“The Sleeping Bear” Casting Call for Actors in Michigan

Casting Lead and Supporting Roles

The Sleeping Bear Casting Call

“The Sleeping Bear” Team

We’re a team of young producers, directors, writers, DPs etc who are coming together to create our first independent feature film, The Sleeping Bear. It’s a low/ no budget project, nobodies in it to make money- the small amount we have is going toward budgetary/ production value things. We have about a dozen very skilled artists coming in from Los Angeles and one from New Jersey to make this happen. Basically, we’ve found ourselves with a foot in the door and hollywood now looking at us saying, “let’s see what you can do.” So we intend to impress.

August Casting Call

We’re going to be holding casting in early August for a handful of roles. We need a pretty serious commitment from Kristen, Peter, and Joey Taylor for the month of September. We will need you almost every day all day, so if you are not willing to make that commitment please refrain from applying. Shooting will be the entire month of September and possibly bleed into the 1st week of October (depending on your character). So like I said, we’re looking for people who are passionate like ourselves and ready to get serious about being in the film industry. Which is the best industry in the world if you didn’t know… trust me. It’s so hard, but so fun and rewarding.

The film is Garden State meets Dan in Real Life meets Magnolia. 3 of our roles have already been cast, the roles below all have serious screen time, dialogue, and importance to the story.


Kristen Taylor – 20’s female. Adventurous, out going, and witty with an artistic flair. Kristen is our lead female role, she finds herself caught in the middle of two friends vying for her attention. She can be promiscuous, but is respectful and loving to her conservative family. She tends to surprise and is never what you seem.

Peter Taylor – 50’s male. Kristen and Joey’s conservative, awkwardly amusing father. Peter’s the pastor of a Christian church, he’s a good person, with a missionary outlook on the world.

Joey Taylor – 18-25 male. College age musician, quiet but cool and relaxed. Joey is a very subtle character; he’s a genuinely good person who always sort of does his own thing. He’s just Joey, you know?

Vera – 30’s female. She’s an assertive, smart-ass, self made woman. She’s also the lead character’s real estate agent and one of the few people close to him.

Denise Taylor – 40’s female. She’s the Pastor’s wife and she plays her role well. She’s pretty, well kept and mannered, and she’s a very accepting person.

Sarah Olsen – Early 30’s female. Mother of Kyle Olsen, might be considered a cougar, but she’s not. She’s a very nice woman who has happened to have had a previous sexual encounter with our 24 year male lead. She’s caring and understanding, but possible to a fault.

Kyle Olsen – 10-15 male. Cool little dude, athletic, looks up to the male lead like a brother. Leader of his group of friends.

Old Man – 70’s male. This character is very important to our lead role’s development, yet he doesn’t have a name. He’s that incredible nice person you meet, have a conversation with and then never see again. Nice older gentleman who’s lived a good life and sees positive in the world.

How to Apply:

Please respond with the ROLE you’re auditioning for and your NAME in the subject line to TheSleepingBear@gmail.com.

Make sure to give a quick bio of yourself, why you want to work on this movie, and include a headshot or picture. We’ll be responding to anyone who looks relatively right for the role. Thanks so much!

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5 Responses to ““The Sleeping Bear” Casting Call for Actors in Michigan”

  1. Terri Partyka says:

    Where is this film being shot?

  2. admin says:

    This film is being shot in Michigan’s Traverse City and Detroit areas.

  3. Alejandro Potter says:

    When will you get back to the actors?

  4. Jude B says:

    for those who may be coming from places more than 20 miles from the shoot, will there be overnight arrangements by the film company or do we have to find our own accommodations?

  5. Jon says:

    Food and lodging will be provided.

    Filming will take place mostly in Leelenau county, the entire month of September. The crew has a cabin rented there which doubles as a production office and lodging (and one of the sets). We’ll be returning emails in a week or so to actors who fit the look of the role.

    The first casting will be in Traverse City on August 7th. Please specify in your email if you wouldn’t be able to make this casting and maybe we can work something out on a different date in a different city.

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