Casting Director  What They Do

Just the Facts


Insider Info

dotA casting director is responsible for selecting principal actors to play roles. Some casting directors also specialize in selecting extras.

dotThey have a lot of responsibilities. The movies involved may be multimillion-dollar ones, and the casting director has to cast the "perfect" actors in the roles.

"Directors have to have a lot of trust in you because you're pretty much deciding the look of the film," says casting director Michael Shortt.

"A movie with Sharon Stone is going to look totally different than a Sandra Bullock movie. It's going to determine a whole lot -- production design, wardrobe -- everything."

At a Glance

Select actors and extras -- only the very best!

  • Many women work as casting directors
  • There is a lot of competition in this field
  • A degree is helpful, along with plenty of experience and great people skills