Many of you reading this blog have been living in the SE and working in this market for a while, and for many of you, the casting directors working in this region know you. They have seen you audition for multiple roles. They have stuck with you through new headshots, new hair styles, lost weight and gained weight. They know you. Perhaps not well enough to recognize you in the aisle of the grocery store or remember your name, but they are familiar with you.
When submitting on a project, we cast a wide net. We are greedy, and we want as many of our talent to receive an audition appointment as possible. Casting will request those talent who fit the specs of the character and ask them to audition. Casting does not make their selections haphazardly. They do it thoughtfully. They want to pick the best talent, so they can get their job done.
When you receive an audition appointment from your agent, there has been a process to get you there. A minimum of a couple, if not a handful of people were involved in that decision. So trust us.
Keep in mind that the specs for a character can change. Or casting may be thinking out of the box, and they want to push the parameters of the immediate description. You may not have all of the information. Even if the character is a stretch in your mind. Trust us. Even if you feel it is not a character you can play. Trust us. Even if the age or description is not a perfect fit. Trust us.
When you are given an opportunity to audition, take it. Use it as an opportunity to be seen. Use it as a chance to stretch what casting may think of you, or even what you think of your own acting abilities.
Times are tough. Competition is fierce.
And, what I say today, may not be true tomorrow.