I am often sent questions via email and direct message. Here’s a question I recently received via Facebook in response to a casting for Latino babies.
Q: Can we submit if the baby looks Latino, even though he’s not?
A: Yes! If you are the ethnicity requested you should submit and if you can pass for the ethnicity you should also submit. The exception to this would be what is considered “truth in advertising” so if you must be of Hispanic descent than that will be specified and then of course you should only submit if you fit that criteria.
However in most cases of race and ethnicity most people of color come in all shades so if you are the ethnicity don’t exclude yourself based on a stereotype of what a particular group looks like. Not all Latinos are brown-skinned with dark features. Some are very light and blond and of course there is every shade in between.
Sometimes the breakdown will be specific and say “Light or Dark-skinned African American”. Others may call for a “Caucasian/Hispanic with fair complexion and light hair”.
However, if the role is very detailed and calls for a very particular look ( red hair, blue eyes, dark skin) you should submit only if you fit the description.
You may even think – “I’ll just submit to everything, that way I know they will see my baby. They may change their mind! My baby is so cute!”
Please don’t do that! You may anger the casting director or agency and they will remember you if every time they post a casting you submit without regard to the breakdown. They will exclude you on purpose. The casting agent gets inundated with submissions and literally has to weed through photos, sizes, locations, & availability to try to find the right person for the role. If you disregard their details they might just do the same to your child.
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