What Does A Casting Director Do?

A Casting Director makes careers happen. We look at how to approach them, and discuss some of today’s leading UK Casting Directors.

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What Is A Casting Director?

A Casting Director is engaged to find actors and performers for a project on behalf of the Director and the production team.

Casting Directors usually have an agent who negotiates the specification and the price of each casting project. Actors should never contact a Casting Director’s agent even though you’ll see the contact details listed.

Reputable Casting Directors belong to the Casting Directors Association (CDA) or the Casting Directors’ Guild (CDG).

The production team, Director, and Casting Director work together. They identify the roles and the actor specifications (‘brief’) needed to fill them.

How A Casting Director Fills A Role

The Casting Director advertises the brief on an online casting platform, such as Spotlight, Casting Network or Mandy.

Within hours the Casting Director will have received hundreds or even thousands of “suggestions”. These are links to the online profiles of actors who are available to audition and film on the advertised dates.

The Casting Director carefully selects which individuals best meet the brief. They will then contact each actor’s agent to arrange the casting (audition). This will often be the next day, but can even be later the same day.

Sometimes a Casting Director will ask actors to do a self-tape at home, usually the same day. The Casting Director will review these online before inviting some of the actors in for the first casting.

The Casting Director and their client can sometimes agree on actors after the first casting. Sometimes they hold recalls.

Some Casting Directors take a different approach to some jobs, by street casting. This means they literally walk about an area and approach anyone who appears to fit the brief, inviting them in to audition.

The Casting Director and the client then reach the stage of making decisions together. The amount of time this takes will depend on a wide range of circumstances.

Once the role has been allocated, discussions then take place with the actor’s agent about how much the actor will be paid. Many briefs include an advertised set fee in which case this stage is not required.

Casting Directors receive a fee from their clients. They will not receive any money from you as a performer at any point.

Casting Directors Do NOT Represent Actors

There are one or two Casting Directors who do run a separate talent agency representing actors and performers. But it isn’t part of their casting work or business. The agencies have a different name and internet presence.

A business which represents actors is called an Acting Agent, a Talent Agent, or an Artists’ Agent. Agents represent the performers. So they check you have good photos, are on the right casting websites, and submit you for appropriate work. For your castings, they liaise between you and the Casting Director’s team. When you book a job, they will arrange everything with the production team. They negotiate your payment, pester the production companies to pay for completed jobs, and get the payment into your bank account.

Therefore, your agent will charge you a commission fee on the income you receive, based on your signed contract.

The quality and scope of agencies vary enormously. Some will accept beginners with potential, others will only represent performers whose career has already taken off. Some are even scams feeding off the dreams (and pockets) of the unwary.

Contacting A Casting Director

Casting Directors often receive messages from actors asking for representation. Why? Lack of research.

It doesn’t matter if you misunderstood the role of the Casting Director, or thought a Casting Director was an agent. The effect is the same: to announce that you are disorganised and lack any awareness of the industry you are trying to join.

But this is an industry where your career will succeed or fail on the basis of the individuals you meet. And really, you couldn’t even read someone’s website before asking them to represent you?

Take a step back and think about why you want an agent. Think about what they need to be doing for you. And then spend a LOT of time researching a potential list of agents. Understand which ones might look at your application. Read their websites carefully. Make sure you fully understand who you are emailing and why. Finally, attach an appropriate headshot and CV in a format that won’t crash their email box.

Never, ever ask a Casting Director to represent you. Some Casting Directors will accept you emailing a link or sharing a showreel on Twitter in case they can consider you for a role they want to fill, but they will specify the terms under which you can do this. Your research should uncover these instructions from the individual you are going to contact.

Research A Casting Director Before A Casting

You will be given some idea of the role and project before the casting. You should spend at least a few minutes researching what you can about the project, who is working on it and what they have done before.

But you must not forget research on the Casting Director. If you have some idea of the projects they have worked on, their background and interests, and their pet hates, you have a headstart in making a good impression at the casting. Remember, their assessment of you as a person to work with also counts towards the decision making process.

We have looked at a few different Casting Directors and this should give you an idea of how they each have an individual approach to their casting work. There are hundreds of people working in casting in the UK and they each have their own style, preferences, and approaches to the casting process.

These are in alphabetical order by surname, and give you an idea why all Casting Directors are not the same.

