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Actor Call For Entries: HBFF's & Casting Director "Twinkie" Byrd's 'Twinkie’s Monologue Slam'

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by Tambay A. Obenson
July 11, 2013 4:28 PM
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Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd

All you need to know follows via press release below:

The 2013 Hollywood Black Film Festival and Twinkie’s Monologue Slam is looking to give actors the chance to get in front of the entertainment industry’s top casting directors, agents, producers, and celebrity judges to showcase their talents.   The Monologue Slam which is described as an uninterrupted speech by one actor in a play or movie, or as part of a theatrical or broadcast program, will take place Saturday, October 5th, 6:00pm at the W Hotel, 6250 Hollywood Boulevard; Hollywood, CA during the 4-day film festival. 

“Twinkie”, as she is affectionately known by many felt that it was important to highlight the competition as a monologue as opposed to a scene.  A monologue forces the actor to dig deep into the characters and tell the story from a more compelling nature.  She enjoys the fact that the actor only has themselves to depend on.  “They cannot blame anyone else but themselves for any mishaps” she stated.  She also feels that it is very important that actors know their type.  What she means by knowing “your type” is being aware when using your characteristics, what it looks or seems like you would do for a living or can naturally portray (i.e. Doctor, Lawyer, Leading Lady, Leading Man, Detective, Police Officer, Nurse, Teacher etc).  “You have no idea how many people come into my castings auditioning for characters that they can in no way make believable.” Stated Twinkie.  “It is extremely important to know your type!!” She emphasizes.

This is the second year of conception for Twinkie Byrd’s Monologue Slam which this year has adopted a new format due the huge response and participation of last year’s event.  Twinkie describes it as a spectacle of sorts.  She is known for her larger than life personality and she has crafted the monologue slam to reflect just that. 

Those interested in taking part in the competition, which has a submission deadline of July 31, 2013, should visit the Hollywood Black Film Festivals website submission page and learn more about the requirements and rules for participation.  10 finalists will be selected, from all of the entries received, to perform their monologues live at the 2013 Hollywood Black Film Festival

A brief summary of what to expect is a $30 entry fee, a two minute or less video submission of a monologue from a film that is “your type” and the ability to upload the video to www.withoutabox.com.  More information can be found and submissions can be made at www.HBFF.org.   

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6 Comments

  • Nikki | July 18, 2013 4:28 PMReply

    Should we do a monologue from a black film, since it is a black film festival? What do you think? Advice?

  • JP | July 13, 2013 8:55 PMReply

    Question...isn't part of being a REAL actor being able to play different characters and make them believable? This whole "know your type" nonsense to me sounds like recipe for being pigeonholed. Jeffery Wright doesn't have a "type." Chiwetel Ejiofor doesn't have a "type." Hell, before he got on all them protein shakes, Wesley Snipes didn't have a "type."

    Instead of basically confining our Black actors into playing "gangsta #2", "Stacey the Black best friend", or "Antoine the gay hair stylist" why don't you just tell the actors to bring their A game in whatever the hell they WANT to play. *off soapbox*

  • CareyCarey | July 12, 2013 7:45 PMReply

    I know this is not the most sport savvy crowd but in response to some silly kids questioning Twinkies motives, check this out.

    A few years ago a reporter asked Allen Iverson a question: "So you and coach Brown got caught up on Saturday about practice?"

    AI: "If I can't practice, I can't practice man. If I'm hurt, I'm hurt. I mean ... simple as that. It aint about that... but its... its easy ... to, to talk about... it's easy to sum it up when you're just talking about practice. We're sitting in here, and I'm supposed to be the franchise player, and we in here talking about practice. I mean, listen, we're talking about practice, not a game, not a game, not a game, we talking about practice. Not a game. Not, not ... Not the game that I go out there and die for and play every game like it's my last. Not the game, but we're talking about freakin' practice, man. I mean, how silly is that?"

    Listen y'all, we're talking about 30 funky dollars. THIRTY DOLLARS, not a king's ransom. Twinkie has been doing the thang and paid HER dues, and now some clowns are crying about 30 dollars? Kiss my ass and beat me with a rubber hoses, if 30 dollars is too much to pay for an opportunity to showcase one's talent in front of those who can put you up on something, you're in the wrong damn business.

    Besides, one shouldn't put a price on the journey, it's priceless. I mean, crying about 30 dollars, how silly is that?

  • Anonymous | July 11, 2013 11:09 PMReply

    While I appreciate Ms. Byrd's desire to help artists, what's with CDs always trying to "charge" actors in order to present them with an opportunity. Actors are some of the poorest working people in Hollywood. And, yet, the industry is CONSTANTLY asking them for money just to be seen.

  • Um no | July 12, 2013 12:16 PM

    BUT...the festival doesn't pay her? And if they don't, why should patrons who have already paid? I won't be making excuses for people to get ripped off.

  • But | July 12, 2013 8:50 AM

    If you really "appreciate" what Byrd is doing then you recognize there is "value" there worth paying for. Why should she work for free to get you opportunities? What have you done for her for free?

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