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Casting actors is one of the most important parts of being a Theater Director. If you’re old-school and prefer to meet all ...
your actors face-to-face, you must first figure out what you’re looking for.
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How to Cast Actors for a Play
On behalf of tvlesson.com, my name is Joseph Alder and I'm producing artistic director of GableStage in Coral Gables, Florida.
Let's talk a little about how to cast the actors. This is obviously one of the most important aspects of directing and frankly, I get as nervous as the actors do at times because I think it’s so crucial that you make the right decision. And sometimes that’s not easy. I think obviously this process is crucial to an actor and the actor that wants to be successful in his business has to learn how to audition successfully. So this whole process which is now evolved largely into an affair that involves a video camera.
When I started in the business, there was no video camera. So they didn’t use them as a tool in the classroom for actors and we didn’t use them in casting. So we met people first hand. We had them come face to face. Too often now, you're auditioning on tape and then someone views the tape and narrows the field down and then perhaps you get to meet the person that you're auditioning for.
Now I'm one of those people. I'm a holdout, perhaps I'm a reactionary in the sense because I like the old way better than tape. I'm not one who thinks that video camera has helped in the teaching of acting either. I think acting is about loosing yourself and not being aware. Dancers learn to dance looking at a mirror. Actors don’t learn to act by looking at themselves. And I think sometimes that can be detrimental. So I don’t understand all these classes that utilized cameras although its here and it’s certainly here to stay.
So I think the fundamental thing about casting for my standpoint as a director is to know what it is you're looking for but to stay open to the possibility that somebody may come along who doesn’t fit the bill at all and its not anything like which you thought you were looking for and who turns out to be right. This is why by the way I think it’s important to go out on a casting if you get the opportunity even if you think it’s not a role you're necessarily right for.
Headshots are crucial to the whole process of auditioning and getting a role. Headshots and resumes and I think it’s come to the front actors to use the right form for their resumes and to get the right headshot. Sometimes I think it’s advisable to share the potential headshots with directors and other people in the field to let them help you pick the shot you want to use. Sometimes they know better what shots are going to represent you best. But picking the right headshots is obviously essential.
I think it’s crucial that actors prepare the right monologues when that’s the thing they coming in to do. I think that picking age appropriate monologue is very important. And I think having three or four monologues ready at any given time so that if someone asks you to perform them, you're ready to go with two or three of them. And one should be contemporary, one should be classic, one should be comedy perhaps, but having three, ready to go is important.
On behalf of tvlesson.com, I'm Joseph Alder. Thank you for watching.