Casting directors are very important to an actor’s career. Why? Because they decide who gets to audition for each role. For those who may not be familiar with how Hollywood works, we will take you on a short walk through what takes place before an actor is hired for a job. The producer hires a casting director to find the talent. Whether it’s a commercial, feature film, TV, movie, or series. The casting director puts out a notice to the agents with the criteria of the project. The agents send photos and resumes of their clients to the casting director. The casting director then looks over all the submissions and calls the agents to set up auditions for the actors they feel are best for the roles.
For example, we just recently cast a commercial for Eastwood Insurance. The producer called us to say they needed an African-American male who could do a Jamaican accent. They also needed a male character type with a psychotic look and released the notice to the agents. They sent us photos and resumes. We called in the people that we felt fit the description.
We auditioned over a hundred actors to find the ones to show to the producer. We met many talented actors, but hired only two for the job. As you can see, casting directors are an important part of any actor’s life. They don’t always make the final decision of who gets the job, but they do decide who gets to audition. This is why you need to know who the casting directors are, and what type of casting they do. One way to become familiar with the casting directors is to watch the credits at the end of the movies and TV shows you see. Commercials usually do not have credits shown.