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Jason Vail.jpgI first noticed Jason Vail in in the film The Cabin by Tommy Faircloth where Jason played a polite but eventually creepy suitor to Morgan Monnig's character Laura.  Next, I noticed he had a small part in Million Dollar Arm, a Disney movie with Jon Hamm,  as a sports agent.  Then I found out that he once lived in Lancaster, South Carolina as a teenager and that is where his passion for acting began and later blossomed in college.

Having spent many of my teenage weekends in Lancaster (I had a lot of friends that lived there), I wanted to find out more about this actor so I contacted him.  Turns out he is a very nice and obliging fellow currently living in Georgia but willing to go wherever the work takes him.   For instance, during the period we talked he was cast for Valley of the Sasquatch which is a production being filmed in Seattle, Washington.  

He is staying busy too, having just recently finished his role in Dorchester's Revenge: The Return of Crinoline Head that premieres tonight in Charleston, South Carolina. He already has seven other appearances lined up that are in some stage of production and dozens of credits behind him.  In the early days he worked out of New York where he had roles in some of the soap operas filmed there such as Guiding Light, One Life to Live, and As The World Turns.  

Another movie that he had a hand in was Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies, a fictional retelling of the Lincoln story which was released a couple of years ago and gained a certain level of notoriety.  In it he plays the character of John Wilkes who we later find out is John Wilkes Booth, Lincoln's assassin. That and the movie Gut, which he starred in,  gave a significant boost to his career. 

Read our discussion below and if you get a chance check out the Red Carpet Premiere of Dorchesters Revenge in Charleston tonight.  You might catch him there.


English: Claudia McNeil in A Raisin in the Sun...

Claudia McNeil in A Raisin in the Sun - trailer (cropped screenshot) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Raisin in the Sun is one of the great American plays and was written by Lorraine Hansberry  when she was in her late 20s. 

Comprised of an ensemble cast where every actor contributes significantly to outcome of the performance. All of the main characters are well developed and each has a story to tell from their own perspective. It is amazing how Lorraine had the experience, much less the wisdom, to craft such an inspiring story of the human condition at such a young age.  Sadly she died in 1965 at the age of 34.

If you've never seen this play I urge you to try to whether it be at a community theatre, college, or even on film.  There are frequent productions of it running in every part of the  country.  It is currently playing on Broadway in a new revival at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre where it was first performed in 1959.  

This  production stars Denzel Washington, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Anika Noni Rose, and Sophie Okenedo.  In their conversation with Charlie Rose below they discuss what it's like to perform the play and what each character means to them.

"What do you want to do with your life?" Ginny asks in this film directed by Karen Stanton for ShadowCatcher  Entertainment in association with the Brain Injury Association of Washington.


A Not So Still Life is a documentary I ran across this week as I was looking up other things.  A feature length film about artist Ginny Ruffner.   She was known as Ginny Martin back in the days when she was growing up in Atlanta, GA and Fort Mill, SC before leaving home and getting married.

After attending the University of Georgia she ended up in Seattle, Washington and became a ground breaking ceramic artist known worldwide for her ceramic sculptures.
Ginny Ruffner ( Photo credit: VOA - J. Taboh via wikipedia)

Kevin Skinner America's Got Talent 2009 in Las...

Kevin Skinner America's Got Talent 2009 in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood Casino (Photo credit: bcbusinesshub via Wikipedia)


America's Got Talent is a popular TV series featuring a variety of performers competing to be the winner with a Las Vegas show of their own.  

The finalist and many of the favorite and top acts will also appear in the America's Got Talent Live Tour  after the TV competition ends.  So this is a great opportunity to break into the big time.

Don't miss your chance when they come to a city near you.


Find the city closest to  you below.
English: Coen Brothers at Cannes in 2001.

Coen Brothers (Image by  Rita Moln├ír  via Wikipedia)

Casting call for the Coen Brothers movie Inside Llewyn Davis today and tomorrow in New York City.


The film is about a 60's singer/songwriter that is working his way around the New York City folk scene.  Oscar Isaac and Carey Mulligan who was recently in the movie Drive are already signed on to the production.   Oscar will be playing the part of Llewyn Davis.  John Goodman and Justin Timberlake will also be starring.


Needed:
  • Girls and boys 10-17 years old.
  • Adults 18+
  • Any ethnic background.



Audition:
Saturday, January 14th
Sunday, January 15th

SAG Members 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Non-SAG 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Inside Llewyn Davis Casting Office
Fantastic Voyage, LLC
350 Broadway, 6th Floor
New York, NY


   
Deutsch: Modern Dance Company "Flatback a...

