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A new insight

Posted at 4:50 AM on August 6, 2007 by Euan Kerr

Over the weekend I spent some time with an old pal who is trying to cast a TV series. He is a producer and has a casting director working on the project. They are looking for teenagers to fill several roles in a coming-of-age series.

Now, I had always assumed that this was a relatively easy process, that you just lined up a few people, have them read, and then it would be a quick decision.

Not so, as I found out. The folks in this project have looked at hundreds of young actors, and are working hard to try to find just the right mix of talent for the parts.

We sat down for an hour and watched several audition tapes. It was a series of teenage boys and girls all reading pretty much the same part. Some it was easy to see were wrong for the part they were reading for. Some were nervous and flat, others were so over the top you couldn't really get an idea of what they would be like over the long haul of a series.

And, boy, did I get sick of hearing the same lines over and over.

We did see the tape of one candidate who is getting a call back, and it was clear that he had something the others lacked. He's not a lock however.

We only saw a few tapes, a fraction of the candidates, and my head was spinning. I came away with a new appreciation for the casting director's art - and stamina.

August 2007
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