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ABFF Star Project

For more information on the ABFF Star Project: http://www.abff.com/star-project/

Are you an aspiring actor ready to audition for execs and casting directors from NBC Entertainment? Have you been waiting to set your acting career into motion? HERE’S YOUR CHANCE. In association with the American Black Film Festival, we’re back with the ABFFStarProject Open Call monologue competition!

For the first time, we’re embarking on a coast-to-coast live search in Los Angeles & New York to find the next fresh face of the big and small screen.

One winner will receive:

  • Roundtrip airfare to Miami, FL to attend the American Black Film Festival June 15-18 2017
  • 4-night hotel stay in Miami
  • SoBe Festival Pass to attend exclusive screening and Opening & Closing Night VIP Parties
  • Scholarship to participate in the Tasha Smith’s Acting Workshop
  • VIP access to the NBCUniversal Short Film Festival semi-finals in August in New York and the finale in October in Los Angeles (travel & hotel not included)
  • Name announcement in the ABFF press release
  • Introductions to NBCUniversal Casting Executives
  • $1,000 Cash grant towards new headshots or acting classes

IMPORTANT DATES:

LOS ANGELES OPEN CALL:

MON/TUES March 20-21, 2017

8am Registration Begins TIME SLOTS ARE LIMITED!!!
9am Auditions Begin

Hilton Universal City
555 Universal Hollywood Dr, Universal City, CA 91608

METRO REDLine to Universal Studios Stop, then uphill walk to Hotel
$15 Self Parking at Hotel
$20 City Walk General Parking, then FREE Shuttle to Hotel beginning at 9am

 

NEW YORK OPEN CALL:

WED/ THURS March 29-30, 2017

8am Registration Begins TIME SLOTS ARE LIMITED!!!
9am Auditions Begin

Ripley Grier Studios
520 Eighth Avenue @36th St, NY NY

A/C/E Train to 34th Street PENN Station (Blue Line)

 

SEEKING:

Males & Females, 18+

Role Description: Seeking and strongly encouraging performers who can portray ethnically diverse characters including, but not limited to, Black decent.

BRING: Current Headshot or Photo & Resume STAPLED BACK TO BACK.

PREPARE: Perform up to 2 Contemporary Monologues, each under 2 minutes in length, dramatic or contemporary in the tone of a film or TV audition- NOT a theatrical stage audition. Due to time limits, actors will begin by only performing 1 monologue.

WARNING: In order to see as many talented actors as possible, you will be timed and stopped if exceeding 2 minutes. You may be asked to return and perform again later in the day.

NO WINNER IS ANNOUNCED THAT DAY, ONLY THE WINNER WILL BE NOTIFIED DIRECTLY OF THEIR PRIZE.

Click here for the Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Void where prohibited. Legal residents of the US or DC who are 18 or older. Begins March 20, 2017 at 9:00 A.M. ET and ends April 3, 2017 at 11:59 P.M. ET. For Official Rules, including odds and prize descriptions, visit [URL]. Sponsors: NBCUniversal Media, LLC.

 

To watch for updates please follow the NBCUNI TIPS Facebook page.


 

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NBC Scene Showcase

A 6 to 8 week workshop of original scenes by diverse writers, cast with up-and-coming actors and guided by directors of diverse backgrounds presented in a one-day showcase for executives, producers, casting directors, and other industry professionals. Read More

As part of its ongoing commitment to diversity, NBCUniversal will produce a live performance Scene Showcase in June in Los Angeles, and September in New York City. The showcase intends to feature actors, writers and directors of diverse backgrounds, including LGBTQ actors and Performers with Disabilities. The one-day live theatrical showcase is performed for executives, producers, casting directors, and other industry professionals.

We usually open auditions in the first quarter of the year for Los Angeles, and the second quarter of the year for New York.

To watch for updates on when we will open 2017 auditions, please follow the NBCUNI TIPS Facebook page.

 

 

SELECTION PROCESS

Using scripts from written by alumni from our programs, we audition actors for the showcase. Once we cast actors, we will hire directors.  They are typically selected from our pool of directors from the NBCUniversal Emerging Director Program finalists and award-winning NBCUniversal Short Film Festival directors.

A live theatrical showcase will take place once in Los Angeles, and once in New York.  These two showcases have separate casts and directors.

 

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NBCUniversal Short Film Festival

www.nbcushortsfest.com The NBCUNIVERSAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL seeks the next generation of writers, directors, producers & actors, while celebrating innovative storytelling from diverse and inclusive backgrounds, including female writers & directors, the LGBTQ community, and performers with disabilities. Read More

The NBCUNIVERSAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL seeks the next generation of writers, directors, producers & actors, while celebrating innovative storytelling from diverse and inclusive backgrounds, including female writers & directors, the LGBTQ community, and performers with disabilities.