Image by Fotograf: Lothar Knopp via Wikipedia

Auditions for Season 9 of So You Think You Can Dance will be underway in January in Atlanta, Dallas, New York, Salt Lake City, and Los Angeles.

So You Think You Can Dance is an unscripted series where participants skilled in many forms of dance such as ballet, break dancing, salsa, swing, jazz, etc... will compete to be America's Favorite Dancer.  Last years winner, Melanie Moore, received $250,000, was featured in magazine articles and advertising, while also participating in the 2011 So You Think You Can Dance Tour in 32 cities.

Atlanta
Thursday, January 5th
8:00 am
The Fox Theatre
660 Peachtree Street, Northeast
Atlanta, Georgia



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.


Checklist
  • 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: Glee - Oxygen Channel

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Lady GaGa performing at New York City for radi...

Image by davidwhitewolf via Wikipedia

Open calls for the popular Oxygen Channel show, Glee today and tomorrow in Nashville Tennessee.  This weekend in New York City.


Nashville
November 9th and 10th
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Nashville Convention Center
West Exhibit Hall
1st and 2nd Floors
601 Commerce Street
Nashville, Tennessee

New York City
November 12th and 13th
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Roy Arias Studios and Theaters
3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th Floors
300 West 43rd Street
New York, New York




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 for The Real World 27

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The Unisphere, attributed to "uribe"...

Image by Uri Baruchin via Wikipedia

Open calls for casting of The Real World, an MTV series, this Saturday  in Columbus, Baton Rouge and New York City.

Checklist:
  • You must be 20 years old or older.
  • You must look like you're between the ages of 20 and 24
  • Bring photo, contact information, and identification to casting call.


Saturday, October 29th: 

  • Columbus: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Charlie Bear, 1562 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio
  • Baton Rouge: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Mugshots Grill and Bar, 7425 Corporate Boulevard, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • New York City: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Chelsea Studios, 151 West 26th Street, 5th Floor, New York City
Christian Bale (born 30 January 1974) is a Wel...

Christian Bale (Public Domain Image by Mutari via Wikipedia)

The Dark Knight Rises needs extras for filming in New York City from late October through mid November.  The casting call will be held October 1st.


The Dark Knight Rises, a Batman thriller, stars Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Matthew Modine.

Roles:
  • Male and Female
  • 18 or older.
  • To play law enforcement characters.
  • Must be physically fit.
  • Military, law enforcement, weapons training, martial arts a plus.
  • No acting experience necessary.

Checklist:
  • Bring photo I.D. 
  • Seeking non-union talent for this call.


Open casting call:
October 1st
10:00 am - 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Metropolitan Pavilion
110 West 19th Street
New York, NY

Bobby Flay performing a cooking demonstration ...

Bobby Flay (Image bu Larkworb via Wikipedia)

Worst Cooks in America, a Food Network  production, is looking for just that, the worst cooks in America.  The recruits will divide up between Bobby Flay and Anne Burrell into two teams that will compete as they transform from bad cooks to champions of the dinner table.  The prize is $25,000.

Here's the catch.  You must be nominated by friends or family members and they must accompany you to the audition.

Checklist:
  • Bring a replication of your worst dish.
  • You must have your nominator come with you.

Saturday, September 10th, 2011
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Culinary Institute LeNotre 
7070 Allensby Street 
Houston, TX 77022

Friday, September 16th, 2011
MUST arrive at 11:00 AM 
Epic Hotel
270 Biscayne Boulevard Way
Miami, FL 33131

Saturday, September 17th, 2011
Must Arrive at Noon
Michelson Studios
163 Bank Street
New York, NY

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM 
Faces Restaurant
380 Jackson Street
St. Paul, MN 55101


Portrait of Hugh A. Ball during his enlistment...

Public Domain Image via Wikipedia

Grant Wilfley Casting in New York is looking for extras for the HBO series Boardwalk Empire to be shot Wednesday, September 7th.

Qualifications:
  • Young Caucasian men to play WWI soldiers.
  • 18-25 years old.
  • Must be ok with getting hair cut and being muddy.
  • Union and non-union.

Email recent picture, clothing sizes, and contact information to:

Put "WWI Soldier" in the subject line of the email.

   
Hallway 4_ING interior

Image via Wikipedia

HGTV is casting for their 7th season of Design Star, a reality series where design experts such as architects, interior designers, contractors, stylists, artists, etc... compete to show the judges they are the most creative and have the best persona to host their own series on HGTV.


