Submit to Twinkie Byrd’s Monologue Slam at HBFF 2013


New Format Announced for Twinkie Byrd’s Monologue Slam

at the 2013 Hollywood Black Film Festival 




What is Twinkie Byrd’s Monologue Slam? It’s a contest for actors who compete to perform their monologue live in front of Celebrity Casting Director, Twinkie Byrd, and her panel of Celebrity Judges (actors, agents and producers) at the Hollywood Black Film Festival. The Slam will take place Saturday, October 5th, 6:00pm at the W Hotel, 6250 Hollywood Boulevard; Hollywood, CA.


Who is Twinkie Byrd?


Celebrity Casting Director Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd is a Brooklyn-born and raised casting director with more than 20 years of experience in the industry. Madonna, the Black Eyed Peas, 50 Cent, Prince, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Katy Perry are among the artists who have counted on Byrd to find talent who can bring their songs to life on the small screen. Byrd has the vision to spot actors who can bring complicated and nuanced storylines from page to motion picture. Her work on Stomp the Yard, The Blind Side, Notorious, Jumping the Broom and Sparkle prove as much. Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd has spent decades channeling her super power of finding the perfect person for every character.

Byrd’s gut feeling translates to magic on the screen. When Sparkle hit theatres last August, Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd proved once again that she knows films, gets actors, and she understands characters. “It is my trifecta,” she says of the film that she calls one of the most amazing experiences of her life. “It is a musical, it is a period piece, it is a remake.” Terrance J and Derek Luke shared the screen, Tika Sumpter continued her road of success and the film marked the last time audiences saw the amazing Whitney Houston in a major motion picture. It is another casting about which Twinkie had no doubts.

One of her keys to success is her belief that no project is too big or too small. She has worked on a number of independent and student projects including Ryan Coogler’s Fig, which appeared on HBO. Twinkie also worked with Ryan Coogler on the Sundance & Cannes winning film Fruitvale Station. With her feet planted firmly in multiple worlds, Byrd often surprises producers and directors with her spot-on casting and leaves them exclaiming, “Where’d you find this actor?”

Today, actors and producers alike are drawn to Byrd’s warm spirit. While she notes that people ultimately work with people they like, it is her hard work, attention to detail, and demand for quality that has sustained her in such a tumultuous industry for more than two decades.


What is a Monologue? A monologue is an uninterrupted speech by one actor in a play or movie, or as part of a theatrical or broadcast program.

How To Enter:

To enter the competition there is a $40 entry fee.  All entries must be submitted through Withoutabox at

****BEFORE UPLOADING YOUR VIDEO — Please refer to the FAQ page for information on uploading online screeners:*****

    • Upload to Withoutabox a video 2 minutes or less of a monologue for your type.  You can use your cell phone, iPhone, iPad, webcam, FlipCam, etc.  No professional video shoots!


    • Upload the same video to YouTube


    • Email the YouTube link to your video along with your Withoutabox TRACKING ID NUMBER to


    • Make sure your video sounds and looks clear and crisp.


    • Choose a monologue for your TYPE, from a Film (because its a Film Festival!!!)


    • Deadline for submissions is Wed. July 31. Extended Deadline is Wed. August 7, 2013.


  • Announcement of finalists is Thurs. August 22.



What’s a “Type”?

Your type is when using your characteristics, what it looks or seems like you would do for a living or can naturally portray (i.e. Doctor, Lawyer, Leading Lady, Leading Man, Detective, Police Officer, Nurse, Teacher etc).


What happens next?


Twinkie Byrd will review all the entries and select 10 finalist actors to perform their monologue live at the 2013 Hollywood Black Film Festival.


All of the videos submitted will be showcased on the Hollywood Black Film Festival’s YouTube Channel on Twinkie Byrd’s Monologue Slam Playlist.  One lucky actor will be chosen by the public.  The actor who garners the most LIKES will be “The People’s Choice” and will perform live at the 2013 Hollywood Black Film Festival.


The Finalists:

The ten (10) lucky actors plus “The People’s Choice” actor will perform their monologue at Twinkie Byrd’s Monologue Slam at the 2013 Hollywood Black Film Festival. The live Slam will be held on Saturday, October 5th, 6:00pm at the W Hotel, 6250 Hollywood Boulevard; Hollywood, CA.  The finalists will perform in front of a panel of celebrity judges and a live audience.  The panel will also give each actor feedback on their performance, as well as share audition tips and techniques.



Twinkie Byrd and the judging panel will select a grand prize winner, 1st and 2nd runner up who will win prize packages of actor services and products TBA.



