feature film – permanent – casting complete


Arvold is casting the lead roles for the feature film PERMANENT!

It’s 1982 in a small town where all the females with straight hair and bad swimsuits want to be Farrah Fawcett. 13 year old AURELIE, insecure with a hideous new perm, must navigate life at a new school in this coming-of-age comedy.

Feature Film
Low Budget

Writer/Director: Colette Burson
Casting Director:  Erica Arvold
Casting Associate: Christian Trew
Shoot Dates: July 25, 2016 – August 19, 2016
Location: Richmond, VA area

**Arvold is casting the following leading roles. All other principal and extra roles are being cast by location casting directors Chad Darnell & Kendall Cooper, who will release a separate casting notice.**

CAST: [JEANNE] Patricia Arquette

CAST: [JIM] Rainn Wilson


[AURELIE] Female, Caucasian, 11 – 14. Flat-chested, insecure, observant, keenly aware of her looks, Aurelie has been raised on an Air Force base until now.  About to attend a new school, she insists on getting a permanent, a decision that proves disastrous when her money-strapped folks (Jeanne and Jim) take her to a beauty school. Horrified by the untamable Poodle-like mess atop her head, an already nervous Aurelie is panicked about the first day of school, and finds it difficult to make friends.  Quickly ostracized by the popular crowd, but galvanized by her often-bumbling dad and the fighting words of her new karate instructor, Aurelie is doing her best to make a go of things.

[LYDIA] Female, African American, 11 – 13. She is a tough, dynamic, secretly vulnerable and often angry young teen girl, ridiculed by her classmates. Filled with resentment and joy, Lydia is a fighter who has the dramatic power to emotionally move people to tears when she decides to recite a poem in front of the entire school.

[BRETT] Male, Caucasian, 12 – 14.  A charming hooligan of a southern boy, perhaps held back a year or two in school. Brett has not been exposed to much in the world and finds Aurelie fascinating. Sometimes gross, with an underlying charm, he hopes to win Aurelie over who is repelled by his yucky sex talk yet also pleased by his attention.

[JERRY] Male, Caucasian, Late 50s – 70s. A very old man with a head of white hair, Jerry is an oddity – a touchy feely guy in a middle-of-nowhere southern town. He possesses a kind of mystical quality and enjoys playing records of whale mating calls. An offbeat oddball, Jerry has been around – and been alone – a long time. He probably reads a lot of the New Yorker, all by himself. He is Jeanne and Jim’s neighbor and makes a bold pass at a flattered, but ultimately unnerved Jeanne. An expert qualified in nothing, he offers free counseling services to troubled families.

[SALLY] Female, Caucasian, 20s – 40s. Sally is a confident beauty school student, determined to educate herself after having 5 children. She is trying to look stylish but not succeeding, wearing a lot of lip gloss. She probably smokes too. She assures Aurelie that she’s done plenty of perms, but her laziness and lack of attention to detail result in a frizz-fest for a horrified Aurelie.  Southern and genuinely tacky without being too broad.


If you are appropriate for this project, please select ONE of three ways to submit:

OPTION 1: If you have an agent, your agent may submit you for this project through Breakdown Express.

OPTION 2: If you have an Actors Access account, you may submit for this project through Actors Access.

OPTION 3: If you do not have an Actors Access account or an agent (or do not wish to use one for this project), follow the instructions below to fill out our online form.

If you have already submitted for this project via Breakdown Express or Actors Access, please do not double submit!

STEP 1: Please fill in the form at the following link: PERMANENT Submission Form

STEP 2: Please send your headshot and acting resume in PDF format to [email protected]

Use the following SUBJECT HEADING for your headshot & resume e-mail (personalized to YOU):

YOUR FIRST AND LAST NAME, City & State (where you are based), ROLE(S)
For example: JANE SMITH, Richmond, VA, SALLY

For MINORS ONLY, please include age in the subject line
For example: JANE SMITH, Richmond, VA, 12yo, AURELIE

If you fill out the form, email your headshot & resume AND type the subject heading as instructed, your submission is considered complete!

Thank you for following our instructions. We will be having auditions by appointment ONLY. Submitting does not automatically get you an audition, but it does get you considered for one. We are only able to respond to those submissions we select for auditions, but we sincerely appreciate your interest!



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