Here’s a great article about casting full of wisdom from Ellen Chenoweth, casting director on great films like No Country For Old Men and Men in Black III. The article resonates with me, because I try and do the same when I’m recruiting. I try and go to events where I might meet new crew. I try to look at who might not be the most obvious choice in the pile of CVs (like the recent graduate I’ve just recruited to do a sound design job, who has next to no professional experience, but I’m impressed by his university reel – he beat out several agencies who weren’t sending me what I was looking for). And I try to be forgiving of bad performances during interviews, since people are often nervous.
I hope other recruiters can show the same open thinking and generosity that Ellen does.