Located in Auckland New Zealand, YR Casting is a mobile casting service founded and managed by Yvette Reid.

Yvette has an extensive knowledge of local acting talent and a broad network of contacts within the industry, as well as the tools to search beyond represented talent to find award-winning performances from non-actors within various communities.

Talent discovered via Yvette’s community casting includes: Wayne Hapi who played Ariki in The Dark Horse, opposite Cliff Curtis and James Rolleston, earning a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the 2014 MOA awards. She was also responsible for the casting of The Eastern Knights (the children in The Dark horse) from various Kura across Tāmaki Makaurau. The three lead children in multi-award winning short film Lambs were all cast exculsively from schools in Porirua and Wainuiomata. And after a successful viral campaign, 2000+ applications and over 330 auditions nationwide, Gloria Popata from South Auckland earned her role as the lead actress in Jackie Van Beek’s upcoming Feature The Inland Road -in which Yvette also cast Logie winner Chelsie Preston Crayford and Scotland’s 2015 BAFTA winner David Elliot.

With a passion for championing emerging, unknown and established actors alike, Yvette is fully committed to finding the right talent for any given casting brief. She is able to offer a casting plan for any size budget, and the energy to search up and down the country beyond the obvious routes.

Yvette’s approachable personality, endless patience and experienced feedback has been highly praised by the Producers and Directors she has worked with. All work to date has been generated exclusively by word of mouth.

More about Yvette


Below is a selection of Yvette’s previous casting work.
These are just a few of the many successful castings
she has completed over the last 5 years.

Pork Pie

The Dark Horse


The Inland Road

Gary of the Pacific

AA Smartfuel – Accumulate

The December Shipment



Symbio Yoghurt

One Man Army


Introducing Yvette

“The best part of my job is seeing something special
in someone that they don’t yet see in themselves.”

Yvette Reid graduated from Toi Whakaari NZ Drama School in 2006 and began as a freelance Casting Assistant the following year. She became an independent Casting Director in 2011 and quickly built an exciting and varied resume working with emerging and established Directors, specialising in film, commercials, street casting and working with children.

Yvette has quickly established a reputation for her ability to cast difficult and unique dramatic roles. She prides herself on scouring the country and across the globe to cast the perfect person for every role.

Yvette has worked on Blockbuster films such as Avatar, The Hobbit and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2 . And also worked as an Acting Coach for kids, teens and non-actors for films: Run, Lambs, The Dark Horse, Orphans and Kingdoms plus various TVCs. Yvette is based in central Auckland and holds studio auditions regulary in Kingsland.

Yvette has a strong interest in Psychology and NLP which feeds into her direction techniques. Her highest value is authenticity. She enjoys painting, youtube yoga and is a keen Fisherwoman. She also moonlights as a Marriage Celebrant through summer and one day dreams of sailing around the world. She has a cat called Dexter – and yes, he is named after the serial killer.


“She innately understood what I was looking for in each character. We cast in schools, in the community and through actor’s agencies. Yvette left no stone unturned in her quest to find the right cast for our film.”
Yamin Tun, Writer/Director
“Yvette worked through 2000 applications for our teenage lead role, and tirelessly toured small communities to audition 330 girls in person. When I joined her to audition our shortlisted applicants, I was impressed with her energetic approach and her ability to connect with each girl to discover their potential.”
Jackie Van Beek, Writer/Director
“It was fantastic to have her transition from Casting Director to on-set Acting Coach, the continuity making the journey easier for the kids. Her ability to elicit honest performances was a large reason for the film’s success. I look forward to working with her again on my upcoming Feature.”
Sam Kelly, Writer/Director
“Yvette is a fantastic, sensitive and committed casting director. We were fortunate to have her support for the challenge of casting a family of 3 children from the Chinese community in Auckland as well as finding our extraordinary adult-lead Katlyn Wong; all on a short film budget. We felt very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with her.”
Vicky Pope, Producer
“Just a quick note to say thank you very much for all of your amazing work on our film!
You absolutely blew it out of the park. Wayne is a star, and our kids are extremely lovable.”
Tom Hern, Producer
“Glad you’re on board, that was the most supportive audition I’ve ever been to!”
Josh Thompson, Actor/Writer


Don't be shy. Please feel free to get in touch to discuss your upcoming project.
I'd be happy to hear from you!

Yvette Reid
Phone: +64 21 622 418

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