The Art of Casting
The casting announcements for ENDINGS have been posted, and we're starting to see lots of headshots flowing into the email box. It can be a bit overwhelming. All you get is a photo (which casts the actor in generally the best possible light) and a resume (most of which contain a list of productions with which you're not familiar; not that I don't know the plays, but I don't know these particular productions of these plays)...
So you have to look over all these faces (none of which really look like what you envisioned for the role, but that doesn't matter at this stage), and figure out who to "read" and who doesn't get to read.
It's not a science, but it's also not an art. There's too much guesswork in it. I always feel, when I say "no thanks" to someone based on a headshot and resume, that I'm going to end up missing out on someone great. And I probably am, but you simply can't audition everyone.
And let me tell you, there's a lot of 20-30-something white women in Texas who are pursuing acting. We have one role in that range that we're auditioning for (ethnicity for the role is open, I should add), and most of the headshots we've received have been for that role.