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  • NAB Religion in breakdown 10/11/2018  1:14pm

    Ok, so a role says your Jewish, Caucasian or Jewish, Mixed. How do you act "Jewish" and should I feel an amount of guilt if I am really Russian Orthodox but probably have some Jewish in my ancestry and I do have a Jewish sounding name. Or are they going to ask me flat out? I'm really confused on this issue. Not kidding.

    whattheheck

    they're most likely just looking for someone with believably jewish stereotypical features, dark curly hair, the nose. but also look at the project, are they looking for someone who's really jewish so they can share their experiences as a jewish person, is this person going to be signing jewish prayers. theres no harm in submitting, the worst they can do is not call you in.

    interestingnamehere 10/11/2018  2:12pm

    The breakdown is looking for *ethnically* Jewish and not necessarily *religious* Jewish.

    ChallahIfYouHearMe 10/11/2018  3:55pm

    So, if I come in looking like Zoe Kravitz or Lea Michelle, they aren't going to ask me anything, just assume. Really, this is kind of bothering me. It's scripted. You can't just out and out ask if someone's Jewish can you? I'm Catholic, but I haven't seen the inside of a church since I was in 8th grade and walked out in disbelief that my mother made me go through my Confirmation. I don't consider myself Catholic anymore.

    whattheheck 10/12/2018  1:07pm

    i don't think they can ask you. they specify caucasian, mixed and jewish. they probably just want someone who looks jewish. the religion and ethnicity overlap, but they didn't put middle eastern as one of the ethnicities. They are most likely looking for a white or mixed person who can pass as jewish. i don't know anything about this project other than what you've said so i can't tell you what they're looking for. if they specify they're looking for a jewish actor then thats on you to make that choice of wether or not to submit yourself. But even some scripted projects look for certain levels of authenticity. i don't know what they're looking for so i can't tell you if there looking for someone who is actually jewish

    interestingnamehere 10/12/2018  1:22pm

    Wow... for the last time... Judaism isn’t like other religions. You can “convert” into it... but you are not considered the same kind of Jew as someone born into it. Because they consider themselves literally a bloodline of “chosen people”... chosen by God himself... you have to be born into it to be a full-fledged card-carrying member. And you simply can’t just have a Jewish parent, either. They only consider you legitimate if you inherit the religion/genes from your mother. I.E. Your father could be the most Orthodox Jew in the world... but if your mother isn’t, you really aren’t either.

    This is why Jewish people get so upset when people lump them in with “White People.” The entire religion is based on bloodlines and ethnicity. Which have literally been used against them several times in history. Hitler didn’t care if you went to Temple or not. He cared if you were genetically Jewish. The Holocaust was genicide.

    Mr. Noodles 10/12/2018  1:22pm

    whats this for ,i wanna audition ??

    wontsingbeforenoon 10/12/2018  5:51pm

    Mr. Noodles, as a Jewish person, I can definitely say that you don't speak for all Jewish people, so STOP with the claims of "This is how Jewish people feel!" Sweeping generalizations are false and inappropriate. Not all Jewish people have the exact same opinion about an issue.

    Secondly, it's illegal to ask your religion when interviewing for employment. In fact, there was an article in the most recent Equity News about a non-Jewish actor who auditioned for "Bad Jews", and he made it to the final callback, and then they asked him if he was Jewish and he answered honestly "No," and they said "You were our first choice, but we can't cast you because you're not Jewish," and he filed a grievance and Equity backed him up and got him some money.

    I know that all plays into complicated issues of representation and authenticity, and I am NOT weighing in on who was right or wrong in that scenario! I'm just saying that it's illegal for casting to ask your religion.

    Even "Hamilton" got in trouble for a casting nitice seeking "non-white actors." You can say the CHARACTER'S ethnicity, but you can't legally say that actors of certain ethnicities aren't allowed to apply.

    actorsmom 10/12/2018  6:04pm

    I don’t know what project you’re referring to, but if they’re looking for white/Jewish/mixed then they’re probably looking for people with dark curly hair, prominent noses, and light-ish skin. Italian Catholics are usually cast over red-haired Jews for “Jewish” roles, I’ve seen it a bunch of times. Of course no one will make a big deal of it the way they do in the Evita situation.

    FierceConversations 10/12/2018  7:27pm