Ethnic requirements...

Linda Mathis
Actor

I would appreciate Mandy supplying a box in the Jobs section that could be filled in specifying the ethnic background of the actor, this I feel would help with the screening of jobs being applied for.

I have been having a whale of a time getting excited about a breakdown only to find my ethinicity is not required.

Being caught between a rock and a hard place where Mandy is concerned, in that one has to pay to access paid jobs, it is getting rather tedious wasting my time on job breakdowns that wouldn't even give me the time of day.

Considering I am paying my subs for a service, I would ask that this be sorted out. Then all of us will get a service we deserve.


  • 3 years ago
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Apply any way. I do and have booked jobs specifically stated for other races (unless their race is relevant to the piece of course)


  • 3 years ago
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Yes, it's a pain. Not only ethnicity. Height, age, bearded/not etc
You get interested, scroll through to the bottom, then go "oh"


  • 3 years ago
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Oz Direncay
Actor

I would also like to suggest this as an idea Mandy should implement. It would be very helpful when applying for jobs.


  • 3 years ago
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You can already filter by age and height is rarely specified unless necessary...


  • 3 years ago
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Lucie Browne
Actor

Linda,

I ended up having to send this email to a Casting Director who I see CONSTANTLY specifies 'Caucasian' in breakdowns when the character could be any ethnicity. Maybe I shoudnt have, but it needed to be said:

Hello ........,
I was just wondering why this character specifically has to be 'caucasian' and also the role of 'British Lady' and photographer and the Library staff can only look 'latino/hispanic', 'mixed race' or 'caucasian' ? It is specific to the storyline that they muct be those things? By asking for white and olive-skinned actors and S/A's you are excluding any applicants with skin tones other than/darker than that. You speak of #diversity on your Twitter but surely it cannot be true diversity with these limitations in your casting breakdowns?
Best, Lucie

No response from her, naturally.

Lucie x


  • 3 years ago
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Olly Bassi
Actor

I've asked Mandy for this a couple of times. Since the advertiser already enters the information it seems a minimal amount of extra work to add it as a filter and save a lot of time. Both times I was told they are considering it, the first time I think was a couple of years ago though.


  • 3 years ago
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Jason Yip
Actor, Talent

I always get excited when I see the word 'Asian' in a casting call... just to be disappointed that they actually want Indian or Pakistani. So even if Mandy implemented an ethnicity checkbox, it would need to be more specific than 'Asian' (considering there are many ethnicities in Asia - Indian, Israeli, Korean, Afghan, Russian, Armenian, Turkish, etc.), even just basic groups like South Asian, SE Asian, East Asian, and Central Asian would be better than just 'Asian'.

I often feel I'm in the worst ethnic category because East Asians seem to be the least desirable actors to employ for some odd reason. I come across casting calls that seem to be going for diversity... then notice they want 1 Caucasian, 1 Black, and 1 Indian/Arab. East Asians really are an invisible ethnic minority o.O


  • 3 years ago
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My son who is new here, is really talented but most roles seem to be for caucasians and here on Mandy the job ads do not mention ethnicity requirements at all times making it difficult to consider qualification for the roles. Asians could also be a Trevor or a Justin …. Am I the only one feeling this? My son is 10 and has just begun exploring these opportunities.


  • 1 month ago
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Agreed, totally.


  • 2 weeks ago
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Sigurjon Kristjansson
Actor, Talent

It seems to me, that the filters aren't working properly on this site. The jobs on offer are great, but the system just isn't working the way it should. They just take our money, but don't provide a decent service.


  • 2 weeks ago
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Toni Brooks
Actor

Well done Lucie. The whole diversity casting is just a joke on here Jason and Sidhant. And Sigurjon, nothing seems to work very well on this site any more, more's the pity.


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Jamuna Macro
Actor

As an East Asian actress, I agree with Yip.

But … I have just applied for a film seeking a young British Asian actress to play a Tibetan woman. As (I suspect) one of the few young British actresses on the site with Tibetan heritage I hope I at least get a chance to audition - we will see…….


  • 2 weeks ago
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Absolutely agree with you Jamuna and hope you do get the opportunity. I have applied for it as well!


  • 2 weeks ago
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Please feel free to share any casting calls for 7-11 year old Asian boy with me, please. We all need to help each other out!


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Nicky Cheung
Actor

I suspect casting calls are SCARED to specify Caucasian in the listing because it looks "racist" to want someone White. I actually prefer they specified white cos then I don't have to waste time applying. The worst jobs are family members though; if you're ethnic then the other actors cast to play your family-members generally have to be ethnic too. You can have interracial couples of course but we all KNOW western productions are too scared to cast an Asian husband with a White wife for fear of miscegenation and losing their women to the least desired race.


  • 2 weeks ago
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Wow! Glad I'm not the only one. I noticed the lack of open ethnicity, diverse or POC roles (even with my filtered search) since the new changes here.

I wondered whether "white/Caucasian" was the default ethnicity selection for jobs posted because some of the jobs asked for "white/Caucasian". However, after reading the description, the roles mentioned diversity in ethnicity. I found this in all productions including student ones.

Mandy and Starnow were fine before the changes and more diverse. Starnow has the majority of roles in Australia. So where do aspiring UK actors go before gaining spotlight membership?
Extras agencies might be a better option to build up experience outside of student films.

Hopefully things here improve soon.

Best wishes everyone!


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