Calling all aspiring actors! Dust off those headshots and apply for a spot as an extra in 'The Good Lord Bird,' a pre-Civil War-era series filming in Powhatan, Virginia.    

This epic period piece needs hundreds of actors to bring the sweeping drama to life. The Good Lord Bird series will tell the story of John Brown, an abolitionist, and will star Ethan Hawke. The final product will be aired in eight episodes on Showtime. 

Show producers are especially looking for people with Civil War reenactment experience, amputees, and men with equestrian experience or general horseback-riding skills. Actors of all ages and ethnicities are encouraged to apply to play townsfolk, soldiers, and background actors.


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Carol Grant Casting is handling the applications for this open casting call. To apply, register on the Carol Grant website and follow the instructions for this specific project. Actors of all ages and ethnicities are encouraged to apply.

To submit an application, use the Castifi link to upload all of your photos and be ready to include the following shots:

  • 1 portrait photo
  • 1 full-length photo in casual clothes
  • 1 full-length photo in formal clothes
  • 1 optional full-length photo in a swimsuit

For all of the photos, use a white background and include a card with your name and phone number printed on it. Carol Grant Casting is specifically asking for no-makeup looks with no additional jewelry, accessories, or hats.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but filming begins in August, so don't delay. If you do get chosen for this project, shooting will be from August 15 through November 15, 2019, in Powhatan, Virginia, and other central Virginia locations. These are paid acting jobs.

For more information about this opportunity, visit the Carol Grant Casting website or give them a call at (323) 419-0202.

Do you have any experience as a background actor or an extra on a major production? What tips would you give to a first-timer just starting out? Let us know in the comments!