The unsung heroes of our entertainment industry, casting agents have the most crucial jobs. Their work reflects in the success of a film because no matter how great the story line is, in the end it is always the cast that takes the credit.
The job of casting agents is highly acclaimed and rewarding but it is also very challenging. Here, we have discussed few of the challenges that casting agents face in their career;
Having the knowledge of acting is the first rule of becoming a casting director. If you do not have experience in acting or knowledge of literature, you cannot work for a long-term in this particular field. While doing casting of a film, all casting agents think about each and every character as an artist.
24 hours a day is not enough for casting agents. One of the major challenge is to do your job within the given deadline. You need to contact artists, conduct auditions and select the artists in that specific time period.
Another challenge is working on different projects at the same time and giving the best results. It is very common for casting agents to cast for different films at one time. In this situation, you need to know the depth of the projects on which you are working and also the demands of the story and director.
One of the major challenges for casting agents that come across is forceful casting of famous stars. Many times, casting agents are being forced to cast some well-known faces from the industry just to make film a big hit. In this case, casting directors can talk to the directors and share their thoughts about the casting and how taking famous celebs can damage their story line.
Contacting talents and scheduling auditions can be a daunting task for casting agents, in this case, one can go the digital way. India’s leading talent-hiring portal for media and entertainment field, talentrack has over 1.5 lac artists. All you need to do is create a profile on talentrack and start contacting talents by posting your requirements.
Whether you are new in the field of casting or an experienced one, the only thing you need to learn is trust your gut. You cannot become one of the best casting agents if you don’t trust yourself and are not ready to take risks. To justify your role as a casting director, you should have enough confidence that you can go with an underdog for a big budget movie.