Morgan Williams – Couch Loving Zombie Hunter

Posted: February 17, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Morgan WilliamsZombies are pretty big right now. If they attended high school they would be in the ‘Cool Crowd’ with the vampires and Ryan Gosling…

Most people see zombies as pretty terrifying. They eat people, they tend to gather in large crowds and they give off the impression that they smell pretty rank. So if you have a fear of being eaten, crowds or insulting smells, zombies are probably your worst nightmare.

Whenever a new zombie movie comes out the survivors turn out to be the fire man, the local doctor, the ridiculously good looking woman (job usually not specified/important) and a couple of kids who are sure to cause havoc along the way.

But what if the fireman was called out to an emergency (like the zombie invasion perhaps) and was brutally devoured by 500 zombies, and the local doctor surely would have been one of the first to go, I mean he’s the person people go to if they are feeling a bit funky, the ridiculously good looking woman was probably on a date in a busy restaurant at the time of the mass zombie break out and the kids would have done the exact opposite of what they were told, so they definitely would have headed out onto the streets filled with hungry zombies when told by officials to stay inside.

In reality, the real survivors would be the lazy, unemployed, couch potatoes.

Nathan Turley – Man of the Hour

Posted: February 17, 2013 at 9:35 pm

Nathan TurleyThis business can be a funny one, sometimes it can take a few months for any work to appear and in other cases like Nathan Turley it can take an hour.Nathan Turley walked through the doors of Castme, signed up and an hour later was booked in for an audition…

Hi Nathan welcome to Castme! What past experience have you had in the Film and TV Industry?

I went to South Seas Film and Television School in 2005 and studied On-Screen Acting. I have been in a Television Commercial for the Australian Market and I had a little cameo part on a show called ‘Orange Rockies’ unfortunetly the show was cancelled before my episode was aired. It was quite fun though and I got to hold up a high stakes poker game.

Why did you decide to join Castme?

I have known Gareth (Managing Director Castme) for a while and I wanted to join up. I’ve been really busy for the last 12 months working, but I have been wanting to get back into acting.

What do you hope to get from Castme?

Just get back into acting, like TVC’s and short roles, but I haven’t put too much thought into it. I’m just going to take it as it comes.

Are you working at the moment or studying?

I have been overseas for 3 years, mainly in London. I was also working on a P&O Cruise Ship as a host. That was a fun job because you got to do a lot of socialising and a bit of drinking. Right now I’m working as a freelance event manager. I am mostly focused on Charity events like the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust. We will be doing a race for cure kids in April also.

Do you look forward to doing auditions?

Yeah I do, I just like the overall creative aspect of acting. Whether I’m in auditions or just rehearsing and practicing. I also try to write when I can, anything to get my creative fix.

What advice can you give to people looking at doing this sort of work?

(Laughs) I’m not even sure I’m in a position to give advice just yet. I guess if you want to get into this industry be prepared to do some pretty hard yards. You will be living pretty poor if you are just focusing on acting. It’s a good idea to have a job as well. That is why I am acting on the side.

Tania Roycroft – Leggy Lady

Posted: February 17, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Tania RoycroftI was lucky enough to have a chat with Tania Roycroft 2012’s StepOut hosiery winner recently and find out more about this flattering title…

3 years ago Tania Roycoft was working as a Dental Assistant in Hamilton, being a Mother to her 7 year old daughter and getting engaged.  She also joined a talent agency called Castme.

Fast forward 3 years and she has won StepOut’s best legs competition. After participating in a light – hearted competition with 50 other leggy ladies to win the title, she will be seen in a department store near you later in the year. Well her legs can be anyway.

Tania used to be bullied at school for being strangely tall and skinny, she never let this get to her and grew up to be a successful Mum and Dental Assistant and when she found out about the competition from a relative she decided to strap on her best pair of kicks and with the help of Issis Events she took some pictures of the soon to be winning pegs.

Tania was a late entrant into the competition, only entering six days before it closed. Six of the finalist were chosen by public vote and six by Judge’s vote.  When Tania heard about getting into the final she called her fiancé and told him the news, she was also thinking about pulling out as there was so much to organize at the last moment. But her fiancé gave her the support to continue on.

