Casting Call: Child With Disability Aged 10-16

Want to have your 15 seconds of fame? Casting is going on for a new television pilot for FOX loosely based on the life of Scott Silveri, who has cerebral palsy. Casting directors are looking for a child between the ages of 10-16 with cerebral palsy or another physical disability. The selected actor does not need to use a wheelchair or have a speech impairment, though both are accepted.

Character description:

J.J. 12-15, girl or boy. J.J is the eldest of the 3 Gallo children, an intelligent and devoted (if sometimes challenging) child and a caring older sibling. A kid of few words (until recently, no words), J.J. leads with honesty and bluntness – sometimes to a fault. J.J. has an “awakening” of sorts as our story begins. Born with cerebral palsy, without the ability to speak, J.J. is given the gift of language thanks to a computerized speech device using eye-tracking technology. Like the majority of those with CP, J.J’s cognition is not affected by the condition, but communication has always been a tremendous challenge. When J.J.’s speech suddenly blossoms with the aid of the device, it’s a transition the character and the family. Things weren’t always “better” before, but they sure were simpler!

The pilot will likely shoot in March in Los Angeles. Should the pilot be picked up for a series, the actor would need to relocate to L.A. Any parent who is interested can submit a short video or snapshot of their child and briefly tell us about them. Parents can submit to castingUSP@gmail.com