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Monday, July 10, 2017

Casting Call: Persians, Mountain Bikers, Hipsters for New HBO Series

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For Immediate Release
July 10, 2017

PORTLAND CASTING COMPANY SEEKING PERSIANS, MOUNTAIN BIKERS, AND HIPSTERS TO WORK AS EXTRAS ON HBO SERIES

Untitled Alan Ball HBO drama series returns to Portland July 17-21, 2017.

 

(PORTLAND, ORE). Cast Iron Studios announced today that it is seeking experienced mountain bikers, and people of Persian descent to work as background on Alan Ball’s new HBO drama series.

The mountain bikers should be 20s-30s, with a fit, athletic build appropriate for extreme sports, and be able to bring their own mountain bike, vehicle with bike rack, and cycling shoes to set, if cast.

“They will not be cycling during the shoot,” says Casting Director Lana Veenker. “Instead, they will be seen post-race, as if they had been cycling. The stylists may even pretty them up with a bit of mud and dirt, to make it look like they were riding.”

The Portland-based casting company is also seeking extras of Persian descent for a night shoot. “We’ll mostly be hiring men and women ages 30-50, but we’ll also need some Persian children, young adults, and seniors in the mix,” Veenker stated.

The series will shoot scenes in the Portland area July 17-21, 2017. Cast Iron Studios, which also cast “Grimm” and currently “The Librarians,” is handling the local principal and extras casting.

Asked if any other background positions are available, Veenker said that Portland hipster types are always in demand for this show. “We’re constantly combing our database for great beards and mustaches,” she noted.

The positions are non-union, and pay starts at minimum wage (8-hour guarantee, plus overtime) for general extras, to between $100-$150/day for other background positions. Background performers can also earn bumps for the use of their cars, bicycles, pets, etc. Plus, minimum wage just went up to $11.25/hour on July 1st!

Those interested in working as extras on the show can submit online via the company’s extras submission form. Deadline is Wednesday, July 19th, 2017.

NOTE: This casting call is for non-union background performers only.

Please only submit if you fit the specs above. No other background or principal (speaking) roles are available at this time.

There is no charge to be listed in the company’s database, and no fees will be charged to extras who take part in the show.

For additional information, visit castironstudios.com.

No phone calls, please.

 

Updated 7/10/17 at 5:02 PM to clarify that all above roles are background, not principal roles! Thanks!

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Casting Call: Seeking extras for new HBO series

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PORTLAND CASTING COMPANY SEEKING EXTRAS OF ALL TYPES FOR NEW HBO SERIES

Untitled Alan Ball HBO Drama series is scheduled to shoot in Portland April 24-26; open casting call this Saturday

 

PORTLAND, ORE. Cast Iron Studios, a Portland-based film and television casting company, announced today that it is seeking general background performers, experienced stand-ins, photo doubles, Portland hipster types, and extras who own vehicles, bicycles and pets for Alan Ball’s new HBO drama series.

The series will shoot scenes in the Portland area April 24-26, 2017. Cast Iron Studios, which also cast “Grimm” and currently “The Librarians,” is handling the local principal and extras casting.

“Hundreds of extras are needed over the span of the three-day shoot,” says Casting Director Lana Veenker.

The positions are non-union, and pay starts at minimum wage (8-hour guarantee, plus overtime) for general background, to between $100-$150/day for other positions. Background performers can also earn bumps for the use of their cars, bicycles, pets, etc.

Those interested in working as extras on the show can submit online by this Wednesday evening according to the instructions below, or attend our open casting call this Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Cast Iron Studios, 1430 SE 3rd Avenue, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97214. (No appointments needed; just show up. First come, first served.)

NOTE: This casting call is for non-union background performers only. No principal (speaking) roles are available at this time.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or join our Tools for Actors mailing list to stay apprised of upcoming casting calls.

No phone calls, please.

Cast Iron Studios is committed to diverse, inclusive casting. There is no charge to create a basic profile on Casting Frontier, and no fees will be charged to extras who take part in the show.

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TO SUBMIT ONLINE:

Please note: Fully-completed online submissions must be received by end of day this Wednesday, April 19, 2017 to be considered. Otherwise, please attend our open casting call this Saturday, April 22nd.

Those with an existing Casting Frontier account should submit via the Direct Submit Board instead. Please ensure that your profile contains a recent photo, and that all information is current, including your sizes and contact info.

If you fit the requirements, but do not have a Casting Frontier profile, please complete this form:

EXTRAS SUBMISSION FORM

Thanks, and good luck!

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Casting Call: Extras Experienced at Driving On-Set

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Cast Iron Studios is currently seeking extras with EXPERIENCE DRIVING ON-SET for a major television series shooting in and around Portland, Oregon on April 24-26, 2017, and returning on several more occasions throughout the summer.

This is not a call for on-set precision drivers (although if you have that experience, please go ahead and submit; we may need you, too!).

This is a call for extras who have previously brought their own car to set and driven it during a film or TV shoot.

The positions are non-union, and paid at competitive rates. No agency fees.

Those who have previous on-set driving experience should send their Casting Frontier Public Profile link* to talent[at]castironstudios[dot]com.

Please include the subject line: On-Set Driver, and let us know in the body of your email if you are available April 24, 25 and 26, 2017.

If you fit the requirements, but do not have a Casting Frontier profile, please create one:

  • Go to The Casting Frontier
  • Create a Basic (Free) profile in the Pacific NW Region
  • Fill out your profile completely, including headshot, wardrobe sizes, resume (detailing previous on-set driving experience) and contact information
  • Send your Public Profile link* to talent[at]castironstudios[dot]com.
  • Include the subject line: On-Set Driver.
  • Let us know in the body of your email if you are available April 24, 25 and 26, 2017.

*Hint: Your Public Profile link contains a lot of random letters and numbers. (This URL won’t take us to your unique profile: https://database.castingfrontier.com/account/my_profile.)

You can send us your Public Profile link by selecting More Options from your profile page, then choosing either Public Profile, which opens a new window where you can grab the URL from the address bar, or Share Profile, which will email your Public Profile to us. See example below:

Thanks, and good luck!

