Grab your purple crayon: ‘The Get Down’ is casting actors, dancers and rappers

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The Get Down: Jaden Smith, the Bronx, and you? Via Netflix.

Make sure your Pumas shine bright and your lyrics rhyme tight because here’s your chance for a role on Netflix’s The Get Down. The show, a hyper-stylistic and magical realism-tinged fictional take on the birth of hip hop in the Bronx in the 70s, released its first six episodes on Netflix this summer and new episodes are being readied for 2017. It’s gotten mixed reviews — while Nas is an executive producer, maybe Baz Luhrmann isn’t the guy you want telling your hip-hop origin story. But it’s certainly got plenty of cool elements based on the early days of the scene, with reverence for Grandmaster Flash and DJ Kool Herc, artsy shots of graffiti-covered New York of the era and a depiction of the Bronx that is somehow always burning or recently finished burning.

It’s also a great showcase for actors of color, and this casting call is looking for even more: the show is casting African American, Hispanic and Latino young males and females, young “wisecraking, street-smart” boys, plus rappers and hip hop dancers of all ages and types.

To audition, you need to tell a story about yourself, perform a song, rap or poem of your choice and perform a short dance of any style. Find out all the information and how to apply here. It films mostly in White Plains and the Bronx too, according to IMDB. And if you get cast, you just might get to go to hip hop bootcamp with Nas and Grandmaster Flash.


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  1. I am a big fan of the show. I am an improviser, stand up comedian, sketch writer, host and entertainer. If there is a way that I could get involved I would love it.

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