Casting Call | The Project – Viral Sensation


Casting Call | The Project : Real Female Actors Reading Real Female Casting Calls become viral sensation. 

Created and produced by Julie Asriyan+ Laura Bray + Jenna Ciralli was released on social media March 3rd, 2016 , becoming an overnight viral sensation amassing more over 2 MILLION VIEWS in a span of 3 days. With over 23 thousand shares and an innumerous amount of commentary and overwhelming praise and support from people within the arts and outside. The project has been covered by major print media, including:


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Real Female Actors Reading Real Female Casting CallsReal Female Actors Reading Real Female Casting Calls Casting Call | The Project #FemaleActors #FemaleCharacters #FemaleRoles#BreakTheMold #ChangeTheNarrative #ContinueTheConversation || Real female actors seeing and reading excerpts from real casting calls for the first time while being captured on film. Thank you to Casting Call Woe for gathering the "Really terrible casting calls from terribly real casting websites." and for supporting our project. ||

Posted by Julie Asriyan on Thursday, March 3, 2016

About The Project

Casting Call The Project is a creative endeavor by us, three New York City friends: actors Julie Asriyan and Jenna Ciralli and writer Laura Bray.

It began with the three of us meeting as graduates of an Acting Conservatory in NYC. We found that we all shared a common ground in how we see the arts and how we wish to contribute to it. In our quest to find and create work, we became all too familiar with reading character breakdowns posted on casting call notices via the numerous casting websites (some legitimate and reputable, others, not so much). Throughout this journey, we would often share with each other particularly ridiculous, hysterical and appalling casting call notices.

The character breakdowns on the casting call sites varied in their wrongs – discriminatory, stereotypical, sexist, ageist, racist…but all undeniably flawed and limited in the way they sought to reflect a female character.

Discovering the blog Casting Call Woe (which hilariously showcases some of the best of the worst of castings found in the ether) we felt this was a great inspiration and launching pad to help us to showcase our responses in an original and entertaining format and to also to begin a conversation on this very topic.

We began to invite other female actors to be a part of this project…real female actors seeing and reading real casting calls for the first time and being captured on tape. And so, Casting Call, The Project was born.

The cast includes women actors/creatives in our artistic community that we very much respected and who are both very diverse in both their work and as people. 

They are: Julie Asriyan, Laura Bray, Jenna Ciralli, Kristina Asriyan, Diana Oh, Beata Royzman, Rebecca Robertson, Shawlini Manjunath-Holbrook, Aamira Martinez, Miriam Lind, Lilyette Estanislao, Benja K. Thomas, Annie Henk, K.J. Holmes, Sam Garland, Candice Mausner, Celestine Rae and Margaret Catov.

We are hoping that this fun and cathartic project will contribute to the conversation about the deeply flawed ideas of female characters and work for women in the arts in general. We hope that it will keep all of us (of every gender) talking, thinking, asking and most importantly CREATING OUR OWN WORK that will, in turn, bring about the roles we all want to see for female actors.

To learn more about the project and the women,visit

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