CASTING CALL OF CTHULHU
(& FRIENDS)

Round One of Auditions is Over.

Thank you to everyone that participated in the Casting Call of Cthulhu (& Friends.) We have completed our listens to every. single. audition (some of them like twice or thrice). We have set our playtest schedule for our final four. Please help us welcome our fabulous finalists, Fred, Rob, David, and Steph. You can find them on Twitter and you can watch us livestream their games on YouTube.

 
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WHAT'S NEXT?

Playtests

Our playtest schedule is as follows:

 

Fred: January 4 & January 19

 

Rob: February 2 and February 16

 

David: March 2 & March 23

 

Steph: March 30 & April 13

 

We will livestream all of these games on our YouTube channel, so be sure to subscribe so you don't miss out on that. Our YouTube page features some of the content that will never be included on the show such as our RPG warm-ups, pre-game banter, chat with fans of the show and every one of V's horrific burps. Occasionally, we like to let viewers name NPCs and we chat during restroom breaks and while we switch over to the second episode. It's great fun and we hope to see you there. 

 

HOW TO AUDITION

Above All...Make It Your Own.

In this section, you'll find a series of links to audition pieces. Most of these are from video games, TV series, and films that we love. For the sake of being fair, we ask that you only submit from the list below. If we like what we hear, we'll want to play with you and then you can show us your original self. We aren't looking for professional actors but rather people who can get into the headspace of their character, can play well with the rest of the cast and gives more than they take to the story and world.  In the next section, you will see scripts for each piece, we welcome you to read the scripts without listening to the YouTube links first but we're providing both so you can choose the best path for you. Like a piece that was clearly written for a man and you are a woman? YOU CAN TRY ANYTHING...you can totally do it! Gender-bend the eff out of anything on the list, make it your own. Like two pieces? Do them both but we will likely stop listening after 5 minutes, so definitely put your good stuff first. We expect there will be questions that we didn't think of and so we have placed the FAQ section at the bottom of the page, please check there before asking us. 

 

So, you've finished your recording, now what? Upload it to Google Drive, Dropbox or other cloud-based storage and email a link to us at CaFCasting at gmail.com. Make sure we can stream it, we will not download anything to our devices.

Be sure to include the following: 

  • your name

  • your twitter profile link

  • your favorite NPC from the show

  • anything else we should know

 

 

The Links

 

 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

DO I NEED SPECIAL RECORDING EQUIPMENT?

Not really, try to make your environment as quiet as possible? Have a noisy pet bird...get away from it...that'll scare us off. 

We recommend recording on Adobe Audition (you can get a free 30 day trial) or Audacity. 

You can use a headset mic for your audition, we aren't looking for someone with a quality mic, we can get you one of those. We want to hear YOU. 

I DON'T KNOW HOW TO EDIT, WHAT IF I MESS UP?

There are several options, you can get on YouTube and learn how to do a quick edit or you can stop and record again. We do both for the show. If you get on the show, there's a chance that Hiro will send you a list of lines to redo.

ARE V AND HIRO GOING TO LISTEN TO THIS?

You bet your sweet aspercream! Actually, the entire cast will be listening because we like to make decisions together. When we aren't playing the game, we're pretty much a democracy.

CAN I USE CHARACTER VOICES? 

For sure! Hit us with your best shot...FIRE AWAY! 

MONOLOGUES

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I CHOSE RAPTURE

Bioshock

“I am Andrew Ryan, and I am here to ask you a question. Is a man not entitled to the sweat of his brow? 'No,' says the man in Washington, 'it belongs to the poor.' 'No,' says the man in the Vatican, 'it belongs to God.' 'No,' says the man in Moscow, 'it belongs to everyone.' I rejected those answers. Instead, I chose something different. I chose the impossible. I chose… Rapture. A city where the artist would not fear the censor. Where the scientist would not be bound by petty morality. Where the great would not be constrained by the small. And with the sweat of your brow, Rapture can become your city as well.”

GLADOS REAWAKENING

Portal 2

"Oh...it's you. It's been a long time. How have you been? I've been really busy being dead. You know after MURDERED ME. Okay. Look. We both said a lot of things that you're going to regret. But I think we can put our differences behind us. For science. You monster. I will say, though, that since you went to all the trouble of waking me up, you must really, really love to test. I love it too. There's just one small thing we need to take care of first. ---- Here we are. The Incinerator Room. Be careful not to trip over any parts of me that didn't get completely burned when you threw me down here. The dual portal device should be around here somewhere. Once you find it, we can start testing. Just like old times."

WE WILL HOLD THE LINE...