What they are looking for:
  • Extensive design knowledge
  • Personality that pops
  • A clear and unique design perspective
  • Lots of energy and enthusiasm




Casting Call: First Allies - Verona, NY

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Oneida Indians (Public domain image via Wikipedia)

First Allies is a film about the Oneida Indian tribe of New York and their role during the American Revolution.  A casting call will be held for actors and production assistants

Monday, July 25
10 AM - 7 PM

Turning Stone Resort (Event Center)
5218 Patrick Road
Verona, NY

All applicants must be over 18 or be accompanied by a guardian.  Bring a 3 x 5 picture of yourself. 

Production will begin in the fall in central New York.
   

Auditions: The Voice - NBC

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Harry Belafonte 1954

Public Domain Image by Library of Congress via Wikipedia

The Voice, an NBC talent competition series for singers, is auditioning for next season.  Auditions can be performed live throughout the country at the venues listed below or you can submit an audition video.  They are looking for solo and duo acts that perform in most of the popular genres such as pop, rock, hip-hop, R&B, alternative, blues, country, indie, latin,etc...

Coaches for the broadcast are Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, and Adam Levine.


Checklist:
  • Please prepare two (2) songs for your open call audition. You may not perform both, but have them ready.
  • A cappella ONLY. No background tracks, accompaniment or instruments will be allowed at the open call audition.
  • Songs can be by artist and from any genre (pop, rock, R&B, hip-hop, alternative, latin, country, blues, indie)
  • Family, friends, managers, vocal instructors, etc. will NOT be allowed at the audition.
  • If you are a minor, one (1) parent or guardian will be allowed with you at the audition.
  • If you are disabled or a special needs artist, you will be allowed to bring one (1) person to the auditions to assist you.
  • We are judging you on your VOICE. Come dressed in a style that represents you as an artist. Do NOT come in "chicken costumes." We are looking for serious artists ONLY.


New York, NY - July 22/23
Izod Center, 50 State Route 120, ast Rutherford, New Jersey

Nashville, Tennessee - July 29/30
Municipal Auditorium, 417 Fourth Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee

Atlanta, Georgia - August 5/6
Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart, 240 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, Georgia

Orlando, Florida - August 11/12
Loews Royal Pacific Resort, 6300 Hollywood Way, Orlando, Florida

Houston, Texas - August 17/18
Reliant Center - 2nd Floor, One Reliant Park (McNee entrance off Kirby Dr.), Houston, Texas

San Francisco, California - August 23/24
South San Francisco Conference Center, 255 South Airport Blvd., South San Francisco, California

Los Angeles, California - August 30/31
LA Forum, 900 West Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, California


Register online to receive an Artist Audition Pass and Check-In Time.


If you cannot attend an audition your can submit an audition video.  For instructions go to:

For more information do not contact venues directly send email to:

The Voice - Season 2 - Official Casting Webite:


   
Stephen Schwartz receives a star on the Hollyw...

Stephen Schwartz (Public Domain Image by Melesse via Wikipedia

Auditions for Godspell next Thursday, July 7th in midtown Manhattan.  This will be a revival of the 1969 musical by Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak.  

Audition:
Thursday, July 7th
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Actors Chapel
239 West 49th St.
New York, NY


   
John Travolta

John Travolta (Image by Caroline Bonarde Ucci  via Wikipedia)

Savages, a motion picture starring John Travolta is auditioning for speaking and non speaking roles this week.

Also to star in the movie will be Blake Lively, Uma Thurman, Benicio Del Toro, Emile Hirsch, and Salma Hayek.


Auditions:
Monday,  June 13th  2:00 pm - 5;00 pm
Tuesday, June 14th  2:00 pm - 5;00 pm
Wednesday, June 15th  2:00 pm - 5;00 pm

1674 Broadway (Corner of West 52nd and Broadway)
New York, New York
212-541-4000


   
accessories

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

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

Chicago
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.

   
Night view of Manhattan, captured from the Man...

Manhattan at Night (Image by Andyindia via Wikipedia)

EditFestNY will be presenting well known and regarded east coast film editors that will present to, and  mingle with attendees, as well as giving advice on questions of interest.  Television, feature films, documentaries, and comedy will all be covered.

Friday:
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Check In
7:15 pm - 9:00 pm The Lean Forward Movement
9:00 pm - 11:00 pm Opening Night Cocktail Party

Saturday:
10:00 am - 11:30 am The Documentary Edit: Finding the Moment
11:45 am - 1:15 pm  Editing Animation: Pixar
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm  Lunch Break
2: 30 pm - 3:45 pm  Greatest Movies You Never Saw
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm  Feature Editor Panel
5:30 pm  Network with industry pros and colleagues.

Sunday:
(Special workshops at Manhattan Edit Workshop - Extra charges apply.)
10:00 am - 2:00 pm  Tapeless Workflow Masterclass
11:00 am - 5:00 pm  Certification Sunday