Okay, so maybe you’ll have no choice in casting your friends. Again, this should be completely out of budget necessity or absolute belief in your friends’ untapped talents, not because you owe them one for posting bail that one night you got arrested. Even if you don’t have the resources for a truly professional casting director and experienced actors, there are plenty of acting schools out there. A lot of these actors will be hungry to have something to put on their reel. If possible, ask their acting teachers about their talent and work ethic, unless of course the acting teachers are auditioning for the same roles. If everything else fails, you can always post a casting call on Craigslist. You might not get the best actors, but you could wind up with a reasonably unsoiled sofa. There are also some smaller trade magazines out there. To pre-screen the rush of applicants, you can ask for a demo reel or think of some other creative task that can prove their talent.
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