection between the actor and the movie.
What Are Casting Directors Responsible For?
The casting director's primary
- Holding auditions for actors
- Helping directors determine which actors may be
right for which roles in a movie or on a television show
- Working with the director and producer to determine
the criteria for each role
Determining the Criteria for Actors Needed
One of the first tasks for a
casting director is helping to determine what the
criteria are for the actors who are needed in the film.
In other words, a casting director might ask: what
should the lead character’s personality be like? Should
he be tall and muscular or short and stumpy? Should the
lead character be serious or funny?
Once the casting director, producer
and director have determined what the criteria will be
for the actors they are looking for, it is up to the
casting director to hold auditions. The casting director
must make sure that actors know about the audition and
what is involved. Finding great actors to play the
various parts is the essence of the casting director’s
Making Casting Decisions
The casting director helps the
director and producer make decisions about which actors
should perform in the production. The casting director
must evaluate the actor’s résumé and performance
experience, the actor’s availability, the needs of the
role and the needs of the overall story to determine
which actors should play which parts.