Media / Digital Media

Casting Manager

Casting managers work with stage and screen production companies to match roles to actors.

  • Entry-level education

    Bachelor’s degree

  • Job outlook

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What does a Casting Manager do?

Casting managers work on behalf of stage and screen production companies, finding the right person for roles in films, tv shows and stage productions.

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Work activities

As a casting manager, you would:

  • assess scripts or read briefs to get an understanding of the requirements for roles
  • meet with producers and directors to discuss projects
  • select talent from your agency or network that meet the production brief 
  • meet with potential people to fill roles and audition them
  • work with those audtioning to guide their performance towards the producer and directors vision for the role
  • liaise between actors, agents and producers

 

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Key skills and interests

To become a casting manager, you would need:

  • solid experience in film, TV, radio or live theatre
  • creativity and vision
  • a diplomatic approach to dealing with people
  • photographic ability
  • confidence and presentation skills
  • attention to detail
  • excellent communication skills
  • good teamwork skills
  • to be able to work under pressure.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

Casting managers may work irregular hours. Auditioning talent may be done in personal or online and sometimes need to fit round tother acting commitments or international locations. Casting managers often work on a project by project basis, with time spent in between finding new work contracts.

Conditions

You may be required to travel to film shoots or production offices or work from home. You may spend long periods away from home if you are finding multiple talent throughout a tv series. 

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How to become an Casting Manager?

You can work as a casting manager without formal qualifications. Most casting managers move into these roles after many years working their way up from junior level roles in film, TV, or commercial video production.

However, this is a very competitive occupation and environment, so most casting managers are educated to degree level. You could undertake a Bachelor's degree in an area such as film production, creative arts management, or design studies. To get into these courses, you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent.

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Job outlook

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Employment of casting managers is projected to grow slower than the average for all occupations.

Some job growth is expected to stem from strong demand from the public for more movies and television shows and the increased number of streaming platforms producing their own original content.

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