Umm…o…kay…

I have a friend who works in original content development for a cable network. She always tells me when it comes to casting that it’s better to provoke the “um, alright, if you say so” response than the “this is PERFECT” reaction. She says with ambivalence comes room to breathe, a space for the actors and director to work with less pressure. The problem with the “perfect” response is that it means that people have too specific of an idea of how that character will be, long before they see any real development on it from the actor. She’s been known to send the most awkward cuts from a screen test to her executives, just so they can’t fall in love with any one mannerism because you never know how much of what an actor does in an audition will end up in the final cut. She’s very reasonable and rational when it comes to casting decisions; she understands all the different nuances that go into it because she makes those decisions herself. Continue reading “Umm…o…kay…”