NOTE: This casting call is for experienced on-set drivers (and precision drivers) only. Please do not submit for these positions unless you meet the requirements. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or join our Tools for Actors mailing list to stay apprised of upcoming casting calls. No phone calls, please.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Casting Call: Experienced Stand-Ins for TV Series

by admin

Cast Iron Studios is currently seeking EXPERIENCED STAND-INS for a major television series shooting in and around Portland, Oregon on April 24-26, 2017, and returning on several more occasions throughout the summer.

The positions are non-union, and paid at competitive stand-in rates. No agency fees.

Those who have previous stand-in experience should send their Casting Frontier Public Profile link* to talent[at]castironstudios[dot]com.

Please include the subject line: Stand-In, and let us know in the body of your email if you are available April 24, 25 and 26, 2017.

If you fit the requirements, but do not have a Casting Frontier profile, please create one:

  • Go to The Casting Frontier
  • Create a Basic (Free) profile in the Pacific NW Region
  • Fill out your profile completely, including headshot, wardrobe sizes, resume (detailing previous stand-in experience) and contact information
  • Send your Public Profile link* to talent[at]castironstudios[dot]com.
  • Include the subject line: Stand-In.
  • Let us know in the body of your email if you are available April 24, 25 and 26, 2017.

*Hint: Your Public Profile link contains a lot of random letters and numbers. (This URL won’t take us to your unique profile: https://database.castingfrontier.com/account/my_profile.)

You can send us your Public Profile link by selecting More Options from your profile page, then choosing either Public Profile, which opens a new window where you can grab the URL from the address bar, or Share Profile, which will email your Public Profile to us. See example below:

Thanks, and good luck!

NOTE: This casting call is for experienced stand-ins only. Please do not submit for these positions unless you meet the requirements. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or join our Tools for Actors mailing list to stay apprised of upcoming casting calls. No phone calls, please.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

How to Apply to Be An Extra on NBC’s “Grimm” (Update)

by ranielle

NOTE: “Grimm” completed its last season in early 2017. Extras casting companies are no longer casting for this show.

Grimm - Season 2

NBC’s “Grimm,” filmed on location in Portland, Oregon, is continually looking for extras. The sixth season of the show, currently in production, will be shooting into the early months of 2017. All ages, types, and levels of experience are welcome to apply. All roles are paid at varying rates.

To apply, do not contact us. Instead, please send an email to Grimm Extras at grimmextras[at]gmail[dot]com with your name, a photo, contact information, general availability, and your stats (height, weight, hair color, eye color, clothing sizes, etc.).

For other projects, check out ExtrasOnly.com, a Portland company that specializes in background casting.

PLEASE NOTE: We cannot answer questions pertaining to working as a background performer on Grimm, as it is is not handled by us. Please contact Grimm Extras directly.

For Cast Iron Studios’ submission policy for professional actors regarding principal, on-camera speaking roles, please read our guidelines here.

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Submission Instructions for NW Actors and Extras

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This is an outdated post. Our current submission instructions can be found here. Thanks!

Are you interested in working as an actor or extra in Oregon?

Looking for submission instructions for Lana Veenker Casting? You’ve found the place.

NOTE: This information is for extras and actors who live in the Pacific Northwest.

INFO FOR EXTRAS

* For information on working as an extra on Leverage or other film, television and commercial productions, please contact Extras Only.

* To be entered into Lana Veenker Casting’s database for extra work (commercials only), please follow these instructions precisely:

  • Go to http://castingfrontier.com.
  • Click on “New Profile” on the left side of the home page, under the login button.
  • Select “Portland.”
  • Select “I’m signing up as an extra.
  • Select Account Type (scroll to bottom for free Basic Account).
  • Enter your information completely and follow the instructions you will receive in an email as to how you can upload your current picture.
  • It is very important that you immediately upload your photo on Casting Frontier in order to be entered into the database. You cannot be considered for extra work without a photo.
  • Our calls for extras are few and far between. We’ll be in touch if we have a project that requires background actors.

NOTE: There are no fees to be listed in our database, nor do we charge extras any commissions. We are paid by the production companies that hire us. Furthermore, we earn nothing from paid profiles on Casting Frontier; this is simply the company we use for our online casting system. There is no charge to create a basic profile and no requirement to upgrade to a premium account.

INFO FOR PROFESSIONAL ACTORS
UNREPPED ACTORS
If you are a professional actor based in Oregon or Washington and you are NOT represented by a talent agency, you can create a free profile in our casting database.

  • Go to The Casting Frontier
  • Create a Basic (Free) profile in the Pacific NW Region
  • Fill your profile out completely, including your headshot and resume
  • Send the Public Link of your profile to talent[at]slateplease[dot]com, subject line: NW Actor Submission

Hint: Your public link contains a lot of random letters and numbers. If there aren’t a lot of random letters and numbers, it’s not a link we can use.

ACTORS SEEKING REPRESENTATION
If you are seeking representation in the Northwest, please contact SAG or AFTRA for a list of franchised agencies, or check the Production Directory on the OMPA website under Talent Agencies.

NOTE: We are a casting company, not a talent agency, so we don’t represent actors. Creating a Casting Frontier profile will put you in our database, but you still need an agent to promote you!

REPPED ACTORS
If you are a professional actor based in Oregon or Washington and you ARE represented by a talent agent, you should already be on Casting Frontier. There is no need for you to resubmit or self-submit. Just let your agent know you’re interested and available for upcoming projects, and they’ll do the rest.

NOTE: There are no fees to be listed in our database, nor do we charge actors any commissions. We are paid by the production companies that hire us. Furthermore, we earn nothing from paid profiles on Casting Frontier; this is simply the company we use for our online casting system. There is no charge to create a basic profile and no requirement to upgrade to a premium account.

****Please no calls or drop-by visits.****

MORE INFORMATION
For more information on film production in Oregon, check out the Oregon Governor’s Office of Film and Television‘s website, the OMPA website, or the Confluence website.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Información para aspirantes a actores en Oregon

by admin

(For our Spanish-speaking friends in the Northwest!)

