Not to beat the subject into the ground, but ever since my original blog post about the “Breaking Dawn” casting scam that’s being advertised all over the Internet and landing in people’s email inboxes, I have received tons of messages asking whether casting calls on other sites are also a scam.
Here’s the bottom line:
ALL CURRENTLY ADVERTISED CASTING CALLS FOR BREAKING DAWN ARE FALSE.
Breaking Dawn is not yet in production. When it does go into production, professional casting directors will be hired to cast it.
Any website or company claiming that they can get you an audition for “Breaking Dawn” and then asks for ANY money whatsoever is not a real casting company.
REAL CASTING DIRECTORS ARE NOT “CASTING SCOUTS”
Real casting directors don’t have websites where people are required to pay money to submit themselves for jobs.
They will never see the supposed audition tapes that the “casting scouts” on these websites are promising to forward on to them.
REAL CASTING DIRECTORS WORK WITH REAL TALENT AGENTS
The CDs that Summit hires will work with professional talent agencies to hire the principal roles.
Real talent agencies do not charge their talent any money to be represented. They only make commissions when their actors book jobs.
Real agents represent established, professional actors who were either referred to them by other professionals or whom they have previously seen perform on stage or film.
They do not scout for talent in shopping malls, on Craigslist, in banner ads or in spam emails.
Real agents do not run acting or modeling schools, especially ones that charge thousands of dollars.
In the US, they are usually franchised by SAG
REAL EXTRAS CASTING DIRECTORS WILL HIRE THE BACKGROUND PERFORMERS
Real extras casting directors have offices, staff and phone lines. They are usually based in the area where the film will be shooting. Their resumes can be found on IMDb.
They will widely advertise open casting calls for background actors (if any are needed) on the TV and radio stations in the city where the film is shooting.
The casting call will be free to attend. You should never have to pay to audition or to find out the location of an audition.
They will not seek to hire extras who live outside the shooting area. They are not interested in dealing with travel complications that could arise from hiring an out-of-town extra. And they certainly won’t hire someone who doesn’t already have working papers.
If you want to be an extra on a film, the harsh reality is that you need to live in the area where it is shooting and there’s no guarantee you’ll even be chosen to work.
PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD
I hope this clears up everyone’s questions. Please spread the word, as many people have not heard this information, and judging by my inbox, are still falling prey to scam artists everywhere.
You can read my previous blog posts on this subject below or by clicking “Scams” in the Labels section in the right sidebar. As mentioned before, if we ever get any real news about “Breaking Dawn,” we’ll post it here and pass it on to our Twihard mailing list.
Be safe, do your research and always use common sense.