Casting Director Stuart Aikins: Advice for Actors Part 7 (Age)

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Stuart Aikins is a Vancouver-based casting director with 35 years of experience casting across Canada, including Vancouver casting for the hugely popular Twilight series (New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn). He is the recipient of an Emmy Nomination and a Casting Society of America (CSA) Award for Best Mini-Series Casting. In July 2011 he sat down with students at Biz Studio’s Summer Intensive.


Q: What’s the primary ages that you see?

A: All ages. Mr. Young is 13-15, Level Up is 15-20. Other scripts need other ages.

Q: How often do you cast actors who are older than the roles they are playing?

A: All the time. Writers don’t actually know everything about what’s right.