Tania was feeling a bit nervous before the catwalk competition, she says even the trip to Auckland was scary as she has a terrible sense of direction, but everyone was so nice who entered the competition and at the end of the day it was all a bit of fun and not to be taken too seriously. Tania was strutting her stuff in front of an interesting medley of judges, MD Corinne Callinan, comedian Mike King and sportswoman Barbara Kendall. She didn’t get much of a chance to talk to the judges, but was told by Mike King that her legs looked like the stockings she was wearing except for the webbed toes, funnily enough Tania does actually have webbed toes, but she doesn’t think he believed her when she told him.

It didn’t take long for the runner up and winner to be announced, Tania was named the winner and she received other prizes including flowers, make up and a two night stay in a hotel on the Viaduct.

Tania has since modeled in the photo shoot for the hosiery packets. Even without worrying about what her face was doing in the photos the shoot lasted 13 hours, she said it was very hard work and you got put into all these funny positions, but she was very happy with the end result.

There was a bit of notoriety for a couple of weeks from different magazines, media and friends and family. She says the highlight of this aspect is that she no longer needs to take her I.D to the local supermarket.

Tania says if anybody is thinking of doing something like this to ultimately have fun and be confident. You meet lovely girls and they are never how you imagine them to be. At the end of the day everybody was cheered and clapped and it was all very positive. It wasn’t like walking down the road and being wolf whistled at. Don’t take it too seriously and you never know, you might get bragging rights over the whole Country for one of your extremities. And what girl doesn’t want that.


Ali Yildiz – Uncle to the Stars

Posted: February 17, 2013 at 9:29 pm


Ali YilidzUnless you began in a test tube, were heavily monitored by scientists, grew inside an artificial womb and were born in a laboratory you most likely have a family. This came in handy for Ali Yildiz who scored the featured extra role of Maria’s Uncle on Sione’s Wedding 2…

This is my interview with him about his experiences on Sione’s Wedding 2 and his life as an extra.

Hi Ali, how long have you been with Castme for?

I have been with them for around a year.

Why did you decide to get into this sort of work?

Gareth (Managing Director Castme), suggested I join the agency, he thought I might be a good extra.

You got to play Uncle to Maria (Ayse Tezel) in Sione’s Wedding 2, how was that experience?

It was good and it was something different for me. It was the first time I had been on a film set.

What was the audition process like?

I haven’t had any experience with auditions before so I’m not sure how it compared to other auditions. But it seemed tough, but good.

Are you an actual Uncle? Did you draw on that for your role?

Yes, you draw on similar feelings and naturally you play that way.

Did you feel related to Maria on set?

Yes, it was a similar feeling as being an Uncle in real life.

How do you feel being on set at Sione’s Wedding 2 has helped you in          developing yourself as an extra?

I am doing this just for fun but it was a good experience, and now I can go onto other sets and be more experienced now. I have a better idea of how it all works.

How long were you shooting for?

A whole day, I would say probably about 10 hours.

What was the atmosphere like on set?

It was really great and everyone was really fun on set and had a good laugh.

Are you a big family person?


Did you get to have much interaction with the main characters?

Yes I know Oscar Kightley, so we had a little chat while I was there.

What other TV shows and Films have you been on?

This is my first time, I would also just like to thank Castme for getting me this job, I really enjoyed it.

Is this your full time job, or do you do anything else?

I am self – employed in Hospitality.

What advice can you give to people looking at doing this sort of work?

Only do this sort of thing if you enjoy it, don’t focus on the money side of things. I don’t think you can be successful if all you are thinking about is the money. You need to do it because you think it is fun.

By Tessa McEwing for Castme. 

Harmen Donker Snickers Campaign

Posted: February 17, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Harmen Donker - SnickersWe spoke to Harmen Donker about his experience while on set for his Snickers Campaign…

The Snickers Movember Ad Shoot looks like it was quite fun to be a part of, what was it like?

