Dress to impress! Dress appropriately 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 taken in front of a white background.
No, there is no guarantee of work because the needs of productions change everyday. Because of the nature of this type of work, there is never so-called "full time" employment that can be offered by Central Casting to any of the talent (i.e., you) it employs.
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. We can, however, suggest that you are professional, arrive on time, and do the best job you can when you work. You may also want to take advantage of our Central Casting University classes.
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 lose your information or if you have any questions regarding your work information call 818-562-2700. Depending on the time of the call, you may reach a voicemail box. Leave your name and your question and someone will return the call as soon as possible.
If you are given a 4 digit number by the casting director you would call 818-562-2966 and then press the number you were given and the # sign. If you were given a full phone number to call you can simply call that number directly.
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.
A digital photo of you will be taken in our office when you come in to register. If you would like to submit additional photos to be added to your profile, simply bring the photos to the Central Casting office. You may submit or have your additional pictures taken during the Re-Registration or Open Window times. A Central Casting Representative will review each photo and only those deemed beneficial to your profile will be added. Some great examples of beneficial additional photos are; photos representing completely different looks that are commonly booked (ie; Business or Formal wardrobe), bathing suits, unique or rare vehicles that you own, pets that you are willing to work with, and commonly booked costumes (ie; clown or Santa Claus). Unfortunately, only hard copies of photos will be accepted at this time. We cannot accept discs, CD's, or memory sticks. Photos submitted will not be returned. Only photos taken by us in our Photo Room will be added to your file immediately, physical submissions may take 3 to 6 weeks to be added. If your file is inactive we will not be able to add additional photos to your file. If you have any questions regarding our additional photo policy, please contact us at 818-562-2700.
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.
You only need to register again if your paperwork is outdated. If your paperwork is current and complete you can simply visit the Central Casting office during the re-registration hours to update your union status. Information on the re-registration hours can be found in the Registration section of the website.