By Jennifer Rudolph
I was riding the train home tonight and was standing in the front car watching the train go through the tunnel. I haven't done that in years. When watching through the window, I thought about how each and every one of you have a literal journey through your own "tunnel." That "tunnel" is your finding your way through the collective consciousness of casting. Do you want to know the secret to why so many AGR'rs get called in, book work and rise in the ranks of film and television? It's because they have all tapped in to the "collective consciousness of casting" aka they have honed their "types", have essentially intuited what 95% of casting directors will think about them when they walk into the room and they capitalize on it each and every time with strategic film and television scenes designed to sell. There is nothing random about it at all. It's all well thought and planned. One cannot just walk into AGR, throw something at the wall and hope that it sticks. One cannot just choose a scene arbitrarily. One must be a sleuth, highly intuitive and bring the goods hence making your audience irrefutably impressed with you and well...ending up in the place of "I know exactly who this actor, they thoroughly impressed me and I know EXACTLY what to do with them." The kiss of death is "I don't know what to do with you." When you come in with all of the above, you give them no choice but to respond positively. You have tapped into the collective consciousness of casting and sussed out where you fit into it. It's magical. This is what I do in my Career Consultations and what all of your are capable of doing on your own.
So there you have it, AGR'rs. If you build it, they will come. When you tap into the collective consciousness of casting and align yourself with it, great things can happen.
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