Here we go again! The questions keep rolling in, so we collect them here and point you to the answers. Enjoy!
CAN I JOB SHADOW OR INTERN WITH YOU?
Q: I would be so honored if you would consider allowing me to job shadow you for a week, a day, an hour; whatever you might consider. I want to be submersed in your day, to see what type of schedule you keep for balancing and managing your own personal life, as well as your work, industry terminology, practices and protocol. I feel that I could learn a great deal from you. Please let me know if you will consider this! I promise to stay out of your way, and even be helpful if there is something I could do for you!
A: Most of the time, it’s not possible for us to accommodate these kinds of requests. We occasionally take on casting interns, if they can make arrangements through an accredited school program, but our files are already full of would-be interns. If you’re still interested, you can mail a hard copy resume and cover letter for our files to the address on our website.
ARE YOU AUDITIONING FOR THE “TWILIGHT” SAGA?
Q: I had a question and im hoping you can answer it. I was wondering if it would be at all possible to audition to be an extra in one of the Twilight movies, even if the person auditioning doesn’t live in Washington? Thanks so much for your time!
Q: I wich really to become an “actress”, I do what I can to get there smoothly. I hope that you could meet me for the cast of the twilight’s saga for example and if its possible (or other movie) … I’m not a “fan”, Im a serious and realistic. I hope you read this message soon.
Q: I’m sixteen and I’m spanish. I’m a big fan of Twilight, and I want to know about Breaking down casting. I think that I’m not a normally fan. Twilight changed my mind when I was in a difficult moment of my life. It helps me to go ahead and it taught me that the best things are hide in somewhere. Sinceraly, my dream is to do the film that changed my lifestyle.
Q: I’m wanting to send in my acting resume and headshot in for “Breaking Dawn” or “Eclipse” but not sure where to send it or how to follow through? I have things set up that would enable me to work in Canada(i.e. visa) so it would be no prhoblem. I dont know if this helps or not but I do speak French almost fluently. Thanks for your time if you do read this and hopefully(praying)! you’ll get back to me
A: Back in February, we answered a gazillion Twilight/New Moon questions. The long and short of it is, “Eclipse” has wrapped production and we know nothing yet about the casting of “Breaking Dawn”. If we do hear any news, we’ll be sure to post it here. In the meantime, head to the February blog post to read some insights as to how things usually work in the business. We also highly recommend checking out the blog archives. Scroll down to the Labels section in the right sidebar and check out the “Tips” label, for starters.
For those of you who don’t live in the United States, check out the Q&A below.
CAN I AUDITION FOR YOU IF I’M FROM OVERSEAS?
Q: I love acting, I’m Colombian, I do not speak English very well, but I think that you understand me, I would like to at some point you had me in mind for some casting although live in Colombia, perhaps if you saw you might like my performance. I would like a reply from you. Thank you.
Q: i am 22 years old and I am an actor. I am from South Africa and i am currently visiting in Vancouver at the moment.I was suposed to see this agency in L.A but due to a visa problem that plan was terribly disturbed.I understand you are a casting director and involved in helping youngsters such as my self with potencial talent to be recognised.I can really say that i believe i have what it takes and just need that kind of break but also i need the opportunity to do it. At the moment i am a struggeling actor and just need some help.i really believe in myslef and believe i can add another facet to the industry.I just need a leg up. So i would really appreciete any kind of help and would take it with both hands because i’ve worked twice as hard to get here.
A: We frequently get questions from actors around the globe, and have answered similar questions in these previous blog posts:
And the Twilight Series Casting Questions Keep Coming In…
This blog post answers the general question, “Is it possible to get hired on a film shooting in the US or Canada if I live overseas?” Topics covered include work papers, actors’ unions, stars vs. non-actors, day player roles, and extras.
Sooo many burning questions…so little time!
What if you live in Europe and want to be cast in something shooting in North America? Read up about it here.
IS THIS CASTING CALL A SCAM?
Q: I see you’re a casting agent, so I was curious as to whether or not you’d heard of a company called Explore Talent. I got a call from them today regarding jobs in Portland, but the call seemed hoaky. Especially because it comes a day after I spent a day on the Leverage set. This is only the second job I’ve done (the other was for Untraceable a couple years ago) and the only “profile” I have is with [a couple of extras databases in Portland]. I’m taking my new career path very seriously and because I don’t have a ton of experience, I don’t want to be taken advantage of. Because your company has an excellent reputation, I thought I’d check with you to see if you have anymore information about the place before I field anymore calls. I’ve visited the website but can’t get a feel for how legit the company is. Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
A: Not being familiar with Explore Talent, we can only tell you that it’s not a site we use. Head to this blog post to read about the kind of sites casting directors to and don’t use (under question #2).
