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Top Casting Director Skills

Below we've compiled a list of the most important skills for a casting director. We ranked the top skills based on the percentage of casting director resumes they appeared on. For example, 18.3% of casting director resumes contained production companies as a skill. Let's find out what skills a casting director actually needs in order to be successful in the workplace.

The six most common skills found on Casting Director resumes in 2020. Read below to see the full list.

1. Production Companies

high Demand
Here's how Production Companies is used in Casting Director jobs:
  • Conducted contract negotiations between performers, agents and production companies.
  • Negotiated Contracts between production companies and actors.
  • Provided expertise in sourcing, presenting, and hiring talent for television commercial, print, and feature film production companies.
  • Solicited new business by maintaining a working relationship with production companies, ad agencies, & prod.
  • Represented department in all staff meetings with Networks, production companies, and crew.
  • Cast hundreds of people daily for five to ten production companies.
  • Maintained all signed Show agreements for department and production companies.
  • Organize audition sessions for numerous National Network Commercials for several production companies.
  • Developed an extensive network of rapport with networks and production companies which is paramount to succeed in this role.
  • Attended all mostly meetings for S. A. G. contracts, enforced contractual agreements between production companies and performers.

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2. Contract Negotiations

high Demand
Here's how Contract Negotiations is used in Casting Director jobs:
  • Contract negotiations Transportation On-set food and beverage coordinator Official Selection, New York Film Festival

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3. Feature Film

high Demand
Here's how Feature Film is used in Casting Director jobs:
  • Pushed the bar on storytelling and voice over recording techniques to capture audio that is similar in quality to feature films.
  • Cast background actors for specific roles per production's requests to be set into a television show or feature film.
  • Researched, scouted, and cultivated talent for TV pilots and series and feature film projects.
  • Involved in various multimedia projects including promotional videos, feature film, short films and corporate videos
  • Attended concept meetings with the producers, directors and writers for feature film and television.
  • Managed a production team of 13 crew, and 37 actors on a Full Feature film set.
  • Worked with various tv and feature film companies to cast background and specialty actors in productions.
  • Cast over 75 projects in the entertainment industry, with a concentration on Feature Films.

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4. Music Videos

high Demand
Here's how Music Videos is used in Casting Director jobs:
  • Screened and selected new talent to cast principal roles and extras for Film, Television, Commercials, and Music Videos.
  • Assisted in casting background for major motion pictures, television, and music videos.
  • Assisted the Casting Director in casting talent for films, music videos, live-events and promotions.

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5. RAN

high Demand
Here's how RAN is used in Casting Director jobs:
  • Directed casting sessions by organizing hundreds of actors; ran all video and technical equipment during casting sessions.
  • Followed casting requirements for each episode, wrote sides, scheduled auditions, and ran auditions.
  • Scheduled auditions and callbacks as well as coordinated and ran auditions.
  • Created talent pitch presentations, negotiated rates, ran casting test sessions, and negotiated agreements.
  • Organized models backstage and made sure everything ran smoothly during shows.
  • Prepped, organized and ran all casting sessions and callbacks.

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6. Art Direction

high Demand
Here's how Art Direction is used in Casting Director jobs:
  • Consulted with client art directors to assess need and ensure production requirements.
  • Collaborated with photographers, art directors, and creative directors to produce and style front-line advertising campaigns.

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7. Comedy

high Demand
Here's how Comedy is used in Casting Director jobs:
  • Attended comedy festivals and competitions both locally and nationally including The US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado.
  • Interacted with the comedy development department and brought them ideas for the creation of television programming.
  • Attended both dramatic and comedy showcases to scout new talent.
  • Scouted at major comedy festivals, stand-up, improve, theatre and sketch showcases.

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8. Photo Shoots

high Demand
Here's how Photo Shoots is used in Casting Director jobs:
  • Served as primary liaison to modeling agencies and was responsible for casting and booking all product and editorial photo shoots.
  • Job duties: casting and production of photo shoots for ad campaigns, editorials, and various projects
  • Scouted talent for live shows, e-commerce, and photo shoots as well as print ads.
  • Trained potential actors/actresses for portfolio and photo shoots.
  • Assist in styling the models in photo shoots, social events and fashion shows.
  • Organized and scheduled fashion photo shoots for multiple media vehicles.

