Women in Film Casting for Promise House PSA

Ready for your close up? Want to help a local nonprofit? If so, one organization has a great volunteer opportunity.

Each year, Women In Film Dallas members come together to donate their time, talent, and resources to produce a public service announcement for a fellow local Dallas area non-profit organization.

“This is typically an organization that may not have the means to produce a video themselves, so we do it for them,” explained board member Tiffany Vollmer. “This year we have chosen Promise House.”

Promise House provides crisis intervention, transitional housing, pregnant and parenting teen services, counseling, education and outreach to neglected, abused and at-risk youth ages 0-24.

But every good PSA needs actors, and that’s what Vollmer is on the hunt for specifically, teen actors between ages 13 and 19 of all genders, backgrounds, and races. Vollmer stresses the four roles she has are volunteer engagements – the entire effort from the crew to the cast is for charity, so it is unpaid.

If selected, the PSA will be shot Friday, Aug. 7. To apply, send a headshot, resume, and the availability of the participant to [email protected], no later than Sunday, Aug. 2.

Vollmer said that no experience is necessary – and neither is a professional headshot. “If you do not have a professional headshot and resume for your teen, please send the best photo you have along with your teen’s height measurement,” she said.

“During this time and always, the safety and wellness of our cast and crew are high priorities for WIFD,” she added. “To help keep everyone safe, a COVID-19 safety officer will be on the set of our production.”

Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson, Digital Editor at People Newspapers, cut her teeth on community journalism, starting in Arkansas. Recently, she's taken home a few awards for her writing, including first place for her tornado coverage from the National Newspapers Association's 2020 Better Newspaper Contest, a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She is a member of the Education Writers Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Association of Real Estate Editors, the News Leaders Association, the News Product Alliance, and the Online News Association. She doesn't like lima beans, black licorice or the word synergy. You can reach her at [email protected].

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