talent the casting call

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan - Questions

Originally posted by negandarylsatisfaction

Imagine that you’re an actress on The Walking Dead & all the fans think you’re dating Norman but you’re actually dating Jeffrey. Someone asks you a question about you and Norman being together at a comic con and nobody, not even the cast, expects your answer.

Jeffrey x Reader

Requested by Anon. Also tagging @zoesmama2024

A/N: Your character is called Natasha

Prologue

You had secretly been dating Jeffrey Dean Morgan for a few months now. Nobody but yourself and Jeffrey knew and it seemed like the rest of the world was completely oblivious to your relationship. The fans even though you were dating Norman, until Comic Con.

Chapter 1

You brushed your hands through your Y/H/C as you waited for your name to be called. This was your second Comic Con and for some reason you more nervous for this one than you were for your first one.

Maybe it had something to do with the fact that this was your first Comic Con with your boyfriend Jeffrey. Maybe it was the rumors that you were dating Norman. Maybe it was both.

Jeffrey squeezed your hand and gave you a reassuring smile. You watched as Norman walked on stage after Chris Hardwick called his name, of course the fans went wild at the sight of him. You took a deep breath and stepped forward, you were next.

“Ladies and gentleman you love her as Natasha on the show. It’s Y/N L/N!” you walked onto the stage and waved at all of the screaming fans. Norman stood up and hugged you which only made the fans even crazier. You took your seat next to Norman before taking a sip of water from the bottle in front of you.

“Now for the newest member of our extremely talented cast. His barbed wire bat is called Lucille. It’s Negan himself Jeffrey Dean Morgan!” the fans screamed as Jeffrey waved at them when he walked on stage.

He took a seat beside you and placed his hand on your knee under the table and you both shared a smile.

“Jeffrey I just want to say welcome to the cast. How was it working with everyone when you’re very first scene in the show is killing someone off in such a brutal way?” Chris asked.

“Well, it was very interesting. They’re such a fantastic group of actors and they played their fear of Negan so well that I genuinely thought they were terrified of me and I said sorry afterwards. It was really fun to shoot the scene and I can’t wait for you guys to see season 7.”

“Can I just butt in here for a sec?” you asked and Chris gestured for you to continue. “What Jeff didn’t mention was the fact that after we shot the scene the entire cast and crew was just silent. The second Jeff stepped out of that RV the tension on set changed. I’ve read the comics and I was already scared of Negan because of the joy he showed when killing people with Lucille and then to see that in real life was terrifying. Jeff played it so well and I it genuinely scared the crap out of a few people.” The crowd clapped and cheered as you finished speaking.

“Wow. Okay how about we move onto some questions?” Chris asked and the crowd cheered. A young girl stepped up to the mic. “Hi, my question is for Jeffrey. How did it feel when you found got the part of Negan?” she asked shyly. “Oh wow, uh. It felt great. My agent didn’t even have to tell me who I was playing, as soon as I got the call I knew that it was Negan and I jumped at the chance to play him. It was honestly such an amazing feeling to find out that I would be playing this big bad.” Jeffrey said with a smile on his face and the crowd clapped as he finished talking.

Another young girl stepped up to the mic to ask her question. “Hi, I just want to say that I love you all and thank you for portraying these characters so well. My question is for Y/N and Norman. You guys are obviously really close and I’m sure you’ve heard the rumors that the two of you are dating. I was wondering if you could maybe tell us if the rumors are true?”

There it was, the question you had been dreading.

Chapter 2

The entire room fell silent as all eyes drifted to you and Norman. “Oh God. How do I answer this? Uh. I-” you’re awkward speech was interrupted by Jeffrey speaking into his mic.

“I can tell you that the rumors are not true. Y/N and Norman are not dating” you spun your head towards Jeff, your hands were shaking and it felt like your heart was going to jump out of your chest.

