Black Girls Be Like is now casting lead speaking roles for an upcoming feature film. Filming will shoot in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Shooting starting this August 14th and end on August 26th.
Black Girls Be Like is a coming of age tale of a girl at the cross roads of the child she is now and the woman she will become. Does she fall in line with the others and become what her environment dictates? Or does she break out and blaze a new trail?
TaSheena is a girl with way too much responsibility at home. She takes care of her little sister and brother and makes sure she looks after herself. So at school and with her friends shes all about fun. Shes a kid at heart with a tough exterior. Shes nice, but has a temper. Shes an extremely gifted musician but doesnt want anyone to know because it makes her stand out from the crowd. She yearns for love and acceptance but doesnt know how to get it. She laughs easily and its hard to tell when something is bothering her.
LITTLE TA’SHEENA/FEMALE/AGE 7-10
Younger version of Ta’Sheena
Cherelle is TaSheenas mother. She had TaSheena young so she tries to get her party time in and live her life every chance she gets. She loves her kids, but she raises them as she was raised, hard. Its no room in this world for any more punks, especially not her kids. She doesnt understand her daughter and mostly she gets on her nerves, but deep down shes worried she will end up just like her; stuck, with a bunch of kids.
Brittany is a know-it-all and the leader of her friends. Her and TaSheena have been friends since 1st Grade. Some people may call her fast, but she just knows what she wants. She has all the trendiest clothes and stays with her hair done. School comes easy to her, she doesnt get how people fail, Its just so easy! Shes always into something and doesnt let life weigh her down.
TT loves her friends Brittany and TaSheena and would do just about anything for them. School is her favorite part of the day because its where she gets to see all her friends. Home is a scary place for her but she keeps that part of her life secret and covers it up with always being happy and down for a good time. You need a partner for an adventure? Shes your girl!
MS. ROBERTS/FEMALE/AGE 25-40:
Ms. Roberts works at TaSheenas school. She attended TaSheenas school when she was a little girl and grew up in the neighborhood. Shes someone who made it good and got out. She has a personal commitment to the kids she works with and is really pushing TaSheena to do her best. She understands the students struggles because they were once her own, but she looks and sounds nothing like where she came from.
MR. BROWN/MALE/AGE 50-60:
Older White man. Mr. Brown has been a teacher at TaSheenas school for over 25 years. The students now are just different and he struggles to understand why its so difficult to get them to listen. Hes frustrated but truly cares for his students.
MR. PHILIPS/MALE/AGE 35-50:
Mr. Philips is passionate about music and tries, sometimes in vain, to get his students to share the same enthusiasm. He understands the pressures that the students face and tries to get them to see how music can help. He cultivates TaSheenas natural gift with music
Byron has had a lot of disappointments in his life but hes always been a smooth talker. If anything is too hard for him he gives up, he doesnt put much effort into anything. He met TaSheenas mom at the club and things grew from there, he didnt mind that she already had kids. Now that they have a daughter together things have gotten more serious. Hes pretty bored in the relationship, but nothing better has come along.
He is TaSheenas little brother. He loves his big sister and his mama. He relies on TaSheena for just about everything.
Butch, looking lesbian. She is one of Cherelles close friends, people in the neighborhood talk about just how close they really are. She takes care of her biz, but is always there if Cherelle needs her.
Easy on the eyes but low key. Hes not the guy that every girl likes-likes, but everybody thinks hes super cool. Hes smart, calculated, and stays out of trouble. We can tell he comes from a good family. Hes humble, and the type of person that will notice if youre having a bad day if no one else does.
Opposite of PJ, hes the tallest of the boys in his grade and all the girls like him. He does his thang outside of school too, which gives him a little extra cash that he flashes around school. He thinks he knows everything but really knows nothing at all.
Friends with Pj and Tyler, hes the jokester of the group.
MISS MARY/FEMALE/AGE 45-60:
She makes the kids look forward to breakfast and lunch. She prepares each meal with love and babies each child. She understands this may be the only meal most of these kids eat and makes sure they get served up a side of love with their plate.
MRS. SIMMONS/FEMALE/AGE 45-60:
Older White Woman. The dean of students for Ellington Performing Arts Academy; whip smart with a keen sense of spotting talent.
MR. JAMES/MALE/AGE 45-60:
Heavy-set White man with a mustache. On the committee for intake for Ellington Performing Arts Academy, Mrs. Simmons right hand man.
Production title: Black Girls Be Like
Union / Non-Union: Non-Union
Production Type: Independent
Project length: Feature length
Posted on: Monday, June 12th, 2017
Production location: Grand Rapids, MI
Production Company: Dancing Sun Productions, LLC
Director: Racheal Floyd
Producer: Virginia Anzengruber
Audition Location: 307 Division Avenue South
Shooting Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Email: [email protected]
Auditions: Send to [email protected]
Call Backs: TBA
Shooting Starts: August 14th 2017
Shooting Ends: August 26th 2017
Please do not apply, if you are not local or if you do not fit the description.