Goddard graduate hopes for permanent role in new-concept TV sitcom

07/20/2014 12:58 PM

07/20/2014 1:09 PM

Wichita native and Goddard graduate Cody Griffis is living his acting dream in California, where he was recently cast in a new-concept TV sitcom, “Bound by Ad.”

According to the website, “Bound by Ad” is a sitcom about a group of twenty-somethings who become unlikely friends while pursuing their dreams in one of the most competitive cities in the world – Los Angeles.

“Bound by Ad” isn’t a typical sitcom situation, though. The twist is that the casting directors cast three different casts for the show. Now until July 31 viewers are asked to visit the “Bound by Ad” website, boundbyad.com, to vote for their favorite cast. You can also vote via social media.

“I recently had the opportunity to reach out to a guy with three million Twitter followers and he tweeted his support of our project,” Griffis said. “It’s a smaller project, so having that many people hear about the show is invaluable.”

Griffis is part of Cast Three. His character, Jack, is “a hard-core method actor, so he potentially has the opportunity to be a different actor every episode.” Griffis says this gives him the opportunity to play all kinds of different personalities, which is a pretty rare situation for a sitcom actor.

Griffis was offered the part of Jack earlier this year after he was a reader for auditions.

”My situation was unique because I didn’t initially audition for the show,” Griffis said. “At the end of my time reading at auditions, they said I read for this character really well and asked if I’d like the part of Jack.”

Griffis has been acting since he was young, initially starring in church plays and then later acting in theatre productions at Goddard High School during his junior and senior years. In 2010, he was invited to a scouting seminar for acting and modeling, where he made contact with a Hollywood producer.

In the summer of 2010, Griffis made the move to Hollywood, where he now lives. He has starred in a number of commercials and extra roles on TV shows, such as “Jane by Design.” The role as Jack in “Bound by Ad” would be his largest role to date.

“The show will find its niche audience,” Griffis said. “I’m just really happy and lucky to be a part of it.”

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