The Open Call Party!

What do you do when 1700 people show up for your party?  You welcome them in!  Now that Slate Casting has 3 open calls under our belt, I have begun to think of these open casting calls as parties- really.  It never ceases to amaze me how much fun they can be, how passionate and enthusiastic everyone is, and how incredible the team of people working on it are. 

We just held an open call in Orange, MA and we had no idea what to expect.  All we could do is plan, plan, plan.  We reached out to an amazing group of people:  Molly, Marina, Mike, Eddie, Kim, Ro, and Erica, and armed with snacks, lots of water, pizza and Orange’s very own Orange Tonic, we were ready to open the doors to the largest party we have ever thrown.  Before the first guest even arrived, I looked around at our group and felt so incredibly grateful.  Grateful for their willingness to help, and for their genuine commitment to making the day as successful, stress free, and as fun as possible for the hundreds and hundreds of people who were waiting to be seen.  Oh, and did I say it was hot?  Like, really, really hot.  (We forgot about the heat hours later over the coldest, most awesome blueberry beer I’ve ever had!)

The people of Orange welcomed us with open arms.  People who had never even thought about doing something like this were coming out to try something new and exciting.  I give them so much credit for coming out of their comfort zone and joining us.  It could be a once in a lifetime opportunity and 1700 people were not going to let this pass them by.  Local businesses were so supportive (we heard the market across the street was so busy that they ran out of ice cream!) and the residents of Orange and the surrounding communities could not have been nicer.  As I dripped with sweat (kinda gross, but if you saw me there, you know what I mean- ha ha), I was amazed at how upbeat and happy everyone was even with temps well into the 90’s.  They laughed at Mike’s jokes outside, they laughed at Ashley and Aaron’s jokes inside, and they smiled all the way through.  Even the local police officers got into the fun- posing for a big group photo at the end of the day.

Casting, as you’ve read about in past blogs, can often be stressful and insane, but what open calls remind me of all the time, is that casting is about people.  We have one of the best jobs in the world because we get to meet so many new people who are excited to go on an adventure with us.   An open call is often someone’s first experience with the world of on-camera acting and we want to be sure that each person has a good experience.  As the saying goes, you only have one chance to make a good first impression, and we hope that everyone who attends their first open call with Slate, will have awesome memories of the experience.  If that happens, we have done our job.  I’m already getting excited for future open calls- nothing scheduled yet, but don’t worry, we’ll let you know when it is because we want to see you at the party!

-Julie