You can have the best writers, the best cinematographers, the best director on any shoot – but if your actors suck then so does your project.
Because I am in the infancy stages of my commercial directing career, I am doing many low budget commercials (but they dont look that way) and as the clients can’t afford it, I can’t go union. Finding non union actors is very difficult because a some of the times, they are in the union for a purpose – because they can really act.
But there are amazing actors out there who have yet to get in the union and some have decided that there is more work for them not being in the union. But regardless of all that, you need to find those actors.Send in Casting director Steven Mann, head of Mann Casting. Not only is it in his blood (son of Gloria Mann, casting agent extraordinaire and who gave me my start in the commercial acting business) but this guy is a super friend and mensch to boot.
This was my first casting session as a director (I have been there countless of times as an actor) and was given first class treatment. Its amazing to have such a good friend who backs me with everything he has achieved in life and use what pull he has to support my career ambitions.
I was blown away by the amount of amazing talent he had pulled and i was a bit overwhelmed.
This is Toby, he usually is the guy who directs me as an actor during the auditions and was now the camera guy directing the actors for my commercial. It was a surreal moment. I hope to have more of them.
One rule in making something low budget: No dogs and no children. Well I took the dog out of the script. (kidding there was no dog) But kids are hard to find and not only did Steven pull them but he found us triplets. These guys were amazing.
Whats funny is that our main actors Paul and Ashley were the first to audition. Way to nail it Steven!
You are a good friend and a great help and that is why so many people love you so.