Diversity lives in Vancouver! But can ethnic actors act? Or is the real question: “Can Studios accept that actors don't have to be white…”
For generations, Asian Canadian actors have been relegated to ethnic roles, and supporting characters. Think of Robert Ito (Japanese-Canadian) in Quincy, George Takei in Star Trek, The Hop Sing character in Bonanza.
But recently, ethnicity is the new “hotness.” Think Kristen Kreuk in Smallville (okay, she's playing a caucasian character), think the new 90210 with a Afro-American lead, think Cheech and Chong revival tour… think… hmmm not much else, unless you are Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Stephanie Song or Lucy Liu…
Here's a Casting Call for Actors of Colour – forwarded to me from Joyce Lam of Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre.
Please feel free to forward to anyone you know who may be interested.
NBC UNIVERSAL OPEN CASTING CALL!
SEEKING ETHNICALLY DIVERSE & MULTI-CULTURAL ACTORS
representatives from NBC Universal, Los Angeles, will be in Vancouver
to meet diverse actors for non-specific roles. Specifically seeking
East Indian, African American, First Nation, Asian and Latino actors.
Monday, September 22nd
Tuesday, September 23rd
North Shore Studios
555 Brooksbank Avenue
North Vancouver, B.C.
(Studio is located next to Park and Tilford Shopping Center. Plenty of street parking)
* Please bring picture, resume and demo reel (if available)
open call is designed to add diverse, new faces to our expanding talent
pool for film and television (Psych, Battlestar Galactica and Eureka)
For more information on NBC’s Diversity Initiatives go to www.diversecitynbcuni.com