CASTING NOTICE

Late Bloomer


SEARCHING CANADA WIDE FOR SOUTH ASIAN TALENT FOR SUPPORTING ROLES IN A NEW SERIES!

TALENT MUST BE LEGALLY ABLE TO WORK IN CANADA
Talent must be double vaccinated against COVID-19

Audition material can be found under the full character descriptions below the details!!!


LATE BLOOMER

Details

Project: LATE BLOOMER
Episodic– 8 x 30 minute
Live-action scripted series, Comedy
Network: Bell Media/Crave
Production Companies: Pier 21 Films
Executive Producer(s): Nicole Butler, Vanessa Steinmetz, Karen Tsang, Shebli Zarghami, Jasmeet Raina, Baljinder Dhawan
Creator: Jasmeet Raina

Show Runner: Shebli Zarghami
Director: Various
Writers: Jasmeet Raina, Shebli Zarghami, Lakna Edilima, Jagjiwan Sohal, Cathryn Naiker
Tentative Outside Dates: March 13 – April 28, 2023
Location: TBD (Ontario)
Rate: ACTRA IPA


DEADLINE TO SUBMIT:

Friday, January 27, 2023 @ 2:00 PM EST

SELF-TAPES/ QUESTIONS, SEND DIRECTLY TO: latebloomercasting@gmail.com

(Please read instructions carefully before sending any questions)

***(If you have an agent, please allow them to submit you)***

You do not need permission to submit


AUDITION INSTRUCTIONS AND FULL CHARACTER DESCRIPTION:

[GURDEEP AKA DAD]
Male. Late 50s-Early 60s. Like any other Punjabi who immigrated to Canada in the 1980s, the usually stoic and gruff Gurdeep is a hard worker and provider. As an eldest son, he’s long felt a responsibility to lead and protect his family. The decision to move himself, his wife and his relatives here was a difficult one and, despite it having largely worked out, every step back for any of them weighs heavily on Gurdeep. That pressure, over decades, has contributed to his at-times stern demeanour. He works a strenuous labour job at a factory to provide for his immediate family, as well as the rest of his family back home. Holding his rich Indian traditions in high regard, he’s heavily involved in the local Sikh temple, where he finds peace from his long, demanding work days at a factory. A strong patriarch to his community, Gurdeep is more than willing to help new immigrants adjust to Canadian life. While Gurdeep’s kindness extends to his family, he is not one for the open expressions of emotion, opting for masculinity over genuine feeling. He projects his own understanding of responsibility onto his son, which can be a point of conflict between the two. Gurdeep struggles to understand and see the validity of his son’s endeavours.

RECURRING

Tentative # of episodes the role appears in: 7
*Talent must be able to speak Punjabi*

CLICK HERE FOR AUDITION PACKAGE


[SURJEET AKA MOM]
Female. Late 50s-Early 60s. Coming from Kashmir and moving to Canada, Surjeet knows what it means to be in the middle of conflict. Leaving a heavily militarised region in India and immigrating to a western country has not been easy for Surjeet but with her broken English, her wit and optimistic nature, she has found her footing in her new homeland. Surjeet possesses a deep love and respect for her husband Gurdeep, cherishing the rare moments of intimacy between the two (when alone, of course). Naturally a very caring individual, Surjeet spends a great deal of time making sure that her loved ones and friends are always fed and clothed, going above and beyond what is asked of her. Surjeet can, at times, also be a bit image conscious, which makes her son’s life situation a topic of conversation she prefers to avoid. In recent years, Surjeet started a small tiffin business providing meals to local university students, and for the first time she’s allowing herself to become ambitious. RECURRING
Tentative # of episodes the role appears in: 8
*Talent must be able to speak Punjabi*

CLICK HERE FOR AUDITION PACKAGE


[PAUL]
Male, South Asian, Mixed Ethnicity. Late 20s, early 30s. Half Punjabi and half white. Paul is the main character’s cousin and best friend. A bit of a pot-head, he is often aloof and directionless in his life. Born-and-raised as a mixed child to a well-educated Sikh father and super chill hippie White mother. Generally mistaken as a “white guy”, Paul finds himself constantly questioning what side of the spectrum his ethnic make-up falls on. As the show progresses, he witnesses his cousin’s life changing, which highlights his own existential crisis and leads to some tension between the two. Through their many phases of growing apart and coming together, the cousins are always there for each other in times of need and have a tight brotherly bond. When it comes down to it, Paul is a pure-hearted guy who, like his cousin, is just trying to figure out where he fits in. Unlike his cousin, Paul is faced with the burden of being in the middle of two communities but eventually falls back in love with his “Sikhness” as he learns to embrace his uniqueness.

LEAD

**This role will be under Option: 1 + 3 year option
**Talent do not have to speak Punjabi**

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[SUNNY]
Male, South Asian. Early 30s and very much an “Alpha Male” Brampton man, Sunny is boisterous, hypocritically traditional and a Proud Punjabi. He works various odd jobs, usually security at banquet hall events or nightclubs, but also steers the family’s trucking business that has provided significant income for all of them (through at-times illegal means). Sunny is very family-oriented, dependable and has a big heart, but was actively involved in gang life in his youth, earning a fearsome reputation as an enforcer and leader. Sunny is still a temperamental guy who won’t hesitate to resort to violence although he’s doing his best to adopt a more chill personality. Sunny is also deeply religious although he is short-haired, not wearing a Sikh turban.
RECURRING
Tentative # of episodes the role appears in: 6
**Talent must be able to speak Punjabi**

CLICK HERE FOR AUDITION PACKAGE


Storyline: LATE BLOOMER is a comedy series that follows the lives of immigrant and first generation Canadians in the south asian community navigating their personal lives and careers. Our protagonist, a live at home millennial, continuously feels like he’s behind in life as he witnesses his peers with seemingly thriving careers and picture perfect marriages. The added pressure as an eldest son within an immigrant household is, of course, not really helping either. This show tackles themes like dating as a POC, digital-age friendships, self-growth with a million modern distractions, spirituality and dealing with a dysfunctional (yet loving) Punjabi family. All this while navigating the Wild West of the digital age.

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