Magazine article Variety

Carmen Cuba: 'The Household Names Are Only the Beginning of the Story'

Magazine article Variety

Carmen Cuba: 'The Household Names Are Only the Beginning of the Story'

Article excerpt

Is casting kids intrinsically different from casting adult actors?

Training and/or life experience teaches adults how to leave some of their quirks off the table. But kids are mostly unable to cover up the things that make them uniquely who they are - and I love that.

Has the digital world (e.g., audition tapes) made your job easier or harder?

It has allowed me to cast a much wider net, so in that sense it has made it easier because I love options. The flip side is that because the volume of what I see is so much higher, my brain has much more to keep track of.

Do you prefer to view audition tapes or to read in person?

I like both for different reasons. I love the intimacy of what an actor can do with a self-tape; the choices they make without direction can be really fascinating.

But I also love reading in person because it gives me a chance to work the scene out in a few different ways and gives me a sense of the actor's approach. If I like someone from a self-tape and they don't live here, I will usually set up a Skype to get more of a sense about him/her before taking the next step. …

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