Before you dig into this blog post, I want you to understand that ultimately it's up to the casting director to decide if you're the right "type" for the role.
However, these criteria will help you better understand the primary impression you're making on others, which you can utilize to increase your casting opportunities--even if your results are different than you expected!
Aka press into your results and use them to your advantage, OR make a few key changes to start leaving the impression you intended.
Why Is Type Important?
It's very eye-opening to understand how you come across to other people versus how you *think* you come across to other people.
Because that's how you're coming across to casting directors that don't know you very well.
Now please understand that ultimately I think you should read for any and all roles you're comfortable reading for, and I don't believe any actor just getting started is "above" a role.
I think this typing process is best used to pick out comp card photos for commercial modeling or co-star roles for tv shows.
But we want casting directors to look at our profiles for a role and either say, "Oh definitely not!" or, "OMG yes! They're perfect for this!"
What Are The Criteria?
I learned this as a student during a summer workshop at the New York Film Academy.
I have no idea who created it, but I'm fairly sure the teacher's name that taught it to me was Abbie.
3 Unique Criteria to Find Your Actor Type:
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How Do You Use These Criteria?
Each question has a few answers to pick from. Pick one word from each column in the download below. I would classify Sarah Silverman, for example, as Hot | Urban | Humor/Fun.
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