Casting directors

Who are Casting Directors?

In the Film and TV world, Casting Directors are those who are hired to find a handful of talent for a given part for a production.

In the theatre world, the Artistic Director of the production company generally holds their own auditions, thus there is no need for a middleperson.

What do they do?

Casting Directors have one goal – to make their client happy. They do this by auditioning the right talent for the part. So whenever you’re brought in to audition, remember, you’re there because that Casting Director wants you to get the part.

As we’re all different in our unique & interesting ways, the same can be said for Casting Directors. Some will make you feel incredibly comfortable while others make you feel the opposite. Just remember this has nothing to do with you or your performance. Acting is the art. Auditioning is the business.
Like most jobs, casting is a fairly thankless one. Show some appreciation when you’re booked. A simple thank you card can go a long way.

How should I approach them?

Many of the casting directors on our database have indicated on their websites the method in which they prefer actors to contact them for the first time. This tends to be by post but some except or prefer emails. Some are happy to receive telephone calls, but be aware that casting directors are very busy and you should not continually call them with questions or updates once you have sent your CV.

If they have not specified whether they prefer postal or email contact, you should send them your CV, a headshot and a cover letter by post only, as this is the traditional method of contacting casting professionals. You should always include a stamped-addressed envelope (SEA) big enough to contain your 8 by 10 photo, with sufficient postage. This will increase your chances of getting a reply. Write your name and telephone number on the back of your headshot in case it gets separated from your CV.