The Film Business

F-Up #10 “Stars Will Want to Be in My Movie”

Stars in my film The F-Up

Assuming that a particular star will want to be in your movie is just as common a mistake as assuming that no stars will want to be in your movie.

New filmmakers frequently think, “Surely, recognizable actors, musicians, and celebrities will want to be a part of my incredible project, right?” But the truth is, more often than not, this sort of genuine enthusiasm gets dealt a very empty plate of reality. However, should you approach the process of pursuing talent with a practical plan that is able to adapt to its obstacles, you might end up with a better cast than even the dreamers dreamt possible.

How to Do It Right

Let’s say you have some great ideas for attainable names and/or faces, but have no clue how to get in touch with them. I have good news for you: there is a roadmap for that. One that you can go about yourself—or one you can attach a casting director (C.D.) or producer to help navigate.

Casting Directors:

An established casting director instantly gives your project added legitimacy. Even if you don’t have a long track record, you can take advantage of your casting director’s. Naturally, that advantage will likely come at a price, and you will have to pay a casting director part of her fee to be involved in a project at an early stage; that is another reason having some money in place as a first step is immensely helpful.

Producers:

It’ll help immensely if your producer has a good track record and industry relationships. Once again, this will help separate you from the pack and give your project added legitimacy.

DIY Talent Attachment:

Finding out what agent or manager represents an actor is fairly easy. You can look up this information on pay websites such as IMDBPro.com or WhoRepresents.com. The Screen Actors Guild also provides a free “actors to locate” service that you can call (1-800-503-6737), and it will tell you whom SAG has listed as an actor’s representative.

Excerpted from First-Time Filmmaker F*&^ Ups by Daryl Bob Goldberg © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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