****BEFORE YOU UPLOAD YOUR VIDEO — Please refer to the FAQ page for information on uploading online screeners:


Hollywood Black Film Festival prefers online entries submitted via, which provides cost-saving, paperless submission to film festivals around the world. Withoutabox’’s internet-only submission platform features online applications via one master entry form, online fee payments, press kits, and the option to use Secure Online Screeners, an economical, eco-friendly, and secure alternative to traditional hard-copy DVD submissions. Fill out one master entry form and take advantage of quick entry, extended deadlines, and powerful submission management tools. There’s no extra cost to you, and by submitting, you’’ll join Withoutabox’’s global filmmaker community and stay in the loop about international exhibition opportunities. Click to submit your video monologue today!



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44 Responses to “Submit to Twinkie Byrd’s Monologue Slam at HBFF 2013”
  1. Joanne says:

    Hey Twinkle,

    Hats off to you! Thank you for having your finger on the pulse for new black faces. We need more black actors to live on the silver screen. Quavanjene is very lucky right now, but their are so many more out there. I think you should team up with Scenarios USA. You can find a lot of teen talent that can also write!
    Good luck with everything you do. I know it will be golden!


    Joanne Borden

  2. Hello Twinkie,

    I admire the projects that you have been apart of as well as your story about how you started out as a intern. I just want to thank you for giving up and coming actors a opportunity to display our skills because our outlets are so limited. Even if I don’t make it as a finalist , I still want to thank you for the opportunity. I am looking for no handouts just simply an opportunity and that you have given.

    Thank you and Have a great day
    -Da’Ron Mitchell

    • Twinkie Byrd says:

      Thank you very much!! I love my work! You are Very Welcome!

      You have a Great Day as well!!

      Good Luck!!

  3. Tamara Jackson says:

    Are there any other guidelines such as the use of profanity?

    • admin_hbff says:

      No other guidelines, per se; however, these monologues will be posted on YouTube for an Audience Choice Award. Keep in mind your audience.

      –HBFF Admin

  4. Hello Twinkie, I am so thankful for this opportunity to submit my video audition (demo reel) for consideration to the Twinkie Byrd’s Monologue Slam. I am a member of SAG/AFTRA and have been waiting a long time for an opportunity to showcase my craft. I want to win, BADLY!

  5. Devon Libran says:

    The IMDB page has been freezing the past couple of days when it comes time to upload.

  6. C.Ray says:

    Hello –

    I am trying to submit and it says the standard fee is $35.00 and the discounted fee is $30 on withoutabox. Was there a deadline for the $30 fee stated above or is there something I should do on withoutabox? Thank you

  7. Felicia says:

    I”m have trouble filling out the form here are two question that I do not know how to answer and the system does not let me bypass.

    Please choose a Type that best describes your project. these are the choices

    Movie (Theatrical) Television Made for Video Music Video Commercial Interactive Trailer

    Which one do I pick?

    Check all Forms that apply.
    Animation Documentary Experimental Feature Industrial Narrative Fiction Short

    Which do I pick?

    Also their was another question that ask for the Title. I just put my Name and Monologue slam is that right.


    • admin_hbff says:

      Hi Felicia,

      You can choose “Movie” and check “Feature”. Your name and Monologue Slam are fine for the title.


      • Felicia says:


        I’m still having problems answer all these questions that do not apply. The questions regarding the script the writer the cast please help time is running out.

        Go through the program withoutabox and you will know what I’m talking about.


        • Felicia says:

          Ok, it is now 9:48 California time I still have not been able to submit my video withoutabox is giving me so much trouble. I cannot be the only person having trouble. I cannot seem to get pass the talent part although I have but the info in several times it not letting me go any further.

          Not sure what to do I feel as though my opportunity is slipping through my hands.

          Is their anything else I can do. I will be happy to email my video and send you the money or even drop it off somewhere.

          Please help
          I’m normally not I last minute person I just found out about the slam on Sunday via facebook and have been working on ever since. I have been trying to submitted for several hours.

          Opportunity is knocking and I’m having trouble answering the door


          • Felicia says:

            Ok, It is now 10:35 and I still have not been able to submit.

            Can anyone help.

            I’m not giving up until he fat lady sings.

      • Felicia says:

        It is now 11:27 and I still have not been able to submit.

        Is their anything else that I can do.

    • Felicia says:

      I just notice that the date of my messages says August 1 but it is actually July 31, 6:45 west coast time.

      • admin_hbff says:

        Thanks for the heads up! Just changed the time settings to Los Angeles for the site. Original setting was UTC – Coordinated Universal Time (yes… I had to google it too.) 🙂


  8. Hello,

    I’m trying to submit monologue, but when I click the submit button it takes me to another option as if I’m a director, producer, etc. Please advise how I can simply upload monologue to withoutabox. Thanks!

  9. Yolanda English says:

    I was having trouble uploading my video to the withoutabox website. I have a confirmation stating my payment/ application was received on 7/31, but when I checked my video status it posted on 8/1/2013. Will this affect my submission?

