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Photo credit:Ehedaya  via  Wikipedia)

The Filmed by Bike Festival is accepting submissions until January 20th. The festival is in Portland, Oregon but is accepting submissions from all over the world.

If you like cycling and have a short film that involves bicycles you should enter this contest.  The festival will be held April 19th through the 22nd in Portland and is all about having fun riding bikes.

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Michael Sharpe is a writer, director, and actor from Charlotte, North Carolina who is making a transition to the west coast and L.A. to further his film career.

His last film that he wrote and directed is called Out of One's Misery.  A dark tale with a twist, starring Pat Dortch as David, a very troubled man.  Michael also has a part as Sanford, a gentleman looking for his wife and family.  Mahri Shelton and Kayli Maree Tolleson play the family members.

The part of Sanford was written for another actor but, because he was unavailable, Michael stepped in to play that role and it couldn't have been a better fit.  Michael used a soft spoken southern gentleman accent in the movie that, along with his attire, worked to evoke a sense of calm and tranquility that his character Sanford required.

Kudos to Joe Stauffer for the cinematography, along with Kenny Caperton's production design and set decoration.  Alexandra Hughes did an wonderful job on the special effects makeup.

Enjoy Out of One's Misery, then read my conversation with the director below.

"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.
Fred Armisen at the premiere of Baby Mama in N...

Fred Armisen  (Photo credit: David Shankbone - Wikipedia)

Portlandia, a show about the fictional town of Portlandia, Oregon starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein is looking for extras.

Several actors and musicians have appeared in guest shots as well.

Casting by Simon Max Hill.  Be sure to read "Annoying and not-annoying facts about extra-ing."  It provides helpful information about what to expect if you've never been an extra before.

To submit information online go to:

Actors with headshots and resume's email them to:

English: David Cook performing at Toad's Place...

English: David Cook performing at Toad's Place in New Haven, CT (Photo credit: Public Domain by Mysticpurz via Wikipedia)

American Idol Season 12 will be holding auditions soon in Los Angeles, San Antonio, Charlotte, Newark, Chicago, New Orleans, and Oklahoma City.

Los Angeles
Registration: June 5th - 6th
Auditions: June 7th
Dodger Stadium
1000 Elysian Park Avenue
Los Angeles, California

San Antonio
Registration: June 12th - June 13th
Auditions: June 14th
100 Montana St. 
San Antonio, Texas

Registration: June 17th - 18th
Auditions: June 19th
Time Warner Cable Arena
1333 East Trade Street
Charlotte, North Carolina

The sun sets over the main stage at Coachella ...

The sun sets over the main stage at Coachella 2011. (Photo credit: Jameyhopkins via Wikipedia)

Coming up next weekend will be the first of two Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festivals.  Starting this year there will be two festivals held on consecutive weekends. It's so popular they're holding it twice!

Some of the acts that are scheduled to perform are the Black Keys, Mazzy Star, Radio Head, Bon Iver, The Shins, SBTRKT, Zeds Dead, We Were Promised Jet Packs, Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg, Florence the Machine, Girl Talk, and many, many more..

Besides all the great acts there will be plenty of good food and drink to choose from.  Need a quick bite?  There will be food trucks available.  Want something more relaxed and satisfying then go to one of the several restaurants or bars setup on the site.

Against Me! playing at the 2007 Coachella Vall...

Against Me! playing at the 2007 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California. (Public Domain photo by R1vers Wikipedia)

Most of the tickets are sold out but there are a few premium camping passes left.  For those of you that can't be there in person you can watch the live stream on YouTube at

Zia Record Exchange will be open during the festival so you can purchase new or used records and CDs.  Record Store Day will feature special releases, and artist signings will be available. in the Zia tent.

Casting Call: ABC's Glass House

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Svenska: Glashuset på Rådhustorget i Umeå Engl...

Image by Forslundagymnasiet  via Wikipedia

If you like to be the center of attention and are the one everyone wants to have at their parties then you are a candidate to be on the new ABC reality show Glass House.

A nationwide search is underway looking for dynamic, competitive, energetic, and outgoing people to compete for a chance to wien $250,000.

In-person interviews will be held in the following cities. Please email the listed contact for more information about interviewing in those cities.



Los Angeles


If you cannot interview in one of the above cities then send an email to and include a brief description of yourself and two (2) recent photos. All submissions become property of producer. Good luck.

English: Howard Stern in 2000.

Howard Stern (Image by Silent K via Wikipedia)

Auditions thjs weekend for the next season of America's Got Talent in San Francisco.  Followed by the last audition for this season at the end of the month in New York City.

Howie Mandel and Sharon Osborne will be returning as judges and Howard Stern will be new judge this season.  Nick Cannon as usual as host.

