Casting: African American Actors Needed

Casting: African American Actors Needed

African American Actors looking for a break

African American actors are needed. And, we are pleased to announce that one of our crew members is currently casting for a indie short film project in Los Angeles that will be shooting in May. This is a paid opportunity and will shoot 1 – 2 days.

This casting call is looking for two youthful looking African American females in the 18 – 30 year old range and one youthful looking African American male in the 18-30 year old range.

Send a two minute monologue to apt207production@gmail.com by May 7th, 2018.

Please include that you were referred by Black TV Film Crew. Apply as soon as you can!

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African American Actors

Actress Vernika Eshay Rowe. This photo is courtesy @Venika_Eshay_Rowe Instagram

For African American Actors – A Few Words of Advice

I watched Kerry Washington on television the other night. She told Jimmy Kimmel about auditioning for her role on Scandal. She stated that many of her friends thought the role was for them and that she didn’t believe her audition went well. But, she went anyway. It was probably discouraging to hear friends say, “The role was written just for me,” and think to yourself, “Well that means the role isn’t mine.” No one knows who is going to get the role, but the person who doesn’t show up, will never get the role.

It was strange to her Kerry talk about being somewhat insecure about the role when she clearly became Olivia Pope in every sense of the word. All of us deal with doubts and fears from time to time, keep going anyway. Every one questions themselves, but every with a little doubt in your head, claim a victory. Talk positively to yourself and watch your life change.

At Black TV Film Crew, we know a lot of actors are out there looking for a break. This may be yours.

Don’t give up and just keep going.

Final note for those needing motivation:

We recently started a Pinterest page to help keep us motivated and remind us of all the talented black folks all over the world. If you’re on Pinterest, let’s connect.

(Feature photo published courtesy of @Lesliedapwatda’s instagram)

Love Lyfted Me: A Holiday Love Story

Love Lyfted Me: A Holiday Love Story

Love Lyfted Me is a holiday love story written, directed and produced by AND starring Crystale Green. She is joined by co-star Klark Kent.

The Love Lyfted Me team sent us this behind the scene photo. We wish your entire crew and everyone involved nothing but success with your project.

Peace!

Danae Grandison: Talks Unspoken Film and Empowering Women

Danae Grandison: Talks Unspoken Film and Empowering Women

Writer / Director Danae Grandison recently connected with Black TV Film Crew on the eve of The Voice of A Woman Festival screening for her latest film, Unspoken.  Grandison is a former Miss Jamaica USA who found her voice as a filmmaker as a result of gaining confidence through competition and being encouraged to take risks. This spirit-led woman talks with us about sharing her voice, empowering women and walking this winding path as creatives do.
Unspoken film

Photo by Adjah John

What inspired you to adapt and direct Unspoken?

Unspoken is based on the book The Bed Head by Jennifer Grahame which explores the socio-economical construct of classism and the prevalence of sexual misconduct. The film gives voice to the underrepresented woman inspiring us to identify challenges and drive change.

How did you find The Bed Head? 

This book was gifted to me by my Aunt for Christmas. It was the most cosmic gift she could have given me. It was as if she knew this book would inspire me to make my next film. I walked everywhere with my head buried within its pages. The Bed Head book kept saying “shoot me” through the pages and I was determined to do just that.

Photo by Adjah John

Unspoken FilmWhat do you hope viewers get from Unspoken? 

I made some directorial choices with Unspoken that were intentionally focused on how we experienced these two women who are victims of someone else’s doing. Despite this film is set in Jamaica, with its cultural differences, it will resonate with everyone. I want the audience to look at both of these women, their position, their voice, their power, or lack there of.

As Miss Jamaica USA, what did that experience teach you about life? 

After entering that competition, I learned I needed to be willing to take more risks and put myself out there. As much as I am an outgoing person, I am not the person you would ever think would care to enter a beauty pageant. From this competition I became more confident in myself. I wasn’t afraid to be seen or afraid to be heard.

How did you become a filmmaker? 

I stumbled on filmmaking by being encouraged to take a course. It was there I discovered I have a voice and its in film. After shooting my first film, Unconditional Love, I won the Audience award which only pushed me to believe I could move an audience with my work.

Photo by Adjah John

What career advice would you give to other women filmmakers at this time?

Be careful which door you walk through. As you take on these other roles for the set experience, do not get comfortable in those roles if that is not what you want to do because you might find yourself stuck. So carefully find your place, listen to your heart and go for “it”. I have listened and I know my passion is directing.

What do you enjoy most about being a filmmaker? 

I love working with actors. I love discovering the emotion that drives the moment. I love when I read a script and I close my eyes , and  see, hear, smell and be moved by it. I like being able to visually feel its pulse. I also love responding to the voices in my own head that sees stories that need to be told about experiences that are universal and transcend borders. We are living very similar experiences beyond the borders. We just don’t know how connected we really are. To connect with Danae Grandison, please check her out at the following links: Facebook: @dir.danaegrandison Instagram Handle: @dir.danae *Top photo of Danae Grandison shot by William Greenwood.*
Squeaky Moore: Talks The Art of the Pitch

Squeaky Moore: Talks The Art of the Pitch

Squeaky Moore #100 PitchesSqueaky Moore a friend to content creators!

Squeaky Moore is a writer, director and producer and founder of Moore Squeaky Productions. She recently wrote and published #100Pitches: Mistakes I’ve Made So You Don’t Have To. We interviewed Squeaky after seeing her presentation of #100Pitches at General Assembly in Santa Monica. What is your goal for your book? My goal was to educate content creators, specifically women and minorities on how to pitch. I felt like when I was in pitching, there was so much that I didn’t know. When I reached out to my peers, many of them didn’t have the answers either. This book came from a place of frustration and on the heels of Oscars So White. We’re not showing up because we don’t know what to do.
Only the strong will survive this game period.

How persistent do you have to be to succeed in this business? You have to be a stalker. Start engaging. Because I am research focused, I find out where they are and who I’m trying to get in front of. If someone I want to engage is at an award ceremony, I try to be there. One thing I learned from my experiences is to reach out. If a person who I want to connect with is going to be at an event, I’ll say, “Hey, I’ll be there and would love to meet you.” I do this after I’ve been engaging already. And, I have my 10 – 15 second pitch ready to go.

Content Creators Can’t Be Afraid to Reach Out

What’s the secret to getting people familiar with your content? Stay engaged. Reach out to production company owners… Stay out there. When you have something going on, let them know. Include them on a newsletter. Send them an email and say, “I love to send you a copy.”  If you keep the conversation going,  over time people will begin to check you out. What is the best social media platform for content creators? LinkedIn is one of my top social media platforms. I get the most responses from LinkedIn. If you make the information pertinent, it can really work for you. You have to use your instincts. Remember: If you constantly position yourself as an authority, then that’s what will help you.
Stay out there. Stay engaged.

How do you get over rejection? Perspective is everything. Where your head game is. I don’t look at any situation as I failed. I touched base. I didn’t get the outcome that I wanted, but I made an acquaintance. I have an open door. So, when I have the next idea, it’s gonna work. Once I get in the door, once I connect, whatever it is, I know I’m building a relationship and the door will open. You have to change your perspective.   Inside Scoop: Squeaky works with content creators on their pitches as well as reviewing pitch packages for investors, networks, etc. If you’d like to reach out to Squeaky, please visit her website and let her know Black TV Film Crew sent you!