How to Get Cast in a Movie

Portland Casting Director, Lana Veenker, joined us today to talk about the February 5th casting call for young boys to play Brendan Fraser's two sons in a movie set to film in Oregon soon.   Dave tried to get Lana to reveal how much these young boys will get paid for the role as Fraser's son (each son has a speaking part.)  She couldn't say exactly, but Lana did reveal that the movie part  just might be enough to pay for college!
She left us with her expert advice for anyone wanting to get cast in a movie.
 
CASTING TIPS FROM A CASTING DIRECTOR:

1. Be professional

The casting company's job is to find the best and most professional candidates for the parts. Your chances of being chosen will increase if you (and your parent or guardian) demonstrate that you are reliable, responsive and serious about working as an actor.

2. Fit the specs

We are currently seeking one boy age six and one boy age nine based in Oregon or Washington, to play the sons of Brendan Fraser in the film. Those who fit these specs most closely will be given first priority. Note that the younger son will be seen in a wheelchair throughout the film, so a quieter, calmer boy would be more ideal than a fidgety one.

We will take a photo of each candidate. Boys can dress and groom as they normally would for school.

We do not need to see anyone significantly older or younger than the given ages. Definitely no four-year-olds or 11-year-olds.

Reminder: This casting call is for the roles of the two sons only. Submitting for any other roles at this time will only waste your time and the casting office's. Please help us stay on top of all the work we have to do by only attending if you fit the specs for these two roles.

In general, it's best if parents and guardians don't show up with the entire family in tow. This slows down the process considerably and makes our facilities much more crowded and uncomfortable for everyone. The only children who should attend the casting call should be the ones who fit the casting specs and it's best if they are accompanied by only one adult.

3. Follow instructions precisely

Be sure to fill out all requested information on the stat card you will be given at the casting call. It's not a bad idea for the parent or guardian to bring a list of the child's clothing and shoe sizes, to have them handy. Also bring a list of any scheduling conflicts (other than school) between April and June 2009.

Interested parties must attend the casting call in person with a parent or guardian. Please don't email or call the casting office. We ask that you be respectful of our time, our limited number of phone lines and already heavy work load. Thanks!!

4. Be patient

We really do love and adore you, but we are unable to respond to requests for news and updates. We'll only get in contact if and when there is news. Unfortunately, that means a lot of waiting and not knowing, but due to time constraints, there's simply no other alternative. That's show biz! :)

5. Gain as much experience as you can

If you're interested in pursuing acting as a career and you don't have a lot of experience, take some classes, find a mentor, read books and get up to speed on how the industry works, so you come across as a professional.

There's a lot of free info on Lana's blog that will help you. You may even attend one of Lana Veenker's workshops in the future, if you're interested. But most importantly, find a way to learn as much as you can about the business.

Hope this helps and best of luck to everyone. We can't wait to see you on the silver screen!
For more information about upcoming casting calls, you can visit Lana Veenker's blog or her website.

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