CASTING DIRECTOR V/S CASTING CO-ORDINATOR
Who is a Casting Director….???
A casting director is one who is in charge of most of the daily work involved in the process of pre-production and is sometime assisted by a casting associate.
He is a liason (link) between directors, actors and/or their agents/managers/coordinators and his production who is looking for artistes for their projects.
In short, a casting director is a middlemen who finds the actors needed to fill roles in movies, TV Shows, theatrical productions, commercials or even corporate and music videos.
CD (Casting Director) assemble casts that may include hundreds of actors, negotiate deals with the actors’ agent/coordinators/agencies and manage the contracts once the actors have signed.
CD is the one who meets
(a) the producers
(b) director and
(c) possibly the writer to understand the project
(d) the production accountant for information about the casting budget, the money that’ll be used to pay the actors reads the script and make notes about all the speaking parts creates a list of possible actors, in preferred order, for the most important parts first contacts the actors or their agents to determine their availability provides the list to the producers and director to make their decision Lead actors may not be asked to audition. prepares lists of actors and production schedule for supporting and more minor actors makes appointments for auditions or readings with the available actors provides information about available parts to talent agencies and lists opportunities with Breakdown Services, a company that maintains a daily list of acting opportunities conducts auditions makes recommendations, based on auditions, for each speaking part
The director and producers make the final selections, negotiates contracts with the actors’ or his agents, keeping an eye on the casting budget issues casting calls for minor acting parts and conducts those auditions acts as a liaison between the director and the actors, once contracts are signed finds replacements, as needed, during production for actors who can’t fulfill their contracts.
Casting Director is paid fees for rendering his services from the Producer
He never asks actors to pay him registration Fee or Commission from d finalised budget*
Who is a Casting Co-ordinator….???
A casting coordinator is the one who is a *link between a casting director and actors*
The casting director contacts coordinators when his data gets over and then coordinator offers his data.
Casting coordinators/agencies do take commission from the actors and even registration fee, which is absolutely fair and legal
But this is the difference between a Casting Director and Casting Co-ordinator
So, actor needs to be very careful if any coordinator says that he is a casting director .
Actor should check the role of the person who claims to be casting director – and if he is taking registration fee/commission then he is definitely not a casting director.
Hope this clarifies the difference between casting director and coordinator.
One should also check the role of such casting guy by going into little depth of the person’s bio data on social networking web site where they have their work profile.
There are many casting guys who claims to be casting director but the difference is Casting Director never takes commission from actors or asks for Registration Fees where as a co-ordinator or casting agency does take commission and/or Registration Fees