Suzy Catliff works as a theatre director, casting director and published author - The Casting Handbook for Film and Theatre Makers. Some of her TV and film projects include: Primeval, The Murdoch Mysteries, Silent Witness, Casualty, Tangled, The English Patient and Wilde. Suzy also works as a guest lecturer at various universities and drama schools in the UK and US.
A lot of it comes down to serendipity - right place, right time and being realistic and not expecting it to happen tomorrow. You need to have a game plan that’s longer than a week and focus on what you want to do and be specific.
I like a montage! But casting directors seem to fall into one camp or the other, so a lot of members are unsure about whether to include them or not.
I mean, if it’s 20 or 30 seconds, then it doesn’t really matter. I just think you have to be careful and cherry pick what material you’ve got. And keep your showreel updated, like you do with your CV, especially now as it’s easier than ever.
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