America's Got Talent is searching for entertainers for the next season of their hit show.  If you have an act worthy of Las Vegas then now's your chance!  Pre-registration is underway and casting calls are scheduled for the following cities.

San Francisco
Saturday, February 11th
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sunday, February 12th
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
99 Grove Street
San Francisco, California

Casting Call: Three Wishes - NBC

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Public Domain Image by John Bauer  via Wikipedia

Amy Grant and NBC are developing a new prime time series called Three Wishes.  What they are looking for are people who help others with little thought about themselves.  That person will be granted a wish that can be for them, a friend, a community, or their family.

"If you had one wish in the world and could ask for absolutely anything from the heart, what would it be?"

To apply you will need to submit a video tape, specify which state the wish will take place in, who the wish is for, what the wish is and why it should be granted.

Make a dream come true!


Casting Call for Harley Wives

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Woman Harley

Image by cloudchaser32000 via Flickr

Harley Wives is casting online for their reality series about women who ride Harley-Davidson motorcycles.  Share you stories about how, where, and why you ride.

Every month a new riders will be featured in this online series and will tell their story of how riding a Harley has changed their life.
English: Fanny Pak performing at Paramount The...

Image by Will Langley via Wikipedia

Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew is holding auditions in January.  Register your crew now and reserve a priority audition in the following cities.

  • Register your crew.
  • Attend one of the open calls or send a video submission.
  • Each crew member needs to complete application and release forms.
  • Bring a copy of your music to leave with the producers.
  • Come dressed in attire that will showcase your routine.
  • Be prepared to be at auditions all day.  Bring snacks and water.
  • Bring resume's, headshots, and DVD of performances if you have them.

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.

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.

  • 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.

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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

Kona Surf Film Festival starts this Friday.

Countdown time till the Kona Surf Film Festival, running this weekend Dec. 2nd and 3rd. It's gonna be a great weekend! We've got Robby Machado cruising out on saturday, "Leave a Message" star Lakey Peterson is hanging out for the girl's surf flick, director Cliff Kapono repping his film FTL, and cinematographer Scott Soens will be around for two films - "Year Zero" and "Come Hell or High Water".  We've got "Buffalo" director Tommy Moore cruising, we've got great music by Leche De Tigre and Kimie Miner... And who knows? We've heard rumors of other surf stars and surprise musicians! Gonna be fun so make it out if you can!


8th Annual Kona Surf Film Festival
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows
Big Island

Casting Call: Chavez

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Cesar Chavez (Image by Joel Levine via Wikipedia)

Casting call for Chavez a feature film directed by Diego Luna and being produced by Mr. Mudd (John MalkovichRussell SmithLianne Halfon) and Canana Films.  

The film is a biography about Cesar Chavez a civil-rights activist and labor organizer who help found the National Farm Workers Association which later became the United Farm Workers.

To audition for one of these roles click on the link for the role you want to audition for then submit your information and video audition.

Audition deadline is December 10th.


Casting Call: Survivor

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Open casting calls for the CBS reality series Survivor.  
Ozzy Lusth at Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar, May 20,...

Ozzy Lusth - Current Season Contestant  (Public Domain Image via Wikipedia)

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • If you have applied for previous season you must apply again.
  • Bring ID.
  • Be prepared to be filmed.

Friday, December 2 , 2011
5:30pm - 8:00 pm
Snoqualmie Casino (Ballroom)
37500 SE North Bend Way
Snoqualmie, Washington
(425) 888-1234

Wednesday, December 7, 2011
4:00 pm -7:00 pm
MJR Westland Grand Digital Cinema 16
6800 N. Wayne Rd.
Westland, Michigan
(248) 355-7000

Friday, December 16th
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Hill Country Galleria Amphitheater
12700 Hill Counrty Blvd.
Bee Cave, Texas

Beach sunset in Cuba.

Image by  Aaron Escobar via Wikipedia

Love in the Wild, an NBC reality show, will be holding open casting calls in Dallas, San Francisco and Los Angeles between now and December.

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.

Thursday, December 1, 2011 ( 5pm-9pm )
Primo's Uptown
3209 McKinney Avenue
Dallas Texas 75204
Producer: Bonnie /

Hooters Calendar Girl Melissa Poe in 2004

Public Domain Image via Wikipedia

Open calls for casting of the Bad Girls Club, an Oxygen Channel series, this weekend  in Boston, Massachusetts; Houston, Texas; and Burbank, California.

  • You must be 21 years old or older.
  • Be a self proclaimed "Bad Girl".
  • Bring photo, contact information, and identification to casting call.

Saturday, November 12th
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon Boston
148 State Street
Boston, Massachusetts

Saturday, November 12th
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
The Deckhouse Bar and Grill
5810 Beverly Hill Drive
Houston, Texas

Saturday, November 12th
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hooters Burbank
600 North First Street
Burbank, California