Casting Director Workshops –
Are Casting Director Workshops Useful for Actors?
The topic of casting director workshops is one that is quite controversial in the acting community. There are conflicting views about whether casting directors should participate in workshops for actors or at least whether casting directors should accept payment for workshops for actors. (See “What is a CD (Casting Director) as Related to Acting Auditions?” for more on what a casting director is and does.)
My daughter has never really been to many casting director workshops. We have certainly looked into some and considered them in many cases. Her talent managers were not generally in favor of them, either. And due to what we’ve read and what we’ve been told by many people, we have not considered them to be a good choice.
Check out what Billy DaMota thinks of Casting Director workshops — and the responses of others to his letter on the topic at Backstage.
We do, however, know a number of actors and/or their parents who think casting director workshops are great. They can result in an actor being called into an audition by the casting director. For that reason, as our daughter moves from child actor to an older teen or young adult actor, we are considering her participating in some workshops. It is great for networking, especially if you’ve made a transition or have taken a break from auditioning for a while.