Disney Studios is searching the country for new teen and tween talent and is starting at home in Southern California, with Disney’s casting directors visiting So. California schools, after-school programs and dance studios to find new faces.

According to the HuffPost, Disney and Disney XD are officially launching an annual nationwide open call audition to find young actors, singers, and dancers ages 10-17 who will star in Disney Channel and Disney XD’s series and movies while “reflect[ing] our diverse world.”

Judy Taylor Senior VP Casting at Disney“We are part of a global community and television should be a reflection of our diverse audience,” Judy Taylor, senior vice president of Casting and Talent Relations for Disney Channels Worldwide (and my fellow Looking Ahead Advisory Committee Member) states, “Great storytelling comes from all different backgrounds and cultures and it’s important that we have actors and characters representing all of these different voices.  While our casting search is for everyone, this ‘grass roots’ search is a great opportunity for us to see many young actors [and] actresses whose talent, by circumstances or geography, hasn’t yet been evaluated by a professional casting director.”

Latinos have shone brightly in roles for Disney movies and series over the years, and the company has taken note of the popularity of these teens and their characters among their viewers.

“Stars including Selena Gomez, Raini Rodriguez, Bella Thorne and Adam Irigoyen are very popular with our overall audience because they’re relatable, proud of their background and appreciative of the support they receive from their respective communities,” Taylor added.

Submit photos, resume, and contact information with parent/guardian’s name and email to LATWEENO@Gmail.com and visit http://disneychannel.com/talentsearch

Information on Disney’s Southern California talent search can be found online for kids and teens interested in participating.


Disney 2013 National Open Call