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How to Avoid Being Typecast.

The definition of Typecast (assign (an actor or actress) repeatedly to the same type of role, as a result of the appropriateness of their appearance or previous success in such roles.) does not sound as fearful that it really is to actors. Such actors find it hard to find work outside of specific roles and feel that their options are limited.

Take into account that being a typecast is a evidence of good work. For example, consider Anthony Hopkins. He is one of the most accomplished actors to appear on screen over his 5 decade career. However, us as the audience constantly remember him for his role in Silence of the Lambs and we have difficulty associating him with anything else. His performance was executed so powerfully and perfect to the character, that it has left us all with this mark.

Need to solve your typecast problem?

1. Diversity
Diversify your cv and demonstrate that you can play other type of characters. Demonstration is the key.

2. Don’t rebel
If you feel like your being typecast don’t automatically go for roles that are the exact opposite. This, in many ways can be harmful. Certain type of roles might not suit who you are and your excitement will cloud your judgement on your performance. This could inevitably cause some unwanted judgement by those in the industry.

3. Get out of your comfort zone
Even if it is trying a new form of acting, such a voice acting. A new approach will guide you into a new way of thinking and make your more versatile in the long run.

4. Communicate
Reach out to others and chat about where you want to go. Whether this is with fellow actors, friends or agents and directors, you never know when something will pop up.