Casting Director Jane Anderson

Jane Anderson is a Casting Director who mainly works from Manchester and London. She is a member of the Casting Directors’ Guild (the CDG).

You will find Jane Anderson’s website is well set out and easy to navigate. You can see some of the projects she has worked on, as well as find good advice for actors who want to contact her directly.

Following a photography degree, Jane initially worked in production. Then she enjoyed several years as a casting assistant to Di Carling, Rachel Freck, and Gary Davy, and worked with Kate Rhodes James as a Casting Associate. During that time she was involved with a large number of projects including ‘Sherlock’ ‘Mo’, ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’, ‘Tess of The D’Urbervilles’ and ‘Day of The Triffids’.

Since Jane launched her independent services in the Spring of 2010 she has been busy working with new and established directors. She has cast award nominated series ‘All At Sea’ and ‘Hank Zipzer’, as well as recent independent films ‘Convenience’, ‘Down Dog’ and ‘Monochrome’. She also casts for popular CBBC series ‘Wolfblood’.

See IMDb for the impressive list of projects she has cast.

Jane Anderson Is Also A Film Jury Member

Jane was a member of the Competition Jury for the Manchester Film Festival 2017. The official website for the film festival describes the Jury:

“As diverse as the festival’s officially selected films, the second edition welcomes a panel of jurors with an eclectic mix of local, domestic and international recognition within the world of film and media.”

She has also worked as a jury member for the International Emmy Awards.

How To Contact Jane Anderson

Jane makes it clear on her website and twitter feed that she welcomes contact from actors – as long as you follow the rules. Each casting Director has their own way of working, and you must research this for each individual. She gives you a big headstart by making her preferences clear.

Firstly, make sure you know you are an actor looking for film and screen work and that you are asking a casting director to be aware of your existence.

Do not contact Jane asking for her to be your agent. She is a Casting Director. If you do not know the difference you need to get unpaid experience and research like mad to understand how this industry works.

Do not contact Jane to ask for theatre work. She casts for film and TV.

Do not contact Jane asking her for work as an extra. Extras are signed up to Agents which represent Extras and are chosen by Casting Directors who are appointed to find Extras for a project. Jane does not do either of these.

Emailing Jane Anderson Casting

Once you are ready to contact Jane Anderson, follow these rules:

  • ONLY contact by email
  • No letters, phone calls, tweets, Facebook messages or visits
  • ALL emails will be read when she isn’t working
  • Emails can be filed for later reference and found when needed
  • Make the emails short and to the point
  • Don’t waste time apologising, explaining, or giving a life story why you are acting
  • You will hear if something relevant comes up; if not, do not chase an answer
  • You can email if you have a role about to be screened on TV
  • You can email if you want to invite her or an assistant to a show you are in
  • Send a small jpg of ONE headshot image
  • Choose an image which really does look like you today
  • Add a link to Spotlight etc for further images
  • Send a list of work you’ve done
  • Make sure it is clear and relevant
  • Send a link to a clip or reel of any screen work
  • Don’t send the actual clip as it makes the email too large
  • Add Spotlight links to a clip if you have them – but send the link, not the view PIN
  • Do not send a montage (pictures of you set to music)
  • Make sure the clip shows your acting skills
  • If you can, include the production title
  • Make sure the clip works!

Self-taping For Jane Anderson

Jane Anderson advises you to read up on the CDG Self Tape Guidelines. It will help you make a better self-tape and improve your chances of being considered for a role. Remember to meet your deadlines, put on the title you are asked for, and check they have uploaded properly.

How Many People Will Audition For A Role?

Jane Anderson sometimes pitches to cast a project, sometimes she is approached directly. She then comes up with a list, based on actors she has seen or noticed before, supplemented by suggestions by agents. Once the list has been discussed with a director, some of the actors are brought in for an audition.

The numbers brought in for audition can vary. Sometimes five actors are brought in, sometimes fifteen actors will be seen.

The director, producer and exec producer make the decision for the main characters. Jane will have an input into this, especially if she sees the risk of a decision going in the wrong direction. Once the decision has been agreed, Jane then begins negotiation with the actor’s agent.

Jane Anderson Casting On Social Media

Jane Anderson has a twitter feed  @JaneAndersonCDG which is very useful to read. It alerts you to upcoming Question and Answer sessions she is involved with, reminders about how to get in touch, and great support for shows she’s seen.

