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Understanding the Casting Process

September 21, 2016

Casting, it is a process. If you understand the entire casting process and roles other than just your own, you will have a better view on the big picture. Use this information to your advantage - knowing where you stand within the casting process can help you to see more clearly on you path to success.

These days, the web is flooded with casting sites boasting thousands of audition opportunities. With claims like these it is easy to think, "Surely there is a role for my child." But if you're submitting to these sites without luck, it may be because you're simply focusing on the wrong "stage of the process”. ChildrenInFilm.com conducted a poll which was answered by more than 10,000 visitors to our site.  It showed that 80% of the time child performers did not book a role directly from a casting website.

Why is this the case? It could be because 100 people are applying for 23 available jobs; that is true. It could also be that the Casting Directors are simply not drawn in by your online profile or good ole' headshot/resume. It could also be that the casting director does not accept submissions from actors without representation.

The casting process begins when a producer hires a casting director to find the perfect actor for their project.

Casting Directors then alert talent representatives (agents and managers) to what they are looking for. Casting depends on the talent representatives to ONLY submit actors who they believe are "right" for the part.

Generally, the casting director has a short amount of time to sort through the thousands of actor headshots they receive (this is why your headshot is so important). Then, s\he needs to interview as many potential candidates as possible until s\he finds the best of the best. S\he presents these few lucky actors back to the director or producer who will make the final hiring decision.

So, you can see how tough it is just to get an audition, let alone a job.

The question is, where does your child fall within the casting process? If you are currently without representation and are struggling to get work directly from casting websites, consider shifting your focus to finding representation rather than submitting to casting calls.

Actors with representation can consider themselves one step up the ladder. It is like wearing a badge that says, "I'm a professional." This is because a casting director knows that an agent or manager has already screened the child and can therefore trust that the child is likely to be good in front of the camera, respond well to direction and authority, and show signs of unique talent that separates him or her from the crowd of aspiring actors.

Need tips on how to attract a talent representative? Work the first five steps in our KidStart program before seeking representation.