Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Project Super Nakama Casting Call

By now you've probably heard of the audio drama we want to get moving for our 7th anniversary, our attempt to add on to the lasting legacy that will be the Ass Backwards Podcast Network, for good or for bad. The main thrust of the story surrounds twelve individuals in a pre-apocalyptic world still trying to figure out if they want the world to know about their gifts. Like I would've mentioned on the episode, I am long winded, so if the show works out there will be many characters over the years to provide opportunities to everyone who can commit to doing the work. For those who want to audition but are on the fence I'm posting a summary of main characters and some bits of dialogue you can record and pass along to ssaapodcast@gmail.com.

A few of the characters don’t have any prompt lines to audition with but if you’re interested you’re welcome to read from Shakespeare, your favorite book or poetry. We are also looking for all sorts of technical help including someone to help compose small bits of music for the show so if that's your calling feel free to submit samples of your work. Check below the jump for casting, and feel free to try out for parts that have been offered if they're the most interesting to you, there are still many minor and recurring roles that will need to be cast.



Raymon Benjamin Jr.
Age: 23
Ethnicity/Nationality: Bahamian
A conceited, somewhat self-obsessed multi-sport athlete (Baseball and American Football but he feels like he could master your favorite sport too) and an up and coming rapper. He has his own reality show that focuses his attempts to balance the two grueling seasons, his fledgling music career and being a full-time father to his two daughters 6 and 4.

Audition Line:
"And you're basing this on what, exactly?  I was a troubled kid who broke into houses to get my dad's attention.  Then I learned that not only would I get it faster through sports, but I'd get rich too.  Why on earth would I jeopardize that?  I make enough money year to year to have all of your little cop friends work for me."

Part Status: Offered

Lashon Owens
Age: 24
Ethnicity/Nationality: Bahamian
A standout athlete in her chosen sport of volleyball, Lashon is a deeply private person and a mystery to even her teammates. She very intentionally pushes others to the fringes of her life, hiding even the fact that she spent most of her high school years in a juvenile correctional facility.

Audition Line:
"I'm not going to play superhero with you Ray.  I'm a volleyball player.  I don't want to call attention to what I can do, I don't want to increase the likelihood that I hurt someone else.  I can't do that."

Part Status: Open

Sintiche Morris
Age: 27
Ethnicity/Nationality: Black
She works for Marston Labs, a sports drug testing agency and spent the majority of her youth in the same orphanage as Freddie and Ezequiel. Her natural instinct is to take command of situations and people listen whenever she speaks. She has frequent nightmares of an alien, war-torn world and has sleepwalked from childhood.

Audition Line:
"Just a few questions to satisfy my curiosity.  I assure you they'll be far less painless than if I was to not erase today's security footage and tell my bosses, or worse, the police about you."

Part Status: Offered

Janesh Dhawan
Age: 33
Ethnicity/Nationality: Indian/Indian American
A whiz-kid and prodigy when it comes to investment, he amassed a massive fortune in record time, seemingly lucking into shrewd opportunities many in his field were unable to predict. He runs one of the largest Sports Management Agencies in the United States and represents both Raymon Benjamin and Lashon Owens. He put a large percentage of his fortune towards his philanthropic efforts, especially when it comes to advocating for underprivileged children.

Audition Line:
"A trust fund?  F what you heard Ray, I built my empire from the ground up.  No parents to back me, no connections to bail me out, just me and my brain.  You've got talent out of this world, but you're not smart enough to reign in your mouth or to stop making stupid decisions.  That's why I'm here.  And the more you ignore me, the more money we both lose Ray.  And I don't like losing money."

Part Status: Open

Luisa Romero
Age: 28
Ethnicity/Nationality: Latina
A detective with the near magical ability to turn the most random hunches into concrete evidence and arrest warrants, Luisa is both respected and barely tolerated within her department. Her laser focus can be grating and she has a bad habit of excluding all other possibilities in her quest to prove herself right.

Audition Line:
"Have you seen the preliminary forensic reports from the scene?  No trace of any known explosive on that bus.  This was sophisticated, organized.  Maybe we should be calling in Homeland Security."

Part Status: Open

Alfred Johan "Freddie" Dixon
Age: 30
Ethnicity/Nationality: Black
Ivy League educated genius who has invented innovative solutions for many of the worlds ills including solving the Fresh Water crisis and creating biodegradable synthetic paper. He is a bit eccentric but loved by many the world over. He grew up in an orphanage ran by a tyrannical evangelical couple and the emotional scars still weigh heavily on him.

