Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

Are you ready for your close up? If so, Universal Studios Hollywood wants to see you.

An open casting call will be held next month in search of tour guides to narrate and lead the famed backlot studio tram tour, which will be getting a face-lift this summer in conjunction with the park’s 50th anniversary.

The auditions will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. May 4 at the Universal City theme park.

Tour guide wannabes should bring a resume and headshot, and they must be available for follow-up auditions on May 6 and final interviews the week of May 11.

According to the park, candidates must be “friendly, engaging and enthusiastic,” with a performance or public speaking background, strong knowledge of film and television and a “charismatic live television camera presence.”

Tour guides also must be at least 18 years old.

Park officials said the job is an ideal role for aspiring actors/actresses or anyone looking to work in the entertainment industry. Tour guides can take advantage of free acting lessons, private events with industry executives, free screenings of Universal films and access to auditions with casting directors.

Information about the casting call is available online at

The theme park will be introducing a “Nighttime Studio Tour” this summer, highlighting movie set lighting and special effects used in nighttime film production. The evening tours will run on weekend nights from July 4 through Labor Day.

The tram tour will also get a new attraction on June 25, when “Fast & Furious — Supercharged” debuts. The 360-degree, 3-D attraction will put tour riders in a virtual street-racing world, sending the trams on a perceived 120- mph adventure featuring film stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson and Luke Evans.

City News Service

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