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9. Real People

high Demand
Here's how Real People is used in Casting Director jobs:
  • Interviewed over 800 plus talent for real people casting for reality based television and print ads.
  • Specialized in Real People Casting throughout the United States.
  • Researched, interviewed and filmed potential cast for ensemble reality docu-series during development phase (real people with real stories).
  • Project Management and casting "real people" for national commercials, union and non-union !
  • Coordinated "real people" scouting sessions throughout Manhattan.
  • Researched and real people scouted including cold calling, implementing advertising, and location scouting.

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10. Makeup

average Demand
Here's how Makeup is used in Casting Director jobs:
  • Designed and applied all makeup to the actors in all three attractions.
  • Formulated casting call Contacted casting agencies Arranged and held auditions Corresponded with actors Hair and Makeup Designer
  • Order makeup supplies and props to replace those used and damaged during shows.
  • Managed a roster of hair and makeup artists.

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11. ABC

average Demand
Here's how ABC is used in Casting Director jobs:
  • Completed extensive research for projects with major networks such as ABC and CNBC !
  • Assisted through casting process for the ABC television pilot, 'Missing'.
  • Interviewed potential contestants to be on ABC's The Bachelor
  • Worked on ABC's Whodunnit season 1.
  • Worked with Sheila Conlin; CD for Lisa Bourgoujian, for an ABC Family show in development.
  • Cast talent for unscripted programming on ABC, primarily for the shows Wipeout and 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show.

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12. Potential Candidates

average Demand
Here's how Potential Candidates is used in Casting Director jobs:
  • Scouted and shot video interviews with all potential candidates.
  • assisted director in principal casting decisions -organized and scheduled potential candidates
  • Scouted local networking events to establish lead generation and recruit potential candidates.
  • Provided and processed application documents to potential candidates.
  • Interviewed potential candidates and determined who would continue in the casting process.
  • Recruited and interviewed potential candidates for reality shows.

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13. Skype

average Demand
Here's how Skype is used in Casting Director jobs:
  • Interviewed all candidates via Skype; edited all casting reels.
  • Conducted and recorded in-depth interviews via Skype, webcam and in-person interviews.
  • Coordinated and executed casting auditions over the phone, Skype, and in person.
  • Assisted casting producers and directors with Skype calls when interviewing show candidates.
  • Interviewed potential cast members for 1 hour show via phone and SKYPE.
  • Interviewed people Daily over the phone, Skype, or on camera.

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14. Production Staff

average Demand
Here's how Production Staff is used in Casting Director jobs:
  • Arrange all travel for talent and production staff to and from weekly record sessions.
  • Procured meals for production staff and operated craft services.
  • Field producer in charge of all talent and production staff in the field.
  • Coordinated projects for production staff on set.
  • Confirmed the arrival of talent with production staff to assure that the desired appearance and allotment of cast-ables was met.
  • Prepared weekly billing statements for models Served as liaison between client and production staff.

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15. Production Meetings

average Demand
Here's how Production Meetings is used in Casting Director jobs:
  • Go to sets and production meetings as much as possible to meet with clients to make sure they are happy.
  • Attended a variety of production meetings and on-set visits to ensure clients were satisfied with the look of the show.
  • Attend weekly production meetings with Producers, Directors, Writers and other Department Heads to discuss upcoming scenes/episodes.
  • Interfaced directly with producers, directors, agents and participate in all production meetings.
  • Cast short film; coordinated production meetings; maintained contact sheets and schedule
  • Attend production meetings, read and break-out scripts.

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16. Assistant Directors

average Demand
Here's how Assistant Directors is used in Casting Director jobs:
  • Coordinated talent requests, arrivals, cancelations, and replacements between producers and assistant directors.
  • Coordinated the filming schedule with assistant directors and actors on a daily basis.
  • Worked closely with Assistant Directors and Wardrobe Departments.
  • Provided a high level of support for casting directors, producers, and assistant directors.

