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Project name: West Philly Baby

  • Request type: Casting Call
  • Project type: Television
  • Casting for: Supporting
  • Pay / incentives: Paid project if cast in the role
  • Performer location requirement: US
  • Union: SAG-AFTRA
  • Production dates: TBD
  • Production location: Los Angeles, CA
  • Gender: Either Gender / No preference
  • Disability: Any Disability
  • Equipment: Any Disabled Equipment
  • Age range: 55-70
  • Veteran status: Not Required
  • Role / Character: Elderly Customer
  • Role / Project description: ALLBLK, the first and largest streaming service for Black TV and film from AMC Networks, is partnering with the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) to kick off a nationwide casting call for the co-star of its latest original production, “West Philly, Baby.” A new half-hour family dramedy created by “Fear the Walking Dead” alum Colman Domingo. “West Philly, Baby” is a one-hour drama that is bitingly funny and achingly dramatic. At the center is the Shealy Family, led by its feisty matriarch, Dot. Dot is at the start of her journey with Alzheimer’s. This is anything but a sad and tragic tale but instead a wild, funny, secret-filled, grounded and soapy drama with a family that has always had no filter.

    [ELDERLY CUSTOMER] 55-70, BIPOC, Female or Male, a bit cynical, calls it like it is, this elderly customer scans the empty toilet paper aisle at the West Philly Price Right Supermarket for a good 25 minutes, staring at the empty shelves. She/He can't believe the state of affairs - that it's gotten so bad that there's not a roll of toilet paper to be found. When Averie asks to assist, she/he opens up, expressing their general disappointment in the world. She/He appears harmless enough - until they pull a gun - demanding Averie turns over her secret stash of toilet paper...

    GUEST STAR (1) PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO SUBMIT
  • Submission deadline date: 7/22/21
  • Submission instructions: 1. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.

    2. Instructions for submissions:

    Each participant will have to submit the following:

    A 2-min profile video about themselves.
    A dramatic monologue performance
    A comedic monologue performance.

    SLATE: On the audition tape, please state your name, age, height, state/country of residence, and representation (if you have representation) at the beginning of your slate.

    When reading the scene, please have a reader to read opposite of you (out of frame).

    LIGHTING & SOUND: Make sure you are well lit and that the sound is ok.

    FRAMING: Please shoot Head & Shoulders, so that when watching playback, we can clearly see the actors face.

    All submitted material is subject to be used for promotional use on all platforms including social media by ALLBLK and AMC Studios.

    3. All three submission items must be submitted here: https://bit.ly/wpbopencall

    Please email all questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    4. Submissions will be accepted from July 5, 2021 – August 15, 2021.

    5. Five finalists will be selected and notified by September 15, 2021.

    6. If you are selected as one of the 5 finalists, you will participate in the final round of the casting call as a part of the ABFF film festival. You will have to perform a scene from the new series, “West Philly, Baby”, with Colman Domingo (or another cast member) in front of the panel of judges and a live audience.

    7. The winner will ultimately be cast in the new, original series, “West Philly, Baby”, created and directed by Colman Domingo.

    8. We are committed to diverse, inclusive casting. Please submit qualified performers without regard to disability, race, age, national origin, ethnic origin or any other basis prohibited by law.

    9. All submitted materials become the property of ALLBLK and AMC Studios.

Casting / Agency Contact Details

  • Christi Holliday
  • Leah Daniels-Butler Casting
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