(We did put out an open casting call for some of the Native American roles in "Twilight," but since the sequel is shooting in Vancouver, we knew that new casting companies would come on board to hire the actors.)
What a shame, though, for all those contacts to go to waste. We wanted to make sure to pass our resources on to the new casting directors, so after exchanging emails and phone calls with Summit and with the new LA casting company, we were able to talk with the casting director who has been hired specifically to cast the Native American roles.
We're very excited to announce that the wonderful and supremely qualified René Haynes is helming the Native American casting on "New Moon"...AND she wants to hear from everyone who fits the qualifications of the roles.
Now, before everyone hyperventilates, please read the following instructions and follow them TO THE LETTER, in order to ensure your chances at being considered for the film:
SEEKING NATIVE AMERICAN TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS
Casting Director René Haynes and her staff are very happy to accommodate any Native teens and young adults (who look very youthful) who are interested in sending them an audition.
HOW TO SUBMIT
First thing to do if you fit the specs is to email a recent photo and your contact information to: email@example.com.
They are not currently seeking submissions for any roles other than the ones mentioned here, so only respond if you meet the above requirements.
- For the love of Edward, do not attempt to call the casting office.
- Repeat: Do not call the casting office.
- One more time? Please, please, please do not call the casting office.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
You will be sent a package that has very specific instructions, as well as the deadline, which is January 30.
Break a leg!
PS: Here are a few tips to help you stand out in the crowd:
We mentioned most of this once before, but it bears repeating:
1. Be professional
The casting company's job is to find the best and most professional actors for the parts. Your chances of being chosen will increase if you demonstrate that you are reliable, responsive and serious about your acting career.
2. Fit the specs
The film calls for Native American teens and young adults, so that's whom the casting directors want to see. The most experienced, trained, legal-to-work actors who fit these specs will be given first priority.
In our experience, only after exhausting all possibilities among those who meet the requirements will casting directors begin to consider those who don't (in this case, great actors who are not Native American, or Native Americans who are not actors).
Reminder: This casting call is for the Native American roles only. Submitting for any other roles in the film will only waste your time and the casting office's.
3. Follow instructions precisely
* Please send your information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Be sure to include ALL the requested info in your email. Your photo should be recent and should show a clear view of your face. It doesn't need to be so big that all the casting director sees is your eyeball in her browser window. ;) Typically a 400x600 pixel image will do.
* Please don't email every other person on the company roster or send multiple emails. Stalkers are quickly eliminated (if you don't know how to behave and follow instructions in something as simple as an email, how do they know how you'll behave on set?).
* If it says "no phone calls," they really, really, really mean it. Please be respectful of their time, their limited number of phone lines and their already heavy work load.
4. Be patient
They love and adore you, but the casting staff often doesn't have time to respond to requests for updates or sometimes even to confirm that they received your materials. They'll only get in contact with you when and if there is news. Unfortunately, that means a lot of waiting, but due to time constraints, there's usually no other alternative.
Hope this helps and best of luck to everyone. We can't wait to see you on the silver screen.