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Headshots for a Cause and Other L.A. Events

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David Ochoa is a bi-coastal headshot photographer who recently got the urge to pay it forward. He teamed up with Justice Speaks, a charitable organization that builds homes in Thailand for victims of sex trafficking, and “8 Days,” a film inspired by an actual victim of sex trafficking, for a fundraising event.  During the two-day event, actors can get a discount on headshots and the proceeds will go to help the charity and distribute the film. “It hasn’t yet hit the masses,” says Ochoa of "8 Days."  “The more funds we can raise, the more funds we can give to the non-profits,” he says. “It’s all about the pay it forward.” Headshot packages that usually go for $450 are being offered at $125, while $600 two-look packages are going for $165. The event is being held Feb. 8 and Feb. 11. “Part of this is bringing awareness to this sex trafficking cause," he says. More details are available here. »

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17 Upcoming Disney Auditions

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Disney World and its resorts are some of the biggest employers of actors, musical theater performers, dancers, stunt doubles, and others with special skills, and many of the jobs are advertised through Backstage! We’ve rounded up 17 of the top jobs from our casting notices for your auditioning pleasure. Actors German Mechanic, Walt Disney World Entertainment Entertainers Are you between 6’4’’ and 7’0’’? Audition to play the German Mechanic in the Walt Disney Resort in Orlando, Fla. Leilani, “Spirit of Aloha” The Walt Disney World Resort is casting for the role of Leilani, a “slender comedic actor with strong movement ability” and Polynesian dance experience. “Spirit of Aloha” is a musical theater interpretation of a classic Hawaiian luau. Scout, “Spirit of Aloha” A familiarity with Polynesian dance is required to play this female supporting comedic role in this musical version of a Hawaiian luau. Auditions are Feb. 16 in Kissimmee, Fla. Disney Junior »

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Now Casting ‘The Huntsman’ and Upcoming Auditions

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Talent is currently being cast for “The Huntsman.” “The Huntsman” is Universal Pictures’ sequel to the popular “Snow White and the Huntsman,” starring Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, and others. The lead role of Sara is being cast for this production, featuring Chris Hemsworth as its titular character, and submissions are being sought worldwide. For more details, check out the casting notice for “The Huntsman” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings! »

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L.A. Now Casting ‘Top Ten’ and Upcoming Auditions

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Talent is currently being sought for the series “Top Ten.” “Top Ten” is a Web series wherein actors answer questions about dating, relationships, and individual preferences. The series will shoot Feb. 7 in Hollywood, and submissions are being sought from the Los Angeles area. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Top Ten” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our Los Angeles audition listings! »

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‘The Transplanters’ Went From Short Film to Web Series

28 January 2015 9:03 PM, PST

This dark comedy wasn’t meant to be a Web series. It was first developed and then shot as a short film, but as the response time for festival entries dragged on the producers took a different tack.   “We went into it with a very conventional, movie-making mentality, which is where [director] Jason Melius came in because he had a lot of experience in that traditional, Hollywood studio system,” says Cameron Comstock, who plays James in the six-episode series and co-produced it with Sean J. Miller (a contributing editor to Backstage). Short films were once the springboard for young directors and actors. But in the digital age, the Internet's audience dwarf's that of film festivals. Sure, they remain good networking opportunities. But the audience for a festival shorts program ranges up to the hundreds -- at best. The audience online is, well, limitless. “The Transplanters” follows the darkly comic story of James who, »

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Now Casting ‘Cases’ and Upcoming Auditions

28 January 2015 7:26 AM, PST

Talent is currently being sought for the TV series “Cases.” “Cases” is a drama series following five students—all from various walks of life—as they begin their three-year law school journey. Fourteen roles are being cast for this production, and submissions are being sought worldwide. The series will shoot in NYC and Los Angeles this summer. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Cases” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings! »

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L.A. Now Casting ‘Agony’ and Upcoming Auditions

28 January 2015 7:17 AM, PST

Talent is currently being sought for the film “Agony.” “Agony” follows Lara, who’s involved in a strange chain of events happening in a 100-year-old Hollywood building. This paid gig is casting five roles, and submissions are being sought from the Los Angeles area. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Agony” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our Los Angeles audition listings! »

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Calling All Comedians Aged 8–18

27 January 2015 1:42 PM, PST

This summer the world’s largest school of improvisation and sketch writing is getting a headstart on training the comedians of tomorrow. Chicago’s Second City Training Center has opened its doors to students aged 8–18 for a series of seven one- or two-week camps dedicated to the fundamentals of long form improv, clowning, and standup. If you know a young class clown looking to hone his or her skills this June–August, comedy camps might be just the thing. “The Second City Training Center offers youth a unique opportunity to study improv and sketch writing at the very same time,” said Kerry Sheehan, president of the Second City Training Centers and Education Program, in a recent statement. “This year, we’re pleased to be expanding the program by offering summer camps for ages 8–10 as well as our first Advanced Comedy Camps for ages 15–18. Campers continue to succeed here every summer »

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Jill Soloway-Backed Web Series Features ‘Estrogen Comediennes’

