CASTING IN THE CITY OF ANGELS
This day finally came. It all began at 4:30 am when we piled into our Director, David Cunningham’s car and in the dark of the early morning began our commute to the City of Angels, the city where the American dream can come true for anyone, Los Angeles.
This was the first professional casting call any of us had held and as we drove up the anxiety, fear and excitement increased. Would anyone show up? Which one of us should take what position that day? What if we don’t find the right actors? As we arrived at the casting offices we made an oh so necessary stop at Starbucks to caffeine up for our long day. We arrived at 6:30 am and would be casting until 8pm and we hoped and prayed that we’d find our main talent somewhere in the middle. Coffee in hand, we headed over to Metanoia Films where a friend of ours was waiting to let us in to use their casting offices. Although our friends at Metanoia are in no way associated with this project they were kind enough to open their doors to let us use their LA offices for our casting call so we could audition SAG AFTRA actors. Their offices are absolutely beautiful and so after we finished gawking we quickly got to work setting up for the arrival of our actors.
8am came and went. No one arrived. 8:20 came and went. Still, no one. We all got a little nervous. What if no one comes? 8:30, crickets. A sick feeling entered our stomachs. 8:40, footsteps, a creak of a door hinge. Then, a big friendly smile, a hand shake, and an introduction. Thank God! Some one showed up! And so our day began. From then on there was a steady flow of actors auditioning. Some weren’t prepared at all, others blew our expectations out of the water. That day we listened to the same set of lines repeated over and over but each time someone was bringing something different to the roles (for better or worse) and we we’re quickly learning how to critique what we saw and get a better performance out of our actors. Our director took on that role and it was absolutely fantastic seeing him warm up to the role and with each actor he pulled a better performance out of them. We each got a taste of the professional world of film, and more specifically, casting.
It was important to us to greet each actor with a smile and make them feel comfortable and then if we didn’t get the performance out of them that we were looking for the first time, we gave them notes and asked them to take it from the top one more time.This really was such an important component both for us and for the actors so that they could build up some confidence. At one point our professor, Nathan Scoggins, was kind enough to stop in and see how we were doing and he even sat in on one of the auditions! He was able to pull a fantastic performance out of one particular actor and we were all blown away by the actor’s take on the scene. We all learned in that moment how important it is to have a confident director with a vision and I think it was really after that moment that our director really took off. It was clear that moment with Nathan Scoggins was a learning point for all of us and from then on it seemed our actors were able to show off more and more of their talent with the proper direction.
We learned so much more that day, it would be impossible to write it all down here and share it but I think we really conquered the unknown that day and now have an essential knowledge of how this whole process works that couldn’t have been taught in film school. There we were, casting in LA - something most people our age dream about. It was a profound experience and the best part is we found so much amazing talent our problem now is deciding who to cast. And what a great problem to have. Everything is really lining up for Frohe Ostern and we couldn’t be more thrilled. We still have $4,000 to raise in the next two weeks so if you like what we’re doing and want to be part of helping us make it all the way, please make sure to visit our donation page on our Kickstarter Campaign.
May the Lord bless you profoundly,
The Frohe Ostern Team