Kings Of Leon Casting Women With "Deformities"

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Seriously: they're casting for a video, and "physical abnormalities or deformities are welcomed!!!!"

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Pro: the gig, advertised on Manhattan's CraigsList boards, pays $300 a day.

Con: "This video takes place in dockside bar in New England, where life has been hard. All characters with the exception of our hero need to look like life has beaten them up a bit. Scars, pockmarked skin, physical abnormalities or deformities are welcomed!!!!"

Here are the roles they're casting for:

ROLE: SIMPLE GIRL: Unattractive. Unloved. This woman is the adult version of the girl that no one talked to at school. She is socially abused. She might be a little slow. She is perhaps, painfully shy, completely socially awkward. She is the butt of everyone's jokes.

ROLE: SAD GIRL: 20's - early 40's, any ethnicity. Woman with REAL facial deformity/abnormality or scarring to play the role of someone who is being taken advantage of by ruthless people. We want this role to be one that the audience immediately recognizes and sympathizes with. Please ONLY submit if you actually fit this role description.

ROLE: OLD WOMAN: 60's-80's, Caucasian. Blue Collar/Lower Class. Rough around the edges. Spends most of her time in the local pub.

On the one hand, we guess it's...good?... that the notorious Tennessee modelizers aren't just disguising some model. On the other, the description of "Sad Girl" sounds just a little too ironic to be true. But hey, if you're interested in immortality, hit them up! "subject line should be: Kings of Leon/ SAD GIRL."

Kings Of Leon Looking For Women With "Scars," "Physical Abnormalities," Generally Low Self-Esteem [Mog Music Network]
Kings Of Leon Video - NEW FEMALE ROLES [Craigslist]

DISCUSSION

raisin-girl
Raisin.Girl

This is actually a pretty straightforward casting call, the only difference being it's being done wide open to the public, as opposed to sending character breakdowns to casting agents who then submit performers who fit the bill.

To be honest, I prefer this kind of blunt honesty to the unhelpful obfuscating you tend to find in non-professional or independent stuff. Recently I had a friend go to an audition for a play where the character as advertised was just "female, 20s, a wannabe actress".

The problem being, the character was also written as quite overweight, and the play was a black comedy with a LOT of dialogue about her size, including her lamenting she wasn't able to get parts. A lot of slender and average sized women turned up to read for the role, and some very good plus-sized actresses didn't as when you are, you know, plus-sized or a person of colour you know not to bother a lot of the time.

After about the fourth willowy blonde was reading the selected scene about how she was resigned to the fact she'd never be a size 12, it got... awkward. And actually kind of farcical.