“It is going to be based on what the industry expects of actors, and there will be competitions based on their knowledge and professionalism within the industry,” she said, while declining to mention specifics.
A panel of judges will evaluate the competitors.
“The public can also vote for actors online,” she said. “The more votes you have, it’s like a ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ card. If actors are disqualified, they can use the public votes as a way to get back onto it.”
The show’s purpose is to give the public a glimpse of the real-world struggle of actors coming to Hollywood hoping to be the next TV or film star, Markewych said.
James moved to North Hollywood with his wife and child two months ago and lives near the NoHo Arts District. He’s majoring in communications at Woodbury University after transferring from Clark College in Vancouver, Wash.
“I got my big break when I got the part in ‘Crowley’ with Harrison Ford and Brendan Fraser scheduled for release in 2010,” he said. “That was incredible. Fraser was nice and professional. And it gave me insight into how big movies like that are made.”
He’s been on the sets of 10 films or TV shows, like VH1’s “Tough Love” and TNT’s “Leverage.” He’s also learned a lot by performing plays as a member of the Freemasons for more than six years, he said.
“So I feel like I’m living the dream,” he said. “People back home said I’d never be a big star. They said, ‘You’re going to go there and come back or get another type of job.’ I feel I’ve worked hard networking, auditioning and working on acting skills or on location somewhere.”
He is getting a lot of support from his advisor at Woodbury, Edward Clift, James said.