The new Netflix/Sony Pictures Television series The Get Down has launched a worldwide open casting call/talent search seeking submissions for series regular starring roles.
Midd Kid Productions and BazMark Films are in pre-production on a new television series for Sony Sony Pictures Television called The Get Down. The show’s casting team has launched a worldwide talent search looking for young actors to star in the series. There is an online open casting call where actors can upload a self-made audition video. Hard-copy headsot and resumes can also be mailed to the casting directors. Filming will take place in New York City. Shooting begins on May 21, 2015.
The Get Down will focus on 1970s New York City, broken down and beaten up, violent, cash strapped, and dying. Consigned to rubble, a rag-tag crew of South Bronx teenagers are nothings and nobodies with no one to shelter them except each other, armed only with verbal games, improvised dance steps, some magic markers and spray cans. From Bronx tenements, to the SoHo art scene; from CBGBs to Studio 54 and even the glass towers of the just-built World Trade Center, The Get Down is a mythic saga of how New York at the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to hip-hop, punk and disco – told through the lives and music of the South Bronx kids who changed the city, and the world forever.
Academy Award nominee Baz Luhrmann will direct the series from scripts written by himself and Stephen Adly Guirgis. Luhrmann and Guirgis will also serve as executive producers and showrunners. Also executive producing is Primetime Emmy Award nominee Shawn Ryan, Thomas Kelly, four-time Academy Award winner Catherine Martin, Paul Watters, and Marney Hochman.
The Get Down Open Casting Call/Worldwide Talent Search
The casting team for the new Netfix series is seeking submissions for the following:
[EZEKIEL “BOOKS”] To play 18 years old, Male. African-American, Hispanic or mixed race. Born and raised in the burnt-out South Bronx, Ezekiel wants possibility, wants out. But he’s patient. A chameleon, he idolizes Bruce Lee: “As you think, so shall you become”. Though Ezekiel harbors a burning, rarely glimpsed anger, usually he’s cool, listens before he speaks; and when he does, is articulate and persuasive, a storyteller, a hustler, a reader and a writer. Ezekiel’s writing will become his raps and he will become the chronicler/MC and of our story. (SERIES REGULAR)
[KURTIS “CROOKS”] To play 18 years old, Male. African-American, Hispanic or mixed race. Born and abandoned in the burnt-out South Bronx, Kurtis is a wild man, a stray dog orphan, long since used on being on his own, living off of what he receives or can take from others. The one and only constant in his universe is his best friend, “Books”. Kurtis knows himself: the roughest kid on the block, knock-the-fuck-out power in his fists, dark, instinctive, controlling, violent, energetic, funny, persuasive, sexual, jealous, and charismatic. (SERIES REGULAR)
[MYLENE] To play 18 years old, Female. African-American, Hispanic or mixed race. Born and raised in the South Bronx, Mylene is a gifted singer who dreams of becoming New York’s next disco queen. She has what it takes and knows it. She’s beautiful and don’t take no shit. But beneath her haughty veneer is a sweet vulnerability & a deep need to be loved. When she catches the attention of a down-on-his-luck producer, together they make disco magic. Overnight, Mylene finds herself on a cocaine-fueled rocket to Studio 54, the stars, maybe Hollywood. But it’s a long way down when the bottom drops out. (SERIES REGULAR)
[YOUNG BOY] 11-14 years old, African-American. Irresistable, wisecracking, street-smart, always tagging along with his older brother.
[RAPPERS] Male/Female, all ages, types.
[HIP-HOP DANCERS] Male/Female, all ages, types.
The Get Down Hardcopy Submissions (video upload instructions below):
NO PHONE CALLS. NO PERSONAL VISITS.
Send headshots and resumes (and links to any demo reel material) to:
Ronna Kress Casting
333 S. Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
All talent must be legally eligible to work in the state of New York and in the United States. The 2015 New York Actors Resource Guide eBook lists the information for adults, minors, and foreign talent to work as an actor or extra on film and television productions in New York and the United States:
• New York Child Performer Information Sheet
• New York Child Performer Permit Combined Application
• New York Child Performer Trust Accounts Information
• New York Verification of Satisfactory Academic Performance
• New York Child Performer Employer Certificate Combined Application
• USA Child Actor Work Permit Requirements – State Statues
• USA Immigration Work Permits and Visas
• USA Non-Immigrant Visa Application
In addition to the following New York Actors Resources:
• Audition Tips
• How To Make an Audition Video
• New York Casting Directors List
• New York Extras Casting Directors List
• New York Talent Agents List
• General Talent Agent Information
• New York Acting Classes List
• New York Headshot Photographers List
• Actors Unions
• Sample Actors Resume
• Sample Beginning Actors Resume
• Sample Cover Letters
• Entertainment Industry Terminology
• Miscellaneous New York Resources
• PDF Users Guides
All 2015 Actors Resource Guide eBooks are available here.
The Get Down Online Video Submissions
To upload a self-made audition video, please use the following official The Get Down upload link:
To Be Announced
Please check back for extras casting information.
Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.
Midd Kid Productions
10202 W. Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
2 Darley Street
Sony Pictures Television
10202 W. Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
Stephen Adly Guirgis
To Be Cast
A musical drama set in 1970s New York City, focusing on a rag-tag crew of South Bronx teenagers.