CASTING ALERT: Comedy Central’s ‘Awkwafina’ TV Series Needs Talent + More NYC Auditions

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There are tons of incredible opportunities in NYC on both the stage and screen this week. Comedy Central’s “Awkwafina” is seeking talent, a musical about the Merry Monarch Charles II “Charles is Back!” is casting the titular role, and more!

The Comedy Central TV show “Awkwafina” is seeking both SAG and nonunion talent. The show, which stars rapper-comedian Awkwafina, is looking for talent, aged 18–25, with real skateboard skills and their own skateboard. Shooting will take place in NYC on Aug. 21. Talent will be paid $184 for an eight-hour day. Apply here!

The proof-of-concept short “Astronaut Zero” wants talent for two supporting roles. The production is looking for black talent, aged 20–33, with guitar skills and Asian, Latina, Hispanic, Indian, Indigenous Peoples, or multiracial female talent, aged 19–35, who can play an instrument. Shooting will take place from Aug. 28–30 in NYC. Talent will be paid $150 per day. Apply here!

A production of the musical “Charles is Back!” is casting male talent, aged 21–50, to play the titular character. The show is about Charles II, King of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, and known as the Merry Monarch. The role requires singing and rapping skills, partial nudity, and the delivery of a bawdy, comedic performance. The show runs in NYC. Talent will be paid for rehearsals, the show’s run, and a filmed performance. Apply here! 

A video for Scary Mommy is looking for real moms, aged 25–50. The shoot is specifically looking for talent with daughters, aged 4–12, with experience with American Girl dolls. Shooting is on Aug. 21 or one day between Aug. 22–Sept. 1 in NYC. Talent will be paid with rates TBD. Apply here!

The feature film “Triple Threat” is seeking white female talent, aged 2–4, for a featured role. The story follows a creative trio who, in the midst of taking their musical to Broadway, become entangled with each other in new ways. Talent will play the daughter of a lead and must be comfortable being held. Shooting is on Aug. 26–27 in NYC. Talent will be paid $100 per day plus copy, credit, and meals. Apply here!

The Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall is holding an open call for talent to join the show. The production is seeking diverse talent, aged 18 and older. Open casting will be held on Aug. 20 with auditions by appointment on Aug. 21. All auditions and performances are in NYC. Talent will be paid under the terms of an AGVA contract with a competitive salary and benefits like a 401(k) and year-round health insurance. Apply here!

The Emmy award-winning Amazon series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” needs background actors. The show is looking for black talent, aged 18 and older, to play Apollo Theater goers. Talent must be comfortable working around atmospheric smoke and have no wool allergies or visible tattoos. Talent must consent to getting a 1950s haircut. Shooting is on Aug. 16, 19, and 20 in NYC. Talent will be paid $210 for each 12 hour day. Apply here!

A film based on the musical “In The Heights” is casting Latinx and Hispanic talent for background roles. The production wants talent, aged 9–15, and talent, aged 18 and older, to play residents of Washington Heights. Shooting is through August in NYC. Roles are paid with both nonunion and SAG-AFTRA rates. Apply here!

The feature-length film “Trip To The Moon” is looking for talent for supporting and featured roles. The project is a reimagining of the classic Méliès’ silent film, setting the story in a steampunk 1862. The project wants white male talent, aged 40–65, to play the oil tycoon Buck Solomon, black, white, or multiracial male talent, aged 18–35, to play soldiers, and more. Shooting is from Oct. 5–25 in Deer Park, New York. Additional scenes for select roles require shooting in May 2020 as well. Pay varies by role from $50–$150. All roles receive a travel reimbursement. Apply here!

A commercial for a major digital health care company is looking for talent with specific conditions to discuss their experiences. The spot is seeking talent, aged 25 and older, with sleep apnea or depression, and talent, aged 40 and older, with insomnia, narcolepsy, or ulcerative colitis. Shooting will take place the week of Sept. 16 in NYC. Talent will be paid $150. Apply here!

A pharmaceutical training video for Signant Health is seeking female talent, aged 20–45, fluent in Japanese. Talent will play a depressed subject in a clinical trial. Shooting is on Aug. 25 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Talent will be paid $350 for 2–3 hours of shooting. Apply here!

A branded travel video is looking for talent, aged 25–35, to play charismatic hosts. Talent should be funny, aspirational, and have improv skills. Talent must have a valid driver’s license and ideally is a surfer and foodie with deep New York roots. Shooting will take place on Aug. 24 and 25 in NYC. Talent will be paid $400 per day. Apply here!

A show about female skaters is casting male and female talent, aged 18–39, with skateboarding skills. Applicants should indicate their skill level, what kind of board they use, and include any video or links of themselves skating. Shooting will take place in NYC over the next few months. Pay is TBD. Apply here!

A one-day street-style fashion shoot is seeking talent, aged 18–28. The shoot wants to include diverse faces and plus-sized talent. Applicants should include their Instagram handle. Fitting is on Aug. 19 with shooting on either Aug. 20 or 21 in NYC. Talent will be paid $800 per day including two-hour fitting. Apply here!

Check out Backstage’s New York City audition listings!


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