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Friday
Apr302010

Stand Up For Diversity and Step Away From Detours

We got this email today from a company called Gotcast which says they're holding online auditions on behalf of NBC:

The NBC Universal Talent Diversity Initiative is currently searching the country for comedians from diverse backgrounds.  The Stand-Up for Diversity program has helped launch many comedians’ careers through industry showcases and nation-wide events.

Full details of the talent search can be found at: _____

The Stand-Up for Diversity program has helped launch many comedians’ careers through industry showcases and nation-wide events. All Top50 eligible most-voted member videos will be submitted to NBC for review, and at least one person will be selected for a live interview.

Guess you upload a video and get your friends to vote on you and then you win a chance to audition or something. We were about to post the info as-is, but it seemed a little weird so we typed 'gotcast' into Google and saw the following condemnation before we finished keystrokin':

Suddenly this Gotcast site is reminding us of a pickled beet and goat cheese terrine, aka something you should keep far away from. The NBC Universal Diversity Talent Initiative is a real thing though and Stand-Up for Diversity is legit--live auditions are being held this summer in New York, San Antonio and San Francisco. Not online.

The official NBC Talent Universal Initiative site, DiverseCity NBC, gives some sage advice to people who are curious about auditioning for Stand Up for Diversity or anything else:

Usually your agent or manager will tell you about auditions. If you don't have one there are several places to find out about non-union as well as some union auditions: Backstage West, Breakdown Services - Actors Access, LAcasting.com, Nowcasting.com or the NBC Diverse City job board just to name a few. But be realistic about where you are in your career. If you do not have a SAG card, try going out on some non-union films and commercials to build that reel and those contacts. If you keep yourself working, the momentum will eventually build into better and better jobs.