It was my first modelling job. It was a really great experience and gave me a lot of insight into how it all works. There were about 5 or 6 crew all together and it didn’t take too long to get me ready.

Did you grow that moustache or is it fake?

The moustache was fake. I got told I looked like a French porn star once it was on, I’ve never had a fake moustache before, but I would definitely do it again.

Did you get any free Snickers?

No, but I have tried the bars before.

Was it a long shoot?

The shoot was about 3 hours, it was mainly shot from the same angle and I was given 3 or 4 different faces to try, mainly based around being surprised/awkward.

How did you hear about the shoot?

Through Castme.

Did you practice your salon face at home before the big day or did it all come naturally?

No, I didn’t practice at home.

Will you be participating in Movember this year?

Yeah, I have also participated in the past, but have never been very successful.

Have you done anything like this before?

This is the first time modelling. I was an extra on ‘Go Girls’ last year.

How long have you been with Castme?

I joined in August last year, so about 6 months.

Is working as a Model/ Extra your full time job? Or do you also have a day job?

No I just focus on this and also attend Auckland University studying Science, this is my second year.

Why did you want to start doing this sort of work?

I really want to get into some magazine modelling work for high-end clothing brands. At the moment I am just doing what I can to get into the industry, but that is my goal.

How has Castme helped you?

It’s helped quite a lot, I was really stoked when I got that first job, I have met quite a lot of people from it and I’ve never had any problems. They also give you advice and help.

Have you got any advice for people who are looking to get into this sort of work?

Don’t listen to anyone who says you can’t do it.

Written by Tessa McEwing for Castme. 

Parry Spick – Businessman in Battle

Posted: February 17, 2013 at 9:22 pm

Parry SpickIf you walked past Parry Spick on the street you would just see a guy on his way to a Business Lecture at Massey University. You would never guess he has…
slayed Romans, hung with some girls on the go or survived a fierce battle at the base of a mountain.

Parry Spick is one of the many people who belong to Castme. This gives him the chance to wear battle armour, fake blood, carry a sword and still be a businessman.

I had a chat with Parry to see what it is like taking on the many roles of an extra.

-      Hi Parry thanks for talking with me today. So how long have you been with Castme?

I joined in about March last year.


-       How long have you been doing this sort of work?

I started this sort of work when I joined Castme so almost a year now.


-       Why did you get into doing extra work?

Just to see what I would be like as an extra, what the environment would be like and see what it was all about. There are always interesting things to see and jobs to do. It’s exciting when u get a call for a new job.


-       What TV Shows or Films have you worked on?

I have mainly worked on Spartacus Vengeance. I worked on that for about 3 months. It was very challenging as everyday was a 12- 16 hour day. The perks were I got to see a lot of celebrities and big cameras and CGI screens. I played a German rebel on the show and my role involved doing a lot of full fighting so that involved stunt work. I also did general background stuff.


-       What are some of the other characters you have played?

I have also been an extra on ‘Go Girls’, ‘Sione’s Wedding’ and ‘The Almighty Johnsons’.


-       Why do you think you have had such success at being an extra?

I would say it is probably because I am available to do the work. Half the battle is finding people who can get to the shoot and will be available potentially for a few months, or just a few days.


-       What is your most memorable time on a TV or Film set?

For me it is a mixture of a lot of different scenes on Spartacus, it was great because what you were doing in each scene was always changing so it wasn’t repetitive. It was always exciting. One time we got to have a big war on the base of this mountain, there were about 50 of us altogether. I got to kill a lot of Romans throughout the series and I even survived the entire series, so that was pretty cool.


-       Have you got any funny stories from your times as an extra?

Not stories as such, you do get to meet a lot of funny people on set, other extras or make up people, that sort of thing. It can be a really funny time, but you need to remember to pay attention and be serious when you are rolling. You still have to remember to be professional when they call action.


-       What advice can you give to people looking at getting into this sort of work?

Ideally to do this sort of work you need to have a bit of time up your sleeve and make yourself available. People who are at University or have a part time job would be perfectly suited to extra work.

By Tessa McEwing for Castme.