“Wait. How do you know?” Chris and Andrew asked simultaneously. You felt Jeff grasped your hand in his as he looked at you, almost like he was asking you for permission to tell your secret to the world. You nodded softly and he turned back to the mic.

“You really wanna know how I know that they’re not dating?” Jeffrey asked the room.

Everyone shouted yes at the same time. You felt the heat rush up to your cheeks as Jeffrey squeezed your hand again.

“Well, I know that Y/N and Norman aren’t dating because I’m the one Y/N has been dating” in that moment the entire room fell silent again as everyone’s eyes widened and everyone’s jaws dropped at the same time.

After what felt like hours of sitting in an awkward silence the crowd erupted into cheers and screams. You and Jeff grinned at each other and he pulled your head towards him and planted a quick, soft kiss on your lips which drove the fans wild.

After the fans screams died down Chris spoke to you again. “How long?! I’ve had the two of you on Talking Dead together and you never showed any signs of being together” Chris said, the shock evident in his voice.

“Uh it’s been about seven months now. It’s been hard to keep it a secret but we somehow did it” you said.

“It’s been a great seven months. No only is she a fantastic actress, she is also a fantastic woman in general. I love her so much and I’m the luckiest man alive to have her in my life” all you heard in the room was a collective ‘Awww’ as you wiped away tears. Now your secret was out and you could finally show the world just how much you loved Jeffrey.

One day I found in my mail a huge dump of Tommy headshots - at least fifty different versions. They were all professionally done, obviously expensive, and rather scary. He must have dropped thousands of dollars on these headshots.

I held up one and looked at it. In the shot, Tommy was unsmiling, duck lipped, and wearing an unbuttoned shirt. His hair was pinned in back, making him look like an old woman with no makeup and a bad dye job.

I picked up another one that resembled Dracula doing a fashion shoot for Jean Paul Gaultier’s less talented cousin. The only casting directors who’d be willing to call Tommy in on the basis of this headshot were the ones curious about what it was like to be murdered.

—  The Disaster Artist - excerpts about Tommy Wiseau’s headshots

ask-thechainwarden  asked:

<from abzanascendancy> Did I miss the casting call for The Talented Captain Vraska?

There was not one. What with the overlap of characters between the ending of Jace, Alone and The Talented Captain Vraska, I had to cast Amelia on the spot so the story was correct and I’d already gotten an Edgar from the first one (minus the name). That only left Malcolm and I didn’t think y’all would really be interested in a casting call for a single role, so I filled Amelia and Malcolm with folks who’ve done voices in the past that aren’t in the block yet.

Sorry if one of those interested you. :<

Louis is smart, don’t forget it

I’m starting to get really, truly, genuinely offended by the way larry theories ignore how smart Louis really is, and instead casts him in the role of the poor oppressed prince fighting for his love. I see a different story with Louis, and in this case, he is the master of his own position in the industry: 

Let’s start all the way back with the “I met Harry in the toilet” story. Fandom narrative is: it’s true love instantly. Hi/Oops, all of that. Instead, lets look at this from the perspective of Louis, who is young, and who wants to break into the industry. He said ages ago that he knew Harry was going to be a star, so he asked for his autograph and got a picture. (Some of this story could be complete bullshit, I don’t think I’ve ever seen the video/audio where he said this, but let’s assume this is true. It works in his favor either way.) This is supposedly at the Manchester arena auditions. 

