Two Casting Calls for Trans Actors!

There’s no doubt about the capacity of mass media to frame our perceptions of certain populations, for better of worse.  Unfortunately for trans people, most depictions of us have been of the latter type.

Two common complaints are that trans characters are played by cis actors, and that stories about trans people are written and/or directed by people without firsthand knowledge of trans experience.

This is why I’m beyond thrilled to share with you two casting notices, one for a trans woman to play a trans woman, and another by a trans man for two roles, a trans man and woman, both of color.  I’ve communicated with the filmmakers and am enthusiastic about both projects.

This is another important moment in our growing revolution.  Please share widely and stay tuned for more information.



An independent feature film from an established Hollywood director is now casting for a trans woman in the lead role. 

Auditions will be held in mid-July in Los Angeles, CA.

Details: sides/location/time will be sent in advance after first contact with Casting Director.

Character: Emily, age 24-39, a confident beautiful trans woman. Loves children. Falls fast for scientist, Sid. Obsessed with New Wave music of the 80’s. Finds herself in the middle of a worldwide controversy.

Further details will be shared during scheduling process.

To be considered, please contact with introduction, acting background (all backgrounds considered) and headshot/photo.  Must be able to play within age range. All ethnicities welcome.

Thank you!


via Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler


Call for Trans Actors of Color for Indie Film

I am currently casting transgender and cisgender actors of color for my new feature length film, PASSION, set to start shooting in January 2013 in Oakland, CA. Please read the blurb below and if you are interested in auditioning for the current list of characters, submit a resume and headshot to:

I am also seeking  trans and queer actors of color to play parts other than the ones listed and am open to hearing from interested participants.


a film by Kortney Ryan Ziegler

What does it mean to be a man?

Approaching his 30’s, Passion, a black trans musician two years into his medical transition, juggles his newfound identity as a black male and the societal expectations that come along with it. Though him and his ska band enjoy local success in Oakland, Ca, Passion is discontent with remaining local and wants to extend the band’s fame beyond the bay area. However, his best friend and band mate, Shields, cannot fully accept his transition which heavily affects the success of the group as he constantly pressures Passion into living stealth and adopting a misogynist demeanor. Afraid of ruining the chances of success for his band and feeling unsure of his own masculinity, Passion begrudgingly begins to closet himself. When he encounters a local queer activist named Uni that reminds him of the beauty of gender fluidity, it propels him to take action in his career as a musician, reconsider his friendship with Shields, and openly embrace his trans identity and non-traditional expression of masculinity.

Current Roles being Cast:

Passion: Late twenties, early transitioning black transgender male. He is shy and soft spoken but wildly creative and explosive while performing. Actors interested in this part must identify as transgender, be undergoing HRT and have had top surgery. Must have experience with singing as well.

Shields: Late twenties, cisgender black male. He is very cocky and outgoing which translates into being well known in the artist circles of Oakland.

Uni: Early thirties transwoman of color. Queer activist and socialite. Uni is open and comfortable with her identity and is not afraid to flaunt her beauty.

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5 comments for “Two Casting Calls for Trans Actors!

  1. Bree
    March 24, 2013 at 6:38 am

    I am a Native American pre op from Minnesota who is VERY interested in being a part of this. If you can find a place for me to be a part of this I would be very grateful. I’m 5’5” 180 brown hair, brown eyes. I look as if I could be either Native American or Hispanic. Please get back to me and let me know your thoughts. I do have pics available at your request! thanks! :)

  2. February 5, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Hey there I’m Dom 24 yr on transman been on t for 4 months now surgery set for May pics avail upon request

  3. Lee Alexander Wise
    April 14, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Hi, I’m a 24 yr old pre-op trans woman from PA. My dad is african-puerto rican descent and my mom is German-Irish decent. I’m 5’10. Athletic build. 13 months hrt. I have been undergoing electrolysis but still have full facial hair growth when I dont shave. look me up on Facebook with my name. I’m also willing to provide current photos through email. I don’t have my own website. I have acted and been an extra in two independent films and would like to expand my portfolio. Thank you for your consideration.

  4. Dana Lathim
    September 28, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    I am a 31 yr ok trans women who can act her ass off

  5. Karlene Brooks
    May 17, 2016 at 6:14 am

    I am from Orange County born and raise, Im American mix and im 27years of age my website is currently being updated and changes to it. I do have my breast done and i am 5.11 tall.I know my way around LA. I have been searching for an opportunity like this where as a transgender I want to be able to share many of our storys that every other transgender might have. Pictures upon request or Google karlene brooks. Thansk you

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