    Ms. English

    • admin_hbff says:

      Hi Yolanda,

      No, this will not affect your submission application. Due to the volume of submissions we received at the deadline, we were giving a healthy grace period.

      –HBFF Admin

  10. Ryan Hart says:

    Hey there! I am so grateful for this opportunity. Thanks! I have an issue though. I fill out the info on Without a box and it allowed me to pay and checkout, but it never gave me a screen to upload my video. Now I an concrened becauseI have paid but I have not figured out a way

  11. Parenthysis says:

    I have paid my registration fee, but my video has not been uploaded. Is there an alternate way to upload my video? I been trying to load my video for about an hour.Please help

  12. Parenthysis says:

    I been tying to load my video for the last hour. I have already paid. Please allow it to go through!

  13. Twinkie Byrd says:


    Such an Awesome Step you are taking!! Good Luck and See you at the TOP!!

    Grace & Peace
    Twinkie Byrd

  14. Twinkie Byrd says:

    Greetings ALL!!!

    Congratulations to those who have Submitted to Twinkies Monologue Slam 2013!! Im excited to View the Submissions.

    I hope to see you ALL at The HOLLYWOOD BLACK FILM FESTIVAL this year!! Its a Great place to Network, Learn, Fellowship and Be INSPIRED about this Industry of Film!!

    My Thanks to Tanya Kersey for this Awesome Outlet of African American/Diaspora Talent!! You are an Awesome Lady to know and call Friend!! THANK YOU TANYA!!!

    So Register for the HBFF Panels, Screenings & Symposiums!!

    Till then See you ALL in October!!

    Grace & Peace

    Tracy Twinkie Byrd

  15. Tim says:

    Thanks guys for the supportive email! I’m sure that things would have gone differently had I signed up before the extended period. My bad. Regardless, much Love & Success with the Festival my brothers & sisters! Be Epic!

  16. Phillia Thomas says:

    Hi Twinkie,

    I am very excited about the festival and the monolouge competition. Though I found out about submitting monolouge too late. I was wondering could I still have a chance. You see a short film called “used to be” has been accepted in the festival. So I was wondering could I use that as an entry or could I still sumbit a monologue even though im late. I will be traveling all the way from Cleveland and I just want to make this trip a time to remember:)

  17. Wayne King Jr says:

    Hello!! I would love to participate and be apart of this I’m sorry I saw this so late. I hope you can tell me Will you be doing this again next yr I know is missed the deadline and I’m not prepared I just found this website byway of actor access. If someone can email me back I would appreciate that so much..
    Thank You
    Wayne King Jr

    • admin_hbff says:

      Hi Wayne — Twinkie Byrd’s Monologue Slam has turned into one of the most popular events of the Hollywood Black Film Festival. It just keeps getting better year after year. Although we are no longer accepting submissions to the competition, we’d love to see you at Twinkie Byrd’s Monologue Slam, which will take place on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at the W Hollywood Hotel from 7p-10p. Twinkie and her celebrity judges will participate in a lively Q&A discussion about all things acting — career development, audition tips & techniques, and much more. Following the panel discussion, the 11 contest finalists will perform their monologue in front of the panel and a live audience. The panel of judges will also give each actor feedback on their performance. The admission fee to the event will be announced soon. You’ll definitely get your money’s worth!

      –HBFF Admin

  18. kapri willis says:

    What time will the results be posted?

    Kapri Willis

  19. Hello Goddess Twinkle,

    The universe has seen fit for us to know your divinity and energy of this time and this space of NOW ! Bless you we are a 85% ethnic agency in Canada ! We feel you and we hear you ! We speak the same language and verse ! We are nowhere and with a little space to grow we will be NOW HERE ! Love you more bless you much adore you sincerely
    Bree from Maijah Lewk Talent Vancouver BC Canada !

    Maijah Lewk
    In an industry based on a ” APPEARANCE ” Maijah Lewk strives to maximize each individual actor’s BRAND through great headshots, enhanced skills and professionally recognized training. This is not merely about being good-looking but rather the means to to develope and enhance for the simple purpose of STANDING OUT! With a strong mandate for diversity and a fair percentage of developement from ground ZERO, coupled with the drive to bring back the human element in the industry. Maijah Lewk stems from the concept of EMOTIONAL INVESTMENT specific to each individual performer. Working from a MORAL stance and the will to seek INTEGRITY & PROFESSIONALISM. We aim to have the majority ” step out of the box ” and create opportunities that otherwise may not be accessible to the overall majority. Broadening perspectives and solidifying quality over quantity! Trends, demographics and GLOBAL DIVERSITY are changing drastically and we plan to spearhead this movement while providing viable performers with longevity in all artistic mediums.

  20. Allia Janay Christie says:


    I just wanted to know if there will be a 2014 Monologue Slam?


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