Let's talk about "type-casting"
Ok-ok-ok, I can tell right away that some of you will just close this tab and not continue reading. But let's get this out there, type-casting is real. It is NOT the core of the industry, but it still plays an impact on what types of roles you are getting called in for.
When casting is viewing submissions, it is easy to initially categorize people based on their look. Do they look like a hero? A villain? How does their look impact the story? Is there a clear physical description in the script?
Then, Casting will also look and see what roles the actor has previously played, is there a trend of ingenue characters? Quirky best friends? Nerd roles? Yes, these are all somewhat basic types, but it gives casting insight if the actor would be a good fit for the role.
Then, Casting will have them read for said role. Does the actor's personality somewhat align with the role? Are they portraying it in a way that the production team enjoys? Do they understand the text, etc.
So, what can you do to prepare for this type of opportunity?
Figure. Out. Your. Type.
1. Watch TV/film, what characters do you relate to? Which ones stand out to you?
2. How does your look and personality encompass a few "types" of characters? Ask friends, family and strangers for adjectives that describe you and see how it aligns with character types.
3. Have headshots taken as those types. (ie Student headshots, Military, Blue collar etc). Make sure you have examples of every type that you can play.
If you want to learn more about this in detail, book with Kylie today!
That's all for now,