An actress was told to bring an 'easy access skirt' to a casting call. Well, dang.

It's not just an "easy access skirt." Just take a look at some of the roles that actresses see on casting calls everyday.

These are all REAL role descriptions. REALLY.

The role that could be filled by a cardboard cutout:

"Seeking Beautiful Girl (Non-Speaking)"


The role that seems more suitable for a coat hanger ... or two:

"Seeking Bikini Babe to stand with another Bikini Babe."

The role that could be played by literally any woman. Seriously, what does this even mean?

"Seeking Girlfriends of male principals."

What specific acting skills does it take to play a girlfriend of a male principal? How is that different from playing a girlfriend of a female principal or just playing a woman who happens to have a boyfriend or a woman in general?

The role that doesn't get that being female, real, and butchy are not mutually exclusive personality traits:

"Seeking Female. Real. Honest. But not too butchy."

So are the casting folks here saying that it's OK to be a real, honest woman as long as you're not masculine? Or are they saying that they don't want lesbians to apply? Either way, that feels offensive, and I'm confused.

The role that combines too many offensive things to count:

"Seeking Drunken Girl 'Slapper' at a party. Actress must have 'easy access skirt' in which to be 'taken from behind.' Consent to have fake vomit thrown on her."

Just FYI, I counted, and there are at least seven majorly offensive things here: 1. This is a casting for a regular feature film, not a porn. 2. This is not even a fleshed-out character. They would have no name and be sexually assaulted as a background prop. 3. While I totally get the need for background characters — not everyone gets a speaking role — this wouldn't be so upsetting if it wasn't one of the only casting options available for women. 4. "Easy access skirt." 5. "Taken from behind." 6. "Fake vomit." 7. "Thrown on her."

Really, Hollywood?

Now, ladies, tell us how you really feel.

And they're not done. These talented women have plenty more to say. Check out more of their thoughts in the video below:

For more videos on this subject, check out this powerful video — featuring interviews with the amazing cast of the web series "Misspelled," talking about their experience as actors of color at casting calls, first published Sept. 10, 2014.

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In many ways, 18-year-old Idaho native, Hank Cazier, is like any other teenager you've met. He loves chocolate, pop music, and playing games with his family. He has lofty dreams of modeling for a major clothing company one day. But one thing that sets him apart may also jeopardize his future is his recent battle against a brain tumor.

Cazier was diagnosed in 2015. When he had surgery to remove the tumor, he received trauma to his brain and lost some of his motor functionality. He's been in physical, occupational, and speech therapy ever since. The experience impacted Cazier's confidence and self-esteem, so he's been looking for a way to build himself back up again.

"I wanted to do something that helped me look forward to the future," he says.

Enter Make-A-Wish, a nonprofit organization that grants wishes for children battling critical illnesses, providing them a chance to make the impossible possible. The organization partnered with Macy's to raise awareness and help make those wishes a reality. The hope is that the "wish effect" will improve their quality of life and empower them with the strength they need to overcome these illnesses and look towards the future. That was a particularly big deal for Cazier, who had been feeling like so many of his wishes weren't going to be possible because of his critical illness.

"In the beginning, it was hard to accept that it would be improbable for me to accomplish my previous goals because my illness took away so many of my physical abilities," says Cazier. His wish of becoming a model also seemed out of reach.

But Macy's and Make-A-Wish didn't see it like that. Once they learned about Cazier's wish, they knew he had to make it come true by inviting him to be part of the magical Macy's holiday shoot in New York.

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Make-A-Wish can't fulfill children's wishes without the generosity of donors and partners like Macy's. In fact, since 2003, Macy's has given more than $122 million to Make-A-Wish and impacted the lives of more than 2.9 million people.

Cazier's wish experience was beyond what he could've imagined, and it filled him with so much joy and confidence. "It is like waking up and discovering that you have super powers. It feels amazing!" he exclaims.

One of the best parts about the day for him was the kindness everyone who helped make it happen showed him.

"The employees of Macy's and Make-A-Wish made me feel welcome, warm, and cared for," he says. "I am truly grateful that even though they were busy doing their jobs, they were able to show kindness and compassion towards me in all of the little details."

He also got to spend part of the shoot outdoors, which, as someone who loves climbing, hiking, and scuba-diving but has trouble doing those activities now, was very welcome.

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Overall, Cazier feels he grew a lot during his modeling wish and is now emboldened to work towards a better quality of life. "I want to acquire skills that help me continue to improve in these circumstances," he says.

You can change the lives of more kids like Cazier just by writing a letter to Santa and dropping it in the big red letterbox at Macy's (you can also write and submit one online). For every letter received before Dec. 24, 2019, Macy's will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish, up to $1 million. By writing a letter to Santa, you can help a child replace fear with confidence, sadness with joy, and anxiety with hope.

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