Written By: Ross K. Foad
Ross K. Foad has cast hundreds of roles in short films, features, and web series over
the past ten years. In addition to being an actor, writer, and director himself,
he is a Mandy Inspirational Casting Director 2019 Nominee
In my ten years as a casting director, I have had the privilege to meet and work with hundreds of fantastic actors. Actors who, if I do say so myself, have excelled in the position I placed them in. I pride myself on the ability to find the best men or women for the job, but it would be a lie to say that this was a skill imbued upon me at birth. I can attest to some less than stellar choices when I first became involved in casting!
However, as in all aspects of this industry, you live and learn. Eventually, and without intending to sound too harsh, I learnt to quickly sort the wheat from the chaff. But how do I do it?
What makes me able to scan an actor’s application and instantly bin it without a second glance or thought of regret?
How do I know who I should ask to audition for a role?
I cannot speak for every single casting director across the globe, as some do still favour open auditions, or asking everyone who applies to do a self-tape, but, many more, such as myself, do not have the time to check 500 tapes, let alone meet that many people. Sometimes roles get cast at the eleventh hour, or minute, and quick quality decisions are needed.
Today I will share with you a few basic tips, and how you can hopefully make sure that you do not lose out on a potential award-winning role just because your application or profile was not up to scratch.
Some of this may sound painfully obvious, but that I favour those who follow these basics is a testament to the volume that does not.
Here is a YouTube video Ross made to coincide with the Article. Here
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