15 Reasons Why We Cast You!

With input from Casting Directors Christy Faison (on air HBO series, “Boss”), Jami Rudofsky (“Gilmore Girls,” “Masters of Sex” w/Risa), and Brennan du Fresne Schulweis (“CSI:NY,” “Spider-man”).

Why do we cast you? Let us count the ways. Is it your bubbly personality? Your having memorized your lines? Your fabulous new shoes or your period dress dug up from mom’s closet? The fact you did a network pilot in 2006? There are way too many external forces that enter into it. But in the end, it’s the undeniable talent and deeply connected work that you bring into the room that matters most. After distilling our collective experiences, here are some specific reasons why we cast you:

1. You’re talented. You’ve shown that over and over again. In a play, a short film, a guest role, in class, a workshop… or any combo of the above.

2. You know somebody. Yes that does impact decisions. The good news is, you might know the casting director, the associate, the producer, director, writer… The more working relationships you develop in the industry, the more likely you’ll keep working with your colleagues again. That said, you still have to bring your talent, preparation, and individuality into the room.

3. You’re “hot” right now. You just got raves in a play. You just did a flashy turn on a Netflix show. Your character was just killed off in a series. Take advantage of any celebrated work you’ve done. Make sure we know about it…

Check out the rest of this list of 15 Reasons Why We Cast You! originally found on Backstage.com.