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29th Nov 2017
What a producer actually does for a given project is elusive because, in many ways, they do everything. Needless to say, a producer’s role is crucial for the actor—and vice versa. Below, six producers and industry experts alike explain precisely why.
Producers expect actors to know their industry.
“The casting directors are so important, because the producer and director really defer to them for who to bring in to read. They’re the ones on the front lines. So the best way [for actors] to interact with us is to just be in the business. Be active, be working, be exposed, and be well-read. Know what projects are being made at which studios. There’s a social mechanism in Hollywood, and to be a part of that is important.” —Tripp Vinson, producer for films including “Baywatch” and “Journey to the Center of the Earth”
Actors can (and should!) produce, too.
“That means successful actors are becoming the new triple threat: Writer, producer, actor.
“In the old days, a triple threat was a singer/dancer/actor. Agents were thrilled to sign a performer who could work all the time in one media or another. Now they’re delighted if their clients are super proactive, creating their own products. That means really owning your career. James Franco is a great example. He does EVERYTHING!” —Gwyn Gilliss, acting coach
Producers have a final say in casting decisions.
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