Richmond – Casting African American actress for historical live action and animated video – Paid, non-union

Casting one African American actress for historical animated video

Project Overview:

Based on an original screenplay, No Ordinary People is a short film in pre-production that will illuminate the true story of Ann, an enslaved woman from Maryland. In 1815, Ann threw herself out of a third floor window rather than be sold south and taken away from her husband and family. Richmond-based production company Field Studio will film live action video and audio, which will later be blended with professional animation. The final 10-minute video will be screened at film festivals and at educational institutions across the country.

Role: Seeking one experienced African American actress with the following characteristics:

  • Age: late-40’s to mid-50’s
  • Build: medium to large
  • Hair: long enough to tie into two plaits

Key Dates (all events will take place in Richmond):

  • Screen test auditions: Thursday, September 29 and Friday, September 30
  • Notification of casting: Monday, October 3
  • Production date (one full-day shoot): Tuesday, October 18

Outside of interacting with stand-in actors, the success of this short will rely on strong solo work by the selected actress. Applicants should feel comfortable memorizing approximately 5 minutes of monologue — written in 19th century parlance — within the span of two weeks. Applicants should also be comfortable delivering lines into a camera lens, and acting on their own with few external prompts. The script includes sensitive historical material involving the experiences of enslaved people. Applicants should be aware that one scene involves the character being slapped. Another involves the character reacting to the sale of her husband and children to a slaveholder.

Pay: $500

To apply:
Please email with a headshot and resume. Please include the following information in the body of the email or on your resume:

  • Full name
  • Age
  • Cell phone number
  • Times you would be available for a screen test audition on either Thursday, September 29 or Friday, September 30