Dear Actors: We’re On Your Side!

Real People Audience: Adults Children Spectators Sports EnthusiaOne of the most popular comments that I hear from actors is that they are “surprised”‘ to find out that Casting Directors are rooting for them. The audition room can be an intimidating place; you walk into a (very often cramped) room filled with competitors, you go into an office where complete strangers are staring at you expectantly, then you have to be at your most open, most vulnerable as you perform the scene. No wonder it’s scary.

It would seem as though the person behind that desk (the CD) is only there to judge you and then possibly reject you . . . but I think it would be helpful to re-frame this, and to understand what the Casting Director is most likely actually thinking.  What we are thinking is that we HOPE that you are a great actor and that you understand  and love the script and/or the sides and the role, we’re hoping that we are able to bring you to the next round and meet the Director and the Producer(s,) we’re hoping that we can discover you!

So,the next time you go into an audition, take a deep breath (do your positive visualizations), and remember that the Casting Director is rooting for you. I also suggest that you take a moment to realize that Casting Directors are bringing their own daily experiences to their job as well–we are flawed, we are stressed, we are even vulnerable! We  have our bad days and our days when you’re the 75th person we’ve seen for the role and the 100th time we’ve heard the scene, but the beauty of our job is that everyone brings something unique to the character: no two auditions are ever alike. So remember, we want you to do your best and we are rooting for you . . . if you look good, we look good!


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Joanna Colbert began her career as a casting director in association with Juliet Taylor on Interview with a Vampire for which she conducted a nationwide search resulting in the discovery of Kirsten Dunst. Colbert then went on to work at Universal Pictures as the Manager of Casting and then Senior Vice President of Casting, overseeing such blockbusters as The Mummy series, American Pie, Meet the Parents, and Bruce Almighty. She formed Joanna Colbert Casting in 2001 and Colbert/Mento Casting in 2006. Her credits include: No Strings Attached, the Step-Up series, Cedar Rapids, The Mummy, Everything Must Go, Hollywoodland and The Good Girl. Colbert is currently producing several projects, including a documentary about casting and its influence on film titled Casting By, a feature film titled Atticus Run, The Black Version tv series and Kate McClafferty’s blog, 356 til 30.

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