On June 11, 2017, there was a casting call for the second season of Jolie East-Miji’s webseries “B-City”. The purpose was to audition actors that were not part of the first season.
A casting call is one element of pre-production. According to Production for TV and New Media, there are two major ways to cast talent. One is the Casting Director/Agencies method. A producer contacts a casting director about the producer’s project. The casting director reaches out to talent agencies, places ads, and/or posts notices for a casting call. “Guerilla Casting” is another method, which bypasses the formality of the casting director and talent agent. This is typical of low-budget projects. The producer does the work of publicizing the casting call.
My View of the Casting Call
For the B-City casting call, there were postings about the casting call on social media and in publications such as Backstage.
I was present at the meeting to observe and learn (NOT auditioning ), as I had never been to a casting call. I was part of the first season and will be continuing into the second season.
- Jolie East-Miji
- Maygin Saunders
- Michael “Hoochiemann” Dandridge (Casting Director)
- Morgen Whiteman
- Jae Mitch
The casting panel sat at a table. A static video camera was mounted on the table. Actor was directed to stand at a position in front of the camera.
The casting panel asked some or all of these questions to the actor:
- How did you hear about B-City?
- Some of the responses I heard were Dragonuk, Backstage, word of mouth, found out from someone already on B-City.
- Do you have a monolog?
- A monolog was optional. The actor performed the monolog, which was recorded.
- For which character are you auditioning?
- Some actors were trying out for more than one role.
- The read was recorded:
- Actor introduces himself or herself and states the character.
- Actor reads from script or recites from memory – a few did it from memory. Off camera, one or more panel members recites the lines of interacting characters.
- How do you feel about the character and plot line?
- Jolie discusses the shooting schedule.
- Do you have any questions?
Actor leaves resume, photo, and contact information.
Most auditions were pre-scheduled, but there was one walk-on that I observed.
There were also video submissions.
A callback will be held at a later date for those who performed well.
Finding the right actor to fill a role will being one’s script to life. It takes a lot of time but the results will be worth the effort. I learned a lot from attending this session. I will continue to document the second season of “B-City”.
For more information on casting calls, see Additional Information.
Do you have any questions about casting calls? Please provide your thoughts and questions in the comments. I would really enjoy hearing from you. If you have a topic in mind you would like me to cover, please let me know.
Reference: Cathrine Kellison, Dustin Morrow, Kacey Morrow, Producing for TV and New Media, 3rd Edition, 2013, Focal Press
Update: Originally published June 13, 2017. Updated June 15, 2017 to correct some spelling errors.