Beware of Acting and Modeling Scams
If you’ve been a long-time reader of this blog, you know that acting and modeling scams really deep-fry our turkeys. This post dissects the anatomy of a scam and the red flags you should be on the lookout for if something sounds too good to be true.
CAN YOU PASS SOMETHING ON TO A CELEBRITY FOR ME?
Q: I’m Italian and my English is not perfect, but I will do my best. I’m a writer, but the reason why I’m writing this message to you is because I’d like to do a “present” to a good friend of mine. I have a little request, and believe me I am sorry to disturb you with a request like this, mostly because I guess you’ll get many 🙂 This dear friend of mine (she is from Argentina) is a big fan of Rob Pattinson (whoooa, what a surprise.. ha!) and she would like to send a letter to him (no screams on the letter, I swear…). She regrets not having the money to do it (sending by airmail is too expensive for her right now) and so she sent me an e-mail with a PDF file and asked me to do it for her. No problem for me, but I don’t know the right address for sending this letter. I read that Mr. Pattinson has an agent in London and an agent in LA, could you be so kind to write me an address where I can send this letter? An address where there is at least a small chance that he can read it. She is so cute, and I’d like to be able to do this for her. I wish to thank you in advance and I really hope you could forgive (and understand) my request.
A: Since the release of “Twilight”, we have received similar notes from fans sent to us in the hopes that we can forward letters or trinkets on to their favorite stars. Unfortunately, we simply can’t do it. However, doing a Google search for an actor’s fan mail address is a good place to start. Sending such items to an actual fan mail address will certainly get them closer to the star than sending anything to us will!
HOW CAN I BREAK IN TO THE BUSINESS?
Q: Lana, I really do not want to bother you like some crazy father but my daughter has dreams to become an actress. She is a model and she also has alot of interest in her by agencies but she truly does want to become an actress. Right now we live in Gulf Breeze, FL. I was wondering if we should relocate in order for her to pursue her dreams? I am just not sure if living here would help her career. Thanks in advance for any of your suggestions that may be helpful to my daughter pursuing her passion.
Q: First of all, I hope you don’t mind me contacting you on facebook. I can imagine it must be nerving to cope with all those messages from random people, but I just have one single question. Beforehand a few words regarding myself. I am 18 years old and I am from Austria/ Europe. Plus I am very passionate about acting. I have been to boarding school in Scotland for 7 months, and that’s where my love for drama & acting really began, although I have always liked to simulate people and shoot short films with my sisters and friends. I had drama 8 hours a week plus additional training on weekends for our theatre performances. Back in Austria I took a short acting course. I am still reading my old scripts out loud or performing short scenes, and am trying to improve my acting abilities. The problem is, here in Austria, you do not have many possibilities in film acting. Moreover I would rather want to perform in an English film given that the language would be no problem. So now here is my question. I know that it is essential to have a casting agent, but I do not know how to get one. I am looking on the internet, but you never know who to believe and if it is a proper casting agency or not. So I would very much appreciate it, if you could send me the name and/or adress of a good casting agency in England, preferably London, so that I can gain ground in the acting business.
Q: I was just wondering if I can have some advice about getting into the entertainment industry?
Q: I just wanted to introduce myself and let you know I am excited to have found you on Facebook as I have heard nothing but great things about your casting stuff. I am a member of [an extras database] though I am looking for more stuff as I am a new but aspiring actor who has what it takes. I know you prob here it all the time. Lol. I just wanted to put my name out there in hopes of maybe being considered if you ever need a fill in, or you need someone for a part in a job you are doing. I have done a few Leverages which I have got great, long screen time in the middle of the camera, and some background stuff as well. I also have done a commercial which was fun. Because you are a professional, I just wanted to contact you in hopes of maybe being directed in the direction I need to go from here. I hope to one day meet you and you will be able to see me in person and see the person and vibe I give off. I sincerely appreciate your time and I hope to hear back from you, though I know you prob get many emails. I just wanted to introduce myself. A fellow friend of mine referred me to add you and get my name to you. I want to be involved, and it never hurts to get your name out.
