Terminology Tuesday: Prototype

Let’s talk prototypes. ⁠

A prototype is an actor (or a blend of actors) that describe the type of person that the creative and casting team is looking for. For example, we might tell an agent that the director is looking for someone either physically or tonally similar to ____ actor.⁠

Prototypes are helpful tools for agents and casting directors to better understand what type of role an actor may be right for.⁠

*Sometimes* you may see a prototype listed in a breakdown. These are meant to be a loose guideline (unless the prototype is used to describe a younger or older version of an actor who has already been cast). ⁠

𝗞𝗲𝘆 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗱 = 𝗴𝘂𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲⁠

You do not need to look identical to the prototype to be considered for a role.⁠

Again, prototypes are often used as a way to describe someone’s energy, essence or tone. ⁠

Perhaps you don’t look like ___ actor, but you share a similar energy. Submit away!!⁠

And even if you don’t, if you physically and tonally feel right for a role, you should absolutely still be submitted for it. ⁠

If we had a dollar for every actor we ultimately cast who ended up being nothing like the original prototype, we’d have enough money to buy our own Oscars 😉⁠

Point is: don’t let the prototype throw you off. If you fit the breakdown regardless of the prototype listed, we want to see your submission. ⁠

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