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Posted: July 17, 2009 12:00 a.m.

'Diaries' holds open casting call

Looking for local extras

Covington’s newest TV show, "Vampire Diaries" is having an open casting call for paid, non-speaking extras on Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express at 9159 Access Road.

Interested parties don’t need to have any experience but should bring a recent photo of themselves, no larger than 4 inches by 6 inches. Applicants will be required to fill out a form with contact and other general information; they will also receive a document describing all of the details of being an extra, Extras Casting Director Marti Cherrix said.

Extras will be paid $7.25 per hour plus overtime for any hour worked over eight in a single day.

Even though the show is based on high-school characters, Cherrix said she is looking for all types of people and all age ranges, because the show will have many general scenes which require all types of people, like restaurants and shopping centers.

"We want all range of types and ages, because extras are there to create background. I provide the textures and balances,

like painting a picture on film; I’m there to provide a realistic scene," Cherrix said. "Certainly if we’re shooting a high school scene, you’re going to have younger people, but you’re also going to be some teachers and principals. In a restaurant, there may be parents and some grandparents. We try to portray an everyday slice of America, what people really look, try to keep it in the real world, not just the reel world."

Cherrix said she didn’t know how many extras would be hired and the number of extras and type of people needed changed from day to day. Extras can appear in only one single shot or be in multiple episodes.

"This is a great experience for the right person; they have to approach it with a sense of adventure," Cherrix said. "You see all those shows on TV and see all the behind-the-scenes segments on DVD; here you’re actually living that experience."

Several groups and residents have expressed interest in participating in the TV series, including both aspiring actors and those with other day jobs. Monique McGlockton, an employee with the Atlanta chapter of Women in Film and Television, said her group will be sending actors out to Sunday’s casting call.

Filming for "Vampire Diaries" begins Tuesday. The show will premiere September 10 at 8 p.m. on The CW. For more information about the show and to see a trailer visit The CW’s Web page at cwtv.com/shows/the-vampire-diaries.

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