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Thinking Speed by Lisa Menzel

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Thinking Speed is a big project for  the amount of money spent on it.  The film has been completed for less than two grand and many hours of preparation, filming and editing.  It was shot over 173 days resulting in 52 hours of footage to edit.  This has to be a labor of love for Lisa Menzel who wrote the novel, the screenplay, and directed the movie.  Also, for the cast and crew that contributed countless hours of their time to the production.

Lisa Menzel
Lisa Menzel  Photo credit: Ray Sofia

A Kickstarter campaign has been established to raise funds to get  the movie out on the film festival circuit.  If you'd like to help there are several perks being offered to contributors.

Lisa Menzel
Director accepting coffee.  Photo Credit: Luke Sejud

Auditions: Dance Theatre of Harlem

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The Dance Theatre of Harlem perform Dialogues ...

Dance Theatre of Harlem performs Dialogues  (Public Domain Image by Martha Swope via Wikipedia)

The Dance Theatre of Harlem is looking for highly trained classical dancers.  Audition dates are set for San Francisco, Miami, Chicago, and New York.   You may also audition by sending in an audition video.

  • Repertoire includes classical, neoclassical and world-premiere ballets.
  • 30+ week contract.
  • Health benefits.
  • National and International touring.
  • Pre-registration recommended.
  • Bring resume, headshot and full-body dance photo.
  • Women must audition on pointe.
  • Audition fee: $20.00 in advance online, or $25.00 (cash only) in person.
  • Pre-registration is recommended for those who audition in-person only.

Auditions for In Living Color

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English: Lowie Slaying The Mic At The World Fa...

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In Living Color,  the sketch comedy show, is being revived with Keenen Ivory Wayans as the host.  If the two specials planned for the spring are a hit then look for a regular series next year.

  • Be prepared to do sketch comedy.
  • Bring headshot and contact information.

Audition for In Living Color
December, 20th
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
The Laugh Factory
3175 North Broadway
Chicago, Illinois

English: Determined hikers A zoomed in version...

Image by Nick Smith via Wikipedia

Love in the Wild, an NBC reality show, will be holding open casting calls in San Diego and Chicago starting next weekend.

The show is a bit like Survivor with dating mixed in.  

What they are looking for:
  • Men and women ages 25-35.
  • Game changer personalities.
  • Willing to do whatever it takes to find love.

San Diego
Friday, December 9, 2011 ( 9pm-10pm )
454 Sixth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
Producer: Renee

icon of Madonna, source picture taken in Septe...

Photo by Alan Light via Wikipedia

Madonna, the original Material Girl, and her daughter Lola Leon are searching for a spokesperson/model for their Material Girl clothing line.  There will be open casting calls in New York City, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.  Unable to attend?  You can also submit your information online, along with photos.

What you'll get:
  • A custom photo shoot in New York City.
  • Your Material Girl ad in cool magazines.
  • You'll be the face of Material Girl in stores and online.
  • A billboard in Times Square
  • $5,000 cash and more.

Casting Extras: Heartland - Illinois

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Zac Efron Arrives at Tiff '08 Premiere of Me a...

Zac Efron (mage by christopherharte via Wikipedia

Heartland is the working title for a feature film by Ramin Bahrani.   There will be a casting call for extras in Dekalb, Illinois on Sunday.  Roles are available for all ages and types. A few of the roles are brief speaking parts but most are non-speaking. 

Staring in the movie will be Zac Efron, Heather Graham, and Dennis Quaid.  It is a story about an enterprising your farmer whose plans cause problems within his family.

Casting Call For Extras
Sunday, September 18th
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Egyptian Theatre
135 North 2nd Street
Dekalb, Illinois

David Guetta at 3001 in Düsseldorf

David Guetta (Public Domaian Image via Wikipedia)

The North Coast Music Festival is where it's at this weekend in Chicago.  Don't miss the after parties at The Congress Theater and The Mid.

David Guetta, Zeds Dead, Lotus, Future Rock, Rusko, BassNectar, Little Dragon, California Wives, The Coop, Fith World, Zebo, Perfect Kiss, Nameloc, Stratus, The Werks, Loyal Divide, RubbleBucket, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Lettuce, Big Gigantic, ...

