Are you meeting the CD, Associate or Assistant
Making the most of your workshop experience involves doing some research before you go in to the room.
As defined by CSA (Casting Society of America): CASTING DIRECTOR – The producer’s representative responsible for choosing performers for consideration by the producer or director.
So, does it really matter who you are meeting?
- Each office is different, and responsibilities will vary (we’ll talk about how to find out this info next week)
- Meeting more than one person in an office is a great way for actors to create some name recognition. Then no matter who answers the phone when your representation calls to pitch, chances are that the person on the other end already knows your work
- Assistants & Associates want to find new talent to bring to the CD (it makes them look good)
- In some offices, the Associate is the point person for the smaller co-star roles
- Assistants and Associates are the CDs of tomorrow
What are they working on RIGHT NOW?
Most casting professionals work freelance. Research what projects they are currently casting
Do your due diligence.
CD workshop businesses are first and foremost businesses. They are around to make their owners money. The more appealing a workshop sounds, the more likely an actor will sign up. While some workshops are more reputable and ethical than others, the responsibility falls to the actor to do some research before spending his/her money with a particular company.