¿Está usted interesado en trabajar como actor o extra en Oregon?

Usted ha venido al lugar correcto.

ESCUELAS Y PROFESORES DE ACTUACIÓN

Aquí tiene algunos lugares en los alrededores de Portland para estudiar actuación profesional:

ADULTOS:
Portland Actors Conservatory (El Conservatorio para Actuación de Portland)
Jana Lee Hamblin
Robert Blanche
Barbara Kite

NIÑOS:
Oregon Children’s Theatre (Teatro Infantil de Oregon)
Northwest Children’s Theatre (Teatro Infantil del Noroeste)
Sandra Peabody
Katie O’Grady

COMPAÑÍA DE TEATRO LATINO DE PORTLAND


Para participar en el teatro de la comunidad latina, usted puede ser voluntario, tomar clases o audicionar para los espectáculos en el Teatro Milagro de Portland:

Teatro Milagro (Miracle Theatre)

INFORMACIÓN PARA SER “EXTRA”

* Para información sobre cómo trabajar como extra en Leverage, o en el cine, la televisión y producciones comerciales, por favor póngase en contacto con Extras Only.

* Para entrar en la base de datos de Lana Veenker Casting para trabajar como extra (sólo para comerciales), por favor, siga estas instrucciones con precisión:


* Ir a http://castingfrontier.com.
* Haga clic en “Create Your Profile Now!” (“¡Crear Su Perfil Ahora!”) en el lado izquierdo de la página, debajo del botón de inicio de sesión (“Login”).
* Seleccione “Portland”.
* Seleccione “I’m signing up as an extra” (“Estoy apuntándome como un extra”).
* Seleccione el tipo de cuenta (vaya hacia abajo para la cuenta básica gratis, “Basic Profile,” y haga clic en “Free”).
* Escriba su información en forma completa y siga las instrucciones. Recibirá en un correo electrónico cómo usted podrá subir su fotografía actual.
* Es muy importante que suba de inmediato su foto a Casting Frontier con el fin de que se le añada en la base de datos. Usted no puede trabajar como extra si no tiene foto.
* Nuestra necesidad de extras es escasa, ya que principalmente trabajamos con actores profesionales. Nos pondremos en contacto con usted si nosotros si tenemos un proyecto que requiera de extras.

NOTA: No hay costos para figurar en nuestra base de datos, ni cobramos ninguna comisión a los actores. Nos pagan las empresas de producción que nos contratan. Por otra parte, no ganamos nada de los perfiles que son pagados en Casting Frontier; esta es simplemente la empresa que usamos para nuestro sistema de casting en línea. No hay ningún costo para crear un perfil básico y no se necesita actualizar a una cuenta al nivel premium.

Recuerde que las producciones con las que trabajamos siempre piden a actores y modelos para que completen el formulario I-9 antes de trabajar. Esto requiere una prueba de identidad y un comprobante de autorización para trabajar.

INFORMACIÓN PARA ACTORES PROFESIONALES

ACTORES SIN REPRESENTACIÓN
Si usted es un actor profesional con sede en Oregon o Washington y NO está siendo representado por una agencia de talento, puede crear un perfil de forma gratuita en nuestra base de datos para castings.

* Ir a Casting Frontier
* Crear una perfil básico gratuito (“Free Basic Profile”) para la región del Noroeste del Pacífico (“Pacific Northwest”).
* Llena tu perfil por completo, incluyendo tu fotografía de presentación y tu currículo artístico
* Enviar el enlace de su perfil público a: talent [arroba] slateplease [punto] com, asunto: “NW Actor Submission.”

Sugerencia: Su enlace público contiene un montón de letras y números al azar. Si no hay un montón de letras y números aleatorios, no es un vínculo que podamos utilizar.

ACTORES EN BUSCA DE REPRESENTACIÓN
Si usted está buscando representación en el noroeste, por favor póngase en contacto con el SAG o AFTRA para una lista de agencias en franquicia, o visite el directorio de la producción Source Oregon en agencias de talento (“Talent Agencies” o sino “Talent Managers”).

NOTA: Somos una empresa que se dedica a hacer castings. No somos una agencia de talento; por lo tanto no representamos a los actores. Crear un perfil en Casting Frontier le pondrá a usted en nuestra base de datos, ¡pero usted todavía necesita un agente para promoverle!

ACTORES REPRESENTADOS
Si usted es un actor profesional con sede en Oregon o Washington, y ES representado por un agente de talento, usted debe ya estar en Casting Frontier. No hay necesidad de que vuelva a presentar su perfil. Simplemente deje saber a su agente que está interesado y disponible para futuros proyectos, y nosotros haremos lo demas.

NOTA: No hay costos para figurar en nuestra base de datos, ni cobramos ninguna comisión a los actores. Nos pagan las empresas de producción que nos contratan. Por otra parte, no ganamos nada de los perfiles que son pagados en Casting Frontier; es simplemente la empresa que usamos para nuestro sistema de casting en línea. No hay ningún costo para crear un perfil básico y no se necesita actualizar a una cuenta al nivel premium.

**** Por favor, no llame o haga a visitas sin cita. ****

MÁS INFORMACIÓN

Para más información sobre la producción cinematográfica en Oregón, echa un vistazo al sitio de web de la Oficina del Gobernador de Oregon para Cine y Televisión (“Governor’s Office of Film and Television”), el sitio web OMPA (“Oregon Media Production Association”), o el sitio web de Confluence.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Wanted: A few strong men to play cops, security guards and thugs

by admin

Local casting company takes on workforce development for Season 3 of TNT’s “Leverage”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 14, 2010

PORTLAND, ORE. In a time of economic adversity, one sector in Oregon is currently hiring: The film industry.

Production companies are bringing their film and television projects–along with hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in economic impact–to the state.

The hit television series Leverage will shoot 15 more episodes in Portland starting March 2010. The show, which airs Wednesday nights on TNT, shot all of Season 2 in and around the Portland metropolitan area, employing over 120 actors and more than 800 background artists from the Northwest.

This has led to the need for a local casting company to undertake workforce development.

