168: Conversations on Craft: Casting Directors

168: Conversations on Craft: Casting Directors


Casting is central to any production and finding the right cast is the role of the Casting Director. This in-depth interview goes into detail on how to find and work with a casting director and run a successful casting session; with specific tips for producers, directors and actors.

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Presented: July 22, 2015

Each week, Larry Jordan presents a live, on-line, video training webinar discussing issues related to video editing and post-production. For a list of upcoming webinars, click here.

Duration: 61:56
File size: 972 MB (ZIP file)
Format: QuickTime movie (HD: 1280 x 720)

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Casting is central to any production and finding the right cast is the role of the Casting Director.

In this in-depth interview, part of our new “Conversations on Craft” series, Larry Jordan talks with casting director LJ Stevens about how to cast a project. Over her career, LJ has been a casting director, casting associate, talent agent and talent manager. During more than 20 years in the industry, she’s cast episodic network television, voice-over projects, live events, commercials, and feature films.

This discussion has five sections:

1. The role of the casting director
2. Running a successful casting session
3. The roles of the producer and director during casting
4. The role of an actor during casting
5. Audience questions and answers

From determining how to calculate fees, to structuring a successful casting session, to tips to picking the right talent, this session is filled with details that you can use immediately to improve your next project.


This is a beginning-level course and assumes no knowledge of casting or production. (This training only requires QuickTime Player to view.)


To help you quickly find the information you need, we included chapter markers in the QuickTime movie for easy navigation. Click here to learn how to display them in your download.


  • Defining roles in casting
  • How to hire a casting director
  • Determine casting director fees
  • When to get a casting director involved in a project
  • Setting expectations


  • Get the word out
  • Actor’s Access
  • The effect of budget
  • Before a session starts
  • Run a fair session
  • Video-taping sessions
  • Different types of casting sessions


  • Watching auditions
  • Keep everyone fresh
  • Avoid derailing the session


  • Should actors memorize lines
  • Vital resume tips
  • Criteria for a second audition
  • Typical audition questions


  • How to handle difficult directors
  • Helpful actor backgrounds
  • Recasting actors
  • Advice for a director/producer