Time to tackle another round, since we continue to be bombarded with questions about the Twilight series.
We’ll repeat once more: WE ARE NOT CASTING “NEW MOON.”
We cast many of the smaller roles in “Twilight,” but the sequel is shooting in Vancouver BC, so we are not working on it. We know nothing about the casting of “Eclipse” or any further productions based on the book series.
We can, however, give you some insights as to how things usually work in the business and if you take the time to read through some of the older posts on this blog, you’ll find lots of other tips and tools that can help you get started in acting.
On with the questions:
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR A ROLE TO BE CAST?
Q: I actually did send my submission [for the “New Moon” Native American open call] on time and received the auto response. So do I still have a chance or does this mean they have already contacted those who they are interested in? Or are they still at this moment going through submissions?
Q: I’m sorry to bother you with a question that probably has an obvious answer. I was wondering how long it usually takes a CD to go through audition tapes? Also, if 2 weeks has passed since submission deadline, then they probably already narrowed things down… I submitted the Native American piece for Emily (I’m part Native American). I figured it was a long shot since I live so far away. So, I just would like to know your thoughts.
Q: How long do you have to wait to hear something if you already sent in your video audition to René [Haynes]?
Q: Lana, Have they got people casted [for “New Moon”] from the LA area? did they contact who they wanted?
Q: Ok, so I actually sent my headshot and contact info in [to Rene Haynes] almost a week ago. Never received the packet of info. Does this mean no luck? Or are you still viewing people’s submissions who sent them on time?
Q: Do you think Rene Haynes Casting is sending an information package to everyone who emails their picture or are they selecting the individuals who appear within the criteria of the roles they are casting?
A: I have not been in contact with René for several weeks, so I don’t know where they are in the process.
That being said, the shoot dates are coming up soon, so I would imagine that they have probably contacted everyone they were interested in from her January call for submissions by now and are beginning to finalize casting.
HOW CAN I AUDITION FOR ONE OF THE ROLES?
Q: i want to be the blonde chick who is human but works for the volturi. small simple roll. but i fit the description. whens that casting?
Q: I am interested in auditioning for the part of Leah Clearwater. But from my research it seems that the screenwriter of New Moon has not included her in New Moon. Is it true that Leah will make her first appearance in Eclipse? If you do not know, where can I get this information?
Q: For so long now I’ve been pondering about what it would be like if I was in a Twilight movie. I’ve already been told about thirty times that I am only one of one of ten billion. But I want to be able to have a chance at this. I don’t really know how it works or what to say, but I just wanted to inform you that I was thinking of auditioning for Leah Clearwater. If you would please reply back, that would calm my nerves knowing that you read my message.
Q: If I wanted to audition for the role of Leah Clearwater, when would be the best time to try to land that role? And, will there be an open casting call for the role? Like there is now for the Native American roles?
Q: Since the role of Leah Clearwater is not up for grabs now, when will the auditions be held for that? And will there be an open casting call for the role? Or do we need an agent to help us on that part?
Q: i would also love to audition for Leah and don’t know where or when to throw in my resume and picture. It would be great if someone could give us a heads up on the issue. I guess Leah will not be in “New Moon” ??
Q:I have done your actor survey, and I have also sent in my headshot and resume because I want to be considered for the part of Jane in New Moon. Do you think I have any chances of getting an audition?
Q: I want to be Tanya/Bree/Jane/Alec/Aro/Vampire #4. How do I audition for “New Moon” and other “Twilight” sequels? Who do I talk to?
A: Sigh. As we have mentioned many times before, all of these roles will likely go to established actors with a track record. The smaller roles may not require actors as famous as those who will likely be chosen for the larger roles, but producers will seek the most experienced and established actors possible.
If there’s a possibility that a role will be difficult to cast among the pool of established, known actors, then an open call may take place (as was the case for the Native American roles), but the purpose of this is to find out if there are any talented and experienced actors out there that the casting directors are unaware of.
It’s very rare for a completely inexperienced person to land a role of any significance in a film like this one, unless the casting specs rule out absolutely everyone else.
