Friday, March 27, 2009

Poor Casting Decisions

Think of the terrible casting decisions that you've seen in various films.

[My all-time favorite nominee for the Worst Casting Decision of All Time is Glen Campbell as a Texas Ranger in True Grit. They had John Wayne and Robert Duvall and then some loon decided to throw in Campbell?]

What can we learn from bad casting decisions? Here are a few lessons that could be applied to the workplace:

  1. Don't play to a particular demographic. Go with raw talent.

  2. Be certain that the individual will fit in with the rest of the cast.

  3. Beware of scene-hoggers.

  4. Consider whether people will have a difficult time accepting the person in the role and whether that barrier can be overcome.

  5. Recognize that there is no small role. One "minor" casting decision that rings false can throw off an entire scene.

  6. Watch films such as "The Third Man" and "To Kill a Mockingbird" to see how it is done right. Think of how those movies could have been easily destroyed with one misplaced actor.

  7. Remember that there is a certain amount of poetry that goes into building a cast.

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