Casting Call The Project is a creative endeavor by us, three New York City artists and friends. Actors Julie Asriyan and Jenna Ciralli and writer Laura E. Bray.
In our quest to find and create work, we became all too familiar with reading character breakdowns posted on casting call notices via the numerous casting websites (some legitimate and reputable, others, not so much). Throughout this journey, we would often share with each other particularly ridiculous, hysterical and appalling casting call notices.
The character breakdowns on the casting call sites varied in their wrongs – discriminatory, stereotypical, sexist, ageist, racist…but all undeniably flawed and limited in the way they sought to reflect a female character.
Discovering the blog Casting Call Woe (which hilariously showcases some of the best of the worst of castings found in the ether) we felt this was a great inspiration and launching pad to help us to showcase our responses in an original and entertaining format and to also to begin a conversation on this very topic.
We began to invite other female actors to be a part of this project…real female actors seeing and reading real casting calls for the first time and being captured on tape. And so, Casting Call, The Project was born.
We are hoping that this fun and cathartic project will contribute to the conversation about the deeply flawed ideas of female characters and work for women in the arts in general. We hope that it will keep all of us (of every gender) talking, thinking, asking and most importantly CREATING OUR OWN WORK that will, in turn, bring about the roles we all want to see for female actors.
Share this on social media, ask your peers questions, connect with us and tell us what you think. We dream that this will help our community in some small way. That it will help to continue the conversation and to start to find solutions to changing the landscape of this industry.
We plan to hold a talkback in the near future which will allow us and our peers to further explore this topic and let us share additional revealing footage. Do check back soon for the date!