Jane Anderson Casting’s  Facebook Page can also be followed. However, if you try to be friends with Jane on her personal Facebook page and do not know her then you won’t get a response. There are many actors out there who could learn a few good lessons about separating personal and working lives.

You must not use Twitter or Facebook as a way to get your CV or showreel seen. It means you are throwing it out there without any research.

Listen to Jane Anderson In Her Own Words

Jane works with degree and postgraduate students in audition technique and monologue preparation. She also shares her knowledge and expertise at events such as the one recently held for Casting Networks.

Jane recorded a podcast for Spotlight. You can find it on the Spotlight podcast page. Listen to it before you attend an audition with her. It’s also got great advice for those about to do a showcase.

One of the recommendations she makes to young actors about to graduate is to persevere and get experience. Fringe theatre, short films, get experience, even if you don’t have an agent at the moment.

Casting Director Shaheen Baig

Shaheen Baig is an experienced Casting Director based in London. She has a long history of casting notable projects, with numerous awards between them.

Shaheen Baig gained years of valuable casting experience working as an associate for notable casting directors Debbie McWilliams, Jina Jay, and Patsy Pollock. Her casting of two young children for Alejandro Amenabar’s 2001 hit feature film The Others, which starred Nicole Kidman, brought a reputation for finding new talent.

Shaheen set up her own casting company in 2002. She now works with a team based on the edge of the West End. She has worked on a diverse range of projects. There are now over a hundred IMDb casting credits to her name. They include feature films The Falling and Lady Macbeth, acclaimed TV series Peaky Blinders and the Black Mirror Trilogy. The TV series National Treasure has picked up many awards.

The BFI has a page dedicated to some of the notable projects that Shaheen Baig has cast.

Whilst Shaheen works regularly with established directors, new directors also look to her for their breakthrough projects. New and upcoming talent get the chance to show what they can do. But Shaheen also allows talent to grow and progress where the right role exists. Noteworthy examples of this are Florence Pugh and Andrea Riseborough.

Shaheen Baig Casting Awards And Interviews

In 2004 Shaheen Baig won the Best New Talent Award by Women In Film and Television in London. She received a BIFA nomination twice. Furthermore, many of the actors she has cast have won numerous awards in their roles.

In 2008 Shaheen Baig was a jury member for the British Independent Film Awards.

Back in 2013, Shaheen attended an informal Q&A event for young actors and filmmakers at Latimer. The essential elements brought out of the event were that as an actor or filmmaker it was right to project confidence – but not arrogance. That’s sometimes a difficult balance to maintain although we all know someone who has got themselves firmly stuck in arrogance! She also highlighted the need for each person to figure out what makes them different from all the others. It’s what other casting directors have called the individual’s USP, or Unique Selling Point.

An interview Shaheen Baig gave to EIFF Connection in 2014/15 emphasised the importance of training for an actor’s long-term career prospects.

Shaheen Baig Casting On Social Media

Shaheen Baig Casting has a Facebook page. Because it shares news about projects that she has been involved with, it’s a nice reminder that Casting Directors are genuinely proud of their work.

You can also keep up to date with her work on Twitter and Instagram.

The Shaheen Baig Casting Website

Finally, if you want to view the Shaheen Baig Casting Website, press the link here. It will open in a new tab.

Casting Director John Cannon

Have you been called to an audition at the BBC with Casting Director John Cannon? He works hard to find new talent for the popular TV programmes we know and love.

Casting Director John Cannon has worked in the casting industry since joining the National Theatre casting team in 1989. For the past 10 years, he has been working as part of the in-house BBC casting team, on programmes that are known and loved by millions of people across the UK. His IMDb credits include Holby City and the annual Christmas dramatisations of David Walliams books. 

John Cannon is a member of the Casting Directors Guild (the CDG) and casts in London.

Interviews With John Cannon

A recent article appeared on the Spotlight website explaining John Cannon’s approach to castings.  He tries to consider a wide range of profiles, looking carefully at headshots. Then he calls in a limited number of actors for auditions, perhaps five for one role. This saves everyone from unnecessary cost in time and expense (that commercial castings have a reputation for).  Honesty from actors about having been quiet lately is appreciated, as long as the answer is straightforward. Questions from actors are fine as long as they are straightforward and relevant. Actors should decide if they are auditioning with or without the script and then stick to that decision. A printed copy of the script will be available in the audition room, in consideration of the financial struggles most actors experience. Wearing glasses to your audition is fine.  

