This original script for a five-minute short was a finalist for the 2014 ABC Talent Showcase. Every year, ABC’s Casting program selects from thousands of submissions and casts new talent to perform the scenes in a one-night show for industry professionals. (In 2007, future Oscar winning Lupita Nyong’o, who then had no agent or manager, became one of 11 actors selected out of 600 who auditioned for the showcase.) According to the story guidelines, I created a single-location scene with two characters, centered around a social issue or cause. Actually, I squeezed in two: environmental proactivism, and media’s affect on self image. You’ll notice I used my Tinseltown pen name, Ali Rapaport.