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How to Have a Career as a Casting Director

Got an eye for discovering the next breakout star? Casting may be for you.


  • 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

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