North Coast Music Festival 2010 from RECTV.NET on Vimeo.



North Coast Music Festival
September 2nd - 4th
Union Park
1501 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, Illinois

A bauble on a Christmas tree.

Image by Kris De Curtis  via Wikipedia

Auditions are open for A Christmas Store - The Musical.    A story of a boy who wants a BB gun fro Christmas and it's all he can think about.

Based on the humorist Jean Shepherd's novel "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash," this is a Tribute to the Original, Traditional, One-Hundred-Percent, Red-Blooded, Two-Fisted, All-American Christmas. 

Wanted are boys and girls ages 8 - 14 that can sing, dance, and act.

This is a touring show  beginning in Chicago, Illinois; then Hershey, Pennsylvania; Detroit, Michigan; Raleigh, North Carolina; Tampa, Florida  and then returning to Chicago..

Actress Emmy Rossum at the 2010 Independent Sp...

Emmy Rossum (Image by Cristiano Del Riccio via Wikipedia)

The television series Shameless is holding a casting call for extras in Chicago, Illinois.

Shameless is about a dysfunctional family that stars Ethan Cutkowsky, William Macy, and Emmy Rossum.

Information Required
  • Recent Picture
  • Phone Number
  • Age
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Clothes Sizes
  • Year, make, model, and color of your car.
  • Days you are available to work: August 22, 23, 24, 25, and 26.

Send information to:
Atmosphere Casting
Put "Registration - Shameless" in the subject line.

Saturday, August 20

Chicago, Illinois
 10am-6pm  Chicago Home Fitness, 2070 North Clybourn Avenue

Dallas, Texas
 10am-6pm  Gilley's Dallas, 1135 South Lamar Street

Orlando, FL
 10am-6pm  The Groove, Universal City at Universal Orlando Resort, 6000 Universal Blvd.

More Inforamtion:
Playboy Club Bar

Image by terren in Virginia via Flickr

The Playboy Club, a new series from NBC, will be casting extras this Saturday in Chicago, Illinois.

The debut episode will be September 19th.  It is a drama series about the original Playboy Club which was established in Chicago during February of 1960.  It offered Playboy Bunnies serving cocktails and food along with live entertainment.  To attend you had to have a Playboy Club Key.  Playboy Key Club membership was a status symbol that helped establish the Playboy Empire.

  • Men and women 18-80 years old.
  • Dress in 1960s suits and dresses.
  • Bring pen to complete forms.

Saturday, August 20th
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Chicago Academy For The Arts
1010 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, Illinois

For more information email:

Actor and director Kevin Costner while visitin...

Kevin Costner (Public Domain Image via Wikipedia)

Here's a video of Plano, Illinois being transformed into a set for the Superman: Man of Steel movie  Apparently to be Smallville. in the film.

Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, and Diane Lane have been cast for the movie.  Julia Ormond is set to play Lara with Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Clark Kent's biological parents.

African woman slave (1878)

Public Domain Image via Wikipedia

Online auditions for the theatrical production The Convert are being accepted online for performances in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Princeton.

"THE CONVERT is set amid the colonial scramble for southern Africa in 1895 and follows a young girl who escapes a forced marriage arrangement with the help of a stalwart black African catechist."

Online Audition  Information:

Deadline for Entries: 8/23/11


Click on role to view requirements, download script, and  submit video audition.

The World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks

Public Domain Image via Wikipedia

The Morris Theatre Guild will hold auditions for "New York", a play by David Rimmer about the 9/11 tragedy.

Performances begin on September the 9th and run through September 18th.

  • Age 12 to 60
  • 8 Females
  • 7 Males
  • Cold reading, no preparation required.

Tuesday, July 26th and Wednesday, July 27th
Morris Theatre Guild
516 West Illinois Ave.
Morris, Illinois

For more information contact the director, Jenna Stinson at:




Casting: SafeAuto Commercial

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The infamous SafeAuto jingle is the focus of a nationwide contest.  Fans can create their own versions of the song and film themselves performing it.  Submissions will be accepted until January. 

