You notice that a couple of friends have gone out for Project “A”, but not you. What gives?! You think you are the perfect fit and that you should absolutely be there! Aaaarrgghhh!!
First off, you should know that we want you to feel Good. Cared about and valuable. Because you Are. Casting directors would have a seriously hard time doing a great job if we didn't have a nice big juicy pool of fabulous talent to pull from for our projects!
It may help you to know that there are many variables that out of your control when it comes to being invited to audition.
I thought I'd put a few pointers together for you so that if the thought crosses your mind "Dang it! what about ME!?!" you will be able to talk yourself right out of that funk!
2) a) Your agent submits you. Awesome! They may submit you because they think you are Perfect for the role. Or , if they think you are Close to what we are looking for, they may submit you and hope you are close enough that we bring you in. (It isn't an exact science!)
b) Your agent Doesn’t submit you. :( This could be because:
- You are N/A on callback or shoot dates. (Your agent is always up to date on your schedule, right?!)
- They didn’t think you were a good fit: could be a skill you don’t have, or they think you look a little too old or young, or they know something not listed on the breakdown related to them by the casting director.
- Your agent doesn’t “see" you in that role. (You and your agent should both have a clear idea of what types of roles you are suited for. This will help you to hone your skills in that direction, as well as help your agent submit you for roles best suited for you.) You for sure don’t want to be submitted for roles that are a long shot or that just aren’t a good fit. It’s a waste of both the casting director’s and your valuable time.
- You need to trust that your agent is doing their best for you. It may help to remember that they don’t get paid unless You get paid. So their main focus is to send you to auditions that they feel you have a chance to Book! If you truly feel that you fell through the cracks on something, you should be able to discuss this with your agent. Ask them how they would like you to approach that question so you don't feel intrusive and they don't feel attacked! :)
- You see yourself in a way your agent or others don’t. Another good reason to have that honest chat with whoever is representing you. (It can be hard to see ourselves as others see us - especially in this industry.)
- Perhaps we didn’t see you as a good fit for the role. (We will have even more information on exactly what the client is looking for and will have that front and foremost in our minds as we are making our selections on Casting Workbook)
- We don’t always have time to see everyone we would like to see! This is the BIG one!! We hate it but it's true. The amount of time we have been given to get casting done these days has really shrunk. What used to take a week of casting may now have to be done in a day or two, meaning we have to be incredibly selective with who we bring in. There are only so many hours in a day! Let's say we have 5 roles to cast in 1 day. To give our clients a great selection, we may have hoped to bring in 50 people per role. If we bring them in 2 every every 5 minutes, that is approx. 2 hours to see 50 people. Multiply that by 5 roles and you have 10 hours! Not allowing time for uploading of the session as well as time for our client to view (10 hours of casting!!) and give us feedback by the next day. Sometimes we are lucky and get more days to get casting done – but more and more, the timeline is Tight! This means being highly selective with who we bring in. In the end, this means we bring in less talent. There for sure isn't time enough to bring in everyone! (Did you know that we sometimes have 250+ submissions for a role?! So the agents are doing their Best to get you in there!)
- Someone else has a resume with more work than you..or one that is more relevant to the specs required, ie improv or comedic background. You may have a great look but little experience. Or, you may have tons of experience, and because you have auditioned with us before we know what qualities you bring to the table, and they may not be the best fit for the spot. (you can't be the perfect fit for Everything! ) We don't want to waste your time if we know that this particular project is not for you. Commercial casting directors love to try new faces & new talent, but also need to do the best job for her client. If casting time is tight you may not make the cut.
Also, we would prefer it if you didn't try to Crash the Party. It puts the assistant in an awkward position and doesn't put you in the best light. If you have all the information about the project and really feel that we have somehow missed out on the "Best Person For The Role!", then you could contact your agent and have them email us and ask if you can audition. Or you could take your chances and ask us directly - understanding that it Is an imposition. So you've gotta respect whatever comes back at you and take it with gracious aplomb! :)!
Of course it is completely different if the casting director comes running up to you and BEGS you to audition! That's a definite "Hell YA!"
I hope this helps you understand a little bit more about what it takes to get you to your auditions, and that it isn't personal if you aren't called in! I know it can feel uncomfortable, but I tried to give it to you straight up...with kindness. :) If you have any other questions, I would Love to hear them! Please take a minute here. I will definitely get back to you!
Your questions help us all, 'cause we are all in this together!
Happy auditioning everyone, and keep the faith!