How Casting Director Mary Clay Boland Found Her Dream Job Description in an Internship Book
Mary Clay Boland was the casting director for As the World Turns. During her successful career she’s worked in casting for theatre and film along with television; and she or he’s received two EmmyA�A�A�Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Casting for any Drama Series. Here she answers the question, How Did You Get That Job?
Mary china clay formula – Boland:A� When I was in college, I was obviously a theatre and communications (centering on the critical analysis of television) major. And while doing theatre, my main focus is at directing.
And so I would cast my own things when I would direct pieces – small pieces to the theatre department and stuff. And I really enjoyed that procedure for it; auditioning people plus just type of giving adjustments with all the actors and dealing with all the actors.
I had no idea, though, that casting director really was even a job during this juncture inside my life.A� Then I graduated from college, and I worked in advertising for the year. And it wasn’t a really good fit.A� I didn’t like it.A�
So, I went into my mother’s office. She was obviously a counselor in a college in Louisville, KY (Bellarmine University), and she had an internship book. And I looked through and discovered that you’ll find casting internships. And they described exactly what a casting director does: Goes to theatre, watches everything, auditions people, has generals. [NOTE: “generals” is the term for general auditions. That’s a kind of audition created by a theatre, studio, TV show, casting director, etc., when trying to secure a feel for that available talent pool. “General” meaning they aren’t casting for any particular role, yet.] And I was like, “Oh my God,that feels like a great deal fun.”
I put on six internships for theatre round the country, experienced three of them, one of these was at New York at Circle Rep Theatre. I chose Circle Rep, and moved there, also it would have been a year-long internship.A�
It was funny, actually, as the artistic director with the theater (Austin Pendleton) – we first got there and everyone was going around (the interns) saying the things they were going to get an intern in and the things they really did.
Almost individuals were either an actor or perhaps a writer, and were interning other departments; and I actually was the casting intern and said I wanted being casting director.
Susan Dansby:A� That is wonderful.
Mary Clay Boland:A� Yeah, and Austin Pendleton said, “What? No one wants being a casting director.A� You just get into that.” And I was like, “Well no, that is what I want to do.”A� So, I sort of had my thoughts set on that, which was almost 15A� A�years ago. And I stayed in casting from the time.
Susan Dansby:A� I really want to hear what that newbie was like.
Mary Clay Boland:A� I got very spoiled because I didn’t understand that that wasn’t normal. But because Circle Repertory Theatre had such an amazing reputation; as well as their members – their acting and writing teams – were unbelievable.
So, I not merely cast weekly readings for your literary department where I got to utilize the members – that had been people like Ethan Hawke, Judd Hirsch, Julianne Moore. You’d just call people and become like, “Hey, are you available to do this reading?”A� Liev Schreiber.A� You know, we did areading for Side Man, the Warren Leight play that went on to Broadway, and lots of plays that have now become huge.
Susan Dansby:A� That really appears like heaven.
Mary Clay Boland:A� It was.A� It was this amazing experience.A� I got to view amazing actors, firsthand, do these readings, and merely make these characters turn on to see the playwrights use them. So I think it genuinely set it up some tools also it reduced the problem build my taste and also see what skills and talents it will take to take a character one’s and also to produce a good actor. So, it was a great experience. It was the good thing which could have happened.