6 Tips from Liz Bichard, UK film & TV Casting Director
Liz Bichard has worked in top UK film and television casting departments on award-winning television series like River and Outlander, and on features which include 'Mission Impossible 5' starring Tom Cruise, Kenneth Branagh's 'Cinderella', ’The Hundred Foot Journey’ starring Helen Mirren, 'Legend' starring Tom Hardy, and 'The Voices' starring Ryan Reynolds and Gemma Arterton.
She has also been a member of the casting team on over forty shows for the West End, Bath Theatre Royal and Bristol Old Vic. More recently Liz has worked as Casting Director on four independent feature films, rehearsed readings at the National Theatre Studio, and shows at The Park and The Trafalgar Studios.
Liz’s Top Tips
- What are you selling and does your headshot and showreel reflect this?
- Focus your CV for each role you’re applying for
- Raise the stakes in the audition
- Force yourself to be in the moment
- Take risks, don’t always play it safe
- Fine tune your credits, less is sometimes more
‘Just wonderful. Liz is a breath of fresh air and the opportunity was invaluable. She gave me lots to think about in such a short period of time.’ Will Adolphy
‘Honest. Genuine. Full of information that will provoke me into action.’ Lee White
'Absolutely wonderful. Really challenging and thought provoking. Liz was warm, welcoming yet firm and instructive in her direction. A really valuable experience - thanks so much to CCP and Liz.’ Charlie Bond
'I found Liz really easy to talk to and really helpful gaining some really valuable advice.’ Ben Mansbridge
‘Really helpful, amazing and personal help. Thank you so much.’ Olivia Foan
‘Very helpful and insightful. Liz was very kind and gave great advice.’ Claire de Boer
'Amazingly helpful. Liz is really knowledgable and gave me some tips I would never have thought of. This will make a huge difference to how I approach auditions. Her advice was really constructive and positive. Came out feeling really motivated and excited!’ Carli Fish
'Superb! Liz gave me great pointers on what I should be aiming for and how I should go about it. She had a very gentle and genuine vibe.’ Duncan Airlie James
‘Really helpful, so nice to have such detailed feedback. Great service by CCP.’ Melissa Dalton
‘Very helpful - great to have the chance to chat Liz and get feedback on what works for me as an actor and what I need to work on. I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity.’ Charlotte Louisa