The author was clearly impressed by John’s friendly approach and concern for giving actors the best shot possible. Please read the article in full as it will give you a good feel for his approach to actors and casting.

In a 2013 Ideastap article John Cannon explained that he was happy to be contacted by actors in a letter or email. However, he would prefer an invitation to see the actor performing on stage than just a begging letter for a role. It is a good reminder that casting directors do often get the message out there that they are open to (reasonable) contact from actors – as long as you follow the methods they request. If you contact them without research you have done yourself no favours at all.

Casting Director John Cannon on Social Media

You can follow John Cannon’s Twitter feed. He doesn’t often tweet about his casting work, but it is good to hear about interesting projects he’s liked.

Casting Director Leanne Flinn

UK Casting Director Leanne Flinn, finds interesting and diverse talent for such projects as the iconic “This Girl Can” campaign.

Street casting is one of the ways Leanne Flinn brings real-life people to our screens and billboards, backed up by well-advertised castings on social media. In an age where drama school and London rents are beyond the reach of most people, allowing normal people to access castings means directors can hire talent which looks and feels like the audience they are trying to connect with.

She also uses traditional casting methods where it suits the project better, connecting with experienced actors and reputable agents to find the right look and talent.

What Type Of Projects Does Leanne Flinn Cast For?

Leanne Flinn Casting takes on projects for commercials, music videos, TV, short films and feature films. She has worked in the casting industry since 2009. Sometimes she works with some of the other big names in the casting industry, including  Dan Hubbard, Des Hamilton, Lesley Beastall, and Tree Petts.

She has a number of IMDb credits, both as Casting Associate and as Casting Director. The comedy series ‘People Just Do Nothing’ has gone on to achieve great success with the public and at industry award ceremonies.

Leanne has received nominations for a number of industry awards. Her work on Delaval Film’s “Marina and Adirenne” won her a nomination for the 2017 Casting Director Association’s inaugural awards. Furthermore, Leanne and Camilla Arthur received a joint nomination for their stills castings for Selfridge’s “Everybody”. She has twice received nominations for the coveted UK advertising industry British Arrows Awards. In 2015 and 2016 she won D&AD Awards for casting, in the annual competition for global advertising, design and digital professionals.

Leanne Flinn On Social Media

Leanne has a highly engaging Twitter account. It advertises current commercial castings; congratulates and furthermore promotes completed projects; and is also used to thank and congratulate individuals and companies that she works with. She has around six thousand followers, and almost a further two thousand follow the Leanne Flinn Casting Page on Facebook. The Facebook Page is used in a more targeted way to advertise current commercial castings.

A more casual look at Leanne’s professional life can be found in The Picta’s collection of Instagram photos and by following her Instagram account.

The website for Leanne Flinn Casting makes it easy to get in touch. You can phone on the General Enquiries number, but preferably email her with a recent photo – that looks like you do if you walk in the room today – and your contact details.

Leanne Flinn’s Experience As A Performer

Leanne trained as a performer on the Italia Conti musical theatre course. In adult life, she has continued to love singing and performing. She has also done voiceover work, including a Tamagotchi Friends advert. She has taught, directed and choreographed projects for children. So you can see why she was a natural choice for casting the 2015 Christmas advert for John Lewis. “Man on the Moon” featured a little girl looking through a telescope at an old man on the moon.

Leanne has even got experience as the director of her own short film, “Eli”. She made it for the Straight 8 no editing short film festival in 2010. Subsequently, the film was screened at the Cannes Film Festival. Other film festivals then also picked it up, including Raindance, Rushes Soho Shorts, CFC Worldwide short festival & Couch Fest.

Casting Director Amy Hubbard

Amy Hubbard is an established, award-winning and Emmy nominated casting director. She is based in Soho, a creative hotspot in London.

As an adult, Amy and her brother Dan Hubbard joined Hubbard Casting. This highly esteemed business was started by their parents, Casting Directors Ros and John Hubbard, from whom they learned their trade. They now work independently but from the same street.

Amy Hubbard has won the British Independent Film Award for Best Technical Achievement. She was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Casting for a Limited Series, Movie or a Special. A large number of high profile film and TV projects cast by Amy Hubbard include The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

She has a Twitter Feed and a website page.  Her twitter feed often includes useful advice so please do follow her because it will stop you from making an easy mistake. 

