Hey hey hey! Another great one. I had the opportunity to sit down to chat with commercial casting director legend Mick Dowd about his nearly 4 decade long (and going strong) career, what it takes to be a consistently booking actor and the state of the industry. Mick Dowd has been casting actors in commercials for over 37 years for directors like Michael Bay, Ridley Scott Bill Maher and Dave Laden among MANY MANY others. I could list the products he’s cast but the internet would explode. He’s cast everything from HUGE Super Bowl commercials, to movies like Hoosiers.
His long and interesting career in the commercial industry began when he decided to move on from being a very successful young singer - performing on the Carson Show, the Merve Griffin Show and live shows in Vegas. Mick first worked for years as a commercial producer and then a number of years as a commercial agent before finally landing as a commercial casting director. His experience as a performer, a producer and an agent give him a really extraordinary perspective for any type of actor pursuing work in commercials. He’s seen the industry expand from just Television, to the Internet to Mobile and has a lot of great inside information to offer actors interested in learning more about the casting director’s perspective.
In this conversation, we talk about what his experience has taught him about commercial casting.
- The value of putting yourself out there and taking advantage of every opportunity
- How work begets work
- How being FEARLESS as an actor can book the job
- The way his favorite agents pitch him actors
- How he selects actors
- Why preparation for commercials is critical
- And the state of the industry
So sit back and enjoy, The Lawless Crowd
You can find Dowd Roman’s body of work on their website here: http://dowdromancasting.com/
You can take a look at my classes and coaching here: www.lawlesscastingseminars.com
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