Acting Networks Casting Calls


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Who Gets the Credit for a Pilot Season Booking?

By Secret Agent Man | Posted Feb. 8, 2016, 11 a.m.



Who Gets the Credit for a Pilot Season Booking? Photo Source: Spencer Alexander

Last year, one of my clients, a young woman we’ll call Clara, booked a series regular role on a pilot that went to series. As a result, she earned six figures in 2015, which is substantially more than she’s ever made as an actor. And this past Christmas, Clara thanked the casting director on the pilot by giving her a $200 gift certificate for a high-end spa. I got a box of nothing.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I commissioned the deal so it’s all good, but this does bring up an interesting issue, one I’ve never addressed in this column before. Who’s really responsible when an actor books a pilot? The agent, the casting director, or someone else?

In Clara’s case, I submitted her for the pilot but the casting director didn’t bring her in. So I pitched. And I pitched. And then I pitched some more. The casting director finally agreed to see her and next thing you know, Clara has a callback and a few days later, she’s testing for the studio and network. So I think it’s safe to say yours truly is the one who made this happen.

Last year, another casting director on a different pilot set up a client named Matt whom I didn’t submit because I didn’t think he was right for the part. I was wrong. She knew his work, gave him a shot, and next thing you know, he’s on the same path as Clara. So I think it’s safe to say yours truly had nothing to do with this one. The casting director gets all the credit.

But hang on. Let’s look at this from a different perspective.

What if I told you that in both cases, the casting directors were on the fence about giving the actors a callback but decided to run them by the producers anyway. And what if I also told you that in both cases, the producers loved the actors much more than the casting directors did and that’s why they ended up testing. Does that change your sense of who should get the credit? Granted, I kicked it off with Clara and the casting director gave Matt the initial audition, but truth be told, it was the producers who gave both actors the chance to test.

Wait! There’s another way of looking at this.

Several actors test for every series regular role on a pilot. So what if Clara and Matt were both in a pack of three and what if neither one was the producer’s top choice? What if network executives, nameless suits, fell in love with both actors and that’s the real reason they ended up getting the parts?

If I had a higher word count, I could throw out a few more scenarios that would really mess with your head. But I think you get my point.

The bottom line is you should keep this column in mind next time you hear someone taking credit for an actor’s success during pilot season. Trust me. A lot of people have to do their job well for a performer to break through during the busiest time of the year. It’s always a team effort. Come to think of it, I guess the actor should get a little credit, too. But just a little…

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Film (Student Films): Casting “The Best Friend,” in which after his girlfriend leaves him due to his obsession for getting the best for everything, Jason decides to talk to the best psychiatrist of the world. Casting 2 roles

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‘R&B Pop Music Video’ (Jenzacada Entertainment) – Rehearses and shoots between Feb. 15-21 in the NYC area. Note: Must be available for one day of shooting from Feb. 15-21.

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TV & Video (Music Videos): Casting a female lead for a music video for R&B Pop artist. Casting 1 role

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”Pop” (SunnyBoy Entertainment) – Shoots early March in Los Angeles.

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”Mega Man: Abridged Series” (New York University) – Records/shoots intermittently throughout the spring and summer, until the show’s completion. Director is based in NY, but talent doesn’t have to be.

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Voiceover (Animation & Videogame Voiceover): Casting “Mega Man: Abridged Series,” a comedic parody of the classically awful Mega Man cartoon from the 80s. Director states: “The cast is large, so if you can do multiple voices/weird voices, that is a plus. Knowledge of and a passion for ‘Mega Man,’ video games, and voice…

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”When It Started” (CrazyJackFilms) – Shoots early March in Los Angeles, CA.

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Film (Short Films): Casting “When It Started.” Synopsis: A hardened survivor looks back on the loss of his girlfriend during the beginning of the pandemic that’s all but wiped out humanity. Director states: “This Short film will go around the world in Film Festivals.” Casting 1 role

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”Because One Loves” (Ece Era (dir./casting)) – Shoots Mar. 18-20 in NYC.

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Film (Short Films): Casting “Because One Loves,” a semi-experimental short film written by Matt Gasda. Casting 3 roles

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”Finding Neverland,’ Broadway’ (The Weinstein Company) – Currently running on Broadway.

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‘Bucks County Playhouse 2016 Season’ (New Hope Productions LLC (Bucks County Playhouse)) – Rehearsals begin June 6; runs June 24-Aug. 13 in New Hope, PA.

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‘Uncut Casting, New Talent’ (Uncut Casting) – Project dates and locations vary based on work booked in L.A.

Posted:Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:59:11 -0500

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Posted:Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:55:18 -0500

Film (Short Films): Casting a viral marketing video for the annual “Next Big Thing’ campaign. Casting 5 roles

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Posted:Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:46:44 -0500

Film (Feature Films): Casting “Gotcha,” in which three filmmakers and their girlfriends invite a camera person out to a cabin in the woods to produce a movie. Casting 7 roles

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”Wanting” (Pratt Institute) – Shoots March/April in Brooklyn.

Posted:Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:46:35 -0500

Film (Student Films): Casting “Wanting.” Synopsis: In search of validation, aspiring writer Hanna Rivera begins to send nude images of herself to a stranger on the Internet. As this experiment starts to become an addiction, Hanna grows careless, accidentally sending one of the photos to the wrong person: her boss. Casting 6 roles

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”Cafe Leviathan” (DNK Global Studios and RFA Pictures) – Rehearsals from Feb. 17-27 in New Haven, CT. Shoots from Feb. 28-Mar. 7 in New Haven, New London and Berlin, CT.

Posted:Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:45:20 -0500

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Posted:Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:20:40 -0500

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‘Lolas’ (Lolas Music) – Rehearses Wednesday nights in West L.A.

Posted:Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:18:29 -0500

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‘The Interview – Comedy Sketch’ (CrazyJackFilms) – We will be shooting next week (2/15) either during the week or on the weekend. The video will be released the following weekend (2/27).

Posted:Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:04:00 -0500

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Posted:Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:02:19 -0500

Theater (Plays): Casting “Our Town,” a classic dramatic play. Casting 1 role

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