Elizabeth Cheryl – This story is difficult to write because it hits so close to home. In the midst of the frenzy of tax season and the bustling of warmer weather a man initiates an ad on Craigslist. He says he is an International Recording Artist and Ghost Writer for some of the biggest singers in music today. He advertises for Executive Assistants, Senior Producers, Production Assistants, Film Crew & Camera Men or Women and for actors/ actresses. He wants to do a movie based on his exciting life story in the music industry. With warmer weather in California entering into our busy schedules, it’s a perfect time to get back into the groove of the movie industry. November and December tend to be a slower time as huge movie producers and production companies take holiday time for family. As the season quickened the demand for work for hungry actors and film crew increased, this ad was their answer for what they had been waiting for. Actresses quickly responded with their headshots and Resume’s, eager at a chance to make it big. This movie and TV series was promised to be national and noted to prospective actors and actresses that this project was already signed with a major TV Network. How refreshing to the ears of Sacramento residents to know that we can still hold a place on the map for this type of entertainment industry. The first round of auditions took place in Stockton, CA. The turnout was not positive but there was two more Saturday Casting Calls ahead. As the second weekend of auditions rolls around the turnout in Roseville, CA was much more optimistic. There were almost a hundred auditions in one Saturday and the producing staff was pleased. People drove from all over Northern California for their big opportunity to shine, some even coming from 6 hours away, for a 2 minute chance at the silver screen. But as the day progressed there were girls showing up that were not on the scheduled audition list. They were scurried out of the meeting room where auditions were being held and off to the hotel room of the creator of the show, the pop diva himself. Who these young girls were and why they were treated separately confused the Producers, Director and Casting Agent. This also happened the following Saturday as well. But something was different this time. There were more girls than before and one of the young ladies who did really well and was a call back never showed. She was a cute girl, 22 years old and was a no show. There was talk from the creator; we will call him “Diva”, that he had called the young lady back to his room after auditions the previous Saturday. Diva, had casually joked with the staff of Producers that she came to his room but she was not the right fit and wouldn’t be returning. This comment made all of the Producers uncomfortable as it is known to be bad practice to conduct any auditions in someone’s hotel room without the panel of agents. After a few of the other girls that had auditioned started mentioning that, Diva had been intercepting the girls emails and getting their cell phones and requesting provocative pictures that would help better their chances at getting the desired role. One of these girls began her investigative research on Mr. Pop Diva himself and found startling evidence that this man had been doing this with young girls across the country. Posing as a pop artist, ghost writer for Dr. Dre and Eminem he lured the girls into thinking he was someone when in all reality no one knows who he is along with the music industry. The young girl who No-Showed last Saturday was contacted by a Senior Producer, the poor thing spilt the beans on the disgusting behavior of Diva and his female counterpart/Executive Asst. She was lured by the female Asst. to believe that she had another audition near the meeting room and then was brought to the hotel room of Mr. Diva. The girl was offered Andre Champagne, which is like the wine version of 2 Buck Chuck. The young girl claimed that after only a few sips she felt woozy and unusual. She was asked if she liked women and shown a photo of a black man’s genitals on a phone. The Diva also kissed the young girl against her judgment telling her that it was to see if they had chemistry because he was the main star in the movie and this was for the role of his girlfriend. She has copies of the text messages where she was told that this was her only shot at ensuring the role. This is just one story of many from Oklahoma to Colorado, Oregon and California. Since 2008 or older, Diva has been portraying this character and going from city to city auditioning for a TV series, hosting auditions that the hotels were offering for free in trade for a 30 second commercial spot on the TV series. Since 2008 to February of 2013 not one film crew, Producer, Asst., Director or actress, Hotel, Limo services, Restaurants, Directors and so on has been paid for any of their services. Thousands of lives that have been scammed out of hard earned money, restaurant’s offering free meals in trade for advertising. Diva has hired women or young girls off Craigslist through a Production Company called Downtime Productions, who as of last Saturday shut their doors and is no longer a website or a business. Don James of Downtime had contracts signed for most of these positions offering “Standard Union Rate.” Young girls were told this was for the TV series and movie in trade for them to follow Diva around as his entourage to feed his narcissistic ego. His story can be found on Channel 4 in Oklahoma and airing on Fox 40 news this week in Northern California. To date it has been calculated that the total cost of what is owed from Downtime Productions and Diva and Diva across the country lies in the Millions. But worst of all is the story of the young girls who were lured into his room and had things done that they will not forget the rest of their lives. No amount of money will change what will haunt them forever after their brush with the Ghost Writer.
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