Chad Darnell

Chad Darnell

Casting Director


You've got to create your own opportunity. Don't ever let anybody tell you what you can or can't do. Don't let anybody tell you who you can or can't be.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Has been acting ever since he was a kid doing community and school theater.
While in high school, he participated in the Georgia Governor's Honors Program and subsequently won an acting scholarship.
When he took the ACTs, they accidentally switched his scores, affecting which colleges he got accepted to—Georgia State University was the only one that would accept him.
Worked as an extra in film and television to help put himself through college, but one day he was asked to help in the casting department and he’s worked in that field ever since.
Decided to move to Los Angeles and got a job working for Central Casting, where he worked for almost 10 years casting projects such as “Spider-Man,” “White Oleander,” “Alias,” and “Crossing Jordan.”
After working extremely long hours on multiple projects, he decided to leave Central Casting and move back to Georgia in order to focus more on pursuing his own projects.
Says the worst moment in his life was when he was misquoted in an article calling actors in Georgia “lazy”—calls this his “turning point” and it subsequently inspired him to start his acting camp.
Says working in Georgia has given him unique opportunities in the film industry—when he started in the ’90s, there were only five shows in production in Georgia; now there are over 100.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Film/Cinema/Video Studies
Georgia State University
Career

Career

Casting Director

I cast actors for television shows and movies.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Film
Film
Acting & Theatre
Acting & Theatre
Being Creative
Being Creative

Day to Day

When a get a casting job, one of the first things I do is to travel to visit with the producers and director(s) of the project to talk about the look of the project, specific casting needs, and my timeline. Once I have a good idea of what we are looking for, I organize casting calls (meetings) and put out advertisements with various theaters, talent agencies, websites, newspapers, etc. to get local actors to come in and read for the different parts.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Be able to think outside of the box and problem solve very quickly.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Start getting work in the field of your choice as soon as possible. Intern, volunteer, get part time work, whatever you can get so that you can get the experience and start building your resume and connections.

Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"No, you can't cast that actor because nobody will know who they are and you can't pitch that movie because it's not what we are looking for. "

I struggled early on getting people to take my opinion on certain actors and projects seriously. There were many instances when I wanted to cast a particular actor or work on a project that my bosses passed on and down the road that actor or project became the next big thing. I realized that I do have an eye for these things and not to give up. In this business, you have to keep pushing and making your voice heard.

Challenges I Overcame

Learning Issues
Learning Issues

The ACTs switched my test scores on accident, which resulted in me having to enroll in remedial classes, and it affected which colleges I was accepted into.

Exhaustion
Exhaustion

While working for Central Casting in Los Angeles, I was working extremely long hours on dozens of projects and I couldn't keep up with the pace of it all.

Outspoken
Outspoken

I have always been an outspoken person and that has gotten me in trouble with higher-ups before. The worst moment in my life is when I was misquoted in an article and it nearly destroyed my career.