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Casting Call for Feminist Indie Band! (Updated 3/08)

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Calling all Sims who microbrew kombucha to barter with tattoo artists, who have to take off their midi rings (yeah, plural) before doing a barefoot handstand against a tree, who spend their time either being at Burning Man or preparing for Burning Man, who sell jewelry made out of antique forks at the farmer's market, who have an anti-capitalist screen printing setup in their garage (not necessarily the same Sim who was selling fork jewelry earlier), who hated the RENT movie, who operate outside The System for whatever reason: non-binary awareness activist River Indigo is seeking members for their new band, Venus in Retrograde. Think alternative R&B with simmering lyrics about intersectionality and body positivity.

Possible roles include producer, mixing engineer, vocalist, or instrumentalist trained in percussion, bass, guitar, winds, or brass. Please specify in your application which role you're applying for and your PGP. All identities welcome. Thank you for reading, and good luck!

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Venus in Retrograde will appear in Catastrophe Theory, a black comedy exploring how pain can arise even in the sheltered world of The Sims 4 and how different personalities create/deal with it. Here are some guidelines for fitting in to this perpetual disaster of a storyline:
  • CT relies on realism and subtlety. Characters may be lightly roasted in the narrative, but always played straight. Aim to create a three-dimensional Sim you could be friends with rather than a mean-spirited parody.
  • The more outlandish you can get with details, the better. Does your bearded tank want to play the drums because his hero played the drums? Meh. Did he and his friends record themselves doing dramatic readings of romance novels and animate them when Flash was still owned by Macromedia, gaining a small following of mostly other middle schoolers on Newgrounds, which is when he started playing the bongos for extra beat-poet-esque drama, and also he's self-conscious about the shape of his eyebrows? Now we're talking.
  • CC very welcome. No game or stuff packs, and to be super clear about this, I'm putting a moratorium on vampires specifically. No vampires.
  • Fatal flaws have to reveal themselves organically from the parameters of the story world. Half the fun is watching them to figure it out! So, no pre-assigned weaknesses or artificially induced sources of conflict, like the Evil or Hot-Headed traits.
  • We're looking for Young Adults in this specific casting call.

If you'd like to participate, tag your favorite Bohemian weirdo with #VenusInRetrograde.

I'm excited to see who y'all come up with!
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  • IrishsongIrishsong Posts: 1,465 Member
    Sounds nifty
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  • CathyTeaCathyTea Posts: 22,755 Member
    Oh! I've got a Sim who'd love to participate! It's Jazz Deon (aka Jenny Trevalyn) from my story Shift.

    I think she's already on the gallery, if she gets selected to participate. If she's not there, or needs to be tagged so you can find her, just let me know!

    Let me know if there's any info you need from/about her!
    Cathy Tea's SimLit Anthology

    Dragon Name: Hywicoes | House: Ravenclaw | Wand: Dogwood, Unicorn hair 11 ¼" , Suprisingly Swishy
  • Dollyllama108Dollyllama108 Posts: 161 Member
    CathyTea wrote: »
    Oh! I've got a Sim who'd love to participate! It's Jazz Deon (aka Jenny Trevalyn) from my story Shift.

    I think she's already on the gallery, if she gets selected to participate. If she's not there, or needs to be tagged so you can find her, just let me know!

    Let me know if there's any info you need from/about her!

    Found her! I'll give the story a look :D
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  • IrishsongIrishsong Posts: 1,465 Member
    I'm making a sim or two, but do you have EPs? You say no game or stuff packs...
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  • Dollyllama108Dollyllama108 Posts: 161 Member
    @Irishsong I have all the EPs, Spa Day, Jungle Adventure and Patio Stuff.
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  • InfraGreenInfraGreen Posts: 6,259 Member
    My lesbian feminist vegetarian concert junkie sensibilities are tickled right now. I'll be back with a sim I promise!
    A thousand bared teeth, a thousand bowed heads
  • VanPelt81VanPelt81 Posts: 2,544 Member
    edited May 2019
    I have a guitar goddess ready for this

    Sim Household: Shinigami
    Names: Thora Shinigami (and her cat Lemmy)
    Backstory: Thora Shinigami has been playing her guitar and making music since she was a little kid. She has also been recording songs she has written since she was 14. Now unlike many young women in music, Thora makes Black Metal music under the monkier "Orc Queen" (& plays all the instruments herself on her albums). After a sabbatical from recording music to find love (which failed), Thora decided to come back and make many varied projects in addition to her one woman Black Metal band. Her first side project under the monkier "Shinigami" had the sound of the Avett Brothers but the depraved lyrics more fitting in a Cannibal Corpse album. Between that project & her main band, Thora generates quite the controversy as an artist (and depending on where her show is at has more protesters than concert goers). That being said Thora loves making music for the art. Her next challenge as a musician is to be in a band with other people, something that somehow she has never done as a musician. Thora currently lives with her pet cat Lemmy (who is named after the legendary Motorhead frontman/bassist).

