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Casting Qs: A Collection of Casting Director Interviews [Paperback]

Bonnie Gillespie
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Bonnie Gillespie's new book, "Casting Qs: A Collection of Casting Director Interviews," is a compliation of over 120 interviews with casting directors in Los Angeles and New York, all of which originally appeared in her weekly column, "Casting Qs," in "Back Stage West," the actors trade weekly.

Casting directors are the gatekeepers to every producer, director, and filmmaker in the entertainment industry. Their ability to size up and actor's fit to a role is what makes them the ones that filter the thousands of potential actors into the handful the decision-makers will see audition for one role. Actors must have an understanding of this process!

Certain actors have an edge over their competition. Part of that edge comes from being keenly aware of what casting directors are looking for. That awareness--and an actor's edge--starts here.

Other casting director guides on the market are not as comprehensive or as business-minded as "Casting Qs: A Collection of Casting Director Interviews." Bonnie Gillespie's experience as a former actor allows her to ask questions on behalf of working actors everywhere.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An Actor's Best Friend Jan. 28 2004
After my dictionary, this is most useful book on my bookshelf. When I get an audition, I open up this book and read what the casting director likes and hates. When I want to submit on a project, I look up the casting director in this book to see their views on actor submissions. Bonnie's writing lets each casting director's unique voice and opinion shine through with wonderful clarity. Even if you aren't in LA and will never meet these specific casting directors, their words still resonate and hold true for anyone in the acting profession.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have This Valuable Resource Jan. 17 2003
How do you start off a review when you just want to quote every word from the book; to share it with every performer out there...
Whether you're just starting out, or you're a seasoned pro: you simply must have this valuable resource – especially if you want to land that role for your next audition. In fact, you would be best to have Casting Qs long beforehand. It may just help make the difference to earning that desired audition.
Packed, cover to cover, by in-depth interviews with over 70 prominent Casting Directors, Casting Qs takes you right inside the guarded domain of the brilliant, unsung people we, as actors, depend upon yet most often fear. We want to meet them, but our nerves quiver with every audition: the pressures build, knowing that to screw up now may mean never getting a second chance.
Schmoozing, gimmicks, pretentious friendliness and egotistical confidence: these are the things that will kill your chances rather than gaining access to repeated auditions. Casting Directors have seen it all, and they don't like games. So, what do they like? What's the key to grabbing their attention? Professionalism!
The interviews are all directly spoken in the words of each Casting Director, rather than just a compilation of random thoughts. This lends an incredible, and very personal feeling of sitting in the room and hearing them offering their thoughts and advice -- live and in person.
We sit in on very private secrets – likes and dislikes, keys to winning the attentions of both the CDs and the Directors... and, most importantly, how NOT to make an absolute fool of yourself by destroying your chances for more audition calls.
What immediately becomes impressive about Casting Qs is the wonderful variety of specialists interviewed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inside the Casting Director's World Jan. 27 2004
"Castings Qs" opens the door to the mystery behind what goes on in the casting director's world. I love the way Bonnie Gillespie invites you into their world with a series of insightful interviews filled with enlightening and entertaining information that any beginning or veteran actor will gain from, helping to put the actor at ease. This book allows the actor an understanding of the audition process from the casting director's point of view, including tips on submissions, how to be prepared for an audition, helpful do's and don'ts, what various casting directors prefer and what is expected of the actor from the minute they walk in the office to the end of the interview. This is truly a must-have for any actor, enabling them to refer to the book over and over again as their career moves forward. Thank you, Bonnie, for helping to open so many doors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bonnie Gilespie's "Casting Qs" Dec 26 2002
By Mary
Ms. Gillespie's book is not merely useful, it is a delightful read as well. She offers information which is tangibly beneficial, and organized in such a way that this book is an incredibly reader-friendly reference. The information presented allows actors to more effectively target their resources(both time and money). Ms. Gillespie's questions elicit common denominators as well as CD specific preferences, again, making this book a must-have reference handbook for actors. Included is an index, and a listing of pertinent internet addresses.
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