“It’s an interesting paradox,” says Lana Veenker, owner of Portland-based Lana Veenker Casting. “Everywhere else, companies are laying their workers off, whereas we are scrambling to train up enough qualified actors and stunt people to meet the demand.”

THUG AND COP TYPES FOR HIRE

The series biggest need? Athletic or burly men to play cops, security guards and thugs.

“I look at all these strong guys who have lost their manufacturing or construction jobs and think ‘If we could just teach them how to say a line or two and maybe how to do an easy fight scene, they could probably audition for the show,’” says Veenker. “It may be very sporadic work, but nobody’s going to sneeze at a thousand bucks for a day’s salary. That could make the difference between a family covering its mortgage payment or not.”

“Background performers only make minimum wage,” she acknowledges, “but with overtime, a day’s work could help someone who is job hunting pay their cell phone bill or buy a few tanks of gas.”

The casting director states that martial arts and military backgrounds are in high demand, as well as ethnic diversity, for the thug and cop roles. Height is not important (in fact, in some cases, shorter men are at an advantage), but an athletic, burly or muscular frame is.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

To outline the opportunities available, Lana Veenker Casting is organizing a Leverage Thug Informational Meeting for adult males who fit the profiles above.

“LEVERAGE” THUG INFORMATIONAL MEETING
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
7:00-8:30 PM
University of Oregon – Portland
White Stag Block
70 NW Couch Street
Portland, OR 97209

RSVP: http://leveragethug.eventbrite.com

Attendance is free, but interested parties must RSVP in order to be admitted, as space is limited.

Aspiring thugs will receive information on applying for background, stunt and small principal roles on the show, as well as resources for pursuing further acting and stunt training, including a “Thug Boot Camp” coming up in February.

As with most professions, additional training is always a plus, but Veenker intends for this free introduction to thoroughly inform and answer questions that newcomers to the industry have. “We’re fortunate in Portland to have a wealth of acting coaches and even courses specific to Leverage, but the first step is to let people know how to get their start.”

For more information, please visit http://leveragethug.eventbrite.com.

 

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Lana at Official Twilight Convention – Seattle

by admin

For all of our Twihard blog followers:

If you’re attending Creation Entertainment’s Official Twilight Convention in Seattle on January 15-17, 2010, keep an eye out for Lana!

She will be giving a talk, tentatively entitled “Auditioning for the Twilight Saga: Fact versus Fiction,” and will touch on the following topics:

    • Twilight Saga casting calls: How to recognize real ones from fake ones

 

    • Can I audition for a role in Breaking Dawn? Understanding the casting process

 

    • Help! I need an agent! What you need to do to get signed by a legitimate talent agency

 

    • Working as an extra

 

    • How to break into the business if you don’t live in Hollywood

 

Once in many moons a new genre craze begins and so it is for TWILIGHT, the epic series of books and smash hit feature film (with sequels to follow). We are proud to present the Creation Entertainment’s Official Twilight Convention 2010 in the happening city of Seattle Washington State, January 15-17, 2010. With fantastic guest stars from the film, wonderful programming, panels and events, themed parties, autographs and photo ops, live musical performances and more: make your plans now to join the celebration!

Hope to see you there!

 

Monday, June 1, 2009

URGENT: CIA/Security Guard types needed for "Leverage"

by admin

Rutabaga Background Casting, a division of Lana Veenker Casting, is urgently seeking individuals based in the Portland area who are interested in working as extras in an upcoming episode of TNT’s “Leverage,” shooting in and around Portland.

Our next episode requires several MALE SECURITY GUARD or EX-CIA types, between 5’8″ and 6’2″, any ethnicity, who are available to work FIVE FULL DAYS from June 8th to the 12th.

HOW TO SUBMIT

As this is an urgent call, please submit the following information via email immediately to emmy[@]sayrutabaga[.]com (remove the brackets before sending):

* Name

* Contact Numbers

* Height & Weight

* All Clothing Sizes (waist, inseam, sleeve, neck, shoe, jacket, shirt, etc.)

* A RECENT photo (very important!)

MORE INFO

We will contact individuals who fit the specs for each episode.

Extras earn minimum wage (eight-hour minimum, regardless of hours worked), plus overtime pay after eight hours. Shoot days can be 12 hours or more and extras are required to be 100% available on their work dates.

Rutabaga Background Casting does not charge extras any fees to work with its company.

To help us maintain our sanity, please do not call or drop by the office, unless specifically requested to do so.

We do not have the manpower to respond to thousands of inquiries and still get our jobs done. 🙂 Thanks!

PS: If you had a great time working as an extra on “Leverage” and want to let us know, you’re welcome to snail mail us a card to:

Rutabaga Background Casting
2580 NW Upshur St
Portland, OR 97210

We love to get your feedback this way, as it allows us to hear from you and still get our work done!

Thanks again and hope to see you on set!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Muscle Cars, Work Trucks and YOU on TNT’s "Leverage"

by admin

UPDATE: WE NOW HAVE ALL THE CARS WE NEED. THIS CASTING CALL IS CLOSED. THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST AND STAY TUNED FOR THE NEXT ONE!

  • Are you a man or woman who owns an American made, older model pick-up truck or car (Dodge, Ford, Chrysler, etc., including beat-up, run-down work vehicles or muscle cars)?
  • Are you available all day on Wednesday, May 6th Friday, May 8th?
  • Can you work as a local hire in Portland, Oregon?

If so, you and your vehicle could appear on a new episode of TNT’s “Leverage”!

The first six people to respond with the correct type of American-made vehicle get the jobs!

NOTE: Must be an older model vehicle made by an American car company, like Ford or Chevy.

This means no Toyotas, no Mercedes, no Mazdas, no Volkswagens, no Hondas, no Subarus, etc. Think Trans Am, Camero, old Ford truck.

Please, no white or red cars.

Thanks!

HOW TO SUBMIT

Please email us:

* a recent, close-up photo of you and and one of your vehicle (or, if you don’t have photos, please include a description)

* all of your contact information (home, cell, work numbers, and email address)

to extras@sayrutabaga.com.

Time is of the essence, as this shoots FRIDAY! Please pass this information on to interested parties and respond as soon as possible if you meet the specs.

