NYC Wanted ‘Real People Types’ to Act Homeless in PSA

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A teenager who collects bottles and cans and lives in a city shelter walks near Times Square on April 14, 2011 in New York City.
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There are more than 40,000 people living in New York City homeless shelters, but apparently none of them were just right to star in a government-funded public-service announcement. According to the Daily News, the Homeless Services Department put up an ad on Casting.com in search of actors who look like “real people”:

The agency had specific types in mind: a “Latin dad” and “Latin mom” in their mid to late 20s who were “NOT too modelly (sic).”

It was also looking for a girl about 4 or 5 years old, two “multiethnic” boys ages 7 to 10 and a grandma in her late 40s.

Talent should be real people type,” preferably “ethnically ambiguous,” the ad read.

Hair and makeup will handle the rest!

NYC Wanted ‘Real People Types’ to Act Homeless