I have no reason to think otherwise – X Factor is a lot more complicated bts than they make it look on TV. The genuine singers go through at least two auditions with various producers before they get the invite to get on stage in front of the judges. This is Harry’s audition process - the real ground up story. Liam the first time, Niall probably, and Zayn. Louis, on the other hand, is a different story. In addition to holding pure voice auditions, they look for “characters”. X factor is a singing competition but it’s also a TV show and the producers need things to get people interested and talking, so they look for people with stand out personalities. Some of these people who can’t sing, or cant’ sing as well get plucked out from the regional auditions (if they’re there in the first place, I believe they do straight up casting calls with talent agents too) and get a guaranteed through-spot in order to build a television narrative out of it. If you were watching this year (2015), think Bupsi. Decent voice, huge personality, made it through to live shows at the expense of several people who had much better singing voices. This is Louis’ way in: we’ve all seen his stage audition with the judges and it wasn’t great, certainly not as good as other people that year. Or even as smooth as the other boys that year. So with this in mind, Louis makes it through to Bootcamp, and pours everything he has into making himself stand out as a personality as well as with his voice. (think of that clip of Zayn talking about how he can’t dance, and Louis behind him dancing with no inhibitions, nothing holding him back. He is laying it all on the line because he has no more guaranteed advancement, he’s all on his own. 

Then, he scrapes through, not as a solo artist but as part of a band of boys that he’s seen outpace him in the singing all weekend. He got through as a character, he’s going to be a character. We see this all the way through X Factor. From the way he’s introduced to the audience with the stingray sting, to the way he runs the fake game shows, sits front and center in most of the stair videos. And here’s the thing: he’s in a band with this boy he met at the manchester auditions, a boy who he believed has star power. So what does Louis do? He hitches himself to this curly-haired kid. I do think they were genuinely friends as well, but at the same time, Louis is trying to make himself memorable to make up for his singing. (it doesn’t matter what you think of his voice: he didn’t think he had a great voice, he’s talked about it a lot before. So he made up for it in personality.) 

And you know what? it worked. People loved the band. People loved Louis, people loved his friendships with the other boys, and people especially loved his friendship with Harry. 

Louis met this kid in a toilet, landed in a band with him, and turned that into roaring success. 

So, they kept it going. In the beginning “Larry Stylinson” was a fun thing. The band members used the portmanteau, it was a cute bromance, and everyone wanted in on it. they sat next to each other, they did interviews together, they lived together. There were articles, fun games, lots of jokes and innuendo. It worked beyond Louis’ wildest hopes. 

Until it didn’t work anymore – things turned from fun bromance into belief in a relationship. I think the transition started when they came to America (because we have weird ideas about touch that stem from our puritan roots as a country, but that’s a whole other long post), and it followed them everywhere else. What was fun, what raised Louis’ profile into one of the top two members of the band turned into something ugly when his girlfriend got harassed, when his family got harassed, when his friend, Harry Styles got harassed. 

For this next bit I’m going to assume that Louis still isn’t totally confident in his voice and in his potential post-1D career as a solo artist. 

So, instead of continuing on the path he was on, and working to be a memorable member of the band, he turned instead to working behind the scenes: to handling the business of 1D, the songwriting, the producing. Eventually branching out into talent spotting and development. Louis starts going back to X Factor more to mentor new acts. He allies himself with Simon (who IS a snake, there’s no denying that, but an incredibly successful one), who starts teaching him the ropes. 

Simon gets something out of this too. His empire is on the downslide. X Factor ratings are slipping, American Idol is slipping, X Factor american never really took off, his acts aren’t performing well save a small few (1D, Olly Murs. Little Mix are doing okay but nowhere near their potential, but then he’s never put much effort into them anyway.) And here’s Louis, this smart young man now in his 20s. Louis is looking to set himself up for a more stable career than that of performer, and Simon wants an injection of young talent and image into his empire. It works for both of them. Louis does more behind the scenes work for a few years, meets people, learns more about the business, then when he knows he has time to put into these things gets his label, his girl band. He’s actively working at a future as a music exec. He needs Simon’s favor, not to fight him, and since he’s not the horribly oppressed magic bean in love with his bandmate, why does he need to? 

The music business is full of dirty tactics. I spoke to an entertainment attorney a few weeks ago about career things, she flat out told me that she avoids music as much as she can because the industry is stuffed full of seedy people. But here’s the thing about Louis: he’s using it to his advantage, as always. He sees an opportunity with Simon. Maybe he’ll take over Syco when Simon retires or dies. Simon wants this, he wants to secure his own legacy in the business instead of going down with an aging empire. It’s mutually beneficial for them to be working together right now. 