To help us maintain our sanity, please do not call or drop by the office. Be sure to include name, contact numbers and RECENT PHOTOS (or a description, if no photo is available) in your email.

Thanks!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Male Golfers & MMA Fans: Come work on the set of TNT’s "Leverage"!

by admin

Rutabaga Background Casting, a division of Lana Veenker Casting, is urgently seeking the following for an upcoming episode of TNT’s “Leverage“:

CAUCASIAN MALE GOLFERS

We need Caucasian male golfers, 30s or older, who can be fully available on Monday, May 4th to work as background performers in a scene at an upscale golf club.

They do not need to be advanced-level golfers, but should possess appropriate golf clothing and gear.

Again, the golfers need to be completely available on Monday, May 4th and able to work as a local in Portland, Oregon.

MMA SPECTATORS

For Tuesday, May 5th, we need LOTS of blue-collar Caucasian men (18 or older) for a crowd scene at a MMA (mixed martial arts) fight set in Nebraska. This will be an exciting scene and we want to fill the stands with wrestling and MMA fans.

If you fit this profile AND you also own an American made, older model pick-up truck, SUV or work vehicle (Dodge, Ford, etc., including beat-up, run-down vehicles), you may be asked to come back for another scene shooting on May 6th.

Extras must be local hires and completely available on their work dates, as shoot days can run long.

HOW TO SUBMIT

Individuals who have already registered as extras on Casting Frontier can email us a link to their profile at extras@sayrutabaga.com.

(For information on how to sign up on Casting Frontier, see this blog post.)

Otherwise, individuals who meet these requirements should immediately send:

* a recent, close-up photo

* all contact information

to extras@sayrutabaga.com.

Time is of the essence. Please pass this information on to interested parties and respond as soon as possible if you meet the specs.

To help us maintain our sanity, please do not call or drop by the office. Be sure to include name, contact numbers and a RECENT PHOTO in your email, or simply email us your completed Casting Frontier profile that includes a photo.

Thanks!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Sign Up Now to be an Extra on TNT’s "Leverage"

by admin

GOOD NEWS! Our new extras casting system is inching towards completion!!

We’re now able to access and search the new online database, so our registration process has been streamlined and it is no longer necessary to register using the old system.

If you haven’t registered yet, an update on how to do it is below.

If you have registered, but haven’t uploaded a digital photo yet, your profile is useless to us! You MUST upload a current photo in order to be considered.

Rutabaga Background Casting, a division of Lana Veenker Casting, is urgently seeking individuals based in the Portland area who are interested in working as extras on the TNT television series “Leverage,” shooting in and around Portland through mid-September.

We need extras of all ages, types and ethnicities.

HOW TO REGISTER

All interested parties should follow these instructions precisely:

* Go to http://castingfrontier.com.

* Click on “New Profile” on the left side of the home page, under the login button.

* Select “Portland.”

* Select “I’m signing up as an extra.

* Select Account Type (scroll to bottom for free Basic Account).

* Enter your information completely and follow the instructions you will receive in an email as to how you can upload your current picture.

* It is very important that you immediately upload your photo on Casting Frontier in order to be entered into the database. You cannot be considered for extra work without a photo.

MORE INFO

We will be in contact with individuals who fit the specs for each episode. To help us maintain our sanity, please do not call, send multiple emails or drop by the office.

Extras earn minimum wage (eight-hour minimum, regardless of hours worked), plus overtime pay after eight hours. Shoot days are sporadic, but long (can be 12 hours or more) and extras are required to be 100% available on their work dates.

Rutabaga Background Casting does not charge extras any fees to be listed with its company. There is no charge to create a basic profile and no requirement to upgrade to a premium account.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

URGENT: Extras Casting Call for TNT’s "Leverage"

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NOTE: This post has been updated to add additional information.

PORTLAND, OR. Rutabaga Background Casting, a division of Lana Veenker Casting, is urgently seeking individuals based in the Portland area who are interested in working as extras on the TNT television series “Leverage,” slated to begin shooting on April 13, 2009.

The casting company needs extras of all ages, types and ethnicities.

Update: Thugs have been cast!

EXTRAS TO PLAY THUGS

For the first episode, it urgently requires men age 25-35 who can play rough-and-tumble types (thugs, dock workers, etc.; think NY Teamsters from the 1990s; particuarly individuals who look like Gary Oldman in “State of Grace“).

Individuals who fit this profile exactly should immediately email a recent photo of themselves at their “thuggiest” to lori@sayrutabaga.com, even if they have previously registered with the casting company.

The first episode shoots April 13-21, 2009. “Thugs” will be needed for only one or two days during this period.

GENERAL EXTRAS

All other interested parties who do not fit the above specs should follow these instructions precisely:

Rutabaga Background Casting is in the process of migrating to a new extras website. During the transition, we will need to receive your information in two ways.

1. FIRST FEW EPISODES

To be considered for the first few episodes of “Leverage,” please email a current photo, your name and your contact information ASAP to leverage@sayrutabaga.com.

This is to ensure that you do not miss out on any opportunities while we are working out the bugs in the new system.

2. NEW EXTRAS CASTING SYSTEM

To be entered into the new system, please visit the company’s online registration site and create a user profile.

To register, go to http://castingfrontier.com.

* Click on “New Profile” on the left side of the home page, under the login button.

* Select “Portland.”

* Select “I’m signing up as an extra.

* Select Account Type (scroll to bottom for free Basic Account).

* Enter your information completely and follow the instructions you will receive in an email as to how you can upload your current picture.

* It is very important that you immediately upload your photo on Casting Frontier in order to be entered into the database. You cannot be considered for extra work without a photo.

MORE INFO

The casting company will be in contact with individuals who fit the specs for each episode. Please do not call, send multiple emails or drop by the office.

Extras earn minimum wage, plus overtime pay after eight hours. Shoot days are sporadic, but long (can be 12 hours or more) and extras are required to be 100% available on their work dates.

