A casting director is a middleman who is in charge of finding the actors needed to fill roles in various movies, commercials, TV shows, theatrical productions, or even corporate videos. In a production you find the producers, director and writers on one side, and the actors and talent agents on the other along with the casting director in the middle. Women make up a large percentage of the of the casting directors in the entertainment industry.
Besides contacting actors and agents and holding auditions, a casting director’s responsibilities include assembling casts that include hundreds of actors, negotiating deals with the actors’ agents and managing the contracts once the actors have signed. Casting directors are also involved in pre-production. A casting director may be employed by the studio, be a sole operator or work for a casting agency. The casting director does the following: meets with the producers, the director and the writer to understand the project and meets with the production accountant in regards to the casting budget. Besides the fore mentioned, casting directors also make recommendations based on auditions for each speaking part, make final selcctions along with the director and producers, negotiates the actors contracts with their agents, oversee the casting budget, hold and conduct casting calls for minor acting parts, acts as a liaison between the director and the actors, find replacments once contracts are signed and during production.
Michael Wiles is an experinced Casting Director and Musical Director, who also is a successful Actor in the Sacramento area. He specializes in musical theatre, acting, vocal coaching, piano, and orchestral conducting and management. He has worked in various capacities at some of the top theaters in California. He loves his work and maintains that his current job is the highlight of his career.