You can look up Amy Hubbard’s IMDb credits here. She is a member of the Casting Directors’ Guild (the CDG).

Identifying New Talent On Location

In August 2016 Amy Hubbard set out to find young males from Liverpool aged between 16-18 years of age who could represent those caught up in gang life.  Although some acting experience was not necessary, how the individual could bring the character to life was far more important. It is an example of the casting director trying to find people who look genuine to the script.

Add Showreel To Your Spotlight Profile

Like other casting directors, Amy Hubbard looks at thousands of photos for each role. Those who have added a good showreel will be ahead of the game because they have shown the casting director what characters they can play.

Be Off Page For Your Amy Hubbard Audition 

When you audition for Amy Hubbard, prepare thoroughly because she expects you to do so. You won’t get a second chance if you didn’t take the opportunity seriously the first time.

Many actors struggle to learn many pages of script overnight especially as it comes without notice. It is particularly hard to do this when your evening work pays the bills. However, the message has been given repeatedly and clearly that you must be off-page when walking into her casting room.

Casting Director Dan Hubbard

Have you been invited to audition with the Dan Hubbard casting team? They work with leading directors from across the globe. Understand that this is a key point in your career so prepare thoroughly!

There are a number of top Casting Directors working in London; Dan Hubbard and his sister Amy Hubbard are key players in this field. Dan is a member of the Casting Directors Guild (CDG). His IMDb listing includes more than 140 credits, among them Downton Abbey and the Bourne Supremacy. He discovered talents such as Kate Winslet, Colin Farrell, and Sienna Miller; it was his suggestion to his father that led to Orlando Bloom’s casting as Legolas in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

How Dan Hubbard Became A Casting Director

Dan’s parents John and Ros Hubbard were successful casting directors. In the AV room of Glenstal Abbey School, he enjoyed learning how to make films. He later got experience as a runner on film sets in the hope it would lead to camera work. But he then started assisting at  Hubbard Casting. The flair he demonstrated for casting work meant he had cast his first feature film by the time he was 21 years old. Collaborating with his parents and his sister Amy Hubbard as part of the Hubbard Casting team, he worked on a range of interesting projects and some of the biggest films of the time.

In 2014 he set up Dan Hubbard Casting, based on Westminster Bridge Road in London.

In 2015 Dan Hubbard won a British Arrows Craft award with Claire Catterson. This was a commercial for The Prince’s Trust. Called “Learn The Hard Way”, it was directed by Seb Edwards.

Dan Hubbard was also the casting director for a short film called “The Phonecall”. Starring Sally Hawkins and Jim Broadbent, it won an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 2015.

Dan Hubbard On Social Media

Dan Hubbard has an active Twitter account.

Masterclasses With Dan Hubbard

Dan Hubbard has run a number of masterclasses. They are not frequent, and therefore sell out very quickly.

Casting With Dan Hubbard’s Team?

If Dan Hubbard Casting calls you in for a casting, you need to prepare. Start by reading the whole script to understand the project. Research the director so you have an understanding of their work. Think about your interpretation of the role you are casting for, and make sure you learn the script off by heart.

When you are waiting to go into the audition room, sit quietly. Focus on the performance you are about to give. Keep your nerves under control so you can give the best performance possible.

In the audition room, you may be asked to adapt your delivery which allows everyone to see you take direction.

Be polite and personable at all times. But also let the casting team see your personality. Everyone on set has to work well together. Therefore never criticise the people you have previously worked with. Instead, be positive about all your past and current projects.

A number of actors will be auditioned for each role, but only one will be chosen. Even if that isn’t you, be thankful that you were seen. If you weren’t right for this role but made a good impression, you may be considered for a future role which is a better fit.

Then move on to the next casting – like acting professionals do all their working lives.

Casting Work Experience With Dan Hubbard

Dan Hubbard’s work is assisted by casting associate Claire Robinson and casting assistant Lauren Jerome.

For nine years experienced casting professional Gemma Sykes also worked at Hubbard Casting. She has recently branched into her own London based company, Gemma Sykes Casting.

Applications are welcome from people who would like to get some work experience at Dan Hubbard Casting. Send your CV and availability to the team for their consideration.

Casting Director Mark Summers

Award-winning Casting Director Mark Summers is based in London, delivering high-quality services to international clients. His separate Talent Agency also represents a select list of talented performers.

