Amanda Mitchell (Interview)

Amanda Mitchell (Interview)

Originally from Singapore, Amanda Mitchell worked in the film and television industry for four years before migrating to Australia. She cut her teeth working with Australian casting legend, Christine King, as a casting associate on hugely successful projects such as The Dressmaker, Kill Me Three Times, Red Dog: True Blue and Marco Polo.

In 2016 she opened up her own casting house MITCHELL CASTING.
Since then she has worked on hundreds of hours of Australian and international television and film, which most recently includes season two of ABC’s hit series Harrow and The Secret She Keeps.

She is proud of her work in the Australian feature Never Too Late (starring Jacki Weaver and James Cromwell) and Shannon Murphy’s SBS miniseries, On The Ropes. Her work on ABC’s Pulse was peer-nominated as a CGA finalist for Best Casting in a Drama / Miniseries. She is currently working on a Netflix series, and NBC’s Young Rock.

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Amanda Mitchell (Interview)
  • A Conversation With Casting Director Amanda Mitchell

    Amanda Mitchell
    Casting Director | Harrow, Young Rock, The Secret She Keeps, Red Dog

    What is a fun fact about you that people may not know?
    Where did you grow up and how did you become a casting director?
    What do you love about casting?
    What were your favorite casting jobs and why?
    What's it lik...

  • Amanda Mitchell: Rapidfire

    Amanda Mitchell
    Casting Director | Harrow, Young Rock, The Secret She Keeps, Red Dog

    When casting, where do you post breakdowns for auditions?
    Do you audition non-union actors?
    Does SAG-AFTRA vs SAG-AFTRA Elligible make a difference in casting?
    Where do you find readers for your audition sessio...

  • What Are Some Do-s & Don't's For Actor Demo Reels?

    Amanda Mitchell
    Casting Director | Harrow, Young Rock, The Secret She Keeps, Red Dog

    What makes an effective demo reel?
    What should I not do in my demo reel?
    What should I avoid in my demo reel?
    What makes a great demo reel?
    Is my demo reel good enough?
    Is my demo reel effective?
    How can I put t...

  • What Would You Say To A Petrified Actor Auditioning For You For The First Time?

    Amanda Mitchell
    Casting Director | Harrow, Young Rock, The Secret She Keeps, Red Dog

    Why am I nervous in an audition?
    Why are first time actors nervous at audition?
    What makes an actor nervous in an audition room?
    What does nerves mean for an actor in audition?
    Why do I get nervous at casting?
    W...

  • What Are Some Dos & Don'ts For Actor Headshots?

    Amanda Mitchell
    Casting Director | Harrow, Young Rock, The Secret She Keeps, Red Dog

    How do I shoot a winning headshot?
    What do you look for in a great headshot?
    What is the recipe for success of an effective actor headshot?
    How do I make my face stand out in my headshot?
    Any tips on how to take...

  • What Are The Traits Of Actors You Cast The Most & Why?

    Amanda Mitchell
    Casting Director | Harrow, Young Rock, The Secret She Keeps, Red Dog

    What do you love the most in your regular actors?
    What is common to actors you bring in regularly?
    What you look for in a trusted actors?
    What makes you bring an actor in again and again?
    What do you look for in...

  • Do You Teach Any Classes?

    Amanda Mitchell
    Casting Director | Harrow, Young Rock, The Secret She Keeps, Red Dog

    Is Amanda Mitchell teaching any classes at this time?
    Is Amanda Mitchell teaching actors at this time?
    Any classes with Amanda Mitchell coming up?
    Is Amanda Mitchell teaching soon?
    What classes are you teaching ...

  • What Is Your Preferred Delivery Method For Self Tapes?

    Amanda Mitchell
    Casting Director | Harrow, Young Rock, The Secret She Keeps, Red Dog

    What method should I submit my tape via?
    Should I post my self tapes to You Tube to give to casting?
    Should I post my self tapes to Vimeo to give to casting?
    Should my self tapes be downloadable?
    Do I make my se...

  • Should Australian Actors Have a Script Copy In Their Hands For Auditions?

    Amanda Mitchell
    Casting Director | Harrow, Young Rock, The Secret She Keeps, Red Dog

    Can I hold my script in Amanda Mitchell's Office?
    When I go to Mitchell Casting, is it preferred if I hold the script?
    Do expectations of producers change if I am off script?
    If off script preferred at Australia...

  • When, If Ever, Can Actors Improvise Or Paraphrase In Auditions?

    Amanda Mitchell
    Casting Director | Harrow, Young Rock, The Secret She Keeps, Red Dog

    Can actors improv in audition?
    Can I add a button at the end of my audition?
    Can I paraphrase in auditions?
    Can I improvise in my audition?
    How much can I paraphrase in auditions?
    Do I have to follow the script ...

  • Where Do You Find Readers For Your Audition Sessions?

    Amanda Mitchell
    Casting Director | Harrow, Young Rock, The Secret She Keeps, Red Dog

    Where do you look for readers?
    Who read for your actors in auditions?
    At auditions, who is the reader?
    Can I be a reader for your auditions?
    Where can I regifted to be a reader for auditions at CD offices?
    Do yo...

