"Want to find the right casting director for your next film? Get started at Casting Society of America."
Seriously? The CSA has become a joke of an organization, which cares more about protecting its members' right to steal from actors than about the true well-being of the casting profession.
Instead of standing behind law enforcement and reprimanding the small handful of criminals among their ranks, the CSA promoted a fundraising campaign to help defend those charged, prosecuted and ultimately convicted of charging actors for auditions. That's right, 9 CSA casting directors were charged with and prosecuted for the crime of charging actors for auditions and the CSA cheered for them in protecting their right to do workshops.
In one of the most despicable and underhanded moves, the CSA vilified all of those who argued for common sense guidelines to make certain that the ethical standards upon which the organization was founded would not be undermined by greed and entitlement.
The consistent response from CSA leadership was to ignore the problems inherent in charging actors for auditions, saying over and over that "the CSA will not police its members" or "we can't tell our members what to do."
As someone who joined the CSA 26 years ago, I was compelled to resign when those casting directors who were convicted were not removed from the organization immediately, as required by the CSA by-laws.
The CSA leadership, for the past 15 years, has wandered down a perilous ethical path, failing to protect its members or its professional standing in the industry. If anyone wonders why casting directors are ignored by the Academy and are the only main title profession not eligible for the Oscar, you need look no further than at the inaction by those in power.
The casting directors who truly deserve the Oscar must speak out and do all they can to remove and replace a spineless leadership, including the president, vice president and the current board. Reclaim your dignity by disassociating with this worthless and ineffective organization.