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An eclectic group of salesmen and women navigate the cutthroat sales industry in Palm Springs while balancing their challenging personal lives.

GENERAL DETAILS

A satire that shines a glaring light on the world of real estate. A group of shameless real estate agents, navigate the dark underbelly of Palm Springs high society, where money is king and rules don’t apply. The humor is dark, but the consequences for our characters are dramatic and real as our agents struggle to keep their personal lives together while moving up in an attractive but dangerous world.

Seeking sharp actors who are quick enough to think on their feet. Improvisation and comedic skills are a plus.

Pilot presentation under SAG Micro Budget agreement.

Union Status: Union/Non-Union
Rate of Pay:  DISCUSS WITH PRODUCTION “FAVORED NATIONS DEFERRED”
Audition Process:  1. Submit this form.  2. Self-tape (by Thursday 4/8/2021).

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Start Date(s): 05/05/2021 thru 05/11/2021
Audition Date: 04/10/21 (Location in Palm Springs to be given upon confirmation)
Shoot Location: Palm Springs and surrounding cities

SPECIAL NOTE:

Our Director and Co-Creator/Writer was awarded a directing fellowship with HBOAccess in 2020 and received a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the American Film Institute where he obtained his MFA in Directing. His award-winning work has appeared in dozens of film festivals throughout the world including the New York Film Festival, the Seattle Film Festival, Stockholm International Film Festival, and Manchester (England) Film Festival.

COVID-19 NOTICE: Production will comply with applicable health and safety laws and regulations relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, including having a COVID compliance officer on set. Additionally, production will be operating with a limited crew. Actors will be required to comply with Production’s then-applicable COVID-19 protocols, including any advance testing and negative test result requirements. Casting will be contingent upon receiving a negative pre-employment test result. Current protocols require testing approximately three days prior to the start of services. All protocols, including timing, and frequency of any required testing, are subject to change.

ROLES

GABBY – 5 to 8 years old, Hispanic female. (FILMS 1 day)

Inquisitive, bossy, and mature. Angelo and Grace’s daughter. She is often the smartest person in the room and a parent to her parents. A daddy’s girl who loves to read and doesn’t like when she’s spoken to as a child. Actor to provide clothing.

DICKY – 40 to 60 years old, all ethnicities male. (FILMS 1 day)

Insensitive, loud, and a major dick. A large and imposing man who smells like cigarettes. The owner of Dicky’s Used Cars who makes everyone around him miserable. Actor to provide clothing

BLAKE – 30 to 40 years old, all ethnicities male. (FILMS 1 day)

A slick real estate agent. Smooth talker and charming. Actor to provide clothing.

CLYDE COOPER – 60 to 70 years old, white male. (FILMS 1 day)

An adult film movie mogul. He’ll be in a motorized wheelchair. Must be comfortable with a bit of risquĂ© situations-will be murdered in a bathroom scene.

RICO – 20 to 30 years old, Person of color. (FILMS 1 day)

Bodybuilder type, must be comfortable showing off his body-will be involved in a murder in a risqué manner. Bodyguard and boyfriend of one of our lead characters, Ruby Cooper, an adult film movie mogul.

How to submit: Use the submit form above. Please note: Large photos take time to upload – please be patient.

VICTORIA – 40 to 50 years old, all ethnicities female. (FILMS 3-4 days)

Motherly, principled, and a workaholic. Chic. Corporate. Everything she does is “by the book”-the way she looks, dresses, and speaks. She is the mother hen of her sales office and constantly referees between her staff and their petty arguments. Wardrobe provided.

BOBBI JO – 30 to 40 years old, white female. (FILMS 1-2 days)

Confident, competitive, and manipulative. A blonde bombshell and Southern belle with an accent to match. Dolly Parton’s charm and a serious potty mouth. A failed actress, but rising star in her sales industry. Constantly underestimated because of the way she looks and sounds. Wardrobe provided.
***Must have an authentic Southern accent.

RUBY COOPER – 20 to 40 years old, all ethnicities female. (FILMS 1 DAY)

Ruthless, blunt, and cunning. A former porn star turned adult movie mogul and married to a man old enough to be her grandfather. A take no prisoner’s approach to life and business, she fights to recapture her youth no matter who gets in the way. Wardrobe provided.

GRACE – 35 to 45 years old, Hispanic female. (FILMS 2 DAYS)

Strong, devoted, and pragmatic. Angelo’s wife and moral compass-if she could only get him to follow. Unimpressed by material possessions, but rather how people live their lives. A child of divorce, she fights for her marriage as she doesn’t want their 5 year old daughter to live in a broken home. Wardrobe provided.

LOU COBBS – 60 to 70 years old, Black male. (FILMS 1-2 days)

Blunt, sensitive, and regretful. A used car salesman dinosaur who spends his days wishing for a second chance at life. A once aspiring dancer, he gave up on his dream and now acts as Angelo’s mentor and confidante. After his untimely death, Lou reappears in Angelo’s dreams as “Black Jesus” to give him life advice. Wardrobe provided.

JOEL – 50 to 60 years old, all ethnicities male.

Half of a gay couple who are house shopping in Palm Springs. Esteban is a cool head who allows the love for his husband get in the way of over-bidding on a house.

ESTEBAN – 20 to 30 years old, Hispanic male.

Joel’s much younger husband and fellow house-shopper. Esteban wears his heart on his sleeve and has no problem letting his husband know that he wants his dream house no matter the cost.

DAVID – 20 years old, all ethnicities male.

A millennial and impatient aspiring real estate agent. He moved from a conservative Midwest town to move to Palm Springs where he was accepted by society and can pursue his dreams.

*IMPORTANT NOTE: The Greater Palm Springs Film Alliance & Film Office is not a talent agency, casting agent or talent management firm; we do not represent talent, negotiate or earn commission from talent. If you require a licensed agency, please contact the GPS Film Office for a referral: (760) 861-1182. Please – No phone calls regarding this casting.
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