Rutabaga Background Casting does not charge extras any fees to be listed with its company. There is no charge to create a basic profile and no requirement to upgrade to a premium account.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Lana Veenker Casting Seeks Actors & Extras in OR/WA for TNT’s "Leverage"

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The TNT television series starts shooting its second season in Portland in April 2009

PORTLAND, ORE. Casting Director Lana Veenker announced today that her offices will be handling the principal and extras casting of the second season of “Leverage.”

“Leverage,” the TNT television drama, stars Academy Award winner Timothy Hutton and will be shooting 15 episodes in and around Portland through the end of August 2009.

Veenker says that her principal casting company, Lana Veenker Casting, will be hiring actors for the speaking roles and its extras division, Rutabaga Background Casting, will be hiring the extras, stand-ins, photo and body doubles.

Professional actors based in Oregon or Washington who do not have representation in Portland or Seattle can mail their (stapled) headshots and resumes to Lana Veenker Casting, 2580 NW Upshur Street, Portland, Oregon 97210, including their contact information and union status.

Actors who are represented by talent agencies in the Northwest are already on file and do not need to submit their details by mail.

Individuals interested in working as extras can email leverage[at]sayrutabaga[dot]com to be added to the list of people to contact when the extras division is ready to start casting.

It is not necessary for extras to email photos or other attachments at this time, as a new casting system is in development and will be announced shortly.

There is no charge to be considered for any role.

Please note that the casting companies cannot accept drop-ins, emails or telephone calls regarding “Leverage,” as the volume of inquiries would be unmanageable. All casting news will be posted on The Casting Scoop as it becomes available.

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Lana Veenker Casting is the Northwest’s premier film and television casting company. Information about its extras division, Rutabaga Background Casting, can be found here.

For information about “Leverage” or to view past episodes, please visit the TNT website.

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

TNT’s "Leverage" Seeks Stand-Ins for Main Cast

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Rutabaga Background Casting is casting for the following in and around Portland, Oregon.  If you do not have local housing in the Portland area, you will not be eligible for this casting opportunity.

TNT’S “Leverage” Seeks Stand-Ins for Main Cast

Rutabaga Background Casting, a division of Lana Veenker Casting, is currently seeking stand-ins for the series regulars on “Leverage.”  Stand-ins will be used for 15 episodes and will start working daily very soon in Portland, Oregon, continuing through the beginning of September.

Stand-ins must be completely available during weekdays and potentially weekends.  Typical shoot days can last 12 hours or more.

RATE:  $10/hour

The following stand-in roles are available:


TIMOTHY HUTTON:
Caucasian; Ht. 5’11” – 6′; Wt. 165-175; Brown Hair, Blue Eyes

 

 

 

 


CHRISTIAN KANE:
Caucasian; Ht. 5’8.5″-5’9.5″; Wt. 170; Brown Hair, Blue Eyes; Very muscular

 

 

 

 


ALDIS HODGE:
African/American; Ht. 6’0.5″-6’2″; Wt. 180-185; Black Hair; Brown Eyes; Long and lanky

 

 

 

 


GINA BELLMAN:
Olive Complexion; Ht. 5’7″-5’8″; Wt. 130; Brown Hair; Brown Eyes

 

 

 

 


BETH RIESGRAF:
Caucasian; Ht. 5’6″-5’7″; Wt. 120-125; Blonde Hair; Hazel Eyes

 

 

 

 

You can view more images of the cast here.

Applicants need to match the above specs as CLOSELY as possible, CANNOT be shorter or taller and should ideally resemble the particular cast member, too!  If you happen to have previous stand-in experience, please be sure to let us know.

This is a bona fide employment opportunity. There is no charge to be considered for any role.

HOW TO APPLY

We will be meeting with potential stand-ins on Tuesday morning, March 24th.

If this sounds like you or someone you know, please send the following IMMEDIATELY to standins[at]sayrutabaga[dot]com with subject line “Leverage” Stand-In:

  • Full name
  • Headshot / photograph
  • Stats (height, weight, hair color, eye color)
  • Previous stand-in or extra experience
  • ALL contact information (home number, cell number, email, etc.) VERY IMPORTANT

 

Please only submit your information if you fit the specs, are based in Oregon or Washington and can be fully available for this job.

GENERAL EXTRAS

If you do not meet these requirements, PLEASE DO NOT SEND A MESSAGE TO THIS EMAIL.

Instead, send an email to leverage[at]sayrutabaga[dot]com to be added to the list of potential extras.

We ask that you please do not call the office, drop by in person, or send multiple emails requesting additional info, as we do not have the staff or resources to handle the onslaught. Gold stars to all who follow instructions precisely!

Thanks very much for your understanding and hope to see you on set.

 

Monday, December 29, 2008

And the Twilight Series Casting Questions Keep Coming in…

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I am going to try to power through and finish the remaining actor surveys, so we can announce the three winners of the free 60-minute career consultations worth $100 apiece. In the meantime, here are some more answers to actor questions.

Hint: Before posting a question in the comments area, please read the answers I’ve already posted on the blog. We’re getting a lot of the same questions over and over. There are links on the right sidebar with tags and everything, so you should be able to find answers. Thanks!

Please keep in mind as well that there’s not enough time in the day to answer individual requests. We can teach you to fish, but we can’t do the fishing for you. 🙂 You should be armed with all the tools you need, though, if you just read up.

Without further ado:

CONSULTATIONS

Q: How do I get one of those personal phone consultations with you?

Q: Can a person get a phone consultation without having to win it? If so, how can I do that?

Q: Are you offering your $100 career consults to people, even if they don’t win the contest?

A: It’s not our intention, but since we keep getting asked, we may consider a limited number of requests on a case-by-case basis. Shoot an email to tools4actors [at] slateplease [dot] com to discuss.

Be patient; we’ve got a lot on our plates and are not fully set up to accommodate these requests. Thanks.

TWIHARD QUESTIONS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

Q: hi lana! i have a question… well…first.. i’m mexican, i live in Nuevo León, i’m thirteen, and i wanna be Jane in New Moon.. i really want it! i don´t have any experience, but i know that I can do it very well…i speak english a 85% or more, but i can’t go for the casting cause you know.. “money”… but if i could send you a video i could show you that i can act very well… i really want to be JANE!! she is a very interesting character… please…!!!