    Thora can be found with the hashtags #VenusInRetrograde #metal #ThoraShinigami
  • citysimmercitysimmer Posts: 5,768 Member
    I can get you a sim tomorrow.
    Proud black simmer 🖤
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  • Dollyllama108Dollyllama108 Posts: 161 Member
    edited May 2019
    @VanPelt81 Awesome! Venus might be not hardcore enough for Thora's taste, but they certainly welcome controversy.

    @InfraGreen, @citysimmer Feel free to take your time; this is like a month in advance.
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  • VanPelt81VanPelt81 Posts: 2,544 Member
    @VanPelt81 Awesome! Venus might be not hardcore enough for Thora's taste, but they certainly welcome controversy.

    What better publicity than controversy, especially when making "alternative R&B". Plus the guitar solos may be reminiscent of Prince.
  • citysimmercitysimmer Posts: 5,768 Member
    My sim Juliet Harrison is on the gallery under my ID Blu3Glasses with the hashtag #VenusinRetrograde and the name "Harrison (Casting Call)". She has this cc: https://www.xmiramira.com/single-post/2016/11/10/Melanin-Pack-2

    Backstory
    Juliet was always the weird kid in school. Raised by a single father in the Spice District of San Myshuno, Juliet didn't have many friends at the private school she attended on scholarship, although she talked to anybody who would listen.
    Not many students enjoyed listening to Juliet talk, but everyone loved to listen to her sing. Her father taught her to sing and play keyboard and flute, and she won first place in the school's talent show. When she realized people actually listened to her when she sang, she stopped singing about random thoughts and daydreams and started singing about things that really mattered to her, like bullying.
    Now Juliet is focused on using her talents for good and finding other musicians who are willing to put with her eccentricities and write insightful lyrics
    Traits: Outgoing, Goofball, Music Lover
    Proud black simmer 🖤
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  • Dollyllama108Dollyllama108 Posts: 161 Member
    @citysimmer Just got her, thanks!

    So that's two guitarists and one vocalist/flautist. Any super steezy DJs or percussionists up for this?
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  • Dollyllama108Dollyllama108 Posts: 161 Member
    @greenXen Yeah; I saw your thread---so many options! Thanks for the reminder!
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  • VanPelt81VanPelt81 Posts: 2,544 Member
    edited June 2019
    Still needing more sims for this story?
  • Dollyllama108Dollyllama108 Posts: 161 Member
    @VanPelt81 If you're in the mood to do a DJ, producer, or percussionist, knock yourself out!
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  • VanPelt81VanPelt81 Posts: 2,544 Member
    @VanPelt81 If you're in the mood to do a DJ, producer, or percussionist, knock yourself out!

    Got a pair of brothers ready to go...

    Sim Household: Rhythm Section Brothers
    Names: Gorman Bellingham & Aries Bellingham
    Backstory: Gorman & Aries Bellingham have been playing as the rhythm section of numerous bands of varying success for a while. Aries is the bassist but can also provide backing vocals and in at least 1 band play bagpipes. Gorman is the drummer (playing both traditional & digital drum kits) and will also do the programming of backing tracks & sample tracks. They both also are studio wizards when it comes to production. When not making music, Aries is a very outgoing gay man that can be a "bit too much" of a party animal. When not living it up, Aries is a yoga instructor for a goat yoga class. Gorman is the quieter, smarter brother. Gorman is a brew master at a microbrewery and is an asset for any trivia night for being knowledgeable on many things (though Metal music is something he is lacking in knowledge in and that category has stumped him in the past). Gorman & Aries are very supportive of LGBTQ+ rights as well as women's rights and civil rights for all. They will put their money where their mouth is in regards to their beliefs (this has led to a few band breakups with former bands that had less enlightened members in them).

    The Rhythm Section Brothers can be found with the hashtags #VenusInRetrograde #gay #hipster #feminist #rhythmsection #brothers as well as the link above.
  • Dollyllama108Dollyllama108 Posts: 161 Member
    @VanPelt81 Ahh! They're perfect!!

    Current theories: Aries uses Forrest alignment in his classes (playful!) and Gorman is trying to steer his microbrewery away from hop-heavy IPAs.
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  • IrishsongIrishsong Posts: 1,465 Member
    edited June 2019
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    The Avery sisters

    Neala Avery (right): The older sister in the pair, Neala feels like she has to be responsible. Growing up with their forgetful aunt, Neala was the one to keep Rhiannon out of trouble and to act like a human. Brush your teeth, do your homework, make sure you get enough sleep. Neala would make a great manager because she can balance many things and people at once. She can be a bit micromanaging at times, bossy for sure, but she understands what needs to be done and how to get there. If she had an alignment I’d say lawful good.

