Casting brief for unnamed TV project
Please read all information on the project and information about how to apply carefully. Please note we are NOT looking for any other roles, other than the one outlined below.
THE DEADLINE TO RECEIVE APPLICATIONS IS BY END OF PLAY THIS WEDNESDAY 13TH APRIL. DETAILS ABOUT HOW TO APPLY ARE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE INFORMATION.
Young boy, aged 8-11, any ethnicity, any accent.
We meet this child when he appears on a talk show after becoming a youtube sensation thru his rapping impersonations, much like Sophia Grace did after her youtube video reached millions of views and she appeared on the Ellen Show.
We do not want a child who looks like a mini gangster rapper. We want a child who is quirky, we are particularly interested in large/chubby children or it could be that they have a ginger afro or have big ears. We are looking for suggestions of all ethnicities. MOST IMPORTANTLY THE CHILD MUST BE ABLE TO RAP AND MOVE/DANCE LIKE A RAPPER. Someone who really performs the song, rather than stands still saying the lines.
Here is a link to a video by the singer “Drake” to give you a steer of the kind of performance we are looking for. He is singing this song, rather than rapping but it gives you an idea of the sort of movement we are after. You do NOT need to imitate this video, your child may have their own personal flair and style when they rap, as we say this is just to give you a steer.
It is about more than being able to learn the lines to a rap, we need a child who really tries to embody their favourite rap artists when the rap along to them. They perform with conviction, and their heart and soul.
After the child’s youtube video has been shown on the talk show the host is then overheard being mean about the child and making personal comments. It is important that the child playing this role has a thick skin and understands, that these comments are not real, they are part of the story line and in fact the joke is very much on the presenter getting caught being mean than it is about the child.
In addition to being able to rap the child needs to be able to portray being crushed and upset by the presenter’s comments. Apart from the rapping he will have no additional dialogue but there will be this reaction shot.
NB: Just to stress that the child doesn't necessarily need to be an amazing rapper - as ultimately they will be lip syncing for the show. If they prefer singing to rapping that is fine. What is most important is their performance style and their ability to move/dance when performing.
HOW TO APPLY
For initial applications we would like you to film your child rapping and performing their favourite rap song. They should perform it with the music playing in the background and they should really go for it – as we said above – perform and move with conviction! Have fun! These tapes should be 30 seconds maximum we just need to get a flavour of what your child can do. These tapes should then be small enough in size to allow you to attach to an email. If not then please upload to vimeo and password protect. Please do not send via wetransfer as we don’t want to have to download videos – we want to stream them.
THE DEADLINE TO RECEIVE THESE TAPES IS BY END OF PLAY THIS WEDNESDAY 13TH APRIL.
If your application is successful we will be holding castings in central London on Sunday 17th April (you MUST be available to attend this casting) with a possible recall on either the 18th or 19th April. We will notify you by end of play on Friday 15th April if we need to bring you in for a casting. If you do not hear from us then I’m afraid on this occasion your child has not been successful.
Please also note the filming dates which your child needs to be available for:
Filming in London on the 27th April 2016 & there will be 1 further day filming the week of 9th May 2016.
Thanks and have fun!