Have you just watched a high-quality advert showing a diverse cast of dancers performing at an exceptional level of skill? You can take a good guess that Mark Summers and his team were involved in the casting process. He won the prestigious British Advertising Craft Award for Best Casting Director in 2003. He also received nominations on six other occasions.

His business is based in the Kensington area of London, and auditions are usually held there. His clients and jobs, though, come from the US and across Europe. That means someone attending an audition in London on Tuesday could be filming in central Europe on Saturday. For many people, it can be expensive and difficult to get to a central London casting at short notice. If Mark Summers has invited you in, this is your big chance – so TURN UP!

Mark Summers Has Extensive Industry Experience

Mark attended the Barbara Speake Stage School and started his own business at the age of 16. His regular clips on twitter are an invaluable insight into his work. They show how he and his team work hard for long hours to deliver the kind of service required by top international clients.

Mark and his team communicate with actors, dancers, and agents on a daily basis. Anyone hoping to work in the industry will find his advice on Twitter invaluable.  In addition, he highlights the practices he does and doesn’t like, which you can definitely learn from. There are also very helpful articles on the Mark Summers blog.

His team also tweet regularly with the latest news and castings:

@sarah_lyons   @marksummerscast   @lou_marksummers

Mark Summers is a member of the Casting Directors Association.

Mark Summers Is Also A Talent Manager

Would you like representation by Mark Summers? Make sure you do your research and prepare thoroughly before you apply because those first impressions matter. Watch the twitter streams and website news to spot audition slots coming up.

You will need to include a well-presented CV and a headshot when you make your very first contact. If you don’t, you will not get a good response to your application, simply because you did not read the instructions. Check the talent listed on the website, and assess whether anyone seems to share your Unique Selling Point. If you don’t know what that is, you aren’t ready to take this step yet.  

If you are invited in for a dance audition workshop, prepare for a long wait. The standard is very high, and moreover, there are a lot of skilled hopefuls who understand the opportunities on offer.

Casting Director Nicci Topping

Nicci Topping is more than a leading Casting Director in the UK. She runs workshops and she also blogs so that actors can get the advice they need to succeed.

Nicci Topping Casts For A Wide Range Of Projects

Casting Director Nicci Topping is a member of the Casting Director’s Association (CDA). She has worked on over a hundred commercials, twelve feature films and a variety of other projects in the past fifteen years. She casts for short films, pop promos, TV dramas, theatre, photographic projects, and voiceovers. While some of her castings demand trained and experienced talent, and often household names, whilst others look to street casting to find the perfect contender for a role.

Nicci set up Topps Casting premises in her native Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, and these days also has premises in London and Manchester. She goes wherever the work requires. Casting can be across the UK and further afield.

Nicci Topping Has An Impressive Track Record

Her IMDb listing includes thirty credits as a casting director and a further seven under the casting department. Post Production film Angel 2.0 gives her credit as producer.

Awards and nominations include the British Arrows Craft 2015 nomination for Best Casting alongside Leanne Flinn. This was for the iconic Sport England campaign “This Girl Can”. She also cast for the award-winning music promo Chase & Status featuring Blind Faith and The Resident Evil Ads.

Nicci Topping Casting On Social Media

The Facebook page for Nicci Topping Casting includes links to her blog and interviews with esteemed organisations such as The Stage and Casting Networks. Following the Facebook page is a great way to keep up to date with the advice she gives. Sometimes she gives a shout out when looking for specific skillsets for casting when something unusual is needed.

Nicci Topping’s Twitter feed has some different content on Facebook. For example, the Nicci Topping workshop for Spotlight in conjunction with Actors Guild BG appeared here. Retweets for her work also appear here; they demonstrate the high regard for her work in this competitive profession.

How Nicci Topping Helps Developing Actors

The Nicci Topping Casting website is a good introduction to the work they do. However, the Nicci Topping blog is invaluable for any performer. In addition to interesting interviews, the topics include:

  • Marketing for actors
  • Cosmetic enhancements
  • Audition nerves
  • Casting low budget feature films
  • Advice to parents bringing children to castings
  • Getting your first acting job
  • Why some actors book the best jobs

Casting directors often send out the message that they want to give you a chance to book a job with them. Nicci Topping is no exception. Moreover, her constant work engaging with actors through her blog, interviews, and workshops aim to give everyone some preparation advice and encouragement.

With thousands of contenders for each role, it can be hard to get into the audition room. If you are invited to a casting, make the most of the opportunity you are being given.

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