Indeed, Vazquez said, he only knows of a handful of BIPOC casting directors in New York City, out of the 100 or so Casting Society of America (CSA) members.
The cohort who is brought in can depend heavily on the creativity and imagination—and yes, the background—-of the person in the casting director’s chair.
But the value of a casting director’s position as an advocate with the power to affect who is considered in the first place cannot be undersold.
This idea of casting directors as advocates contrasts with some of the harsher perceptions of the position, in which casting directors wield immense power with an antagonistic edge.
Even on CSA’s website, the prescribed path to casting director begins at casting assistant before moving up to casting associate, and eventually casting director.