Well well well another casting department is shut down. What does this mean? Where does it all end? Well at the moment I can’t completely answer that for you but I can tell you that with the late Fall 2011 shutting down of HBO’s casting department…the beginning of the end of the beginning…is here and the reason why is simple…the almighty dollar of course. http://www.deadline.com/2011/10/hbo-shuts-down-its-casting-department/
This is yet another installment by me to point out our wonderful LOVE of technology and what it is really doing to the nuts n’ bolts areas of our profession. Being a performer, is one thing, but being an actor in L.A. is a whole other issue and I’ve been preaching this for over 20 years. The amount of VALUE in personal connection in this industry simply cannot be measured. There are thousands of talented actors in this marketplace, as well as NYC, Chicago, London, Sydney…and in little towns…all over the world. What makes Hollywood so very difficult is getting through the maze, getting the attention of the proper folks in the proper way at the proper time…over and over again. However, slowly but surely technology is improving the efficiency and man power needs for all sorts of positions. One of those is casting, but even larger than that, is the simple mechanism of a 30-second conversation. What you, me and every actor has to be very wary of, is continually counting on technology to “showcase us” in this new era…when a good laugh, good joke and just all around “fun person to hang with” still has its rewards for making you a unique product, person and memorable.
What did this have to do with the future of Casting? The fact that over the next 5 years, I GUARANTEE you…it won’t be the last casting department you see shut down and I would even go so far as saying that they’ll eventually have casting for all shows…by Network, in one location, with the auditions being parsed out to the appropriate people to watch.
Mark my words. Since 1991 I have predicted a number of the realities we now see today because it is just simple math, and this means WE have to be better and better with our social skills, conversation skills, making sure we remain “out” in the city enough to create and continue professional associations…with brief moments of personal uniqueness.