CBS NETWORK IS ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS
FOR ITS SIXTH DIVERSITY SKETCH COMEDY SHOWCASE
January 2011 Showcase will be Directed by Rick Najera.
Produced in Association with AFTRA, American Indians in Film and Television,
East West Players, Nosotros, SAG and The Robey Theatre Company
Deadline for Submissions is Friday, Sept. 15
As part of our ongoing effort to expand job opportunities for all AFTRA members, including
performers of color, people with disabilities, women, LGBT performers and seniors, we team up
with network television casting offices to produce showcases featuring promising actors. CBS will
sponsor its sixth talent showcase for diverse sketch comedians in January 2011 in Los Angeles.
Executive producer and writer Rick Najera (“Mad TV,” “In Living Color”) will once again direct
this showcase. All are welcome to submit.
CBS Entertainment executives, casting directors from the network’s primetime and daytime
programs, as well as casting directors from shows on other networks will be on hand at the
Showcase. An invitation has also been extended to casting directors from production companies
that work with CBS.
“We are thrilled with the opportunities this showcase has provided to numerous talented and
deserving, but often unsigned performers. This event not only showcases amazing talent, it turns
actors into working actors,” said Peter Golden, CBS Executive Vice President, Talent and Casting.
If you choose to submit electronically, instead of through AFTRA, you can do so at
www.breakdownexpress.com through the “actors access” section and the link listed as the CBS Diversity
Sketch Comedy Showcase. Only one submission will be accepted using either method.
SUBMIT YOUR PHOTO AND RESUME TO:
CBS SKETCH COMEDY SHOWCASE
5757 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 900
Los Angeles, CA 90036
For more information on the submission process, please contact:
Ray Bradford, National Director, Equal Employment Opportunities,
Life Lesson (from journal): "The key to the fulfilled life is passion"You have been given an extraordinary gift--your life. You have an exceptional calling--to be the very best you God created you to be. Your goal is to unwrap this gift and use all that you've been given in the pursuit of what matters most--loving God and loving other people.
Life Lesson (from journal): "We were designed to be in perfect relationship with God. We were created with a homesickness for the eternal reality of a place beyond our wildest dreams. As the old hymn explains, "This world is not my home." Heaven is our heart's home, where the homecoming party goes on and on and on. But it's also a place of "no more"--no more tears, grief, loss, or death. "He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away" (Revelation 21:4)"You're not really ready to live until you're ready to die."
Life Lesson (from journal): "We want to be good stewards of our planet because of the responsibility that God has entrusted to us regarding His creation. But while we look for ways to decrease our environmental footprint, we should seek to increase our spiritual footprint. We need to make the most positive, the most lasting imprint on people's lives possible. To do that, we have to get incredibly intentional about the kind of impression we're making on their people's lives."Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Life Lesson (from journal): "When we recognize the power of one--when we focus on the personal needs of individuals--we'll find ourselves transformed and we'll impact lives for eternity."Kerry and Chris Shook says: The problem come when we start thinking happiness means begin safe and comfortable and when our goal in life becomes the avoidance of all risk. When our top priority is to be safe and secure, we lose touch not just with the needs of others but with a primary need to our own. We were created for so much more than punching buttons and scrolling screens. We were created for a grand adventure! God designed us to take great risks and face huge challenges, to accomplish mighty goals that we will have lasting impact.
"As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled." - Victor Hugo
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"It is in recognizing the actual presence of God that we find prayer no longer a chore, but a supreme delight." -Gordon LindsayGod says, "You have to commit to following My will, and then I'll show you what it is."
Life Lesson (from journal): "All of us desire to leave a legacy, to know that we mattered. And our legacy is determined by how we spend our days."Kerry and Chris Shook opens Day 25 by asking: As we've seen, the question becomes, will our influence last beyond our lifetime? Everyday we get to choose the materials--either temporary or eternal--we'll build our lives with.
Life Lesson (from journal): "Every day, every moment, with every action, you're planting something. So the question is, what exactly are you planting? What is the cumulative effect of your work, actions, and intentions on those around you and those ahead of you? What harvest will be reaped from all that you plant day in and day out? From the outside, it may be difficult to discern between a seed and a pebble. But, of course, inside they're vastly different. There is life in the seed; there is nothing but rock inside the pebble. The seed has power and potential in it; it produces life. Unfortunately, some of us spend our time planting rocks--no potential, no life, no fruit.
"God asks no man whether he will accept life. That is not the choice. You must take it. The only question is how." -Henry Ward Beecher
Life Lesson (from journal): "Miracles are not only possible; they're more common than we think. God cares for us and wants to work in our lives. The hard part is remembering this when we come to a crossroads and must choose how to respond.Kerry and Chris Shook provided a reference with several Bible stories that all have a similar pattern. In each situation, God wanted to work a miracle for His people. But He wouldn't do His thing until they fulfilled the requirement of helping other people or filling other vessels (people, needs, obligations, commitments, family, children, youth, pets, etc.) around them.
Life Lesson (from journal): "If you only had one month to live, most likely you would want to review your life and examine your character. You would want to do all you could to learn from the mistakes in your past, iron out any wrinkles that had developed, and live your remaining days at peace. You would want your life to be integrated and whole, not compartmentalized and fragmented as we often experience when we're going through the motions of life and settling for less than we were make to enjoy. If you were living deliberately and passionately and were fully alive, you would want to live with integrity."Kerry and Chris Shook says: Integrity is the opposite of image. Integrity is when your private life matches your public image. When what you see is what you get--that's integrity. Integrity is who you are when no one is looking.
"The strength of a man's virtue should not be measured by his special exertions, but by his habitual acts." --Blaise Pascal*Why are both living truthfully and speaking truthfully necessary components of imitating your Father's love and courage? See Ephesians 5:8-10.
"Faith is the sturdiest, the most manly of the virtues. It lies behind our pluckiest...strivings. It is the virtue of the storm, just as happiness is the virtue of the sunshine." -Ruth Benedict
"This is what I found out about religion: it gives you courage to make decisions you must make in a crisis and then the confidence to leave the result to a Higher Power. Only by trust in God can a man carrying responsibility find repose." -Dwight D. Eisenhower
Life Lesson (from journal): "In life, difficult change is inevitable; half of our battle is learning to accept that reality. The other half is seeking God's wisdom for dealing with each storm.Kerry and Chris Shook speaks about when the hurricane of life hits us we must be prepared. We can't control the hurricane of change, but we must be prepared. It's best to move with the storm instead of navigating against it. God doesn't cause the painful change, but uses them.