Casting Director Stuart Aikins: Advice for Actors Part 1 (Introduction)

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Stuart Aikins is a Vancouver-based casting director with 35 years of experience casting across Canada, including Vancouver casting for the hugely popular Twilight series (New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn). He is the recipient of an Emmy Nomination and a Casting Society of America (CSA) Award for Best Mini-Series Casting. In July 2011 he sat down with students at Biz Studio’s Summer Intensive.


What does the casting director do.
Why a producer/director can’t see every actor.
How Stuart picks actors to see for auditions.
What is a pre-screen.
Who gets sent to the director after an audition.
60 suggestions -> 20 auditions ->
What Stuart is looking for in an audition
Telling the story of your character
The Character’s Journey
Making interesting choices that still tell the story.
Skills an actor needs in the audition room.
Why actors should never apologize or break character.
Why Stuart hates perfection, i.e. auditions are a work in progress