Just in case you don’t get to see this on Letters to Twilight right away, here is a description of my Phoenix New Moon Casting Call (there’s still time tomorrow if you want to audition!).

I was fortunate enough to sneak a peek at the Phoenix casting call for New Moon. My friends Erika and Lisa (fellow Twilighters) were happy to keep me company on the journey. Erika even used her Mistress voice on me to make me go inside the building by myself. You can thank her for the pictures I took inside, really. I wasn’t sure I would be allowed, being as gringa as they come. Everyone was very nice, and I really didn’t even get any looks for being there, even though I clearly didn’t fit the description of the casting call. I brought my real camera, so I guess that explained why I was there.

Registration took place in the lobby of the Phoenix Indian Center. It seemed pretty well organized. They seemed to be directing people very well for minimum confusion. It’s a smallish lobby and when I got there, there were about 100 people crammed into it. The people running the show were calling people in groups by age. I have no idea how many people were already back there auditioning. The atmosphere in the lobby was tense. I don’t know why, but I expected a sort of fangirl SQUEE. Nope, there was very quiet murmur considering the number of people. I didn’t see anyone practicing their lines or anything, unless they were doing it silently. Most people were talking to a buddy quietly. I didn’t feel free to walk around because it was so cramped, and because the mood clearly said, “Don’t bother anyone.” I took what pictures I could around the door where the light was best. It was pretty dark in there and I didn’t want to bother anyone with my flash.

The first picture I’m sending is of the doors. You can see that people are pressed up against the glass. It really was that crowded in there. If you look on the left side of the doors you’ll see a reflection of a woman in a bluish top and black pants. That’s Celene, a Twilight Mom. She was very nice and made us gringas feel right at home. She was waiting for a friend and fellow Twilight Mom to arrive. I didn’t get the friend’s name but when she arrived she told us her best hope for Seth was in the emergency room. I hope he’s OK!

I spy a Twilight Mom!

I spy a Twilight Mom!

 

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I came across a posting on lion_lamb @LiveJournal. I wasn’t able to post a comment there, so I’ll just post it here. 

chelsea_hale ([info]chelsea_hale) wrote in [info]lion_lamb,
I do wonder how they’re going to find Indian guys in Phoenix – Phoenix is divided between Mexican and American, basically. I live only half an hour away from Phoenix. But, since I do fit age requirements, I won’t show up. 😀

Here is my reply:

I also live in the Phoenix area, and I can tell you Phoenix has a very large Native American population. They are the ones who own the reservation land the state rents for freeways. And you know all those casinso? They run those, too. California’s population is larger, but I assume they’ve exhausted that possibility already so are moving on to other populations. Phoenix, being in the next most populated county for Native Americans, is perfect for casting, especially if they are looking for unknowns. According to Indianz.com :

“As of July 2004, California had the largest American Indian and Alaska Native population. According to the Census, 687,400 Native Americans live in the Golden State. There are over 100 federally recognized tribes in California.

Oklahoma came in a distant second, with 398,200 Native Americans. The state is home to almost 40 federally recognized tribes.

Arizona (234,200), Texas (248,300) and New Mexico (207,400) rounded out the top five. New York (183,400), Washington (165,400), North Carolina (142,000), Florida (140,600) and Michigan (124,100) completed the top 10.

The Census Bureau also broke down the results by counties with populations of at least 1 million. Not surprisingly, Los Angeles County had the largest Native American population, with 153,500 living there.

Maricopa County, Arizona, which includes the city of Phoenix and several tribes, ranked second with a Native population of 91,500. The county also registered the largest numerical increase between 2003 and 2004, according to the Census. “

Good luck to the casting crew in Phoenix today and tomorrow.  And to all you hopefuls out there, Break A Leg! I can’t wait to see you on the big screen.

new-moon

 

You can learn all you need to know and get in touch with the agency here.

Squidoo has a lot to say about auditions and production too.

I seem to have some catching up to do. Here’s another Random post for you. One day, after The Churro Bella Incident, Random decided that churros would not be his Bella. If there were ever a food that he could fall in love with, it would be Reese’s Peanut Butter cups. I have seen him in action with the cups, my friends, and I would believe him if I were you. I thought about it. I had to think for a few minutes. I love food. Is there really just one food that is a powerful to me as Bella is to Edward? After a while I had it: chocolate and pear gelato from Arlecchino Gelateria in Phoenix. No, I can’t choose one. It’s the combination of the two that is so knee-bucklingly good. No lie. It’s the only food that’s ever made my knees buckle. I actually have an emotional reaction when I am so lucky to have this gelato, so it wins. It’s my Bella food. What’s your Bella food?

