"Did she really just say that?"
A NY actress sent the note below to one of our casting directors describing her experience as a stand-in casting assistant. Think being a talent is frustrating? Try walking a mile in a casting director's shoes . . . and gain the perspective that will make them remember you as someone they want to see over and over again in the future!
"Last week I actually sat on the other side of the table for the first time. Yes, this actress was asked by a friend who is a filmmaker to help her with casting. For 3 hours I was a casting director.
I was astounded at how many actors were not prepared. Even though headshots were submitted online the filmmaker made it clear to the actors she wanted hard copies of photos and resumes when they came to audition. Several looked surprised when asked. One person said she didn't have it, but offered her "business card" which was - I am not exaggerating - no bigger than my pinky finger. There were a few black and white pics, several with untrimmed resumes and even resumes which were out of focus and unreadable. No wonder casting directors get so frustrated!"