Casting Society Urges Members Not To Audition Actors In Person During Pandemic
The Casting Society of America is urging its members to not audition actors in particular person through the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Most productions have shut down, however producers are nonetheless in search of expertise for future tasks as soon as the disaster has abated. “In an effort to responsibly talk and comply with world tips about social distancing, I can not stress sufficient the significance of limiting your audition periods to self-tape and on-line periods solely and the avoidance of in particular person periods and conferences till additional discover,” mentioned CSA president Russell Boast in an e mail to his members as we speak.
The CSA additionally mentioned as we speak that it’s going to crew with the SAG-AFTRA Basis to carry a livestreamed panel for SAG-AFTRA members on Friday that can supply suggestions for distant, digital casting in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Learn extra about that beneath.
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“We live by unprecedented and unsure occasions throughout which optimistic messaging and shared sources are paramount,” Boast added in his e mail to CSA members. “To these members whose livelihood has been affected by the current manufacturing shutdowns, medical, monetary, emotional and different help are generously accessible to members of the leisure trade by The Actors Fund and the Movement Image & Tv Fund. If you’re out of labor and struggling, name now for help. If you’re ready to assist others, please think about donating.”
“During the last couple of days,” he wrote, “our Board of Administrators and our New York and European Chapter Boards have been contributing to a Shared Sources Web page for our members, which we hope will assist.” Try that web page here.
“We’re additionally organizing a collection of digital hangouts the place CSA members, no matter the place they reside, can join with one another,” Boast wrote. The primary spherical of conferences can be Monday March 23rd. You possibly can entry the digital hangouts here.
“Nobody ought to really feel alone,” he instructed his members. “If social distancing is isolating you and also you want somebody to speak to, vent with or need assistance, I’ll personally make myself accessible. It’s necessary that all of us really feel related in some small approach throughout this troublesome time. Keep secure, keep sane, keep related.”
Based in 1982, the represents has practically 1,000 casting administrators and associates.
Speaking about Friday’s livestreamed panel, Boast mentioned: “At a time when the vast majority of our trade is working remotely in response to COVID-19 well being considerations, CSA and the SAG-AFTRA Basis are working collectively to supply tips and suggestions for digital auditions, with the aim of serving to casting administrators and actors be productive and have the flexibility to maintain working whereas sustaining the advisable social distancing,” mentioned CSA president Russell Boast. “Our shared precedence is the well being and security of our members, and we strongly advocate that each one auditions happen on-line or by way of self-tape and discourage in-person auditions of any type, till additional discover.”
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The panel, which can be moderated by Rochelle Rose, SAG-AFTRA Basis’s nationwide director of performers applications, will embrace CSA members Amanda Lenker Doyle (Zac and Mia), Carmen Cuba (Stranger Issues), Kim Coleman, (BlacKkKlansman) and Jason Kennedy, (the NCIS franchise).
The livestream begins at 5:30 p.m. PT Friday; you may watch it beneath: