What is a Casting Director?


Casting Director Job Description

Casting directors are responsible for auditioning actors and actresses for particular roles in film or television productions. Directors and producers have the final say with regards to which actor or actress is cast for which role.



Typical Job Duties

• Review the promotional materials of performers, such as photographs, production credits and demo reels

• Review the script in order to prepare a breakdown of the nature of each role that needs to be cast

• Distribute specific role information to talent agencies and self-represented performers

• Pre-screen candidates and make decisions regarding which performers will be asked to audition for which role

• Schedule call-backs for those performers which the producers and director wish to see more of

• Negotiate performance contracts between the performer or their representative and the production company



Relevant Scholarships for Becoming a Casting Director

The Applicable Majors section below shows fields of study relevant to a career as a Casting Director. You can search for scholarships matched to those fields of study on our Theatre Scholarships and Film Studies Scholarships pages.


Success Tip: Be sure to apply for any scholarships that you even barely qualify for, as there are millions of dollars of scholarships that go unused every year due to a lack of applicants!



Applicable Majors

Studying one of the university majors listed below is an excellent starting point for becoming a Casting Director. Click on the links to find out what else you can do with these majors!


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