Casting Alert: Play a Lead Role in a Short Film + More Roles for Kids

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There are lots of great roles this week for young talent. The Epix series “The Godfather of Harlem,” a short film, a regional commercial shoot, a feature film, and more are casting!

“MAIZ”
The short film “Maiz” wants talent for principal and supporting roles. The film is about a young group working in the cornfields, with the outsider of the group befriending a new arrival. The production wants Latina female talent, aged 10–14, White male talent, aged 10–14, Black male talent, aged 10–14, and more. Shooting is on Aug. 21–22 in Hooper, NE. Talent will be paid $100 per day. Apply here!

“GODFATHER OF HARLEM”
The Epix series “Godfather of Harlem” is seeking talent for background roles. The production wants Black talent, aged 14 and older, with martial arts skills, White talent, aged 6–15, to play Italian mob kids, and Black talent, aged 6–15, to play Harlem family kids. Shooting is in NYC. Talent’s guardian must be on set during filming. Nonunion talent will be paid $165 per 10-hour shooting day. SAG-AFTRA talent will be paid background rates. Apply here!

REGIONAL COMMERCIAL SHOOT
A regional commercial shoot needs talent for nonspeaking roles. Talent must be comfortable in front of the camera and able to take simple directions. The production wants White female talent, aged 4–7, Black male talent, aged 3–7, Southeast Asian or Pacific Islander female talent, aged 5–8, and more. Shooting starts June 28 and runs into July, primarily in Tacoma, WA with some locations possible in Seattle, WA. Talent will be paid $350–$500 for one day of shooting at one location, plus $25–$50 for providing their own wardrobe. Rates are based on experience and length of role. Apply here!

“KOKOMO”
The short film “Kokomo” is seeking talent for principal and supporting roles. The film is about a troubled young girl struggling to understand the world around her after witnessing her father’s infidelity. The film wants Latina or Multiracial female talent, aged 14–19, Latina or Multiracial female talent, aged 6–12, and more. Rehearsals are TBD, with shooting in late August in and around Coney Island, NY. Talent will be paid a stipend with rates TBD. Apply here!

“CARNIVORE”
The short film “Carnivore” needs talent who are authentically of Armenian descent and are fluent in Armenian. The coming-of-age story explores masculinity and sheds light on traditions that are passed down. The production wants male talent, aged 12–15, for a role that requires swimming, smoking a fake cigarette, and some improv, female talent, aged 13–17, for a role that requires swimming and smoking a fake cigarette, and male talent, aged 16–18, for a role that requires a driver’s license and the ability to swim. Rehearsals are July 12 or 13, with shooting July 14–16, in Los Angeles, CA. Talent will be paid $211 per day. Nonunion and SAG-AFTRA talent located nationwide are encouraged to apply. The production can provide housing for non-local talent. COVID-19 guidelines will be followed on set. Apply here!

“BIRTHMARK KILLER”
The feature film “Birthmark Killer” is seeking talent, aged 7–10, for background roles as kids. The film is about a serial killer obsessed with a certain type of birthmark. Talent will be paid $125 per eight-hour day. Apply here!

“FIRST ACT”
The short film “First Act” is looking for male talent, aged 4–5, to play the son of one of the principal roles. The film is about a young man who “faces a difficult decision about being a parent for a child he never anticipated raising.” Shooting is for 2–3 days in September or October in Madison, WI. Talent will be paid $100 per day, plus meals. Apply here!

“THE FUNERAL”
The feature film “The Funeral” is seeking White male talent, aged 8–12, with moderate piano skills. Talent will play Charlie, a privileged kid who would rather play video games than attend his weekly piano lessons. Shooting is for five weeks, Sept.–Oct., in the New England area. Talent will not be needed every day of shooting. Select roles begin rehearsals in August, either via Zoom or in-person. Talent will be paid $150 per day, plus meals. Talent needing to travel more than 1–2 hours to location will be provided lodging. Apply here!

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