Q: I was wondering if you would add me as a friend and take a look at the photos and video’s of my two sons. One is 6 years old and is always begging to be in the movies.( The R.L Stein Goose bumps series actually) Lol . I have never taken much thought to it since those movies are ages old but recently I have been looking into the biz for him. Feel free to remove me from your friends after you get a chance to look through them if you get a sec. The other is 9 months old and is soo photogenic and just an all around pleasure. He is a VERY VERY awesome temepered baby. I hope this is not weird. Thanks again!!
Q: thanks for the add, are you like the owner? i‘m a struggling actor, trying to make it big some how soon I have no manager/agent because they won’t find me any good work, currently looking for new rep. I know all the big things happen with you guys how do I get involved?
Q: hey lana.. wheres the best place to start to get into acting? is it better to go to school? let me know thanks 🙂
Q: I am a 14 year old kid, aspiring to be an actor. I have been in many plays, and a few documentaries (I have also been through many acting courses). The reason why I am messaging you, is to ask if perhaps you had any advice, or anything that could help me out. I will start anywhere, all I need is a boost to start off my career. If you would help me with this I would be forever in your debt. I just recently moved to Seattle, Washington, and I am trying to find some connections, or anything that will help me out with my dream.
Q: I am trying to follow through on my dream of becoming a singer or an actress, but I’m afraid I have no clue on how to be noticed. Whenever you have time, I may need a tad of advice.
Q: Hi Lana! I would love to send you my headshot and resume. I would love to be able to work with you :) Should I send you hard copies in the mail? If so, what’s the best address to get them to you?
Q: So im very interested in becoming an actor and being a woman of your stature I think you would have the perfect advice for me so please give me any suggestions or tips that you may have for an up and coming actor like myself.
A: “How do I break in?” We’ve answered this question before, in its many incarnations, but as you can see, it’s still the hottest topic on everyone’s mind. You’ll find a few blog posts for you to peruse below.
A TREASURE TROVE OF ARCHIVES
We hope you all can understand that we simply don’t have the ability to answer individual inquiries. That’s what we hope you’ll use this blog for: a resource that you’ll read and learn from in order to find the answers. They are provided!
A Gazillion Twilight/New Moon Questions Answered
True, none of the above questions are specifically about the Twilight Saga films, but head to this blog post anyway if you want to read about the building blocks necessary to get started in this demanding and competitive industry.
Open Casting Call Tips
Stepping out to take that first step towards your acting career by answering an open call? Don’t show up at the casting director’s door without reading these tips first.
How to Submit for a Film
Not sure what an acting resume is supposed to look like? Wondering if your headshot says the right thing about you? Check out this post.
Q: How can my 14-year-old get started in acting?
Topics covered for young actors just starting out and/or parents hoping to help their child on the path to an acting career include training (a must!), experience, and talent agents.
More of your acting questions answered…
How to know which casting websites to trust, which subscription websites are worthwhile, and how to find and verify a bona fide agency.
Sooo many burning questions…so little time!
Working out of the country, chances of an inexperienced actor landing a lead role, extra work, and more!
I’M A PROFESSIONAL ACTOR IN THE NORTHWEST. WHAT ARE YOUR SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS?
If you’re a professional actor living in Oregon or Washington and don’t currently have representation, you can send a hard copy headshot and resume to our offices by following the instructions on the contact page of the Lana Veenker Casting website. Keep in mind that we are not a talent agency and we don’t represent actors. But we do keep headshots on file.
If you already have representation in the Northwest, you don’t need to mail us your materials. We’ll get them from your agent when we need them.
I’M A NON-PROFESSIONAL LIVING IN THE NORTHWEST. HOW DO I GET LISTED IN YOUR EXTRAS DATABASE?
If you’re not a professional actor, but still live in Oregon or Washington, you can head to the Rutabaga Background Casting website and follow the instructions there on how to be listed in our database as an extra. Occasionally, we send out casting calls to our extras mailing list, so you may have the opportunity to be seen if you are based locally. There is no charge to create a basic profile and be listed in the database.
NOTE: Those options are for OR & WA RESIDENTS ONLY! If you don’t live in the area, do the research for your own ‘hood and nearby cities for casting offices. We only hire outside Oregon and Washington when we are doing national searches, which will be widely publicized on this blog and in the media.