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Free job description Casting Assistant
To assist Casting Directors and be the main point of contact for agents, producers and directors for internal and external productions, representing the company and the Casting Department. You’ll make arrangements for casting sessions, liaise with agents, deal with correspondence and carry out other general office duties.
Casting Assistant job description [cont]
Dealing with late scripts or schedules – for example, when scenes come in for filming next day, it often means sending out last minute offers/scripts, some of which get refused.
Keeping files and databases up-to-date.
Some necessary visits to showcases during busy May & June Drama School period to help cover the number of students seen.
You’ll also be expected to go to the theatre to broaden knowledge of acting talent.
To source young actors and hold sessions when appropriate.
To cover some casting sessions if required.
To carry out all or some of the following:
Setting up and co-ordinating casting sessions.
Dealing with general administrative tasks including replying to hundreds of actors, agents and presenters who write in on spec.
Sending out script breakdowns from a large database either via email or fax and dealing with and sorting the massive mailbag that this generates.
Communicating last minute changes promptly to all parties involved in casting sessions or offers.
Dealing with actors booked who drop out at the last minute.
Skills, Knowledge and Experience
Casting experience is essential.
Knowledge of and a keen interest in the Theatre.
Strong knowledge of and passion for Drama.
A wide knowledge of actors and agents.
Experience of dealing with talent.
Experience of dealing with confidential information.
Previous experience of working in an administrative role.
Demonstrable understanding of programme making.
Good IT skills are essential. Basic knowledge of editing software.
An ability to handle confidential information with tact and sensitivity.
An ability to build strong working relationships. Proven organisational skills are essential to successfully co-ordinate and book casting sessions and process several shows at once.
High level of initiative needed when talking to agents, describing parts accurately to gather ideas to meet specific casting specifications.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Ability to work to tight deadlines in a highly pressurised area, resolving a variety of problems and priorities as they occur with tact and intelligence.
Ability to remain calm under pressure and to multi task.
High level of literacy and ability to work without supervision.
Ability to create good business relationships with a wide variety of internal and external contacts – the ability to communicate politely and intelligently with agents who look after all the talent that are the lifeblood of the department.
Ability to cope with key talent at a stressful time. Have the confidence and judgement to give guidance, reassurance and to use initiative when faced with the unexpected. Ability to work to more than one person and on more than one project.