Open Casting Call for Actors and Extras

A Dog for Christmas

The website BeYourOwnHollywood and Joel Paul Reisig will be holding an open casting call for the feature length comedy, “A Dog for Christmas”.  The film to be filmed in Rockford, MI in January 2012. “A Dog for Christmas” stars include Sherman Hemsley, star of the popular sitcom, The Jeffersons, Dustin Diamond of Saved by the Bell, and Richard Karn of Home Improvement.

Casting Call Details:

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 from 12:00om to 9:00pm
741 Kenmoor
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Available Roles:

  • Dave: Male Lead. Jewish or Jewish looking, 35 – 50. Must have great comedic timing. Only experienced actors for this role.
  • Janet: Female lead. Age 32 – 45. Caucasian, female actress with a strong background in film acting
  • Grandpa: Grumpy old Jewish man. Comedic timing and dramatic
  • Matt: Bit of hard edge to him, a manager or small business owner on his brief vacation. 35 – 50
  • Susanna: Amazing character role for the right actress! 30 – 50. Ex party girl who is now a bit burnt out, she’s borderline crazy, possibly homeless, and always a bit buzzed. Would have been really hot ten or so years ago.
  • Tom: Black male, 35 – 45. Calm, educated, suburban dad.
  • 3 Women to Play Wives: Ages 30 – late 40s. Limited lines but screen time and scenes, strong improv skills are a plus.
  • College Guy: Good looking, must be a strong ice skater and willing to do his own stunts. One day of shooting, about three lines.
  • Hostess: Asian women with a very strong accent. 18+ years old – One day of shooting, full back and forth scene.
  • Waiter: Asian man, any age, with very strong accent. 18+ years old
  • Check Out Girl: Girl working at the grocery store. Age 18 – 25
  • Wesley’s Wife: African American woman, age 60 or over
  • Office Worker: Male 30 – 60
  • Officer Worker: Female 30 – 60
  • Office Boss: Male 45 – 65
  • Family’s Kids: Boys and girls age 9 and under. Multiple days. A few of the kids will have a couple of lines. Must be professional on set. Most days filming will be during Christmas break
  • Earl’s Sons: Two boys age 11 – 13 Lots of screen time
  • Extras: Please give us your email if you would like to be an extra for a day or two!!!


The production will be hiring both union and non-union actors and have paid and unpaid roles available. All actors receive an IMDb credit.

How to Apply:

If you are interested in applying please notify us at and  attend the open casting call on December 7th. All actors are asked to bring a headshot and resume to casting call. A parent or guardian MUST accompany children. If you have any questions please email them to: