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Playing With: Casting Couch
Basic Trope: A character wants to get a part in a TV show/movie/play and must have sex with a producer or casting director to do so.
  • Straight: Alice is auditioning for the lead role in a play, and is told she must have sex with the director.
  • Exaggerated:
    • If she refuses, not only will she not get the part, she will be blacklisted and basically unable to pursue her acting career.
    • In order to get in the play, Alice has to sleep with the entire cast and crew.
  • Downplayed: Alice gets the part first, but is harassed by the director.
  • Justified: Alice is auditioning for a role in the adult entertainment industry.
  • Inverted:
    • The director must have sex with Alice if he wants her to be part of the cast.
    • If Alice sleeps with the director, she will not get the role she wants (e.g. a Secret Test of Character).
    • Taking it a step further, Alice makes one too many unwanted advances towards the director, and is told that if she doesn't knock it off, they'll kick her off the project.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice refuses to have sex with the director.
    • The director does make a pass at Alice, but he still gives her the part when she refuses.
  • Double Subverted: Because of her refusal, Alice is cast as an extra instead of the lead, or cut from the cast entirely.
  • Parodied
    • All the female characters form a harem for the director.
    • Every place Alice looks for acting work has this as a stipulation.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Sexual favors of any kind do not factor into Alice getting the role
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "If you want this role, you must do one thing: sleep with me, right here and now."
  • Invoked: The director gets a Raging Stiffie for Alice and tells her she'll get the role she wants, in order to make her more willing to sleep with him.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied:
    • The director feels this is wrong and doesn't do this.
    • Or, Alice refuses and goes looking for acting work elsewhere.
  • Discussed: "So, I heard Alice slept with the director to get the role..."
  • Conversed: "Ugh, disgusting. Whatever happened to casting people based on their acting talent, rather than their talent in bed?"
  • Deconstructed: Because this involves Sexual Extortion (i.e. blackmailing someone into sex), this technically counts as rape.
  • Reconstructed: Alice goes to find work elsewhere. It may not be easy, but she won't be reduced to what's basically a whitewashed prostitute for it.
  • Played For Laughs: Alice is very Hollywood Homely
  • Played For Drama: Alice must choose between her dignity and her career.

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