  • If I Can't Find A Reader, Can I Pre-Record The Other Character's Lines Myself?

    Amanda Mitchell
    Casting Director | Harrow, Young Rock, The Secret She Keeps, Red Dog

    Can I tape my own voice reading the other role's lines for a self tape?
    When I can't find a reader can I record on my own?
    Can I tape a self tape without a reader?
    If I can't get another actor to read opposite, ...

  • Do You Ask For Headshots & Resumes In Hardcopy?

    Amanda Mitchell
    Casting Director | Harrow, Young Rock, The Secret She Keeps, Red Dog

    Do I need a hard cop of a headshot at Amanda Mitchell’soffice?
    Do I need hard copy of a resume when I go to Mitchell Casting?
    Does Amanda Mitchell require hard copies of photo and resume?
    Does Amanda Mitchell re...

  • What Gifts Do You Love & Not Love?

    Amanda Mitchell
    Casting Director | Harrow, Young Rock, The Secret She Keeps, Red Dog

    What should I buy Amanda Mitchell?
    What are the types of gifts Amanda Mitchell is open to receiving?
    What should I buy Amanda Mitchell as a thank you present?

  • How Do You Feel About Actors Sending A Thank You Present When You Hire Them?

    Amanda Mitchell
    Casting Director | Harrow, Young Rock, The Secret She Keeps, Red Dog

    Does Amanda Mitchell like thank you presents after an actor books?
    Do actors have to give thank you presents to casting?
    Is it expected to give casting directors thank you presents?
    Do casting directors expect t...

  • Have You Hired An Actor From An Unsolicited Self Tape?

    Amanda Mitchell
    Casting Director | Harrow, Young Rock, The Secret She Keeps, Red Dog

    Do you remember hiring from an unsolicited self tape?
    Do unsolicited tapes work?
    Do actors book from unsolicited self tapes?
    Can I book by sending an unasked for tape to casting?
    Would you ever book me if my tap...

  • What Backdrop Colors Do You Prefer In A Self Tape?

    Amanda Mitchell
    Casting Director | Harrow, Young Rock, The Secret She Keeps, Red Dog

    What backdrop colors are best for self tapes?
    For self tapes, what backdrop color should I choose?
    Is blue best for self tapes?
    Is a grey background best for self tapes auditions?
    What color is best for backdrop...

  • Do You Ever Watch Unsolicited Self Tapes Sent By Actors Or Representation?

    Amanda Mitchell
    Casting Director | Harrow, Young Rock, The Secret She Keeps, Red Dog

    Would you watch a tape you didn't ask sent by agents?
    Would you want a tape that you didn't ask for if it was sent by an agent you trusted?
    Do you watch tapes sent by management if you didn't request them?
    If a...

  • Which Props (If Any) Are Appropriate In Auditions?

    Anya Colloff
    Emmy Winning Casting Director | New Girl, Monk, Weeds

    Can I bring props to an audition?
    Who provides props at an audition?
    What props should I bring to a casting?
    What props can I use at a casting?
    What props is OK to bring to casting?
    What props aren't too much in an audition?
    At a...

  • If An Actor Truly Bombs An Audition, Should They Reach Out To Apologize?

    Amanda Mitchell
    Casting Director | Harrow, Young Rock, The Secret She Keeps, Red Dog

    I bombed my audition - what should I do?
    Should I apologize to casting about a bad audition?
    After a bad audition, should I apologize?
    Should I check in with casting if I bomb an audition?
    I bombed an audition -...

  • Do You Like Actors To Wear Costumes Or Dress The Part?

    Amanda Mitchell
    Casting Director | Harrow, Young Rock, The Secret She Keeps, Red Dog

    Should I dress in full costume at a casting?
    Can I costume for an audition?
    Should I wear full costume at a casting?
    At a casting, can I go full costume?
    Would you recommend, full costume at an audition?
    At an a...

  • Do You Like A Second Option For Each Scene When Actors Send Self Tapes?

    Amanda Mitchell
    Casting Director | Harrow, Young Rock, The Secret She Keeps, Red Dog

    Should I send a second option on a self tape?
    Does casting watch second takes on self tapes?
    Should my self tapes have a take 2?
    Should I include a take 2?
    Do you suggest I post a second take on an audition?
    Sho...

  • Has A Bad Self-Tape Reader Ever Cost An Actor A Job?

    Amanda Mitchell
    Casting Director | Harrow, Young Rock, The Secret She Keeps, Red Dog

    Do bad self tape readers ruin self tapes?
    What is the impact of a bad reader in a self tape?
    Should I retape if my reader is bad?
    Are bad readers on a self tape a deal breaker?
    Can a bad self tape reader stop me...

  • Do You Like When Actors Send Thank You Notes After An Audition?

    Amanda Mitchell
    Casting Director | Harrow, Young Rock, The Secret She Keeps, Red Dog

    Should actors follow up with a thank you note after an audition?
    Do casting directors expect an actor to follow up with a thank you note after auditions?
    Should actors followup with thank you notes after an audi...