We found this story through another Arts in Color reader and just had to share.
Posted on May 19, 2013 by alexiscamins
So, one day, I got a call for an audition at a Big New York Theater (BNYT). The character description read:
30s-50s. (actually ageless) The tribal chief of the NaKong of the lost city of Pahatlabong – a very war-like people. Proud of his culture. Very smart and very observant. Truly a fish out of water . . . he speaks only a few words of English, but picks up on many English customs during the course of the play. MUST BE A GREAT PHYSICAL COMEDIAN.
Okay, great. A tribal chief.
An indigenous person.
A native. I could look ‘native’.
Asian, sort of.
“NaKong “ and “Pahatlabong” sound vaguely Pacific.
Pacific Islander? I’m Filipino. Check.
This is great. There are only a handful of actors I know that could go out for this. For once, I’m happy I don’t look Chinese. Very few of my East Asian actor friends could look like they were a native from a Pacific island. This is a GREAT opportunity for me. The pool just got smaller.