The following article is from the desk of a New York City CD and blogger, Andrew Weir. Get his insider perspective on what happens behind the scenes and after the model leaves.
As a casting director in NY for the past decade, I've seen thousands of models, actors, celebrities, and real people for a wide range of projects, everything from soap to Vogue. There’s not only a constant influx of new talent out there, but we also have to keep up to date on the people who we regularly work with, since their looks are always changing too. It is important to always stay current and be ready because you never know what job is just around the corner.
One of the tools we use to help manage the flow of information is what we call "casting notes." They're our quick reference guide, a sort of Wikipedia about each model. They help us keep track of who is what & what is who. The casting notes cover the basics like weight and height and describe the subtleties about someone that you don’t see straight away. It is important to look beyond the model's façade, to find out something more about the talent. I like to know their story. What was it like growing up in Transylvania? When did you start studying to become a concert cellist? What do you like to do? What special talents do you have? You would be surprised by the answers.
More and more, clients are asking for talent who can bring something else to the table besides just a pretty face. So these days we get as much info as we can when we meet the models. We record it and keep it for upcoming projects, and it has proven very effective. In addition to the photographs we take of every model, we have our casting notes - a crucial reference that can help us find that perfect match . . . I'll share with you my New Face of the moment and what interesting things I took note of. Today we feature Tim Meiresone, a new face from Independent Men. Visit http://bit.ly/CDAndrewWeir to check out his polaroid and my casting notes.
From the desk of Andrew Weir (NYC).