Years ago I was in LA pressing the flesh at the significant studios and networks – hoping they would use me to do their Australian casting for their next slate of projects.
Yes, that is how it works for a freelance Casting Director. Like an actor, we are out there taking meetings, leaving resumes, hoping to deliver a meeting that is memorable.
One of those meetings, there was talk that the next big film actor to decide to ‘slum it’ and do TV would be Alec Baldwin.
OK, so yes I am talking a few years ago.
At that time, there was a massive stigma attached to doing TV. Every film actor shunned it. It was a signal that their career was waning.
I think the one to start the pilgrimage of film actors working on the small screen was Kevin Spacey on House of Cards. And why not? Great concept, great character, long form story telling….. Time for characters to evolve.
Also because it was on Netflix, there was creative freedom for the film makers.
So not only did actors think “hey, this cable TV gig has got legs eh?” so did directors. The original series included David Fincher (Fight Club, The Social Network) and Joel Schumacher (Batman Forever).
Where am I going with this?
Last week casting started for “The Irishman”. Directed by Scorsese, starring De Niro, Pacino, Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel.
There is an A list cast and team if ever there was one. Scorsese has been trying for years to get it off the ground as a studio feature with no success.
So Netflix stepped in. And the stigma of a TV production disappeared!
Add to Netflix, HBO and now Amazon, and you can see that the true power brokers of the future are not Warners and Paramount. But the cable TV guys
The power of screen production is in the hands of the distributor. And because the studios (production) controlled the cinemas (distribution), they were the big noise in town. (In every town that has a production industry).
And now? Well, of course it is now a digital age. Which means the delivery of screen product is so much easier.
So the real power in three years, five years and more, is with anyone who can deliver online.
This is the basis of all our training at The Audition Technique. You succeed when you are on the very small screen. A Casting Director’s computer screen!
What does this mean for you? You the actor who at the moment can perhaps only dream of saying “No, I don’t do TV. I am saving myself for the big screen” Sure. As if.
The opportunity to audition for significant roles in significant productions may come your way. But they will only do so, if you have created and delivered a body of compelling multi dimensional work and captured it in a digital form.
Hence Self Taping School – which closes in one week. Learn (and be mentored personally by me) how to deliver memorable and unique auditions direct from your inbox to mine.
You must change your thinking. You must understand and learn how to deliver easily deliverable auditions to the decision makers in your life. The Casting Directors, the Agents, the Directors.
Let’s face it, Martin Scorcese, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino have all changed their thinking.
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