Casting Call for Employable Me – American Documentary

This week I found an email from Liz Alderman, casting director for the documentary series “Employable Me“, looking for candidates for an American based documentary. Obviously, due to my anonymous status, I will not be appearing on TV any time soon.

However, this issue is one that is near and dear to my heart. Too many Autistic people who want to work are unemployed/underemployed. I hope this show will bring light to why companies SHOULD hire Autistic people.

Please contact Liz if you are interested and SHARE if you know someone who might be.

Employable Me SHOW GRAPHICS

ENGLAND’S CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED DOCUMENTARY TELEVISION SERIES “EMPLOYABLE ME” IS COMING TO AMERICA!

CASTING DIRECTORS ARE SEEKING PEOPLE WITH NEURO-DIVERSE CONDITIONS OR DISABILITIES WHO HAVE STRUGGLED TO FIND LONG TERM EMPLOYMENT WHO WOULD LIKE ASSISTANCE IN THEIR SEARCH FOR WORK.

Optomen Productions is looking for people with neuro-diverse conditions and disabilities who would like our assistance finding employment, and who are willing to share their job search journey with the American television viewing audience by being a part of our critically acclaimed documentary television series, EMPLOYABLE ME.

EMPLOYABLE ME seeks to prove that having a neurological condition or disability should be viewed as an ASSET rather than an obstacle in the workplace.

High profile, aspirational companies and brands are beginning to discover the benefits of recruiting from the ranks of the disabled and those whose “brains are wired differently.”

What if your “disabilities” turned out to be a strength?  What if your condition actually gave you skills that were a virtue rather than a hindrance?  What if they turned out to be invaluable qualities that put you AHEAD of rival candidates?

We all deserve a role in society and the opportunity to pay our way. The job-seekers selected to appear on our documentary series will be encouraged to unlock their hidden talents with the help of experts and specialists so they can at long last find the job that best suits their unique skill sets and strengths.

That’s what this show is about: the struggle to belong and play your part. The disabled just need a chance for people to see what they can do, rather than concentrating on what they can’t.

 

Take a look at these inspiring highlights from our hit series to date:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0755nyq/clips

 

And view a full episode of our courageous series here:

https://vimeo.com/162540081

PASSWORD: job123

The bottom line is, a diverse workforce can be great for a business and this series wants to dramatically shake up the system to prove it.

Please pass this casting call along!  Television producers and casting directors like myself rely heavily on personal recommendations and word-of-mouth referrals to find interested and qualified people.  We appreciate your help!

Contact Liz.Alderman@OptomenUSA.com for more information on how to be considered for this opportunity. 

Optomen Productions produces hundreds of hours of television each year for many of the major cable and broadcast networks including Food Network, Travel Channel, Nat Geo Wild, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery and Bravo.  Our most successful series include Worst Cooks in America and Mysteries at the Museum.  Visit http://www.optomenproductions.com/ for more information about our company.

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11 thoughts on “Casting Call for Employable Me – American Documentary”

  1. Thank you for sharing this! I was one of the founders of Community Access Naperville CAN created to help change the way people view “differently abled”. Employment opportunities is something we try to develop but participants are very active volunteers in the community.
    I will pass this on!

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  2. I watched a couple of episodes of the first series of employable me and essentially it was inspiration porn. It also caused people I know in my life and strangers to basically accuse me of being lazy as ‘if those people can work then you can too you have no excuse’ as there was nothing about the fact that actually some disabled people cannot work. I got a lot of shit from my family as I am autistic and have Tourette’s, which were the only two conditions in the first series here. (plus other things) so people begin to assume we can all just work.
    Of course people need to realise that many disabled people can work and that many people are unemployed because people just don’t employ disabled people but the programme didn’t do it at all well. I hope it is done better in the USA.

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    1. Hi Oliver, since I am in the US I must admit that I have not seen the original show. I do feel like the world needs to see more Autistic people though so maybe in the end it can do good – I TRULY hope. I am stuck in a job that is really too much for me right now because of my comorbidities and SPD.

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  3. I at first didn’t want to watch the series Employable me- as I have a son aged 27 with ASD, & felt the program was just slightly like a modern ‘circus sideshow’. But then I happened to catch an episode, & was so impressed. Rather than being depressing it was truely uplifting . A great series to reproduce in the USA. good luck

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  4. Congratulations. This is great news about Employable Me.
    From the earliest part of my career as a psychologist at least part of my time was spent working with vocational rehabilitation people to help identify the skills which people have so they could become productively employed. It was essential work and continues to be so.
    Too often people were dismissed as unemployable but the fact was quite different when we did a careful evaluation and allied ourselves with them.
    Keep up the good work.

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  5. I hope the show’s producers will focus on working from home. I’m not tech savvy, but I do assemble small parts well. I did small parts assembly for a year. I put plastic washers on metal screws and snapped on bike bottle caps. It was repetitious and I thrived at it. I could go at my own pace and finish ahead of schedule. Fortunately, I had a mom back then to drive to and from the sheltered workshop (I couldn’t go there, too chaotic).
    Employment from home for the not overly tech saavy, an issue hopefully not to remain in the cracks.

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  6. I don’t watch TV anymore, apologies, but I know the issues all too well. Going through school and university I was able to hack it, but back when I found work I had no real life skills and was a fat, spoiled, naïve, immature young man who gave up on life. It was through making the mistakes I made that helped me grow.

    Lest we forget, diamonds are simply million year-old trees.

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  7. Hi Anne,

    Thus sounds like a really neat idea. You never know what problems might be solved from an out-of-the-box thinker.

    Thanks,

    Gary

    On Wed, Mar 8, 2017 at 12:54 AM Anonymously Autistic wrote:

    > anonymouslyautistic posted: “This week I found an email from Liz Alderman, > casting director for the documentary series “Employable Me”, looking for > candidates for an American based documentary. Obviously, due to my > anonymous status, I will not be appearing on TV any time soon. Howev” >

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