Definition of cattle call in US English:

cattle call


North American
  • An open audition for parts in a play, movie, or other production.

    • ‘I used to audition when I was younger; I'd go on cattle calls, but they didn't know if they wanted me or a young Chinese boy, and it was very overwhelming for me.’
    • ‘You were at the Florida cattle call, as I would describe it.’
    • ‘But so far, after a half-dozen cattle calls, a full round of ‘Meet the Press’ appearances, and an untold number of pancake breakfasts, there is no real frontrunner.’
    • ‘The second thing is to fight the temptation to print 1,000 resumes and to submit yourself to the cattle call (no pun intended) that is the typical job search.’
    • ‘Drew Eshelman, who had appeared at the cattle call, instantly got the Gary Arlington role.’
    • ‘Our younger readers may not remember how it all began when thousands of wannabes turned up for that very first Popsluts cattle call.’
    • ‘He's one of the great, undiscovered actors in the annals of B-movies (this man should be at the top of everyone's character cattle call A-list.’
    • ‘It was like a cattle call for the chorus line of a bad Broadway play.’
    • ‘‘Good grief, it's a cattle call,’ Mother observed and looked at me.’
    • ‘He needed one for his latest English-language film, Stardom, and an international cattle call left him stumped for a leading lady.’
    • ‘Carlson will try her luck at the Los Angeles cattle call on August 8 at the Forum.’
    • ‘Around the same time as this cattle call is happening in the Press Gallery, the post-Budget parties start.’
    • ‘It was a cattle call, it was humiliating, actually.’
    • ‘Warwick Davis was only 11 when he was selected out of a 1981 casting cattle call to play Wicket the Ewok in Return Of The Jedi.’
    • ‘‘Look, Ryan, don't take your mood out on me, just ‘cause you didn't do well on some cattle call.’’


cattle call

/ˈkadl kôl/