Winners of the contest will receive $5,000 as well as a spot on a television commercial.  The company will also go on a tour to film applicants doing their version of the song.  They will be visiting these cities:

Chicago: July 15-16, 2011
Myrtle Beach: August 4-5, 2011
Philadelphia: August 5-7, 2011
Phoenix: September 8-10, 2011
Houston: October 7-9, 2011
Nashville: October 22-23, 2011
Columbus: November 5-6, 2011

For more information, visit
Neko Case @ Henry Fonda Theater

Neko Case (Image by zonagirl  via Wikipedia)

The Pitchfork Music Festival is coming up next weekend July 15th - 17th.  With 40 independent bands and three stages 

  • Animal Collective
  • James Blake
  • Neko Case
  • Das Racist
  • Guided By Voices
  • Curren$y
  • Thurston Moore
  • Battles
  • Tune-Yards
  • EMA
  • Gatekeeper

  • Fleet Foxes
  • DJ Shadow
  • The Dismemberment Plan
  • Destroyer
  • No Age
  • Gang Gang Dance
  • Zola Jesus
  • Twin Shadow
  • Radio Dept.
  • Cold Cave
  • OFF!
  • G-Side
  • Woods
  • Sun Airway
  • Wild Nothing
  • Chrissy Murderbot
  • Juilanna Barwick

Chicago Theater

Image by TonyTheTiger at en.wikipedia via Wikipedia

Acting Studio Chicago is holding a 3 day weekend class on auditioning skills.

  • On Camera Class
  • Voiceover Class
  • Monologue Class
  • Cold Reading Class
  • Chicago Market discussion with Dawn Gray from Gray Talent Group and Lindsay Glickstein from Grossman Jack Talent.
  • Wine and Cheese Networking

Audition Skills Workshop
Friday August 19th - Sunday August 21st
Acting Studio Chicago
10 W. Hubbard Street, Suite 2E
Chicago, IL 60654

More information:


San Francisco Cop

Image by Bob With via Wikipedia

Powers, a television pilot for the FX Network is needing extras for filming July 12th through July 30th.  They need real police officers or actors that have portrayed police officers before.

  • Police officers male or female
  • Actors who have portrayed police officers previously
  • Picture of yourself in uniform.
  • Name, phone, email address, age, height, and weight.
  • The name of the department you work for.
  • Uniform size.

To apply send information to:

*  Put "Police Registration" in the subject line. *

Henry Cavill 2009 Whatever Works close up by D...

Henry Cavill (Image by david_shankbone via Flickr)

An extras casting call for a major Warner Brothers movie will be held in the Chicago area this weekend and next week.  Autumn Frost is said to be the code name for Superman: Man of Steel.

Amy Adams, Henry Cavill, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Michael Shannon, and Antje Traue have been cast for Superman: Man of Steel.

Auditions will be in person where you will apply and have your photo taken.  Filming begins in August in Chicago and Plano, Illinois.  All ages and types needed.

Audition Locations:

Saturday, June 18th
11:00 am until 4:00 pm
DePaul University's Naperville Campus
West Warrenville Rd
Naperville, Illinois

Wednesday, June 22nd
6:00 pm until 8:00 pm
Plano High School Gymnasium
West Abe Street
Plano, Illinois

Saturday, June 25th
11:00 am until 4:00 pm
Chicago Academy for the Arts
West Chicago Ave.
Chicago, Illinois

Casting Office Contact:

Online Submission:


Image by machu. via Flickr

A spin-off of  Project Runway the new series Project Accessory will focus on accessory designers for fashion.  If you are an accessory designer then this can help launch or further your career in the fashion industry.

Open calls in the following cities:

New York City
June 18th & 19th
9 am - 6 pm
Yotel New York
570 10th Ave at 42nd St.
New York, NY 10036

June 21st
9 am - 6 pm
Epic Hotel - Miami
270 Biscayne Boulevard Way
Miami, FL 33131

June 23rd
9 am - 6 pm
Hard Rock - Chicago
230 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60601

Los Angeles
June 25th & 26th
9 am - 6 pm
Sofitel - Los Angeles
8555 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Must haves or you will be turned away:
  • Close up picture.
  • Full body picture.
  • 3-5 examples of your latest work.
  • Your portfolio showing the breadth and scope of your work.