This isn’t to say that Louis is going to end up being Simon 2.0; that also discounts how smart he is, if he’s going to just allow himself to be remade in Simon’s image. But he’s incredibly smart; he sees the opportunity to move up in the industry, to be a more stable part of it, to build a future for himself and for his family. For his kids. Freddie and any kids he may have later. It’s hard being a performer, very few can strike big and stay there forever. Bands come and go, singers come and go. The club of music execs and label heads is small and shrinking all the time as the Big Labels eat up independent ones. Louis is angling himself to be at the top of that pyramid. 

And here’s the thing about Bigwig Music Exec Louis Tomlinson: he knows what it’s like on the other side. Because he was there: he was a kid from a poorer background with no connections. He was in the X Factor contract which is incredibly exploitive in terms of what the band puts in and what they get out of it. (they’re a billion-dollar boyband. Individually they’ve seen a tiny fraction of the money they’ve brought in for the labels and promoters.) I want him to use that experience in the future. With his own label, with this new girlband he’s working with.

To say he’s just this guy who is blindingly in love and fighting to come out from under Evil Simon Cowell’s thumb completely ignores that he’s been working for years to put himself exactly where he is right now. That he’s been playing the game and playing it well

Louis is exactly where he wants to be. 

And I hope in 30 years we see Louis Tomlinson getting piles of lifetime achievement awards. 

Producer Jeffrey Seller on Bringing ‘Hamilton’ to Chicago (Billboard):

“My job as a producer is to ensure that the quality we bring to that production is every bit as good as the quality that we bring to the Broadway production every night,” Seller continued. “So when a consumer sees the show in Chicago, we can say, this is as good if not better than the Broadway production.”

And for Seller, that means hiring the right cast. He’s been working with Telsey + Co since his Rent days, though casting director Bethany Knox says casting Hamilton has been a slightly different experience. She found undiscovered talent through video submissions and open calls to fill the cast of East Village bohemians in Jonathan Larson’s musical, but for Hamilton, the show requires “a certain caliber of training because the material is so complicated.”

“My standards are even higher,” Knox says, adding that she hasn’t cast anyone through an open call so far and is finding talent more through top-tier acting conservatories. “I’m hoping that people start to work more on their rap skills, listening to hip hop and getting this music in their body, because it’s so important that they understand these rhythms.”

The casting also came with some challenges. For one, with the level of buzz around the show, many young actors cracked under the intense pressure of performing for the creative team in the audition room. “We had several people cry,” Knox says. “As much as you want to empathize with them… there’s no crying in baseball. You can’t cry.”

Also, director Thomas Kail, Seller, and Knox were looking for actors to put a new stamp on each role, with no prerequisite physical types for each character, making the process both challenging and exciting.

“We’re not casting people that are in any way facsimile,” says Kail. And now that they’re in the rehearsal room, Kail says that he’s encouraging actors to find something new. “We’re not interested in replicating in any way – it’s not fair to the original company, nor is it interesting to work on.”

Another element that will be “better” in Chicago is the set. While to the naked eye, the design will look like a replica of the Broadway production, the PrivateBank Theatre in Chicago is six feet narrower than the Richard Rogers Theatre. Set designer David Korins says Chicago will also be the first time a brand-new version will be crafted for the stage, as the Broadway set is “Frankensteined” version of the one from the show’s Off-Broadway run at The Public Theater.

[…]

With tours and next productions, oftentimes the original show’s director will create a blueprint for how to lead the show and won’t regularly attend rehearsals, but that won’t be the case for Kail for the foreseeable future. Kail will also continue to be hands on in casting and rehearsals for all the subsequent productions on the horizon.