Q: hello, I’m french and I know that it’s impossible for me to be considered by the casting director but my cousin lives in LA and i could live there for a moment, so maybe they would consider me? no?? and i speak english very well, I got US accent.

Q: Can an Asian be on the film? I’m an asian (Indonesia), am i still have a chance to be just being auditions?

Q: Hey do you think they would cast somebody from ireland? as i would love to be in new moon and i love acting although i have no experience except for the school plays i have done and i dont have an agent either do you have any advice on how to get an agent? thanks.

Q: I am a 16-year-old aspiring actress in washington, and i am completely interested in acting in the twilight saga. I am most interested in playing Kate from the Denali Clan though.

Q: Oh my goodness! I’ve heard some gossip or rumors of that they want the New Moon movie to be out in a year. If that is so, when does the cast stop? Who is really in charge? Where is the direct info.? What if you have a daughter who sometimes lives with a parent/guardian in California and sometimes on the east coast? What would happen (if the possibility were possible)?

Q: My boyfriend is 6’4″ and perfect dark skin long black hair, he would make a perfect wolf! I want information on castings or where to send his headshots please!!!

A: As I’ve mentioned several times before, our office is not casting “New Moon.” By all indications, it is shooting in Vancouver BC. Despite this fact, we are still getting flooded with questions.

Because I understand how the business works, I will answer two general questions, which should give you all the information you need:

“Is it possible to get hired on a film shooting in the US or Canada if I live overseas?”

and

“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?”

(FWIW, I covered both of these before in this post and this one).

The answer is that it’s extremely unlikely. Here’s why:

WORK PAPERS

The production company needs to hire someone who can legally work in the country where the film is shooting. This means you need to be a citizen or have a work permit already.

The production company will procure work visas for the stars, if needed, but NOT for anyone else. The reason is that working papers are hard to get! Just look at all the qualifications an actor needs to obtain an O-1 working visa for the US:

* You need to have received or been nominated for a major national or international award (Emmy, Oscar, etc.) OR

* Have documented proof (such as film reviews, publications, contracts or playbills) of at least THREE of the following:

a. You already have national or international recognition;

b. You have already performed or have been hired to perform a lead or starring role in a major production;

c. You have already performed a lead, starring or major role for organizations with distinguished reputations;

d. You have already achieved major commercial or critical success;

e. You have commanded, or currently command, substantial remuneration (i.e. salary) for your services compared to others in your field; or

f. You have already received significant recognition for achievements from recognized critics, organizations, government agencies or other experts in your field.

In other words, if you’re not a star, the production company is not going to bother with the risk and hassle of all this paperwork. There are plenty of experienced, legal actors available in the cities where the film is shooting.

ACTORS UNIONS

You usually need to be a member of one of the actors’ unions, such as SAG, AFTRA or ACTRA in order to be hired.

Producers are required to consider all available and appropriate union actors for a role, before looking at non-union actors, otherwise they risk getting fined. If you’re not already an established actor, it’s unlikely you’ve got your union card (particularly if you reside overseas).

STARS VS NON-ACTORS

Stars or established actors will likely be hired to play the main characters, not unknown entities.

Remember that producers have to guarantee ticket sales, so that they can repay their investors. It’s a BUSINESS; their job is to reduce financial risk. Actors are therefore considered in more or less the following order, when it comes to hiring the main characters on a major film:

a. Stars

b. Established union actors who are about to become stars (i.e. they have another movie coming out soon that will make them famous by the time this film is released)

c. Established union actors with solid reputations, known to the casting directors

d. Lesser known, but highly qualified professional union actors who are represented by talent agents known to the casting directors

If appropriate actors are still not found, then casting directors proceed to search among:

e. Experienced, professional, represented union-eligible actors

f. Experienced, professional, unrepped union and union-eligible actors

g. Experienced, professional, repped or unrepped non-union actors

h. Students or recent graduates of reputable acting schools or conservatories

It is extremely rare after conducting such an exhaustive search, that an appropriate actor would not be located, but as a last resort, the casting directors can search among the following:

i. Inexperienced actors or “real people” who fit the demographic requirements of the role and who live near where the shoot is taking place (cattle call)

j. Inexperienced actors or “real people” who fit the demographic requirements of the role and who live anywhere in the country (national search)

k. Inexperienced actors or “real people” who fit the demographic requirements of the role, who live anywhere around the world (international search), and who have work papers in the country where the production is based

l. Inexperienced actors or “real people” who fit the demographic requirements of the role, who live anywhere around the world (international search) and who do not have work papers

As you can see, most of the emails I’ve been getting on this subject have been from members of the last two or three categories. Their odds are slim.

DAY PLAYER ROLES

As mentioned in this post and this one, the minor speaking parts will be cast on location, using local actors. Location casting directors like myself will start from category C above and work our way downwards.

You may have a shot at one of these smaller parts, but the higher you are on the list, the better your chances.

EXTRAS

Again, extras will be hired in the region where the production is based. You do not need experience to work as an extra, but you do need to live locally and be able to work legally. I discuss working as an extra at length in this post and in this one.

That’s it for now. Next time, I’ll try to answer some of your questions about talent agents.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Soooo many burning questions…so little time!

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Because we worked on “Twilight,” we’ve been getting swamped with questions about the sequel for months on MySpace, in the blog comments and elsewhere. Just so everyone’s clear, our office has not been hired to cast “New Moon,” but we understand that it’s frustrating not knowing what’s going on, so I’m happy to answer questions as to how things usually work when it comes to casting. Hopefully this will provide some clarification for you.

Unfortunately, there’s not enough time in the day to answer readers’ questions individually, so if you’ve sent a PM or email, you’ll have to keep an eye out here to see if I’ve answered the same question for someone else. We’ll eventually have an actors’ forum, where you can also answer each others’ questions, but for now I’ll try to address them when I can on the blog. Be sure to sign up for our RSS feed, using the Subscribe link in the right sidebar, so that you stay in the loop about our other projects. (What is RSS?)

