Opportunities for Actors

Carpe and Zen Productions is currently looking for cast members for our upcoming feature film, Henchmen. Henchmen is an improvised comedy. Previous training in improv isn’t required, but it is a bonus. All roles are non-paid and non-union. We will not be able to pay for travel or lodging, but we do provide several perks that we hope you find will make the experience worthwhile. Preference will be given to actors located in the Gila Valley.

If you are interested in auditioning, please contact us at carpeandzen@gmail.com or fill out this form. See available roles and perks for participation below.


Henchmen is a comedy about two best friends as they hide from the cartel in a small town in Arizona. The movie is produced by the filmmaking duo of Joseph Carpenter and Jacob Lauritzen (Carpe and Zen). Carpe and Zen previously released their feature film, Ace of Hearts, in December 2021. It is currently available to purchase and stream on Amazon and other retailers.


We are filmmakers that live and work in the Gila Valley. We want to build a thriving community of filmmakers and filmgoers. As such, we are looking for anyone in the Gila Valley who is interested in working as either cast or crew in our productions. Previous experience isn’t required, but it is a bonus. We are willing to train you in whatever position you fill on our sets.

All roles are volunteer (non-paid) and non-union. We expect to film on nights and weekends throughout October, November, and December. Most roles will only be required for a few days of shooting. We do not expect to film more than two nights or days each week and we may not film every week. We require all cast members to commit to participating in their entire production, or else they will need to be recast. We will do our best to work with your schedule within reason.

We expect to complete editing the film in April 2023. At that time, we will begin to submit it to film festivals. The timing of the premiere and distribution of the film will depend on its acceptance into film festivals. After the film has completed its film festival run, we expect to distribute it through our partner, Burning Bulb Productions. When the film is distributed, we expect for it to be available to purchase on Blu Ray and DVD through our website as well as other online retailers (e.g., Amazon, Best Buy, etc.). We also expect the film to be available to stream on multiple platforms, though this is dependent upon the film being accepted by these platforms. We have previously had our work accepted by Amazon, Tubi, Pluto, etc.

We are prepared to offer the following perks for participation in making the film:

  • IMDB credit
  • Snacks and drinks on set. Meals will be provided on shooting days longer than six hours.
  • Footage for your film reel/portfolio
  • 2 tickets to a premiere located in the Gila Valley
  • An invitation to a premiere party for cast, crew, and business sponsors
  • 1 Blu Ray or DVD copy of the completed film
  • 1 Movie T-Shirt
  • 1 Movie Poster
  • Discount on additional copies of the film

Open Roles

Most roles are gender and race neutral. We intend to cast the best people available despite their gender or race. The following roles have not been cast:

Delilah or Derrick

Steve’s co-worker

Head Hunter

Works for Mr. Rios, a cartel boss.

Sheila or Shane

Steve’s nosey neighbor

Mrs. or MR. Mayberry

Owner of a bed and breakfast


A money launderer


A forger





Mr. or Ms. Rios

A cartel boss

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