When you’ve got far enough along out of the ranks of the amateurs and have arrived at the point where you’re using professional models regularly, you’ll one day be very pleasantly surprised to realize that something new has been added to your life. You are now a casting director! You’re one of those characters they whisper all the stories about in show business. The very words "casting director" bring to mind a lucky guy leaning back with his feet on his desk in a plush and homey office complete with the all-important casting couch and a steady procession of young eager beauties parading through, pleading for his attention.
The day you suddenly realize that you, too, are casting pictures, it may come as a bit of a shock to realize that what you’re doing bears very little resemblance to that classic image. But that’s all superficial. Even though you’re doing your casting in your own living room or tiny, unglamorous studio, the joys of the job remain the same. When you`re shelling out your hard earned money in model’s fees, you’re not going to hire a girl sight unseen. Knowing what kind of a girl you want for the particular shooting you plan to do, you call one of the agencies and let your wants be known. Then the girl comes to you for inspection and appraisal. So settle back and enjoy it. Put your feet up on the coffee table and revel in the glory of being the man of power.
A model’s job involves making the rounds. She spends as much time going around and applying for jobs as she does in actual modelling and these interviews, since they spell success or failure, are the most important thing in the world to her. When she checks in with her agency and gets the call to appear at your place for an interview, she dashes home to prepare herself. She works as carefully on her makeup and clothes as if she were dressing for a date. And while she grooms herself with slightly unsteady hands, her mind is churning with thoughts of you, you, you. To her, you are a mystery man, high up in the world of success. Unlike some girls whom you meet strictly socially, the model applying for a job comes to you with the firm understanding that you are her superior, able to pass on her beauty and with the power to make her day good or had with the wave of your hand or the nod of your head.
As she dresses and hurries over to your apartment, she turns your name over and over in her head. From the sound of it, she tries to get intuitive clues about you; what kind of a man you are, what kind of women you like, what would please you most. She’ll even worry about the fact that perhaps you don’t like women in pink and she should have worn black. Already, before you’ve even met, this model has tried harder to please you than other girls do.
When she rings your doorbell, her fingers are crossed for good luck and she is firmly geared to one idea-making you like her. When you open the door, you find a breath-taking voluptuous brunette. Her dress displays every curve of her full-blown figure, her shapely legs are encased in sheerest nylon, and her melting, large eyes are staring at you with a charming appeal for your approval. What more can any man ask?
With an effort, you bring your mind back to the matter at hand and try to be critical and business-like. But you already know that a girl who could stun you with such physical force is the one you want, for pictures or anything else. She won’t be able to get her mind on anything else, d1ough, until you’ve given her your answer. Assure her, softly, that she has the job and her gratitude will light up her face. Now she is more convinced than ever that you are a great, big wonderful man and she is a very lucky little girl to be able to please you.
With a beautiful parcel of femininity in such an admirably responsive frame of mind, and with you reacting in a healthy masculine fashion, your fate is sealed. Together you will explore the delights of the casting couch. And at this moment, if you can pull your thoughts away for a minute, you will realize that when it comes right down to the bare facts, you‘re as much a successful casting director as any Hollywood wheel.