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17. NYC

average Demand
Here's how NYC is used in Casting Director jobs:
  • Cast and hired background actors for major movies and television productions filmed in NYC.
  • Assisted casting team at NYC open casting call.
  • Worked closely with top NYC agents and managers to bring in talent for projects.

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18. Production Schedules

average Demand
Here's how Production Schedules is used in Casting Director jobs:
  • Negotiated contracts for talent, oversaw cast budgets and coordinated production schedules.
  • Supervised production schedules, production quality and on time delivery.
  • Planned, directed, coordinated and assigned manpower to meet aggressive production schedules.
  • Established and adjusted work procedures to meet production schedules.
  • Arrange for delivery, assembly, or distribution of supplies or parts to expedite flow of materials and meet production schedules.
  • Created production schedules to ensure that web product inventory dates, print marketing and PR deadlines were met.

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19. Executive Producers

low Demand
Here's how Executive Producers is used in Casting Director jobs:
  • Developed relationships with executive producers, producers, and directors.
  • Led city and nationwide auditions, produced casting reels and pitched players to the Executive Producers and Network.
  • Presented potential cast members to Executive Producers and Network Executives through weekly videos & written presentations.
  • Segment Producer for The Phyllis George Show 6-9/91 Produced guest interviews as well as demonstrations.
  • Work directly with executive producers and directors to develop project casting criteria.
  • Maintained cast budget throughout production, worked closely with executive producers to execute creative vision.

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20. Facebook

low Demand
Here's how Facebook is used in Casting Director jobs:
  • Create and post casting notices on several platforms such as Facebook and Backstage.
  • Managed social media platforms for TruthCasting (Twitter, Facebook, etc).
  • Promoted shows through social media and marketing platforms via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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21. High Volume

low Demand
Here's how High Volume is used in Casting Director jobs:
  • Manage high volumes of actor submission emails and schedule auditions.
  • Answer high volume of calls and emails in a timely and professional manner.
  • Managed high volume of submissions, maintained subject information files and footage library.
  • Schedule and Hold High Volume Casting Sessions with Directors and Producers.
  • Answer high volume of phone calls on multiple lines as well as transferring them to various desks throughout the office.
  • Handled high volume calls on multiple phone lines and directed them to the appropriate channels.

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22. MOW

low Demand
Here's how MOW is used in Casting Director jobs:
  • Generated, processed and approved all talent agreements for every television Pilot, MOW, Mini-series, episodic series.
  • Generated lists of potential talent ideas for projects in development, pilots, MOW and on-air programming.

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23. Final Selection

low Demand
Here's how Final Selection is used in Casting Director jobs:
  • Managed the entire selection process- to final selection of cast - working closely with company and network executives.
  • Drafted original breakdowns for distribution and deal memo s for talent upon final selections.

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24. Special Events

low Demand
Here's how Special Events is used in Casting Director jobs:
  • Supervised and handled issues and multiple special events related to casting assignments including public relations and marketing.
  • Designed strategies for effective auditions, call backs with directors and special events.
  • Hire and cast crew for music video production Talent scout Talent manager Events coordinator

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25. Open Calls

low Demand
Here's how Open Calls is used in Casting Director jobs:
  • Hosted and organized auditions, callbacks and open calls.
  • Uploaded casting auditions information to internal website so clients could apply for open calls.
  • Traveled the country, promoted and organized open calls.
  • Assist with Open Calls, and occasionally travel to set to assist with organizing background actors
  • Assisted with Open Calls for background actors.
  • Organized and executed open calls for new Union and Non-Union applicants and uploaded the information into Central Casting's LA/NY database.

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26. Sag-Aftra

low Demand
Here's how Sag-Aftra is used in Casting Director jobs:
  • Helped with SAG-AFTRA contracts and paperwork organization
  • Coordinate with SAG-AFTRA to ensure proper implementation of contracts.
  • Create Deal Memos and submit Station 12 Forms to SAG-AFTRA.
  • Worked with SAG-AFTRA and completed paperwork for the actors in our film.
  • Manage SAG-AFTRA contracts and one-sheets.

