So I received this comment on my about me page and I thought I would address it:
“I too am a casting recruiter looking for douchebags. I realize youâ€™ve moved onto PA things, but if you had a chance to e-mail me and talk about how I might attract these types, Iâ€™d appreciate it.”
Casting for douchebags can honestly be very difficult.Â You would think that these guys would be easy to find because you see them everywhere, but it is of course a catch 22 and when you are really looking for them they are no where to be found.Â There are a couple of ways to approach casting for these types of guys andÂ here are a couple of tricks that I have learned:
First a foremost you have to approach these guys with the attitude that this is the best possible thing for them.Â No matter what show you are casting for you have to spin it for the guy so that he thinks he will look great. Â If he sees the show as a positive thing that promotes how totally awesome he is, he will more likely be all about it.
Another important thing is to not be afraid to go up to people.Â The more guys you talk to the more likely you are to get good numbers for your casting director. Â Â Trust me you will get a lot of guys that are pissed off that you are asking them to be on your show.Â When that happens just be nice and move on to the next douchebag.
Next you have to know the right places to find these guys:
1.Â Go out at night
Now this is pretty obvious but a great place to find douchebag guys are out at clubs at night.Â I have found that most go out Wednesday through Saturday,Â but occasionally you can find people out at other times.Â Think of the most popular club in your area and head there and you will find tons of guys there.Â Be careful though because douchebags out at night means that they will most likely be drunk.Â Most of the drunk douchebags will be totally into whatever you are casting because they are blitzedÂ out of their mind or be so belligerent that they are not able to comprehend you.Â The best thing to do is to try to explain to them that you are casting and grab their name and number.Â Call them the next day and talk to them more about it when they are all sobered up.
2.Â Gym/ Tanning Salon
A lot of douchebags like to look fresh so hitting up the gym and tanning salons can sometimes be a gold mine.Â Now this can be tricky because most businesses considerÂ a casting recruiter as a solicitor.Â You can always approach the owner of the gym or tanning salon and explain to them what you are doing but most don’t like it. Â Â The best way to approach both of these places is to act like you are actually going to tan or go to the gym.Â If you see a guy that would be perfect keep your eye on him until he leaves and try to catch him as he walks out.
3.Â College Campuses
Two words: Fraternity boys.Â Hang out at the Student Union, or find out about when the frat parties are.
This is another tricky place because most malls think of casting as soliciting, so be careful.Â Try to get people as they walk out rather than inside the mall.
5. Outdoor Activity
I live in Florida so I would go to the beach a lot on the weekends.Â If you don’t live near the ocean check out parks or other weekend activity places.Â Check out basketball courts and sports fields.
With these tips you should do great.Â Just keep your head up and eyes open and you will find the perfect douchebag for your show.