You’ve auditioned for a spot. You’ve moved on and forgotten about it.
Out of the blue, your agent calls and says, “Congratulations! You’re on avail,” or “Congratulations! They put a pin in you.”
You scratch your head, and you reply, “Thank you – I think?”
What does all that mean?
When a casting person is finalizing the booking of talent, they will almost always cover their bases by checking on the availability of, commonly, the client’s top three choices.
If their number one pick is available, they’ll release the other two prior to the session.
And if their top pick isn’t available, they’ll work their way down the list.
That’s being “on avail,” or “on hold.”
You need to let them know if you actually are available on that date at that time, and you’re not actually booked until they call you back and you hear the words, “You booked it!”
You may or may not hear from them telling you that you are released – it would be nice if that happened all the time, but casting people are busy, busy, busy.
Increasingly, the phrase “put a pin in you” is being used for “on avail” or “on hold.” That phrase comes from the theatrical practice of pinning a headshot to the wall with the producer’s final choices, then going with their best picks for the booking.
Hope this helps.