Bulletin Board: A Casting Call and a Volunteer Opportunity


From time to time, Senior Planet receives requests from casting agencies looking for help in finding senior subjects for film and television, as well as other requests for seniors to get involved in projects of various kinds. In our occasional Bulletin Board feature, we’ll pass along any that look worth following up.


Casting Call – Did You Drive in NYC in the 1930s or ’40s?

Were you one of the lucky few who were driving in New York City in the days before traffic jams? Do your driving memories go back to the 1930s or ’40s?  If so, NYC-based video producer Lynette Schwanger wants to hear from you. Schwanger is working on a documentary-style short video about the history of driving in NYC as part of a commercial project about the future of the world’s cars, and she’s looking to interview seniors over the next two weeks for the film. If you fit the bill, Schwanger and her team will come to your place of residence to film you talking about your memories. The shoot will take about two hours, and the filmmaker is paying a fee of $200.


If you or someone you know fits the bill, call Schwanger at 330.621.6007 or email her at

See Lynette Schwanger’s work on Vimeo

Satisfy your inner obsessive-compulsive and help NYC

How many trees does New York City have? In an effort to preserve the urban “forest,” the 2015 Street Tree Census needs your help to count and map each and every tree on the city’s streets. The official TreesCount! event starts May 19, and all volunteers (or “voluntreers” as the census organizers are calling them) are welcome. So far, more than 1200 people have signed up. You’ll receive some simple training online and in the field, and will be able to follow the TreesCount! progress on an interactive map here.

The process is fairly simple: After you register for an account, complete the online training and pass a quiz (about 30 minutes), you’ll be asked to attend a field training event (total three hours of learning and hands-on mapping). After that, you can sign up for additional mapping events, which typically last about three hours.


To see more and register, click here.


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