I’ve never casted before. It was casting for my fictional play about a dyspraxic girl named Jess and her journey to find her friend.
My casting process was scary. It required organisation, time management and knowing the characters inside out. Knowing the characters was okay, because I wrote the characters. I’d heard them inside my head talking to me for the past 3 years, when I’d been writing. I knew who they were. Finding the right fit for each role seemed daunting. I had my final performance exam the week after casting week, so I was freaking out. I organised 2 slots, Saturday and Sunday late afternoon.
Saturday was uneventful. I’d picked a room away from the main department, along a corridor and upstairs. On reflection, I wish I’d picked a room nearer to the other audition rooms (people tend to audition for more than 1, so just room hop). The casting director that left, explained how he only had 1 person turn up. I left all scripts and extracts for each character outside. I left character descriptions and explanations of Dyspraxia (the lead role is Dyspraxic). That day I only had 2 other actors turn up.
I was scared. What if I had no cast? What if no one turned up again? What if the people I did cast turned down my offer? How on earth would I do recalls?
On the Sunday I was not expecting much. The room was better this time, next to other audition rooms with good lighting and space. I waited for people to come in. And they did! A girl that auditioned, told her friends to audition. After this many people came to audition. About 18 in total. LOADS. I only really needed a cast of about 5 people.
I considered each person, carefully jotting down which role I thought they’d suit best. The actors read scripts again, if I felt they suited a specific role. Once I’d left, I assumed auditions were over and I had a rough cast in mind. However, I got 1 late audition via a video. Although this girl had recorded it in a disabled toilet on campus, rather than a studio setting (she was on her own and really wanted to audition). She performed the monologue so honestly. I really believed her. I knew she was right for the role.
Once I had a cast in mind, I was sure. I didn’t need recalls. I didn’t need a chemistry test for the leads either, I knew I could work on that later. I started sending offers. I gave deadlines for replies and I waited. Slowly actors started accepting offers and by the end of Monday, everyone had accepted!
I had a full cast. It was finally happening.