For the first time, Disney Channel Hosts Online Casting Call inviting child actors, ages 10-17 years old, to audition online via video for Disney casting directors working on the channels upcoming movies and TV series to be presented on Disney Channel and Disney XD.
As many of you will recall, in years past Disney held these “search-style” auditions in various locations across the United States. The new casting search, in conjunction with the Disney Applause App, is part of the Mouse networks’ ongoing initiative to find, cast and develop diverse young actors, singers and dancers and provide them opportunities to showcase their talent across Disney platforms. It also seems that taking it in-house and online will prevent many phonies and imitators from taking advantage of the Disney name and unsuspecting parents of aspiring child actors.
Casting began Thursday, July 23 and will continue through August 6, 2015.
A brief scene monologue and guidelines for the audition video are available at www.Disneychannel.com/talentsearch. The site also includes tips from young actors Paris Berelc (of Disney XD’s “Mighty Med”) and Jacob Bertrand (of Disney XD’s “Kirby Buckets”) on submitting an effective video audition.
WORDS FROM THE BOSS
Judy Taylor, senior vice president, Casting and Talent Relations, Disney Channels Worldwide, (and my fellow Looking Ahead Advisory Committee Member) states: “While many factors go into casting a role, our goal is to find new talent and make the process accessible to all, whether amateur or professional actors with agents. It also provides parents assurances about privacy and safety online.”
THE FINE PRINT
This is not a contest and as with any audition, online or in person, there is no guarantee of employment. Minors must have permission from their parent or guardian. There will never be any cost or fee to audition for Disney Channel or Disney XD.