Reporting J.D. Miles
DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - An unusual job opening in Dallas is giving applicants the chance to be seen by five million people around the world – as a video game celebrity. Dozens of young women showed up to an open casting call for a shot at starring in “Borderlands 2,” a video game being made right here in North Texas.
It takes a sweet smile and a sinister snarl to impress on this job interview. Applicants who came to a Deep Ellum office on Wednesday were asked to show a variety of emotions and facial expressions in hopes of landing the role as Lilith in the game, scheduled for release next year. “Lilith is one of our most popular characters in ‘Borderlands,’” explained Adam Fletcher with Plano’s Gearbox Software, the makers of the game. “We’re looking for a female that fits the facial look of Lilith.”
As one of the most popular video games in the nation, the original “Borderlands” has sold a staggering five million copies since 2009. The game’s producers are among the first to hire real people to play digitized characters.
Some applicants saw this job as an opportunity to break into a difficult industry. “I wanted to do modeling and acting,” said Lilith applicant Darcie Darrell. “It’s kind of like doing both at the same time.”
Other applicants were passionate fans of the series. “I’m a huge fan,” said Alina Johnson about the game and the Lilith character. “I’ve played it and she’s really cool.”
And still other applicants were just hoping to land some much-needed work. “I don’t even play video games,” admitted Natalie Forester.
The job pays $1,000 per day, and the person who is hired can expect a big perk that many long for, but only a few actually get – video game immortality. Britanni Johnson is already a video game model. “I’ve had a lot of interesting fans who’ve found me on Facebook and Twitter,” she said.
The casting call in Dallas is already over, but anyone else who is interested in the job can still apply by emailing Gearbox Software. Click here to visit the company’s website for the details.