In today's video blog, we see Jenn Withers, Artistic Director of Baltimore Improv Group share insights on casting with our Managing Director, Terry Withers.
Watch the video on YouTube. Or read the below transcript of their conversation.
Terry: What would you say, you're making a casting decision what are you looking to do?
Jenn: Best-case scenario making a great team that hits the ground running. But also has room to grow. Putting together people that are gonna strengthen each other people that create a well-rounded team that bring different skills to the table and excel in different things. In a way that will complement each other to bring out the past and everyone. To make the whole it's tense though right
Terry : It's tense to make a casting decisions.
Jenn: Kind of. It's super fun. It's really exciting because like you can imagine there's so many different combinations of players that you're like "oh that's gonna be fantastic." But it's hard too because there's a lot of different aspects that you need to consider. You can't see inside of a performers head. So you can't always know. I know what I think we need right but I don't know what they're thinking.
Terry: Do you think that it's like... I think a lot times when you not talk about it you're talking about making a tough decision the thing I think people don't see is that you're trying to think about that individual person's growth, right. The person who may say I want to be on this team and on being this sort of someone get team but that's not really the focus when you're doing casting. We're gonna try to put people in it
Jenn: Yeah and I think it can be counterintuitive I think sometimes what people think that they need for their development or what they want is different than what I'm seeing from the outside, right.
So sometimes they need to be put in a spot that's gonna challenge them more in an area they're not aware they need to be challenged. And sometimes I need to be put somewhere where they're gonna be featured because something that's great about them but they haven't quite tapped into. Something that's great about them. But I can see that.
Terry: Could it be that like they're a great performer like a fantastic performer on a fantastic team and they've been on that team for a long time. But still the best thing for them would be to be taken off, right?That's possible and but it's also possibilities someone might not want to hear that?
Jenn: Yeah of course. Because our teams become like families and we love them. But what can happen is you can form habits where you play a certain role in your team.
So like maybe you find yourself being that voice of reason a lot. That kind of becomes your default. Or you're the person who always comes in with a great historical reference at the right time.
Playing with different people will push you to find a new spot is allowed in that team that stretches your and stretches your overall growth.
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