Zombies: What a Cast-tastic day

Wow. I have new, profound respect for casting directors. I’m doing the casting myself for “Zombies Take The Schoolyard”, with the help of Breakdown Express. I loved the online database, communication, sorting and printing functions of the online service, but the scheduling function was too arbitrary for me. See, I’m casting two main roles, a 17-year-old senior and a 14-year-old freshman, and I want to audition the two roles together. But I need to hand-pick the groups based on current height and body type so it kinda fits, where the senior is generally larger than the freshman in each group, regardless of which role the actor originally went for. I’ve already gotten complaints from actors who thought they should try out for “Ralph” regardless of whether I wanted them to read for “Scott” or not. Listen. If you can act with sincerity— funny and confident one second, poignant and vulnerable the next— I’m gonna see you as the role and make everything else fit. Names, ages, sizes, genders can all change within a script if the actor is right, and has the ability to make people want to watch him or her for a few minutes on a screen. So if you’re 6-ft 2 and a director wants you to read for a 14-year-old, be the best 14-year-old your skills let you be. If you’re driven and talented, we’ll put you in the right roles and even build something all-new around you— it happens all the time. Just… try it.  Anyway, I’m cramming 60 auditions into 2 full days and I can’t wait to see each and every one of them. Stay tooned! PS: I’ll be throwing more giveaways up over the next few days because it’s so damn fun.

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