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What are the Requirements to Become a Casting Director?
In almost every job related to entertainment, you're going to want a certain educational background and a certain set of skills - and while you might not need any specific training, you're far more likely to succeed if you bring the right kind of experience and personal skills to the table.
You should understand everything about the industry: so you will probably have to go through a two- or four-year program in film or theater arts. Think directing or filming. It's a plus if you know something about business management as a lot of the casting director's work is going to involve contract negotiation and dealing with union employees. Enough training in this field will help you understand actors, their motivations, the entire process of acting, and make you better at recognizing talent during auditions.
One requirement of success is a certain level of experience - you can't start at the top. Start off as an intern for a casting agent, or find a director who will take you under their wing; once you get your foot in the door you can work your way up by gathering and learning all the skills the movie industry requires.
Curiosity and patience are just two of the attributes you should possess if you plan on becoming a successful casting director, but that isn't all. You'll need to be an excellent communicator - maybe you don't have to be a people person, but it helps! Learning how to negotiate contracts is great, and the better you are, the easier time you'll have. A snappy memory will let you remember the names of contacts, the strengths and weaknesses of your actors and the little details in the script that might slip past a less perceptive eye while a solid set of organizational skills will make sure you can juggle the task of keeping everything moving and on track.
Experience is a bigger deal for casting directors than it is in other entertainment jobs; you'll want to be able to prove your education and you'll want to be able to prove that you really are right for the job. It will help if you're a great networker: knowing people can get you talking to the right contacts, and the right contacts can help you learn more about the business and move up the industry ladder.
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