Last time I talked about how the script writing process went. Another thing that was hard was casting the actors. I had never casted real actors before so I didn't know how the process worked. I didn't really know where to look for actors or if actors would be interested in acting in the project. One thing I did know is that I wanted to choose actors who are passionate about what they do and care about the outcome of this project.
I knew about backstage.com so that is where I started. I posted the casting call on backstage not knowing what to expect. I didn't know if anyone would even reply to the roles but to my surprise the casting call got a ton of interest. There was over 100 actors that applied for the lead roles. Unfortunately most of the actors wasn't what I was looking for. I wanted to take my time on casting the actors because 90% of directing is casting.
I did cast one actor off of backstage. Bradley Harrelson, who plays Shooter Jones replied to the casting call. I could tell he really cared about what I was trying to do because he was asking questions and seemed genuinely interested. He had the perfect look for the character and was great in the audition. I still had all of the other roles left to cast though so I decided to look for other places to go.
I found out about different Facebook groups where you can post casting calls so I posted a casting call on a Georgia casting calls page. I had a lot of actors e-mail me from this too. I would say the quality of these actors were higher than those on backstage. I casted the role of Luke and Earl from the Facebook casting call. I still wasn't satisfied with the auditions I got for the other roles so I found out about Actors Access.
I finished the casting process up on Actors Access. That site seemed to have the highest quality of actors out of anywhere I posted. I casted the majority of actors from Actors Access. I can say that I learned a ton about casting through the casting process. Casting all of the actors took a long time but I am glad I took my time and didn't settle for bad actors. I ended up casting actors that were good actors, believed in the project, and were fun to be around. Next week I'll talk about something similar to casting which is finding the crew.
- Brock Drury
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