He or she may land a teeny, tiny role, if they’re primarily seeking a “look” and there are so few lines that acting ability is not the biggest concern. But he or she has a much better chance of being hired as an extra than as a principal actor (as long as he/she lives in the area where the film is shooting; they don’t want extras who live thousands of miles away).
WHEN AND WHERE ARE THE “NEW MOON” AUDITIONS?
Q: Will there be “New Moon” auditions in London/Tokyo/Brazil/Small Town, USA?
Q: I am so sorry for bothering you with that, but do you have any preview of when the casting of other roles for the [“New Moon”] movie will be annouced? I am really interested in trying for a role, but I am going to NYC soon, for an acting couse. If you could, would you please give me some information? And will you be casting in New York?
Q: Hello, I wanted to know about more information about the extra casting for New Moon. I’m very interested and I would like to participe for extra casting in Vancouver, BC. I would like to know if there is an e-mail address where I can send my picture and my personnal information. I have heard about TBA who will take care of extra casting in Vancouver. That is why I would like to know if I can contact them or wait until they publish news about casting.
A: We are not casting “New Moon,” so we don’t have this information. If we ever hear anything and know it to be true and not a rumor, we’ll post it on the blog. Unfortunately, there simply isn’t enough time in the day to run a casting company and answer individual inquiries, especially about a project we aren’t casting.
We will only ever post information about casting calls we know are 100% legitimate. When we post about a casting call, the post will contain every last bit of information we have and are able to share with you. If we get new information to share, we’ll update the casting call posting. If the information you’re looking for isn’t in blog post, it means we won’t have the answer. (That goes for casting calls for specific characters and casting calls in various locations.)
WHO IS PLAYING THE ROLE OF X?
Q: I heard that the role of [Jane/Leah/etc.] has been cast. Can you comment/clear up this “New Moon” casting rumor?
A: We won’t comment on rumors. When we have news to share that has been verified by reliable sources we know and trust, we will share it. We promise!
CAN YOU GET SOMETHING TO X FOR ME?
Q: I wrote a song/know a song that would be perfect for “New Moon.” Can you help me get it to the director?
Q: Can you pass on my headshot and resume to the “New Moon” casting directors?
Q: I have something I want to give to Robert Pattinson. Can I send it to you to forward on?
A: Sorry, but we can’t forward your information, casting/music suggestions, etc. to the filmmakers, crew or actors. Again, if a bona fide channel opens up for these kinds of things, we’ll share the steps with you and give you all of the information we can to help.
WELL THEN, HOW DO I BREAK IN?
Q: I have close to no experience in acting, and in answer to the question “Is it possible to get hired as one of the main characters in a film if I don’t have experience and don’t live near the shoot location?”, you said you had to have recognition as an actor, in a lead part, to get this role. But I am wondering, how do you get a director to take a risk in casting you as a part?
A: Aha! This is something we can help you with. You need to start with building blocks. You can’t go from never having flown an airplane to being the pilot without first going through some rigorous training and logging a lot of flight hours.
It’s the same with playing the main characters in a major feature film. The producers are looking for someone to fly their very large, expensive airplane (i.e. the movie). They don’t want someone who has never flown before! It’s too risky.
What would you do if your dream were to be a pilot? Would you start applying for jobs right away? Or learn how to fly a plane first?
- Step One: Get training
- Step Two: Get experience on smaller projects and work your way up
When you were little, you probably learned how to ride a tricycle before you learned to ride a bike. And you probably had training wheels at first, when you graduated to bicycling, because you were a little wobbly.
Producers don’t want wobbly. They want solid. They want to reduce risk as much as possible.
Pilots learn to fly smaller planes, before they’re allowed to fly commercial aircraft. They need to earn their wings, before taking on such a large responsibility. You do, too.
Read up as much as you can on acting, on the business and on anything else you can get your hands on. Feel free to browse some of the older posts on this blog for info or sign up for our mailing list.
Take classes with only the very best acting teachers. Learn how to recognize scams and avoid them. Get some theatre experience. Audition for some independent films.
Eventually, you’ll be ready to approach talent agents and casting directors, but not until you’ve logged enough flight time.
We do our part to help you; now do yours!