27 January 2015 1:13 PM, PST

Comedians have often had success creating over-the-top alter egos. Garry Shandling had Larry Sanders. Martin Short had Jiminy Glick. Now, Tara Jepsen and Beth Lisick hope to replicate some of that success with their portrayal of the low-functioning but highly charismatic “estrogen comediennes” Carole Murphy and Mitzi Fitzsimmons in “Rods & Cones.” “We wanted to develop characters that were just so removed from even the notion of self-examination that they were totally happy,” Jepsen tells Backstage.  Jepsen and Lisick relied on Kickstarter to get the series off the ground, which Jepsen describes as a “miserable, and even embarrassing” experience. They only wanted to do a Kickstarter once, knowing their supporters weren’t any more well off than they were.  “It had to be in service of a greater vision of showcasing our act — and writing, selling a series, doing things that will be meaningful,” Jepson says. “But it’s not fair »

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13 Famous Actors With Autobiographical Solo Shows

27 January 2015 10:00 AM, PST

What do Sir Ian McKellen, Joy Behar, and Billy Crystal have in common? Other than the obvious talent, charisma, and fame, these three legends—along with the 10 others on this list—have put it all on the line (and the stage) with autobiographical one-person shows. Drawing from their early years, storied careers, and adventurous lives, these famous actors have shared themselves with audiences across the country while doing what they do best. Mel BrooksOne of only 12 EGOTs (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony winners) this comedic luminary took to the stage in Los Angeles for “Mel Brooks: Live at the Geffen,” a one-man, one-night “introspective retrospective” of the director’s life and work. The creator of “The Producers,” “Young Frankenstein,” and many more American comedy classics hit the boards to share stories from his long (and hilarious) career. Missed the live show? HBO is airing a special recording of the legendary event on Saturday, »

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Now Casting ‘Double Edged Eternity’ and Upcoming Auditions

27 January 2015 7:17 AM, PST

Talent is currently being sought for the short film “Double Edged Eternity.” “Double Edged Eternity” psychological drama about reincarnation and single mother after the sudden death of her daughter. This paid gig is casting three roles, and submissions are being sought from NYC. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Double Edged Eternity” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings! »

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L.A. Now Casting ‘Ribbons’ and Upcoming Auditions

27 January 2015 7:14 AM, PST

Talent is currently being sought for the film “Ribbons.” “Ribbons” is a psychological thriller following a young soldier and a damaged girl who get “caught in the crossfire between her estranged family and an Armenian hitman.” This is a paid gig, and 10 roles are being cast. Submissions are being sought from the Los Angeles area. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Ribbons” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our Los Angeles audition listings! »

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Now Casting ‘Gargoyle City’ and Upcoming Auditions

26 January 2015 5:54 AM, PST

Talent is currently being sought for the film “Gargoyle City.” “Gargoyle City” follows a group of young adults experiencing “extreme highs and lows of millennial culture” in New York City. This paid gig is casting 11 roles, and submissions are being sought from Staten Island, Brooklyn, and NYC. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Gargoyle City” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings! »

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L.A. Now Casting ‘Producer’s Room’ and Other Upcoming Auditions

26 January 2015 5:49 AM, PST

Talent is currently being sought for the comedy “Producer’s Room.” “Producer’s Room” follows an African American woman competing against four other racially diverse interns for a news producer job. Seven roles are being cast for this production, and auditions will be held Feb. 7, 8, 14, and 15 in San Diego, Calif. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Producer’s Room” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our Los Angeles audition listings! »

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SAG Awards Honor 'Birdman,' Uzo Aduba, Eddie Redmayne

25 January 2015 7:35 PM, PST

Uzo Aduba got her SAG-aftra card for her role as Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren on “Orange Is The New Black” and on Sunday she received her first Actor statue for her performance in the Netflix series.  Aduba and her castmates were also honored with the award for best Ensemble in a Comedy Series during the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. The honors, which were voted on by the some 165,000 members of the actors’ union, also helped bring the Oscar race into focus.  After missing out to “Boyhood" for the Golden Globe for best drama feature, “Birdman” won for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. On stage, Michael Keaton said, "It’s the ultimate team sport, what we do for a living.” Co-star Edward Norton added: “It’s fun to be an actor, but as everybody in this room knows, it’s a true privilege to be a working actor. »

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SAG Awards Honor 'Birdman,' Uzo Abuba, Eddie Redmayne

25 January 2015 7:35 PM, PST

Uzo Aduba got her SAG-aftra card for her role as Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren on “Orange Is The New Black” and on Sunday she received her first Actor statue for her performance in the Netflix series.  Aduba and her castmates were also honored with the award for best Ensemble in a Comedy Series during the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. The honors, which were voted on by the some 165,000 members of the actors’ union, also helped bring the Oscar race into focus.  After missing out to “Boyhood" for the Golden Globe for best drama feature, “Birdman” won for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. On stage, Michael Keaton said, "It’s the ultimate team sport, what we do for a living.” Co-star Edward Norton added: “It’s fun to be an actor, but as everybody in this room knows, it’s a true privilege to be a working actor. »

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