Swedish American actress Mercedes Masohn plays mean tough-as-mails Maya. Creative Commons
Ryan Seacrest Productions is in pre-production on a new 1/2 hour single-camera comedy series pilot for ABC titled “Mixology,” and the casting directors are holding auditions for the series regulars. Guest starring and possible recurring roles will be cast as soon as the regulars are cast. In addition to the principal actors, stand-ins will be hired prior to the start of shooting on March 18, 2013. The background extras will be cast throughout filming on the pilot episode, taking place in Los Angeles.
Film Life, Inc. has announced that the 2013 NBC Universal ABFF Star Project acting competition is now open. Aspiring actors, who are serious about their craft, will once again have an opportunity of a lifetime to breakthrough and get discovered. Launched in 2009 as part of the American Black Film Festival (ABFF), the goal of the Star Project is to provide a platform to spotlight talented, yet undiscovered actors, while supporting their career advancement. Each year, one male and one female thespian are selected as Grand-Prize winners.
Comprehensive Los Angeles actors resource guide that include listings of talent agents and casting directors, sample actors resumes, Los Angeles acting classes, headshot photographers, extras casting agencies, child work permits, and many more resources and tips.
Anyone who has ever worked as a background performer (generally referred to as “extras“) on a film set or television show in Los Angeles has probably heard other extras talking about the stigma attached to people who do extra work on any kind of regular basis. The logic behind this stigma is based on the idea of directors associating extras as simply non-actors who fill the background of a given scene. There is a very common belief in Hollywood that if someone is recognized by a director as a person that was seen working as an extra, the director will only view that person as an extra, and will not take them seriously and hire them as a principal actor. But doing extra work can be of great benefit to aspiring actors.
The number of people who “dream” of being a professional actor are in the millions. There are no official statistics published regarding the number of people who actively pursue acting jobs over the course of a given year, however the number is likely in the upper hundreds of thousands worldwide. This is a staggering number considering that there are roughly 50,000 acting jobs in a year, mostly comprising of small one-day roles. This figure also includes actors who worked on cruise lines, theme parks, summer festivals, and other non film and television jobs.
A brand new reality show pilot is currently accepting submissions from moms who have a male or female child that is an aspiring actor. The show will center on the mother and child, giving the participants an amazing opportunity for exposure and guidance to help the child become a successful film, television, or commercial actor. The age range for the child is 7 – 14 years old, and the mother must be fully engaged and completely supportive of their child’s dream of becoming a successful actor. Moms should be approximately mis-20’s to mid-40’s. Any ethnicity can submit.
Production is underway in Miami, Florida on the Starz Originals series, Magic City. The extras casting director for the show is holding an open casting call seeking Miami area locals to work as paid background artists. These are for core extras that will work 3 – 4 days per episode through the end of production on November 9, 2011. Principal actors are being cast in Los Angeles, New York, and Miami, and the extras are cast in Maimi.