- Step 1: Study acting Study acting and learn what to look for when casting.
- Step 2: Get to know actors Become familiar with the actors working in your area. Learn their types, strengths, and weaknesses by seeing as many productions as possible.
- TIP: Most casting directors work in New York and Los Angeles, but there are opportunities in such cities as Chicago and Boston.
- Step 3: Secure a casting or production position Get a job as an assistant or intern.
- Step 4: Network with directors Make it known to higher-ups that you want to become a casting director. Be helpful, and keep in touch.
- FACT: Did you know? Shirley MacLaine turned down the lead in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
You Will Need
- An interest in acting
- An understanding of casting
- Communication skills