Profession casting director

Casting directors select actors for all roles in a motion picture or television series. They co-operate with the producer and director to determine what they are looking for. Casting directors contact talent agents and organise interviews and auditions for the parts. They determine the fees and contracts for the actors and extras.

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Investigative
  • Artistic / Realistic

Knowledge

  • Personal directing styles

    Be familliar with the style of specific directors.

Skills

  • Organise auditions

    Organise try-outs for actors. Determine when and where the auditions will take place. Send out job ads to talent agencies, newspapers, magazines, and other information sources.

  • Contact talent agents

    Contact agents in charge of finding jobs for writers, actors, musicians, and other professionals in the entertainment and broadcasting businesses and maintain good relations with them.

  • Consult with production director

    Consult with the director, producer and clients throughout the production and post-production process.

  • Negotiate with artists

    Communicate and negotiate with artist and artist management about prices, terms and schedules.

  • Consult with producer

    Consult with a motion picture producer about requirements, deadlines, budget, and other specifications.

  • Follow directions of the artistic director

    Follow the instructions of the director while understanding his creative vision.

  • Develop professional network

    Reach out to and meet up with people in a professional context. Find common ground and use your contacts for mutual benefit. Keep track of the people in your personal professional network and stay up to date on their activities.

  • Study relationships between characters

    Study characters in scripts and their relationships to each other.

  • Read scripts

    Read a playbook or film script, not only as literature, but identifying, actions, emotional states, evolution of characters, situations, different sets and locations, etc.

  • Discover acting talent

    Identify existing talented actors or discover new ones.

  • Carry out auditions

    Hold auditions and assess and select candidates for roles in the productions.

  • Carry out interviews to select artistic team members

    Determine the content, physical and material conditions of the interview. Describe the project parameters. Evaluate personal, artistic and technical skills according to casting requirements, and candidates’ interest in the project.

  • Match actors to roles

    Match the perfect actor to each role based on their experience, ability, reputation, availability, and box office appeal.

Optional knowledge and skills

operate a camera photography create breakdown notices film production process acting techniques find appropriate extras manage contracts search databases provide chaperone for children on set prepare casting budget receive actors' resumes