With a high-profile list of judges and partners including, Comcast, NBC, Panavision, USA Networks, Telemundo, Bravo, Universal Pictures, E!, SAG-AFTRA, PGA, WGAW, WGAE, DGA, Hulu, The Hollywood Reporter & Variety, this bicoastal festival provides a unique opportunity for outstanding talent to have their work introduced to key decisions makers from the entire NBCUniversal family as well as agents, managers, producers, and other industry players.

Submission Period

March 1 – May 15, 2017

For eligibility and submission information, please visit: nbcushortsfest.com

To watch for updates please follow the NBCUNI TIPS Facebook page and the NBCU Short Film Festival Facebook page.

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NBCUNIVERSAL CASTING APPRENTICE PROGRAM

An 18-24 month paid rotational program designed for individuals of diverse backgrounds who aspire to join a casting office. Apprentices are exposed to working in both a network and freelance casting office. Read More

The NBC Universal Casting Apprentice Program is a career development opportunity for individuals pursuing a career in casting. This program is designed for individuals with diverse backgrounds who aspire to become a Casting Manager within a Network or Studio or a Casting Associate or Director on a production. Depending on the assigned division, apprentices will be given an opportunity to work at a Network with executives or in a Freelance Casting Office with a Casting Director.

 

For more information visit nbcunicareers.com.

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StandUp NBC

StandUp NBC is a nationwide search for stand-up comedians. This initiative allows comedians from across the country to showcase for key industry players at NBC and industry-wide. Top recipient(s) receive an NBC Talent Holding Deal, meeting with NBC Casting execs and an invitation to join the Stand Up for Diversity College Tour. Read More

StandUp NBC is a nationwide search for stand-up comedians of diverse backgrounds, which started in 2003. This initiative allows comedians from across the country to showcase for key industry players at NBC and industry-wide. Top recipient(s) receive an NBC Talent Holding Deal, meeting with NBC Casting execs and an invitation to join the Stand Up for Diversity College Tour. Success stories include: Tone Bell (Bad Judge, People are Talking), Hannibal Buress (30 Rock, Neighbors, SNL), Ian Edwards (Saturday Night Live), Brandon T. Jackson (Tropic Thunder, Mr. Robinson), Eric Andre (Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23),  and Deon Cole (Conan, Black-ish).

To watch for updates on when and where we will be holding 2017 auditions, please follow the NBCUNI TIPS Facebook page and the StandUP NBC Facebook page.

2017 SCHEDULE – TBA

 

HOW IT WORKS

Regional Open Call Audition

In each of our four cities, we will hold an open call audition. Only the first 100 comics who arrive will be seen. Comics will have one minute to perform at the initial audition. A handful will be invited back later that day to callbacks to perform a longer 2-3 minute set. From these, the top comics are selected to perform in the showcase the next evening.

Semi-Finalist Live Showcase

The regional showcase takes place the day following auditions, in the evening. The chosen few are asked to perform 5-7 minutes of material before a live audience. This is not a show that will air on NBC, but rather an opportunity to be showcased for agents, casting directors, and television executives in consideration for future casting and development opportunities.

Los Angeles Showcase

8-10 StandUp NBC Finalists will be flown to Los Angeles to perform in front of a live audience of agents, casting directors, and television executives. Winner(s) will receive a one-year Talent Holding Deal with NBC, meetings with NBC Casting execs, and an invitation to join the Stand Up for Diversity College Tour.

Questions? Check out our FAQ

Follow StandUp NBC on Facebook

Check out talent from past StandUp NBC showcases

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SUNDANCE INSTITUTE NATIVE AMERICAN and INDIGENOUS PROGRAM

The Sundance Institute Native American and Indigenous Program is a year-round program to deepen the commitment to support Native American and Indigenous artists and talent. Read More

The Sundance Institute Native American and Indigenous Program is a year-round program to deepen the commitment to support Native American and Indigenous artists and talent. This program allows NBCUniversal to build relationships within the Native and Indigenous communities and raise awareness of the artistic opportunities available at NBCUniversal through its various Diversity Initiatives and Programs, while creating a pipeline for Native actors, writers and directors.

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TALENT SCHOLARSHIPS

UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE | Continuing efforts to promote diversity in the comedic arts, NBC and the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) Theatre have partnered for their 2nd annual Diversity Scholarship. Read More

UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE

Continuing efforts to promote diversity in the comedic arts, NBC and the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) Theatre have partnered for their 2nd annual Diversity Scholarship. The Diversity Scholar is selected by both the Upright Citizens Brigade and NBC executives based on their performance. This scholarship is intended for students with advanced skills in improvisation.

 

THE GROUNDLINGS

NBCUniversal’s Talent Infusion Programs is in partnership with The Groundlings Theatre and School to develop and support diverse talent. Available quarterly, eight Groundlings students per year will receive a full scholarship to the Writing Lab level of the Groundlings Performance Track.

Criteria and application information is available here: www.groundlings.com/diversity.

 

 

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