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The casting coup

Miss K is what in cinema world they call the ‘starlet’. This is her weekly diary.

entertainment Updated: Oct 03, 2010 14:53 IST
Miss K
Miss K
Hindustan Times

I have sent pictures to a number of them, with no apparent response, like a million others I’m guessing. I encounter a new casting director each time I go for an audition. Some have directed me through every line; some have just left me to work my own mojo. Some have been intimidating and abrupt, some calm and considerate. Some were just having a bad day I guess!

I look at every audition as a golden opportunity, because if the casting guy likes you, he is bound to remember you for the rest of his auditions and see that he gets you a role somewhere, provided you fit the bill. I once fought with a casting chick, who had stopped the music by saying, “Thank you,” even before I began to dance. I told her she shouldn’t be casting if she cannot give us a fair chance. I stormed out, crying (gulp).

From then onwards, I’ve learnt to keep my emotions to myself. These are the things I’ve learnt about
dealing with casting directors.

* Give them what they want. If they act out a scene for you, try doing it exactly that way.
* Exude confidence; it’s what every director looks for.
* Don’t criticise yourself or your acting. It’s a sure shot way of being rejected.
* Don’t hang around pointlessly after you’re done. Thank everyone and leave smartly.

I’ve been on a couple of shortlists this week. Apparently, I didn’t get a cool Marie biscuit ad cause I looked “too pretty” for the role! They needed a girl next door, which in their perspective, I wasn’t.

There’s no sure shot way of landing a role. Each audition has to be negotiated afresh. Fit the bill, impress the casting director, look the part and most of all, hope like hell that you get lucky. Roles are like love, they just happen to you.

Miss K is on Facebook! The name’s Starlet… Starlet And More.

First Published: Oct 02, 2010 19:46 IST