The people have spoken, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and the stars Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner were “the people’s choice” at the People’s Choice Awards (2011), winning best “On Screen Team,” “Movie” and “Drama Movie.” Fans are anxiously awaiting “Breaking Dawn,” the next installment in this popular movies series. Either extras for the previous two movies; were aspiring actors with a resume or a few were lucky residents of the area where the shooting was taking place. However, diehard vamp-atics can’t help but hope that they too may one day be bitten with the “extra” bug, landing them a gig on the set of this movie.
Scam artist like the movie and the drama too; and are playing on the movie’s popularity. E-mail messages and even ads on popular Twilight fan sites offer the opportunity of a lifetime to an aspiring actor, that of being an “extra” on “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.” No experience is necessary and the part you play could pay between $80 and $250. Those interested in these parts are instructed to apply immediately,
There is just one problem. Breaking Dawn is not even in production yet. Lana Veenker, who did the actual casting for Twilight, says, “It’s all a scam. Anyone who is saying click here to audition for ‘Breaking Dawn,’ or the deadline is coming up, is lying. ‘Breaking Dawn’ is not in production. No casting directors have been hired. Nobody is hiring extras.” She continues with “People who take advantage of kids like this, who prey on their hopes and dreams, truly raise my ire,” she said in a statement released to Access. “I get thousands of letters and e-mails from ‘Twilight’ fans who would do just about anything for a walk-on part in one of the sequels. It scares me to think of what the low-lives out there could do to hurt such easy targets.”
She tracked down the company responsible and learned that they had an “F” rating with the Better Business Bureau, according to MSNBC.com.
When and if extras will be needed for either “Breaking Dawn” or even “Eclipse” an official casting call will be issued through legitimate channels and agents. How can you know the difference? First, legitimate agencies won’t be sending a blind e-mail message out to some unknown person on the web. Second, you won’t be asked to pay fees to a website to register for the casting. Those two things should let you know that it is a scam, and the only one that is going to get bitten and drained dry is you.