Fan of ‘Cobra Kai’? Strike First + Audition for These Gigs

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The rematch of rival dojos Cobra Kai and Miyagi-Do Karate has arrived. Season 5 of Netflix’s “Cobra Kai” premiered on Sept. 9. To celebrate the show’s return, we decided to round up some similar projects for actors to check out. From martial arts-inspired jobs to comedy-drama projects, bust out your black belt and apply to these casting calls. 

“Spectacular Spider-Man”

This student/fan series is the eight-episode story of Peter Parker learning how to become Spider-Man. The project is looking for Latino or Caucasian male talent, aged 30–50, to play Norman Osborn, a man with a personality disorder; female talent, aged 18–23, to play Peter Parker’s best friend; and eight other supporting roles, aged 18–50. Shooting is  TBD in L.A./Bakersfield. This is an unpaid gig. 

Want this gig? Apply here.

“Plumb Line”

While this short film isn’t martial arts themed, it’s a dramedy that matches the tone of “Cobra Kai.” Casting is in search of a male actor, aged 20–30, with drawing skills to play the lead role of Helio, and a female actor, aged 50–60, with drawing skills to play the lead role of Shelly. Shooting takes place in Los Angeles Oct. 15–18. Pays $200 per day.

Want this gig? Apply here.

“Don’t Stop Moving”

This short film emanates from a live-action game-playing experience. The project is seeking talent with martial artist skills, aged 20–30, as well as a stunt actor, aged 35–65, with dance and stunt experience. Shoots Oct. Bovina, New York. Pays $500 per day.

Want this gig? Apply here.

“Bare Hands, Bare Feet”

This short film is about a single mother martial arts instructor and owner of her own dojo. The project is casting a male actor, aged 35–49, to play a supporting role of a once-decent man who turned violent; and an actor, aged 19–26, to play the supporting role of Mary, a sexual assault survivor. Casting also seeks multiple day players. Shoots TBD in 2023 in Sarasota and Tallahassee, Florida. Pays $75–$100 per day with travel, meals, and lodging provided.

Want this gig? Apply here.


Casting is underway for this Japanese mystical drama short film. The production seeks Asian male talent, aged 7–8, with acrobatic/martial arts experience to play the lead role of Kenzo; Asian male talent, aged 40–60, to play the lead role of Oji, a comedian and dancer; Asian male talent, aged 22–30, to play Kaz, a professional baseball player; and Asian female talent, aged 25–40, to play Sumo. The project is also casting a number of ensemble roles. Films TBD in New York, Virginia, Maryland, and D.C. area. Pays $75–$125 per day.

Want this gig? Apply here.

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