Casting Workshops – here is everything you need to know.
Casting directors are actively looking for talent to work on their TV shows and movies. Casting directors who work on TV shows, in particular, are continually seeking actors for day-player roles and small speaking roles, which are great opportunities for aspiring actors. One of the best ways to get recognized by casting directors is by attending a casting workshop.
A casting workshop includes a small group of actors to attend the acting class. The casting director will give a brief introduction to discussing their career, thoughts, and opinions on acting. It is essential to take notes and know the preferences of the casting director, leading the casting workshop.
After the introduction, you will be paired up with another actor to work on a scene. These are small script the casting director could have used in the past. If a casting director does not pair you with another actor, the casting director will ask you to do a monologue for a scene.
Actors then are given a few minutes of preparation of the scene and then are asked to perform the scenes. Each actor delivers a scene, and then the casting director will give notes, give a redirection or ask you to do it again. It is essential for you to listen, as your ability to take comments and feedback is crucial in showing the casting director, you can handle a day on the set of a TV show or movie.
How to pick a casting workshop?
It is essential to understand your type (read our beginner’s guide to acting to learn your type), and then find TV shows and movies that fit your character. Then find the respective casting director working on those productions. They are most likely to offer casting workshops, and it is here you will be able to showcase what you can do. There are dozens of casting workshops going on at one particular time across the country. Here are the main things you should look for:
- How much does it cost? Casting workshops can range from free to over $2,000 per casting workshop.
- Where does the casting workshop take place? If you have to travel across the country, then the casting workshop is probably not for you. Keep in mind; if a production asks you to audition, then you will be required to travel to the filming location, which is most likely where the casting director works.
- How good are the other actors attending the workshop? While a free class may be enticing, if you’re an experienced actor, then it may not be in your best interest to work alongside aspiring talent.
Keep a list of casting directors
Each casting director is different, and every casting department has different expectations. It is vital to keep a Google Document or Spreadsheet with all of the casting directors you come across and leave notes for what the casting director expects productions they work on and other vital details.