“My involvement will be at a maximum capacity,” Kail said, adding that its been freeing to approach the show anew knowing that he knows how to make it work. “I feel like I owe it to the show and I owe it to the people that are working hard to come and see the show to be as much a part of it as I can. I really look forward to it. When we’re making the show Off Broadway and on Broadway, it’s like building a bridge that you’re also designing and constructing while you’re marching across it. It’s really hard to march across a bridge when you’re still building the other side of it. And now we actually know how to build the bridge, and the job is to march.”

But there’s one person who doesn’t have anything new to prepare for the next productions: Lin-Manuel Miranda.

“If Lin brings a new lyric, I just send him out of the room immediately,” Kail says with a laugh, adding that the author has been in the room a bit for rehearsals. “Lin loves being around when he doesn’t have to work. He has worked very very hard for many years so it brings me great joy to see him sitting in the corner smiling and giving a thumbs up.”

With Iain we used this website called Cast It Talent, which is amazing ‘cause you don’t have to have an agent to audition,“ Gosling said, when asked by del Toro about how he found his leading man. "You get these wildly intimate auditions,” he said of the site. “You really get a sense of this person. It’s not a generic process. I asked all the guys who auditioned to do two things: to do that Robert Frost poem from 'The Outsiders’ and…to dance.”

Gosling explained that he had his actors dance to get a good read on the performers, from the song they chose to the way they moved. Of the poem reading, Gosling said he was looking for someone who didn’t read it an “emotional way – without any salt or pepper.” “[Iain] read it like he had to do it for school, resentfully, and that’s what I wanted,” he said of why he chose to cast the actor. “He’s selfless and gives the scenes to the other actors. It’s a beautiful quality. When he danced he did the waltz with an imaginary girl and he kept leaving the frame. He just had me.

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Ryan Gosling

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anonymous asked:

My fave thing about Hamilton is how Lin wrote it and In the Heights because there weren't many great roles out there for him, a Latino man, so he wrote his own, which is exactly what The Whites are always telling us to do when we complain about a lack of diversity, and then The Whites got so pissed that they couldn't audition for Hamilton. So "write your own!" really means "write your own and have it be terrible and unpopular!"

This is actually like depressingly super common and it sucks so bad. Back in high school I got in trouble for writing a paper about how white people are not and should not be allowed in the lion king and I got in trouble for bullying because it was a vague at a girl in my choir.
The entitlement of white actors is so disgusting and foul. I defo don’t speak for every actor/actress of color but I think the worst cases of people being blatantly ignorant with no regret is always in theater. White actors think that they can play anyone, and they do not care or try to understand that for a black actress like me I am lucky if there is a single character for me in a show. And for other races it literally seems to be like they are lucky if they are in every other show (black people seem thrown in more often as like look we added SOUL WOW). Like short story, but I was the only black person in a cast of little shop of horrors and that show is so important to me and it was almost destroyed by how racist my director, the other girls in my trio and especially my understudy was. She would go off sometimes about how I only got the role because I was black. And at the time it really hurt my feelings until I really though about it, like yeah I was cast because I was talented and the casting call called for a black woman. And in most shows I don’t get cast because the casting call called for a not black woman. It took me basically the whole run of the show to come to terms with the fact I should not feel bad for being in a black role, because it was made for a black girl not an entitled white actress who could literally play ANY OTHER CHARACTER ON BROADWAY.
And they get so mad when you tell them no this is not for you. It goes back to that whole thing that says that racism is a side quest for white people that they don’t have to take if they don’t want to. And for many of them they literally cannot wrap their head around how exciting it is for us when we see a character that we get even a sliver of a chance to play because they think they get the whole world, cause so far they have. They don’t try to empathize with us at all because they know theater is hard but they don’t even try at all to understand it is so much more hard when you get 1/20th of the roles (if that).
Black people in white shows seem to be accessories and we rarely see any other races and Hamilton despite its problems is one of the few big big shows where that isn’t the case and white people are so mad they don’t get to be a part of our revolution.

-Mod P