Freihofer Casting Opens Doors Dec. 4-5
For 6th Annual Meals for Monologues
Ever thought it was hard to be seen by a casting director? Have you had trouble getting auditions for projects? Have you honed your skills since your last audition and you want to show your abilities? Do you want to show your talent agent what you can do?
Freihofer Casting, the leading casting office for film and television in Oklahoma, will open its doors December 4-5 for the 76th annual "Meals for Monologues", a nationwide open casting call charity event initiated by the Casting Society of America. Freihofer Casting is the only CSA-member casting office in Oklahoma.
Essentially an open call, the event allows actors to bring in a monologue or short scene of their choosing and perform it for a working Casting Director for film & television. Casting Director Chris Freihofer, Casting Associate Tiffany Feese and Casting Assistant Bethany Bourland will view all auditions.
All scenes and monologues will also be filmed and shown to Oklahoma talent agents. If you already have a talent agent, they will have the opportunity to see again what you can do. If you do not have an agent, the Meals for Monologues staff will notify you if an agent has expressed interest in contacting you.
Cost for the event is at least two non-perishable food or sundry items per person.
This year, the recipients of the Items collected will be Sparrow House, an organization that provides a mobile pantry to homebound seniors living on fixed incomes, and Bridges and organization that assists high school students who live alone due to family crisis, including the death of a parent, parental incarceration or homelessness.
"Chicago Casting Director Claire Simon challenged the entire CSA membership seven years ago," said Freihofer. "They distributed an invitation through the Casting Society of America database, encouraging other CSA member offices to copy an event that has been popular with them for over 11 years."
"We dedicate a day a year to meeting any actor on the planet that would like to come in and be seen and do an audition piece," said Simon. "The day always has actors lined up down the hall, a really festive feeling, and the actors are excited to be in and feel good about doing something good for someone else at the same time."
"Actors don't have to bring in monologues," said Freihofer. "They can bring in a scene and we will provide the off-camera reader, just like a film audition." (Make sure to bring a copy of the script). Actors are also encouraged to bring in their headshots and resumes, if they have them. Freihofer will fill out an evaluation form and attach it to each headshot/resume for consideration for future projects.
He stressed that this is perfect for actors that haven't yet been seen by the casting office, or for actors that have reached a new level in their training and want to show themselves off. He also encourages veteran actors to come in to stretch the envelope of how they are normally seen or considered.
"If an actor wants to strut their stuff, go for it. If you aren't being seen for the right roles or the right projects, if you feel you aren't being seen at all, or if you feel your last auditions haven't represented your talents, this is the chance. The doors are open to any actor of any age," Freihofer said. "Or, if you just want to come in and act for a couple minutes for a good cause, that's always welcome, too. We have beginning actors, very advanced actors, college professors, high school students, just anyone attend. And we always make it fun and festive in the lobby. We provide light snacks and treats for those waiting in line.
The audition is limited to 2 minutes each. Actors can perform a monologue or scene of no more than two minutes, or even two one-minute monologues. But Freihofer stressed actors will be cut off after two minutes.
"We've had long lines in the past when we didn't have time limits, and we want to make sure everyone gets seen and no one has a long wait," Freihofer said.
Freihofer has cast over 60 feature film and television projects and hundreds of commercials since opening the doors in 2004. Recent casting credits include the feature films WHALING with Tammin Sursok and Tom Felton, WILDLIFE, with jake Gyllenhall and Carey Mulligan, ROAD LESS TRACELED with Lareun Alaina and Charlene Tilton, as well as THE BYGONE, SLEEPING IN PLASTIC, OVEREXPOSED, WICKED LOVE, HELLRAISER: JUDGMENT and CHILDREN OF THE CORN: RUNAWAY. Other projects include DISTANT VISION for Francis Ford Coppola and AMERICAN HONEY, with Shia Lebeouf, RUDDERLESS (Directed by William H Macy), AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (With Meryl Streep & Julia Roberts), THE KILLER INSIDE ME (with Casey Affleck & Kate Hudson), TO THE WONDER (Directed by Terrence Malick, starring Ben Affleck & Rachel McAdams), and many more, including recent commercials for Nike, Folger's, Foot Locker, Walmart, Warheads, AARP and many, many more.
Freihofer mentioned he has discovered many new faces at Meals for Monologues and have placed them in films and commercials in the weeks and months that followed. But he stressed the charity event is not an audition for a specific project, and is just a fun way to give back to the community and to be seen by local casting professionals.
Freihofer Casting's Meals for Monologues will be held Monday, December 4, from 11:00 am-8 pm and Tuesday, December 5 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at The Actor Factory in Norman, OK. No appointment is necessary. There may be a short wait, but we will make it festive for all, and anyone in line will be seen!
Be mindful that this casting office is hired for film & television work, so Shakespeare monologues are probably not the best choice. It is suggested that the audition material is memorized.
Look for more details in upcoming editions of The Monday Morning Memo
Everyone auditioning is required to bring at least two non-perishable food or toiletry items that could be helpful to a family in need during the holidays. Please remember that non-perishable includes pasta, pasta sauce, canned goods, cereal, crackers, peanut butter, toiletries (soap, toothpaste, shampoo, tampons, anti-perspirant as well as dryer sheets, laundry detergent, dishwashing detergent and more), etc.
For address, map and driving directions to The Actor Factory, visit www.TheActorFactory.com
. For information by phone, call the Casting Hotline at 405.310.4391. (Do not call The Actor Factory phone line or the main office phone number for Freihofer Casting for information about this event).
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