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Inside the Audition Process

Thanks Nathalie for taking this picture! Looks like we're having way too much fun! It's really quite unnatural.

 Audition: “A trial performance to appraise an entertainer’s merits.” ~ Merriam-Webster Dictionary

In short, it’s the scariest job interview you’ve ever been on!  Fortunately, I (Steph here!) have never been on the other side of the audition table, but then again, I’m not an actor!  But I have many friends who are actors, and I have no idea how they do it.  If you can imagine, completely immersing yourself into character, a role, another person if you will.  Then having to channel that at will, and perform for a bunch of strangers.  And take direction.  Kudos, actors.  Kudos.

I certainly couldn’t do it.

If anything our audition process has taught me up to this point, is that acting is one hell of a hard job.  It’s a craft like anything else.  I don’t see it as any different than writing or painting.  You need to practice your craft to get better.  But unlike being a writer or painter, an actor can’t always choose their palette or what story they want to tell.  Many times, they’re subject to the whims of casting.  Which, to me, seems really unfair.

See, there may be merit to an actor’s talent, but how to determine whether they’re right for this role.  And just this one role.  It’s… difficult.  It’s a process.  One that we’re currently undergoing, and so there’s a need for confidentiality here.  This is why I’ll keep this post as general as possible.

What I can tell you is that we’ve held our preliminary, or first phase, of auditions in Toronto.  At the moment, we only managed to audition actors for the principal roles of Sally Khan and her aunt, Farah.  We’re taking a break for the holidays, but rest assured that we will continue the process in the New Year.

And in January and February, we will also be casting for the rest of our roles, such as for the enigmatic Agent Finch.  As you can see, this is very much a multi-step process.  If we cast too early, many things can happen between now and April, which is when we intend to shoot our film.  If we wait too late, we may not find the talent we need in time.

It’s a tricky balancing act, but with the help of my trusty Co-Director/Associate Producer, Jessica Wu, we’ll figure it out!  In the meantime, big thanks to our Casting Angels, Jennifer Liao and Sandy Kellerman, for helping us out.  And to our Casting Crew:  Nathalie Younglai, Consuelo Solar, Rain Chan, Samantha Shute, and Andrew Liao.  We love you!

In the meantime, stay tuned for more Casting and Audition updates!


Happy Holidays!

Team LMJ

About littlemissjihadfilm

When 10-year-old, Afghani-American, Sally Khan, discovers that the father she never knew disappeared on September 11, 2001, she becomes convinced that he is a terrorist. Now if she could only figure out what that means! LITTLE MISS JIHAD is a dark comedy, yes, comedy, about faith, tolerance, and a child's imagination running away with her.

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