Mass Effect

“You all know the mission and what is at stake. I have come to trust each of you with my life, but I have also heard murmurs of discontent. I share your concerns. We are trained for espionage. We would be legends, but the records are sealed. Glory in battle is not our way. Think of our heroes: the Silent Step, who defeated a nation with a single shot. Or the Ever Alert, who kept armies at bay with hidden facts. These giants do not seem to give us solace here, but they are not all that we are. Before the network, there was the fleet. Before diplomacy, there were soldiers. Our influence stopped the rachni, but before that, we held the line. Our influence stopped the krogan, but before that, we held the line! Our influence will stop Saren! In the battle today, we will hold the line!”

MEASURE OF A MAN - LOUVOIS

Star Trek: The Next Generation

"It sits there looking at me, and I don't know what it is. This case has dealt with metaphysics, with questions best left to saints and philosophers. I am neither competent nor qualified, to answer those. But, I've got to make a ruling – to try to speak to the future. Is Data a machine? Yes. Is he the property of Starfleet? No. We've all been dancing around the basic issue: does Data have a soul? I don't know that he has. I don't know that I have! But I have got to give him the freedom to explore that question himself. It is the ruling of this court that Lieutenant Commander Data has the freedom to choose."

WE CAN'T ALWAYS FIGHT NATURE

Red Dead Redemption

“We can't always fight nature, John. We can't fight change. We can't fight gravity. We can't fight nothin'. My whole life, John, all I ever did was fight. But I can't give up neither. I can't fight my own nature. That's the paradox, John, You see? When I'm gone, they'll just find another monster. They have to justify their wages. Our time has passed John."

TWINKIES

Zombieland

There’s a box of Twinkies down in that Mini-Mart. Not just any box of Twinkies. The last box of Twinkies… that I… or anyone… will enjoy… for all of time… in the whole universe. ‘Cause there’s an expiration date on Twinkies. And the Hostess factories are gone. So some day very soon, life’s little Twinkie gauge is gonna go Empty.

Now, true… you probably won’t survive the next ten minutes. But if you do, you’ll be one of the last two guys in the universe to enjoy the spongy outside and creamy inside of a delicious Twinkie. Worth it, right?

YOU THINK THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH YOU

The Devil Wears Prada

This stuff? Oh, ok. I see, you think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select out, oh I don’t know, that lumpy blue sweater, for instance, because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise, it’s not lapis, it’s actually cerulean. You’re also blindly unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves St. Laurent, wasn’t it, who showed cerulean military jackets? And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. Then it filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic “casual corner” where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and so it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room. From a pile of “stuff.”

 
 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

DO I NEED SPECIAL RECORDING EQUIPMENT?

Not really, try to make your environment as quiet as possible? Have a noisy pet bird...get away from it...that'll scare us off. 

We recommend recording on Adobe Audition (you can get a free 30 day trial) or Audacity. 

You can use a headset mic for your audition, we aren't looking for someone with a quality mic, we can get you one of those. We want to hear YOU. 

I DON'T KNOW HOW TO EDIT, WHAT IF I MESS UP?

There are several options, you can get on YouTube and learn how to do a quick edit or you can stop and record again. We do both for the show. If you get on the show, there's a chance that Hiro will send you a list of lines to redo.

ARE V AND HIRO GOING TO LISTEN TO THIS?

You bet your sweet aspercream! Actually, the entire cast will be listening because we like to make decisions together. When we aren't playing the game, we're pretty much a democracy.

CAN I USE CHARACTER VOICES? 

For sure! Hit us with your best shot...FIRE AWAY! 

CARE IF I ADD SOME SOUND EFFECTS & BACKGROUND MUSIC? 

For the sake of being fair, we'd like to stick to just your voice. It's super cool that you a)know how to edit b)want to take time to do that for us c)...actually, there is no C (sorry). Honestly, we just want to hear you. NOW let's also discuss additional editing. It's totally fine to run levels, get rid of the annoying fan in the background, silence your nose whistle but even if you don't know how to do that, those aren't things that really go against you but V and Hiro understand how upsetting leaving those things in the recording would be to someone that does know how to remove them. If we think your character needs theme music like Harold, Clem or 42...we'll find it for you.

WHAT TIME DO YOU START RECORDING? 

LOADED QUESTION! We technically start recording at 8:30 p.m. CST but honestly, we usually dick around for a good 15 minutes before we start. It's part of how we warm up and get back in the groove. There are times when we will meet outside of the broadcasted recordings to work on character sheets, world build before a new season, ask questions etc. A lot of that is done in our Slack channel and in private conversations with V. Those meetings are scheduled far in advance and take everyone's schedule into consideration. 

CARE IF I ADD SOME SOUND EFFECTS & BACKGROUND MUSIC?