‘Black Girls Be Like’ Feature Film Casting Call for Lead Speaking Roles

Project Casting

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. 

Logline:
Black Girl’s 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?

Character BIOS

TA’SHEENA/FEMALE/AGE 14-21:
Ta’Sheena 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 she’s all about fun. She’s a kid at heart with a tough exterior. She’s nice, but has a temper. She’s an extremely gifted musician but doesn’t want anyone to know because it makes her stand out from the crowd. She yearns for love and acceptance but doesn’t know how to get it. She laughs easily and it’s hard to tell when something is bothering her.

LITTLE TA’SHEENA/FEMALE/AGE 7-10
Younger version of Ta’Sheena

CHERELLE/FEMALE/AGE 25-45:
Cherelle is Ta’Sheena’s mother. She had Ta’Sheena 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. It’s no room in this world for any more punks, especially not her kids. She doesn’t understand her daughter and mostly she gets on her nerves, but deep down she’s worried she will end up just like her; stuck, with a bunch of kids.

BRITTANY/FEMALE/AGE 14-21:
Brittany is a know-it-all and the leader of her friends. Her and Ta’Sheena 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 doesn’t get how people fail, “It’s just so easy!” She’s always into something and doesn’t let life weigh her down.

TT/FEMALE/AGE 14-21:
TT loves her friends Brittany and Ta’Sheena and would do just about anything for them. School is her favorite part of the day because it’s 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? She’s your girl!

MS. ROBERTS/FEMALE/AGE 25-40:
Ms. Roberts works at Ta’Sheena’s school. She attended Ta’Sheena’s school when she was a little girl and grew up in the neighborhood. She’s someone who made it good and “got out”. She has a personal commitment to the kids she works with and is really pushing Ta’Sheena to do her best. She understands the student’s 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 Ta’Sheena’s school for over 25 years. The students now are just “different” and he struggles to understand why it’s so difficult to get them to listen. He’s 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 Ta’Sheena’s natural gift with music
BYRON/MALE/AGE 25-40:
Byron has had a lot of disappointments in his life but he’s always been a smooth talker. If anything is too hard for him he gives up, he doesn’t put much effort into anything. He met Ta’Sheena’s mom at the club and things grew from there, he didn’t mind that she already had kids. Now that they have a daughter together things have gotten more serious. He’s pretty bored in the relationship, but nothing better has come along.
MAN-MAN/MALE/AGE 5-7:
He is Ta’Sheena’s little brother. He loves his big sister and his mama. He relies on Ta’Sheena for just about everything.
BOO/FEMALE/AGE 25-40:
Butch, looking lesbian. She is one of Cherelle’s 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.
PJ/MALE/AGE 14-21:
Easy on the eyes but low key. He’s not the guy that every girl likes-likes, but everybody thinks he’s super cool. He’s smart, calculated, and stays out of trouble. We can tell he comes from a good family. He’s humble, and the type of person that will notice if you’re having a bad day if no one else does.
TYLER/MALE/AGE 14-21:
Opposite of PJ, he’s 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.
RASHAD/MALE/AGE 14-21:
Friends with Pj and Tyler, he’s 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]
Compensation: Yes
KEY DATES
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.

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