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Actors Casting Directors Love

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Actors Casting Directors Love
This week's issue is a first of its kind: a collection of essays written by or relayed to Back Stage by casting directors from across the country. We asked members of the casting community to share a story about a special actor that they have had the pleasure of auditioning and in most cases casting.

What is clear from working with these casting directors to create and edit their stories is how passionate they are about their profession and how much they advocate for actors. Casting directors are not the obstacles that get in the way of the actor being seen by a director or producer. On the contrary, CDs are often the catalysts for an actor getting considered—or in some cases reconsidered. Even when the initial feedback from an executive is negative, a CD will sometimes not give in if the he or she believes the actor to be perfect for a part. And even if the actor does not get that role, it is likely the CD will bring that actor in again (and again and again) for other roles until it happens.

As a result of putting this issue together, I have a newfound respect for what casting directors do. I thank each and every CD who took the time to contribute a story, and I hope that those of you reading these pieces are as inspired as I am. Tell us what you think at bsweditorial@backstage.com.

Sincerely,
Jamie Painter Young, National Editor-in-Chief

Actors Casting Directors Love: Part 1

Casting directors love Michael Shannon, James Lesure, Eric Price, Rogelio Douglas Jr., Walton Goggins, and more.

Actors Casting Directors Love: Part 2

Casting directors love Gerard Butler, Nick Thurston, Jorge Garcia, Colin O' Donoghue, and more.

Actresses Casting Directors Love: Part 1

Casting directors love Cameron Diaz, Hiep Thi Le, Gemma Anderson, and more.

Actresses Casting Directors Love: Part 2

Casting directors love Rue McClanahan, Michele Duffy, Sydney Park, and more.

Actresses Casting Directors Love: Part 3


Casting Directors love: Julia Roberts, Mallory Eckert, Caitlin Mundth, and more.

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