Casting For Short Scene, “True To Life”

Hello all. Thank you for your interest in our short scene.

Big Red 4 Productions is casting a non-union down-to-earth African-American female for the role of “Tanya” in a short scene to be shot in the NYC area. We will give IMDB credit to all involved, and copy will be provided for your reel. This particular project was to be shot last Fall but had been put on hold due to budgetary reasons. But we’re back!

“True To Life” is a short dramedy scene about an interracial couple having a discussion of an uncomfortable situation. It’s nighttime, before bed scene, NO nudity. The actress should be comfortable wearing a nightgown. One option is to wear an XL football jersey (no logos). Also, please bring a neutral-colored silk nightcap or bandanna. No make-up or jewelry will be needed.

The actress should have braids (they do not have to be too long, but at least medium length). Height should be 5’5″ or shorter. Proportionate weight and size.

More than likely, the scene will be shot in a motel room as the scene is set during a vacation trip between the two characters.

Pay is $150, and the total amount of time for filming will be no longer than two hours maximum. We’re working with a small crew and have a limited budget. The emphasis will be on the safety and comfort of the actress participating. If interested, please email us at

I have provided the original breakdown below from last Fall, but have since updated the current breakdown to eliminate toll and self-taped monologue requirement. Although sending one in would be better to showcase your talent. Thanks.

Original breakdown:

Hello.  I am happy to have you submit yourself for the role of “Tanya”, for my latest short demo reel clip. It’s my second film in a year. The idea behind this scene came from my own experience in my current interracial relationship. It’s a timely situation between a soon-to-be-married couple (in this scene anyway) and expectations between a neurotic husband (myself, playing the role of Nate) and a loving and inquisitive wife. There is a bit of dry humor in the last part of the clip, just so you know. Anyway, it is nighttime, before bed scene. I know the breakdown mentioned a nightgown but if you’re cool with it that’s fine, but now I’m kind of thinking maybe a nightshirt, or extra long football jersey (numbers, no logos if you have one) or something might work as well. Tanya will be wrapping her braids into a nightcap, so a neutral-colored nightcap would be ideal. I’m working with a small crew, they aren’t getting paid. I promised to pay the talent a $100 stipend and the possibility of travel expenses. As long as you keep your toll receipts I may possibly be able to reimburse you. As we stand right now, I was just hoping you could send in a self-taped 1-minute comedic monologue and a self-taped 1-minute dramatic monologue for my CD so she can see your work, or if you already have a demo reel — even better. You have a little bit of time, about a month since I am not able to shoot the scene until we can find a location and set the schedule for my crew. I’m targeting the end of September, early October. We will let you know if and when details become available. If you’d like to see my other short clip that we made last year you can go to and see it there. Thanks again for your interest!

~ Robert


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