Now, to your questions:

Q: Quick question about the working-out-of-the-country bit, if you could answer it when you get a chance: my daughter is planning on trying out for the part of Jane (a vampire in Italy)- if by some crazy chance she is considered for the part and that part is filmed in Italy what would that mean for a 12/13 year old from California?

A: When an actor is hired to play a lead or supporting role in a film that shoots in a foreign country, the production company handles work permit issues. For smaller day-player roles, though, casting usually takes place on location, especially if actors fitting the specifications of the role are widely available there.

Q: I am French and I live in France, but I nevertheless sent a photo therefore me is possible give up a cross my chances to be taken. Of a very way I made me not too much phantasms. As you said it “hope helps and makes dream”.

Q: My dream is to play Jane. I’ve got Italian origins, but… I live in France ! Why do all the good movies shoot in the USA ????

Q: Can you give some info about the Italian casting? or for extras casting in Italy?

Q: I’m Australian/Italian, and I hold an Italian citizenship and passport, what would this mean for me in relation to the Italian casting?

Q: Hi Lana! I’m Italian and I’d like to know more information about the italian casting…just for an appearance!

Q: This makes me depressed to be living in New Zealand! ARGH.

A: If you live in Europe, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll be considered for the North American casting. You may have a shot at the Italian casting, if you live in Italy, particularly the extras casting. But as far as we can tell, nothing has been announced anywhere to date.

If you live elsewhere, well, you may be out of luck. 🙁


Q: What about Canada? Is there a chance the casting could happen here in Canada? Because I heard “New Moon” was being shot in Vancouver.

Q: Does anyone know where in Vancouver it will take place?

Q: Hi, I was wondering where to send my resume and picture to? Thank you.

Q: I live in NJ, not CA or WA. What do you think that the chances would be of any sort of casting in my area? I know that they’re shooting in some of the same areas again, so I doubt my chances are high. I would only be interested in extra work for New Moon or playing Bree (if she was left in the movie, which she might not be) in Eclipse. She’s a pretty minor character, but she appears to be fifteen, which is my age.

Q: I’m an actress, but I live in Georgia. I have agents here, but a manager in California. I remember a small part in Eclipse where there were a bunch of newborns, some teenage girls. I was wondering if that will be cast locally, also, since it’s not a lead or an extra.

A: It appears that “New Moon” is set to shoot in Vancouver, BC, but no information has been publicized about any casting taking place anywhere yet. Patience.

Lead and supporting roles are likely to be cast out of LA. Day player and extras roles will be cast in the cities where the shoot is taking place.

Q: I’m 18, Native American and I live in WA. I have NO acting experience other than playing “pretend” as a child. What do you think my chances are for the role of Leah Clearwater?

Q: Okay, so I have zero acting experience in the business sadly, but I was interested in playing the role of Leah Clearwater and I live in NJ how are my chances?

A: Production companies will always start with trying to hire the most experienced, established actors first. If they can’t find anyone who fits the bill, then the CDs (i.e. casting directors) may hold an open casting call. But there are a lot of experienced, professional, union actors out there who will be considered first.

See my post: Are the lead roles REALLY reserved for just the famous actors?

Q: What are the chances for anyone with no experience to be in the movie…even as an extra?

Q: I live in Toronto and am visiting Vancouver for the March Break. Is there any possibility I can be an extra in any scene during that time frame?

Q: What if I live in Ohio and I want to be an extra, just to have this experience and participate in a movie involving Twilight? So I just need to send the casting agency headshots and my resume? Also what is the age requirement? I am 14.

A: Extra work does not require experience, but it does typically require that you be based in the city where the shoot is taking place. If you are not based there, it is highly unlikely you will be chosen; there are too many risks involved.

See my previous post entitled: Breathe, Twihards, Breathe under Location and Extra Work.

Do you have friends or relatives you can go stay with on location for a few weeks? At least then you’d be on hand to attend any open casting calls that may be publicized, register with the local extras casting company (once it’s been announced) and cross your fingers that you might get a phone call. This may help your chances somewhat, but will not guarantee in any way that you will be needed.

You must also be able to legally work in the country where the shoot takes place. No one will provide work permits for the background actors.

As for the age requirement, the needs differ with each shoot. When it comes to minors, producers generally prefer to hire older people to play younger, due to child labor restrictions (the younger an actor or extra is, the fewer hours he or she is allowed to work; producers want the flexibility to shoot longer hours, if needed).

So if you look young for your age, you have an advantage. If the script calls for extras age 10-12, for example, producers may choose to hire 12- to 14-year-olds who LOOK younger instead.

If the script doesn’t specify age ranges and producers have the choice, in the US they will generally try to hire actors who are at least 16. Eighteen and older is even better, because they can legally work the longest hours in a day. The laws may differ in other countries.

Q: I was wondering if you knew where the cities for the extras castings would be located. I live about 170 miles from LA and was just wondering if there would be any there. I’m a 16-year-old young man, kind of a medium tan color with green/blue eyes (they change colors). I have a some acting experience when it comes to plays/musicals and O was wondering if there was any part that you think I could be able to play.

Q: If I want to be an extra, when can I register for it? I live in CA and I read that there were going to be Extras Casting in Los Angeles.

Q: I would like to be an extra in New Moon, and I live about 2 miles from the heart of Seattle. Any chance they’ll be shooting around here (or within WA/OR state) again? Thanks!

A: It appears that “New Moon” is set to shoot in Vancouver, BC, but no information has been publicized about any casting taking place anywhere yet for the principals or the extras. There will also likely be some extras casting in Italy, for people based there. No news as to when or where.

Q: Pretty please tell me that you ARE NOT going to recast Jacob!!! Please keep him!

Q: Are you really planning on recasting Jacob? I know Taylor isn’t the biggest guy, but I know a lot of girls at my school wouldn’t be very happy. We love Taylor because he is so close to our age and cares about all of the fans.

A: I’m afraid I don’t have any say in that! It does look like something is in the works regarding the role of Jacob, according to MTV.com.

If the CDs need our help with anything else, however, we’ll happily provide them with the resources we’ve gathered from location casting the first film. 🙂