Open casting in Schenectady for feature film 'How I Live Now' seeking girls 14-19

Casting Society of America Artios Award winning casting director Cindy Tolan is conduction an open casting call in Schenectady, NY for the feature film "How I Live Now". The open call is open to Caucasian girls between the ages of 14 and 19 for the lead role of Daisy in the film. The producers are hoping to find an unknown talent with no previous acting experience. This is a role that could easily launch an acting career. Shooting will take place in the United Kingdom starting in late Spring or early Summer 2012.

The story centers on of a 15-year-old girl from Manhattan named Daisy who goes to spend an idyllic summer in the English countryside with cousins she has never met. Young love blossoms. But a world war breaks out and the kids are suddenly not alright. They're thrust into the terrifying atmosphere of an occupying military force and Daisy becomes an unlikely heroine.

Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald will direct "How I Live Now" from an adapted screenplay written by Jeremy Brock and Tony Grisoni. Macdonald's directorial credits include Fox Searchlight Pictures' "The Last King of Scotland," Universal Pictures' "State of Play," Focus Features' "The Eagle," among numerous award winning documentaries. Tony Grisony is the writer of the "Red Riding Trilogy".

Alasdair Flind and Charles Steel are producing for London's Cowboy Films, the same company the produced "The Last King of Scotland" also directed by Kevin Macdonald. Andrew Ruhemann and Charles Steel will produce Passion Pictures. Ruheman won a 2011 Academy Award for Passion Pictures animated short film "The Lost Thing".

The open casting call will take place at the same Erie Boulevard location in Schenectady, NY where more than 2,000 hopefuls snaked around the block and waited for hours on June 4, 2011 during an open casting call for "A Place Beyond the Pines." That film, which hired more than 1,500 local people as extras, wrapped Saturday September 24th after 10 weeks of shooting in the city and across the Capital Region.

You must be legally able to be employed in the United Kingdom to work as an actor or extra in the feature film "How I Live Now". The following is available in the 2012 London Actors Resource Guide eBook:

• United Kingdom Entertainer Visitor Application Form
• Foreign Actors United Kingdom Visa Information Sheet
• Foreigner United Kingdom Employment Application Form
• London Child Actor Information Sheet
• London Child Actor Chaperone Information
• London Child Stage Performance Application Form
• London Child Work Permit Application Form
• London Employment of Children Bylaws Sheet

The 2012 London Actors Resource Guide eBook is available here.

Open Casting Call Details


Ellis Hospital School of Nursing
1473 Erie Boulevard
Schenectady, NY 12305
Click Here for directions.
Parking is in the rear of the building off Front Street.


Sunday September 25, 2011
from 12:00pm noon - 2:00pm

Teen girls who come to Sunday's casting call for "How I Live Now" will need to bring a photo or publicity shot, although acting experience is not a requirement. Each girl should also bring a resume with name, date of birth, address and contact information, including the names and contact information for parents or guardians of minors. Those who are cast will need a U.S. passport. The film is expected to be shot in England during late Spring or early Summer 2012. Some shooting may also be done in New York.

Principal Actor Casting

See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.

Please submit photos and resumes by mail only.
No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

New York:

Cindy Tolan Casting
27 W. 20th Street
Suite 606
New York, NY 10011

United Kingdom:

Nina Gold Casting
117 Chevening Rd
London NW6 6DU

Extras Casting

United Kingdom:

Casting Collective
Olympic House
317-321 Latimer Rd.
London W10 6RA

Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.

"How I Live Now" Production Office
c/o Cowboy Films
26 Nassau Street
London W1W 7AQ

Cowboy Films
40 Langham Street
London W1W 7AS

124 Horseferry Rd
London SW1P 2TX

Passion Pictures
County House
33 - 34 Rathbone Place
London W1T 1JN

Momentum Pictures1
184-192 Drummond Street
2nd Floor
London NW1 3HP

Prontagonist Pictures
4th Floor
Waverley House, 7
12 Noel Street
London W1F 8GQ


John Battsek
Andrew Ruhemann
Charles Steel
Alasdair Flind


Kevin Macdonald


To Be Cast


Daisy is sent from New York to England to spend a summer with cousins she has never met. They are Isaac, Edmond, Osbert and Piper. And two dogs and a goat. She's never met anyone quite like them before - and, as a dreamy English summer progresses, Daisy finds herself caught in a timeless bubble. It seems like the perfect summer. But their lives are about to explode. Falling in love is just the start of it. War breaks out - a war none of them understands, or really cares about, until it lands on their doorstep. The family is separated. The perfect summer is blown apart. Daisy's life is changed forever - and the world is too. Based on the award-winning novel by Meg Rosoff.