    CC
    Hair: https://mystufforigin.blogspot.com/2015/09/sideways-hair.html
    Milkmaid braids and scarf overlay (have to sort through the catalogue) https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3HTNIWz1cLwRzBUMTNKZUE4dnc/view
    https://sssvitlans.tumblr.com/post/180197349654/saurussims-love-the-messy-not-that-came-with-get


    Theme song:


    Rhiannon Avery (left): Rhiannon, where to start? Rhiannon, from a young age, knew that no one was going to hand you a good time, you have to make one for yourself. Your life is as colorful and bold as you make it, so do so at every chance. She loves everyone, but can be mischievous. Neala keeps waiting for her to settle down, but she’s too high on life to come down yet. She can be fragile in her emotions, holding resentment about how her aunt raised her herself and her sister. It can be hard for her to form meaningful relationships because of this, but if she forms strong bonds she can tend to worry the person will leave her.

    CC
    Lavellan Braids https://nolan-sims.tumblr.com/post/177488183863/nolan-sims-here-after-working-on-this-for-well

    Theme song:

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  • VanPelt81VanPelt81 Posts: 2,544 Member
    edited June 2019
    With the cast of characters in this casting call so far, I feel bad for Neala Avery already. Between her sister & the other assorted weirdos it'll feel less like managing a band and more like being the only sane man at the asylum where it's run by the inmates. As for Rhiannon, I can picture her either being best friends with Aries Bellingham or the two of them fighting over the same pan-sexual man with each other.
  • Dollyllama108Dollyllama108 Posts: 161 Member
    @Irishsong Stupendous! Let's throw poor Neala into this Sisyphean nightmare.

    (Spoilers, but Rhi-Rhi is definitely going to hook up with the synth player's boyfriend in like, 12 seconds. No one will be surprised.)

    The band's coming together; maybe one or two more Sims can apply if this would be a passion project for them. Also, forgot to mention: feel free to suggest audition songs for the characters as well!
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  • VanPelt81VanPelt81 Posts: 2,544 Member
    edited June 2019
    Thora Shinigami's audition music:



    Aries & Gorman Bellingham's audition music:


  • IrishsongIrishsong Posts: 1,465 Member
    So when is this dated to launch?
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  • Dollyllama108Dollyllama108 Posts: 161 Member
    @Irishsong Oof... I changed the main plot somewhat, so it was supposed to be mid-July, but now we're looking at the end of July. Really jumped the gun here!
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  • Dollyllama108Dollyllama108 Posts: 161 Member
    Sorry folks---this is one storyline of a very involved piece with an ensemble cast and eleventy bajillion moving parts, but I finally took all the screenshots for the band's introduction last night, and am working on the audition chapter today. It'll be done in the next week. I'm taking the time to properly go over these characters to figure out how they would speak and interact; it's hard for me to rush these sorts of things, so thanks for waiting if you've been waiting!

    Before the audition chapter gets released, have some bios for the remaining two band members. Try to guess which one is a main character. (Hint: every single one of the thirteen main characters is a walking dumpster fire who's constantly finding new ways to mess up their own life.)

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    River Indigo (frontperson, lead vocals, producer, lyricist)

    River Indigo doesn't like to be described with demographic information. Really, whose whole persona is based around the parts other people can see? Having survived a lifetime of trauma at the hands of others, River claims no wisdom except the wisdom of shared pain, no identity beyond their desire to heal the world's ills. Fame is often hard to come by for the introspective; after escaping to a small apartment in San Myshuno, River spent most of their energy breaking through their learned helplessness and agonizing over how to best serve their ideals. In recent weeks their bold themes of self-doubt and cleansing the past have echoed past their makeshift public stages in Spice Market to the world beyond. And although many sims swear by River as a guru, River doesn't believe such a thing exists: they know their own limitations and understand how much they still have to learn from the experiences of others. That's why they're forming Venus in Retrograde. So in celebration of diversity, of healing and strength, of learning, of making amends and forgiving yourself for not understanding, they'll push forward in search of truth even if it's something they'll never fully understand.

    (Bonus: H&Maid Magazine interviews River Indigo)


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    Chantel Lucas (synth player, breakup song specialist)

    All Chantel wanted was a ring. They'd been promised to each other for eight years, living together for two---and he spent most of those years throwing excuses like 'you don't have an identity outside of this relationship' and 'please just focus on your music career so you can figure out who you are.' Then right as she was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, the meanieface* broke up with her. She didn't waste time crying over the 30 pictures of him on her wall; she went straight to her keyboard to pound out her anger. Nine hours later she snapped out of a rage-fueled trance to find three songs worth of truly incendiary lyrics penciled over her walls in a chaotic scrawl of animal emotion. So watch your back, Xishu Liu. She's out for blood.
    (*The original didn't say 'meanieface.')

    Audition song: Paper Diver (a mashup of Paper Love by Allie X and Deep Sea Diver by Angel Haze, mixed live, and yes I actually made the mashup)


    And, well, I'm pumped for this to actually start! I hope it's partly worth the wait :D
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