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Registration

Registering with Central Casting is easy!

If you have never registered with Central Casting and are interested in becoming part of the Central Casting family you must register in person here at Central Casting during the designated registration times.

Below are the days and times we will be conducting all new union and non-union background actor orientation/registration:

Mondays: 9:30am
Mondays: 2:30pm
Wednesdays: 9:30am
Wednesdays: 2:30pm

Orientation/Registration lasts 3-4 hours. Anyone arriving after orientation/registration has begun will not be admitted.

In order to ensure you get the attention you deserve, we are limiting the number of registrants that will register each registration orientation. We are not able to accommodate everyone. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to register everyone in line. Once the room is filled to our allotted capacity we cannot allow any additional registrants. Upon entering Central Casting for registration, you will receive a card with the Central Casting logo on it if you are admitted. Please hold on to the card as you will need it to complete registration.

Included with Registration is an Orientation explaining background work.  The Orientation/Registration process begins promptly at 9:30am and again at 2:30pm.  (Please plan to arrive early).  Anyone arriving after Orientation/Registration begins will not be allowed to participate in Orientation/Registration that day.  Orientation/Registration will last approximately 3 hours.  Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests, minors or pets during this time.

From our website, you can download and complete our registration materials. Please fill them out prior to coming to Orientation/Registration.

Registration materials consist of the following:

  • Registration Form
  • Attribute List
  • W-4 Form
  • Harassment Policy
  • Anti-Piracy/Confidentiality Policy
  • Heat Stress Training Acknowledgement
  • Pence Form
  • I-9 Form

The forms are located on the Resources page.

Please review the list of required documentation to accompany the I-9 form and be sure to bring the required documents with you to your Orientation/Registration.  If you do not have the proper documentation we cannot register you.  You will find further information and a list of required documentation under list of required documentation.

Central Casting is a participant in the E-Verify program. We will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with information from each new employee’s I-9 form to confirm work authorization.  Note:  If the government cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, we are required to provide you with written instructions and an opportunity to contact the SSA and/or DHS before taking adverse action against you, including terminating your employment.

We thank you for your interest in Central Casting.

Registration with Central Casting is a privilege, NOT a right.  We reserve the right to refuse registration to anyone.


New Union Background Orientation/Registration
New Non-Union Background Orientation/Registration

Photo Updates
Re-Registration
Additional Photos
Changing Status from Union to Non-Union
File Changes
If You Are Not a US Citizen
Open Window

New Union Background Orientation/Registration

SAG-AFTRA members, age 18 and over, may register during the following hours:

Mondays: 9:30am
Mondays: 2:30pm
Wednesdays: 9:30am
Wednesdays: 2:30pm

Orientation/Registration lasts 3-4 hours. Anyone arriving after orientation/registration has begun will not be admitted.

We are located at:
220 S. Flower St.
Burbank, CA 91502
(Between Olive and Alameda)
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*Note:  STREET PARKING ONLY - if you park in any business parking lot, you may be towed at your own expense.

To facilitate registration, please bring the following items with you to your appointment:

  • Completed Registration materials downloaded from our website
  • Proper identification to complete your I-9 (see list of required documents)
  • A list of your measurements
  • Your current SAG/AFTRA card or receipt of recent payment

Be prepared to be photographed.  We suggest you wear bright colors and avoid black or white.  We also suggest you avoid logos or distracting clothing

Orientation/Registration will last approximately 3 hours.  Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests, minors or pets during this time.

New Non-Union Background Orientation/Registration

Non-union members, age 18 and over, may register during the following hours:

Mondays: 9:30am
Mondays: 2:30pm
Wednesdays: 9:30am
Wednesdays: 2:30pm

Orientation/Registration lasts 3-4 hours. Anyone arriving after orientation/registration has begun will not be admitted.

We are located at:
220 S. Flower St.
Burbank, CA 91502
(Between Olive and Alameda)
View Map
*Note:  STREET PARKING ONLY - if you park in any business parking lot, you may be towed at your own expense.

To facilitate registration, please bring the following items with you to your appointment:

  • Completed Registration materials downloaded from our website
  • Proper identification to complete your I-9 (see list of required documents)
  • A list of your measurements

Be prepared to be photographed.  We suggest you wear bright colors and avoid black or white.  We also suggest you avoid logos or distracting clothing.

Orientation/Registration will last approximately 3 hours.  Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests, minors or pets during this time.

Photo Updates

All Photo Updates will be taken during Re-Registration. You may update your photo as often as you like. We recommend that you update at least every six months to a year to let the casting directors know that you are still in town and interested in working. You should also update your photo whenever your look changes so that we always have a current picture of what you look like. Always bring your identification with you and be prepared to update your I-9, if necessary. Please be sure to review the list of required documentation and instructions for completing the I-9 form and be sure to bring the required documents with you.

Re-Registration

We are by law required to have a current I-9 form on file for each employee. An I-9 form must be filled out when you first register and expires three years from that date.  Therefore, your file will expire at that time.  Your file will be categorized "inactive," which means that the casting directors will be unable to book you until you come in and re-register. 

Re-registration includes a mandatory presentation that everyone attending will need to sit through and is offered on Tuesdays at 10:30am and 11:30am and on Thursdays at 10:30am and 11:30am. We may not be able to accommodate everyone at every presentation. Once the room is filled to our allotted capacity we cannot allow any additional persons inside. The Re-registration presentations will begin promptly at 10:30am and 11:30am. If you arrive late or the room has already been filled to the allotted capacity by the time you arrive, you will be asked to attend the next available Re-registration. Re-registration, including the mandatory presentation, could take up to 3 hours. Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests, minors, or pets during this time.

When re-registering you must bring all identification documents required of first time registrants; otherwise, we will be unable to renew your file.  You will also be required to fill out all new Registration Forms located on the Resources page. Union members must bring their current union card or receipt from their union showing that their union dues are current. Please review the list of required documentation and instructions for completing I-9 form and be sure to bring the required documents with you.

Additional Photos

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 of you in wardrobe representing completely different looks that are commonly booked (ie; Business, Formal, Bathing Suit), unique or rare vehicles or motorcycles that you own, pets that you are willing to work with, and photos of you in commonly booked costumes that you own (ie; clown or Santa Clause). Pet Photos must be submitted, we cannot take any photos of pets at the office. 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.

Changing Status from Non-Union to Union

When changing your status from non-union to union, you must present your identification along with your union card from the current dues period or a receipt from the union showing that their union dues are current and fill out a data change form.  You can change your status during the Re-Registration or Open Window times.  If your status changes and you are inactive, you will be required to come in and re-register.

File Changes

Your database file information should always be up-to-date and correct. If you would like to update or change any information you can do so during the Re-Registration or Open Window times. 

If You Are Not a US Citizen

We are unable to register you if you are being sponsored by another company.

Additional information is available by calling 818-562-2755.

If you have any questions regarding registering with Central Casting you can call 818-562-2912, leave a message and someone will call you back as soon as possible.

Open Window

In an effort to better service the background performers currently registered with us, we offer an Open Window for walk-ins. The Open Window is only available for registered background performers needing assistance with Additional Photos, Changing Status from Non-Union to Union, and File Changes. We will not be able to assist anyone needing a Photo Update or to Re-register. Anyone coming to Open Window that needs a Photo Update or to Re-register will be advised of the next Re-Registration and turned away. Open Window is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. Open Window will be cancelled if we are hosting a Central Casting University enrichment class that day. Please visit our website or call ahead to check availability.