by Casting Director Justin Radley, CCDA
“It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
As someone who has been working in casting for close to 20 years, I thought I knew everything there is to know about the process. I recently had an eye-opening experience, however, when my 10-year-old son shot his first commercial. On the day of the shoot I had to work, but my wife was able to rearrange her work schedule in order to take him to set. My wife is not an actress. She had never been on a set before, so she was more nervous about the day than my son was. I did everything I could think of to calm her nerves. The day before the shoot I reassured her that everything would run smoothly, and I briefed both her and my son about what to expect on set. I put together a folder that had my son’s work permit and Coogan Account information. I included the map to the location and even highlighted important information on the call-sheet, like parking instructions and the production supervisor’s cell number. My son had a late morning call-time, so they wouldn’t have to get up too early or fight rush-hour traffic to make it to the location. I was confident that things would run as smoothly as I claimed they would. But then my phone buzzed. It was a text from my wife.
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