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Nayla Palmer

Protagonist: A fashion influencer, beautiful, Slim/toned body type, referred to as "Black Barbie", confident, loving in her friendships, wears her heart on her sleeve, emotional wreck, overdramatic, snappy, sappy/pathetic when in love.

Nayla is everything good. That’s what people say about her. Always had a positive outlook on life and approached everything with enthusiasm. In friendships, she’s a ride or die. Whenever she’s needed she’s always there without hesitation. She’s what they call a reliable friend. She is an empathetic, soft, gentle, free-spirited soul. She is unselfish with her love. That’s why people gravitate towards her. She’ll continue to give you so much of herself until the point where it seems like there is nothing more to give, even when that person doesn’t deserve it. She’s a lover girl. Always has been. A lot of the time she’s referred to as the “mom” because she can’t help but nurture others. Of course, there is a clear separation between the role of lover and “mother” in her mind when it comes to romantic relationships.

She loves all things style. She was always seen as the y2k Barbie. She loves fashion and looking expensive. You could see it in the way she dressed and did her makeup. She was able to attain 1M Instagram followers simply based on her looks and style alone. She admired other people’s talents greatly and always advocates for people to express themselves. That’s the most important thing to her, freedom of expression.

Nayla loves art, ever since she was younger she loved paintings, drawings, sculptures, etc. She often thinks about perusing it but ends up falling through because she can’t keep her head on one thing for too long, at times, she tends to get restless and careless when she feels trapped. One thing Nayla has always strived for was real freedom. After growing up in a home where she couldn’t do anything without a parent’s permission she felt caged. Now that she has this freedom of living on her own, her father paying half her bills, she is always yearning for more as if the freedom will be taken from her at any moment. She lives her life recklessly at times which often gets her into messy situations. Nayla is a spontaneous type of girl, she doesn’t go by planned instructions, she likes going with the flow.

At times this can issue to those who are more thought out and planned, like her best friend Imani. Nayla’s mind is always in 10 million places, causing her to be very forgetful and sometimes considered irresponsible. However, it is hard to stay angry at someone as cheerful and upbeat, as she is and she knows that. Nayla does have a fiery side if you come at her, prepare for her to come right back. When under attack, she is quick and snarky but it's often a wickedly funny one that may leave her intended target both stinging and laughing at the same time. She is legendary for blurting out what’s on her mind at random times. Like anyone else, she has her flaws. It takes time for Nayla to trust people, she has really bad trust issues. It’s something that’s affecting her more than she realizes.

She doesn’t handle guilt very well. As emotional as she already is, guilt in any form is something that causes Nayla to shut down and retreat into her little bubble where she’ll self-pity and cry. Nayla becomes so ashamed that she’d rather avoid confrontations almost as a rule. When in the wrong Nayla struggles to deal with it because she’s lived her life trying so hard to be the best friend, daughter, girlfriend, she can be and the idea of not meeting that standard is unruly.

Project Type:  TV Status:  Non-Union Salary:  $0.00/day Ethnicity:  Black / African descent
Sex:  Female Age:  21 - 24 Role:  Actor City:  Toronto

Please submit your headshots, a cover letter, and a demo reel if you have one. Include your Instagram/Tiktok handle in your submission. Include your age & Height. Must be a brown skin/ dark skin black girl in order to be applicable for the lead role.

Project Details

Short Synopsis:  The feeling of true human connection is such a rewarding experience. Outside of family and romantic relationships, friendship is one of the most meaningful bonds one can have. That’s why people have always been drawn to Nayla; friendship isn’t just an experience with her, it’s genuine. She values every person she chooses to connect with. Through personal ups and downs, Nayla always manages to be there for her friends. When you need her, and when you think you don’t. She’s a caring, naive, optimistic, kindhearted soul; ultimately making her an easy target for emotional manipulation. If you’re anything like Nayla, you tend to get taken advantage of. Thankfully, her two best friends Zahra & Imani are always by her side to keep her grounded. Even when their own lives are filled with chaos. (They all have that in common). It’s rare to find one person like that, but somehow Nayla managed to find two. An Inspired take on Real-life events, UPN’s “Girlfriends” With a unique K drama twist: Three Dimensional Set in the heart of downtown Toronto, the series follows the lives of young adults through the intricacies of their romantic/platonic relationships. Through these three diverse women, viewers will travel the world through their eyes and understand their individual experiences as they navigate their twenties. With all life’s ups and downs, you won’t be able to help but feel connected to them and their story. Why? Because there’s a Zahra, Imani, and Nayla in everyone. Nayla is the heart of the show & the group. She loves unapologetically, even when she shouldn’t. Wearing her heart on her sleeve without boundaries, leaves her ending up in MANY toxic situations. Her consistent optimism leads her to never believe a red flag. She can be a mess sometimes, some may say she’s an “emotional train wreck”. Hey, nobody’s perfect. Zahra is the body of the show & the peacemaker of the group. When she interacts with others, she always tries to understand life from differing perspectives. She's cool, far more mature & intellectual than your average 21-year-old and she strives to maintain peace and harmony in all her relationships. As much as she can be Nayla’s peace, she has a lot going on in her personal life. Being the young daughter in a cultural home with a misogynistic older brother is one thing, having a father who passed of suicide leaving no explanation behind only 7 months ago, is another. Emphasis on a lot going on. She’s very stubborn with her opinions and closed off emotionally. Guys often find her “difficult” to connect with, but lately, she is ready to go when it comes to sex. Call her a man-eater, some say her personality is like an on and off switch. Imani is the spirit & the comedic relief of the show. Imani represents the blunt truth. She will hold that mirror up in front of you and show you who you are. People hate that. On the other hand, she is genuinely always there to help you if it leads towards your personal growth. She wants everyone to find their purpose and to feel fulfilled. She’s a go-getter who lights up every room with her loud personality and infectious humor. With that being said, she can often come off judgmental and critical. She thinks she knows everything, (most of the time she does) but sometimes she doesn’t. Her crass tendencies can be counterproductive and can leave a bad taste in people’s mouths. Imani tends to react with her cynical point of view after hearing news before understanding the perspective of what’s happened; She’s working on that. The first season follows Nayla’s journey through the seven stages of her breakup after she admits to being unfaithful to her boyfriend of 2 years. Imani’s life, as always is filled with the chaos that follows her friends and family. It is always a situation that is unimaginable with Imani to the rescue. On the other hand, Zahra is dealing with a college love scandal, her mom's mental health, and the traumas left behind due to her father’s suicide. With the undeniable tone of nostalgia, you won’t be able to help yourself but fall for the 2000’s aesthetic, the infectious personalities of characters, and their mind-bending stories. LOGLINE: Following a huge moral dilemma, Nayla’s relationship goes into a downward spiral. Desperate to get her life back on track, she leans on her two best friends Zahra & Imani for emotional support. However, in their lives lies chaos of its own...
Producer:  Melissa Remy
Director:  Melissa Remy
Casting Director:  Melissa Remy
Deadline: In 33 days

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