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27. TV

low Demand
Here's how TV is used in Casting Director jobs:
  • Organized and facilitated the casting of actors for all speaking roles in film, TV or theater projects.
  • Selected the cast for a variety of Network TV Series, including The Shield and Cold Case.
  • Experienced the casting for advertisements, TV, movies and commercials.
  • Coordinated all casting payroll for daily syndicated TV soap opera.
  • Booked Celebrities, Musicians and Experts for various TV segments.
  • Scheduled and Budgeted all Film and TV productions.
  • Freelance writer of TV movies for Hallmark Channel.
  • Nominated for Casting Society Artios Award for Best Dramatic Casting in TV Series
  • Casted over 1200 talents and TV personalities.

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29. Network Executives

low Demand
Here's how Network Executives is used in Casting Director jobs:
  • Supervised and directed the editing of video footage pitched to network executives for approval.
  • Attended over thirty meetings with network executives helping pitch concepts and build relationships.
  • Scheduled all casting sessions with the Casting Director and Actor, and for callbacks with Casting Director and network executives.

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30. PSA

low Demand
Here's how PSA is used in Casting Director jobs:
  • Managed Casting of Films, Commercials, PSA's, and Internal Media/Marketing.
  • Find talent for independent films and various commercials and PSA's.

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31. Imovie

low Demand
Here's how Imovie is used in Casting Director jobs:
  • Created and edited actor demo reels for EVP and VP meetings using IMovie and Cast It.
  • Edited auditions with iMovie, converted video files and assets to send to producers.
  • Experience in Breakdown Express, iMovie, and QuickTime
  • Edited actor's videos with iMovie.

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20 Most Common Skill For A Casting Director

Production Companies18.3%
Contract Negotiations17.1%
Feature Film8.5%
Music Videos6.1%
RAN4.3%
Art Direction3.6%
Comedy3.4%
Photo Shoots3.2%

Typical Skill-Sets Required For A Casting Director

RankSkillPercentage of ResumesPercentage
1
1
Production Companies
Production Companies
18.3%
18.3%
2
2
Contract Negotiations
Contract Negotiations
17.1%
17.1%
3
3
Feature Film
Feature Film
8.5%
8.5%
4
4
Music Videos
Music Videos
6.1%
6.1%
5
5
RAN
RAN
4.3%
4.3%
6
6
Art Direction
Art Direction
3.6%
3.6%
7
7
Comedy
Comedy
3.4%
3.4%
8
8
Photo Shoots
Photo Shoots
3.2%
3.2%
9
9
Real People
Real People
3.1%
3.1%
10
10
Makeup
Makeup
2.7%
2.7%
11
11
ABC
ABC
2.2%
2.2%
12
12
Potential Candidates
Potential Candidates
2.2%
2.2%
13
13
Skype
Skype
2.1%
2.1%
14
14
Production Staff
Production Staff
2%
2%
15
15
Production Meetings
Production Meetings
1.9%
1.9%
16
16
Assistant Directors
Assistant Directors
1.9%
1.9%
17
17
NYC
NYC
1.9%
1.9%
18
18
Production Schedules
Production Schedules
1.7%
1.7%
19
19
Executive Producers
Executive Producers
1.4%
1.4%
20
20
Facebook
Facebook
1.4%
1.4%
21
21
High Volume
High Volume
1.3%
1.3%
22
22
MOW
MOW
1.3%
1.3%
23
23
Final Selection
Final Selection
1.2%
1.2%
24
24
Special Events
Special Events
1.1%
1.1%
25
25
Open Calls
Open Calls
1%
1%
26
26
Sag-Aftra
Sag-Aftra
1%
1%
27
27
TV
TV
0.9%
0.9%
28
28
Print ADS
Print ADS
0.8%
0.8%
29
29
Network Executives
Network Executives
0.7%
0.7%
30
30
PSA
PSA
0.7%
0.7%
31
31
Imovie
Imovie
0.7%
0.7%

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