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What are the Requirements to Become a Casting Director?
Casting Directors: Stars Behind the Scenes
There are no real educational requirements to become a casting director, but most have an eye for talented actors, some type of prior experience and a good grasp of the business side of the motion picture industry. And an ample supply of patience comes in handy when interviewing hundreds of potential candidates to fill roles in a movie.
After reading a script, the casting director, director, and producer decide what types of actors fit various roles in the script. This is where a good memory for faces and names--as well as industry contacts--comes in handy. Good casting directors remember actors they've worked with and auditioned in the past and have mentally cataloged these people and their skills.
Rising Through the Ranks
Some casting directors move up from assistant casting director, while others rise up after gaining invaluable industry experience as actors, writers or film editors.
College for Casting Directors
Candidates with a bachelor's or associates' degree or two years work experience can apply for the Assistant Directors Training Program in Los Angeles. The highly competitive program is a joint venture of the Directors Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. Casting directors also can gain invaluable experience attending a college that offers a degree in theater arts.
The Casting Society of America offers casting director associates, assistants and interns a free job post board.
The following colleges offer programs that can help you become qualified for a career as a Casting Director:
(Program outcomes vary according to each institutiona's specific curriculum, and employment opportunities are not guaranteed.)
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