Dress to impress! Dress appropriate for your age and look. The picture we take will be seen by all Casting Directors when considering you for work and they will also be sent out to productions so Directors and Producers can view them. Come hair and make-up ready and avoid wearing white because the picture will be taking in front of a white background.
Call-in services, also known as management companies, are very helpful but not essential. A great number of background actors successfully use them. These companies act as personal managers that assist you in the process of getting hired. They can keep track of your work schedules, provide your information to the casting offices and accept your work calls while you are busy on the set working. We recommend that you choose carefully which management company that you hire. A good way to find a reputable management company is to ask other background actors when you are working. Make sure that the management company that you choose has the resources and the connections necessary to justify the expense. Most management companies will charge between $50 to $70 dollars a month. Basically a day’s wages -- but can easily be worth the expense since most people spend more than that amount just calling in to the casting offices trying to get hired.
The answer to this question differs with each person depending on your look, wardrobe and skill levels. It will also depend on how much production is currently filming in town. The general rule of thumb is that our busiest seasons are from July through mid December and from January through April.
It could be a thousand different reasons -- which we can’t even attempt to answer. If you are not working as much as you think that you should we suggest that you try visiting more often, send your photo and resume to each casting director, call in more often or try a call-in service. If you still are not as successful as you would like or need you should probably reconsider doing background acting.
First of all it is critical that you write down your work information and keep it in a safe place. Do not try to memorize your details. Never call in for work without being prepared with paper and pencil. If you are working on a non-union voucher and need more information about your job for the next day, call 818-562-2799. If you are working on a SAG voucher and need more information, call 818-562-2700. A Central Casting staff member will call you back.
Always check your voicemail - do not call back until you have checked the voicemail to ensure that the Casting Director did not leave specific instructions. If no message was left wait and see if you receive a call back. If you do not receive a call back assume you were not needed any longer.
Frequently the production company will change the time that you will be needed to arrive at work. Unfortunately that means that on occasion we will need to call you late at night to tell you the new information. We apologize for the inconvenience but it is a required part of the job. Please make sure that you keep your phone on and that you check your answering machine in the morning.
We know that this is extremely frustrating but you need to be quick and call immediately. Remember that for every job description you fit, 25 other actors also fit the same description. Sometimes you will be the first to get through and sometimes you will be the last. Keep trying.
When you accept a work call you should be available the entire day. Work days usually start early in the morning and typically last 12 hours. When you are booked on a night call you should typically expect to work until sun up the next morning.
Central Casting holds visiting the first two Thursdays of each month for union talent and the third and fourth Thursdays for non-union talent. Visiting begins at 9am and lasts for one hour. There will be different Casting Directors each week. If there is a fifth Thursday during the month than there is no visiting on that day.