Some time after this conversation with Random he gave me one of his precious peanut butter cups (I know, right?). I was touched. It was a trap. I should have known. As I peeled off that brown paper in anticipation of a tasty morsel, Random shrieked, “What are you doing to Bella?!?” I paused. He laughed at me. Then I said, “Eatin’er!” And I took a nice big bite. I still had a mouthful when I reminded Random, “She’s not my Bella.” It was my turn to laugh at him then.

Of course I realize that this, like the Churro Bella Incident, are really exercises to try to teach me how ridiculous it is for vampires to fall in love with their food, but the joke’s really on Random. He just doesn’t get it. Vampires fall in love, it’s what they do.

I have mixed feelings about photo radar. I’ve seen the wonders it did on the 101. My adrenal glands are not so over-taxed as they used to be when I have to take that route to get somewhere. The speed limit is fairly constant though, and the cameras are at regular intervals. The 17 is another issue entirely. It’s ridiculous having cameras every so often with the speed limit going up and down like it does. It’s more dangerous now than it was before the cameras as people slam on their breaks just before the camera when they know where the cameras are. When there are photo radar vans on the freeway it’s even worse. People really slam on their breaks then. It’s a freeway; the traffic must flow! Either the cameras need to go or they need to be placed at regular intervals so people maintain their speed.

This is very controversial here in the Valley of the Sun. I don’t know what will happen. What I do know is that Edward Cullen will never come here if he has to drive slowly because he can’t sense that a camera is about to take his picture. That is reason enough to get rid of the cameras.

Since I posted I Saw A Unicorn there has been some talk on Letters to Twilight about Unicorns, essentially men who read Twilight in public. The discussion got me thinking about my actual first Unicorn sighting. As I mentioned in what I believe was my first post about Twilight, Hello from Forks, WA, the first person I remember reading Twilight was Bryan. We happened to be traveling together on a business trip. I witnessed him reading Twilight at the airport, a couple days later I finally asked him what he was reading so obsessively. By this time he was on New Moon. He was pulling it out every chance he got, including while we were on our bus tour to the Chinese Theater. I had to break my rule of not interrupting public reading to ask because his behavior was beyond ridiculous. He told me about it briefly and went back to reading.

Now that I look back on this with a new perspective, I realize that Bryan was a Unicorn. I don’t know how he ever picked it up, but I do know that he was obsessed. He’d brought both Twilight and New Moon on a 4-day business trip and was worried about having enough reading material to make it back to Phoenix from LA. This was an awards trip, where the focus is having fun with fellow award winners and he was spending it reading whenever possible. I’m glad that I did not start reading until after I got back from my trip. If I had been in LA when Edward left Bella, and I’d had to leave my room to go to a dinner or to take a tour or to attend a meeting, it would have been a very different trip. Or maybe I would have been reading New Moon next to Bryan on a bus instead of Mr. 24a on a plane. Ok, I’ll be honest. I still would have been reading it with 24a.

So, have you spotted any Unicorns? Were they all in airports? I’ve spotted two at work, but to be honest, they were people in my own coven. That is, I turned them myself.

If you’re looking for something fun to do this Thursday, January 15th, head to Old Town Scottsdale. It’s free! Sketching in Stereo will be opening for Sponge. They go on at 815p. Their friends follow them. I forget their name, but I hear they are quite good also.

103.9 The Edge says:

THURSDAY, JANUARY 15 – THIRD THURSDAY WITH SPONGE!
GET OFF YOUR A** AND GET OUT TO THIRD THURSDAY! WE’VE GOT ALTERNATIVE ROCKERS SPONGE TAKING THE STAGE…FOR FREE…DURING OUR THIRD THURSDAY BLOCK PARTY ON CRAFTSMAN COURT BETWEEN DOS GRINGOS & UPPER DECK IN OLD TOWN SCOTTSDALE! THE PARTY STARTS AT 7P AND GOES TILL THE SUN COMES UP! (WELL NOT REALLY, BUT IT GOES UNTIL THE BANDS ARE DONE.)