Audition Line
"All of us older kids had to get out of bed and go looking for you. We always found you in the strangest places too. Draped halfway over the pool, upside down in the swings, in the president's office under her desk. On the highway! Always fast asleep too. I'm surprised you made it to your ripe old age."

Part Status: Offered

Ezequiel Suarez Rios
Age: 31
Ethnicity/Nationality: Latino
Freddie’s best friend, he was frequently beaten by their foster parents at the orphanage in an attempt to protect Freddie or beaten up at the school they attended for the same reason. In spite of the violence and sadness that he kept hidden he has the personality of a prankster and is always trying to make other people smile and has a warmness that makes you feel immediately at home with him. He hosts a very popular comedy podcast.

Audition Line:
"So you're saying this isn't harsh? And I quote: "Robin claims her new professional direction is due to growth and newfound confidence to speak from her adult experience. In truth this album is the musical equivalent of a five year old going outside in her mother's clothes. Brave, but it won't fool anyone. She's still that fourteen year old tween pop juggernaut but her insistence on having her flaccid material taken seriously will torpedo her career. Leave the politics to the grown-ups". That doesn't bother you?"

Part Status: Offered

Annabel Flores
Age: 30
Ethnicity: Filipina
A trained investigative reporter trying to keep herself afloat at a station that only wants viral videos and gossip blurbs from her. When she finds out about the cosplaying vigilante she makes it her mission to track him down and uncover his identity.

Audition Line:
"I'm at the scene of the bus fire on the Interstate. At this moment I can confirm that two bodies have been pulled from the wreckage of the bus as well as the third from the car that was driving alongside. Emergency Services are overwhelmed attempting to treat the burns on site as well putting out the raging fire engulfing several vehicles in the area."

Part Status: Offered

Rasheed Henry
Age: 24
Ethnicity/Nationality: Black
A runaway that's always taken care of himself, Rasheed's money sources have started to dry up and he's been living on the streets for the past fifteen months. Despite his circumstances he's always taken care of the stray and abused animals and people in his vicinity, sometimes even to his own detriment.

Audition Line:
"Ey, you want me to show you a good time?" (Pausing and backtracking) "N-never mind officer, I don't want any trouble. Just a harmless joke."

Part Status: Open

Maika Takagi
Age: 30
Ethnicity/Nationality: Japanese/Japanese-American
A former gymnast who had to stop chasing her dreams when she became pregnant at age 14. While she'd never been as passionate about the sport as her teammates it had been the first place she'd felt accepted and she lost that safety when her coaches pressured her into quitting, all but abandoning her to the custody of the state. She channeled her energies into raising her son and pushing him to be better than she had ever been. When he was twelve years old her son was murdered in what the police classified as a random crime, but she's always suspected a conspiracy behind his death and set out to punish those responsible.

Audition Line:

Part Status: Open

Shuuji Amami
Age: 27
Ethnicity/Nationality: Japanese/Japanese American
Described by his parents as shiftless and by his teachers as incapable of applying himself, he's never seen the need to make an effort. He works from home, taking just enough calls and filling out just enough paperwork to receive a mildly positive evaluation. He actually spends most of his time playing video games, watching anime and designing costumes that he sells on eBay for supplemental income.

Audition Line:

Part Status: Open

Nadya Ghanem
Age: 29
Nationality: Arab/Arab-American
A former social services aide turned call center worker just barely keeping herself afloat through her day job, Nadya pours herself into her art. In the moments when she is drawing she is able to keep the migraines away. A deeply convicted person, she throws herself into activism and community organizing. She is empathetic, an attribute that is constantly manipulated by those who are familiar with it like Tyler.

Audition Line:
“I was your caseworker. You're not a ward of the state anymore and you got me fired. What part of I don’t want to speak to you is so difficult to understand? Should I get my new boss to tell you? Will you listen to him?”

Part Status: Open

Tyler Robin
Age: 23
Ethnicity/Nationality: Caucasian
Omnipresent even before the first time we hear her speak, Tyler is the kind of pop princess you can’t shake. She is the All-American girl, gushed over on every daytime talk show, her singles play in every mall, on every station, during every commercial break and in each and every one of your dreams. Her volatile love life claims headlines every other week on every gossip blog, but somehow she remains teflon to criticism with an army of virtual defenders ready to draw blood from the veins of anyone who dares to not praise her glowingly.

Audition Line
“No one said you were a pimp. I'm sure you've got other former clients who didn't turn out like me. They need some cash and I need some ass.”

Note: Needs to be able to sing
Part Status: Open

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