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My Top Casting Director Interview Questions

Here’s a quick list of my top casting director interview questions.

In casting director interviews, it’s very common to pose these questions:

  • What qualities do you (or don’t you) look for in actors?
  • What are the common misconceptions actors have about casting directors?
  • Should actors _____(dress the part, bring headshots, ask for notes)?
  • What should actors _______ (look for, know, not do)?
  • What are your pet peeves about ______ (self-tapes, actors, auditions)?

These can lead to some informative answers, but to be honest I think casting directors have better things to do than advise actors on how to maximize their chances of getting a job.

On top of this, I find the answers to these questions vary widely—what one casting director recommends, another will advise against strongly.

I’d like to ask casting professionals a different set of questions because I think they aren’t asked often enough—and the answers could really help other casting professionals enrich their practice.

Here are the casting questions I’d like to ask:

Highs and lows of the job

  • What is the most difficult part of working in casting?
  • What is the most rewarding part?

Standardization

  • How much do you think casting procedures and criteria differ from casting director to casting director?
  • How useful are the software and tools you use? What problems or inconveniences do you consistently come across?
  • How do you think most independent casting professionals learn to set their rates?

Stress and mental health

  • How long is your average work week?
  • Do you take a lot of work home?
  • Do you feel stressed?
  • Do you think casting professionals suffer from burnout?
  • What is job security like for casting directors? Do you think most CDs feel steady, or do they feel like they’re on a roller coaster?

Questions about the future of the field

  • How do you see your role in the bigger picture of creating stories? How about changing culture at large?
  • What do you think the casting practice will look like 3 years from now?

I think the answers to these questions could help us all understand where the casting field is headed as a whole and understand casting professionals in a more holistic way.

By Sarah Tolle

Actor, writer, storyteller.

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