Everything You Need to Know About the Availability List

MEGHAN DUBITSKY
BY MEGHAN DUBITSKY  |  JULY 23, 2018
           
Use the availability list for background acting work

Already registered and looking for jobs? There are multiple ways for you to find background acting work through Central Casting. Here's the lowdown on our availability list and how you can use it to show Casting Directors you're available and ready to work.

What is the availability list?

The availability list is a resource Casting Directors in our Los Angeles, Georgia, and Louisiana offices use when casting rush calls. If you are available the full day for background acting work, you can email the availability list the night before to be considered for rush calls and other roles that open up throughout the day.

Central Casting New York

Instead of using an availability list, Casting Directors in New York will either call Background Actors directly or will post rush calls on our Jobs page. If you're available, keep an eye on your phone for a call or text message from a Casting Director and check the job posts in the early morning for calls that have opened up overnight.

How do I put my name on the availability list?

To be added to the availability list, send only your name and phone number in the subject line of an email between 7pm-9pm to your location's address below. When you add your name to the list, you are letting Casting Directors know you are free for the entire day the following day. If you email on Monday night, your name will be added to the list for Tuesday. If you email on a Friday, your name will be added to the availability list for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

Here are the availability list emails:

Los Angeles
Georgia
Louisiana

Tips for adding yourself to the availability list

Only put your name and phone number in the subject line

Please only add your full name and phone number in the subject line of your email. Casting Directors will use these to look you up in our casting system to determine if you are right for the roles. You do not need to add anything in the body of the email.

Double check your information before you send it

It's important that the information you put in the subject line is correct, so take a minute to proofread your name and phone number before you hit send. We may have multiple people with the same name in our casting system, so Casting Directors will use your phone number when looking you up on the availability list. If there's a typo in your phone number, they will not be able to verify who you are.

Have your phone with you

If you've added your name to the availability list, please be sure to have your phone near you. Often, when Casting Directors are booking rush calls, they need someone to get to set quickly. If you're available, but don't answer your phone, you could miss out on that job.

Make sure you're available the whole day

Just like when Casting Directors ask for your availability through text message, if you submit to the availability list you must be available and willing to do background acting work for the full day.

Register with Central Casting

You must be registered with Central Casting to do background acting work and to submit to the availability list. Registration is free and easy! Bring your required documentation to one of our offices in Los Angeles, New York, Georgia, or Louisiana where you'll listen to an orientation and have your photo taken for our casting system. Be sure to read through your location's Register page on our website before coming to registration as the process is different in each office. For more information on how to register, check out our article How to Become a Background Actor – Registration.

Now that you know another way to get cast, find out what else you can do to become a successful Background Actor by making the most of your time on set and learning what Casting Directors look for in submission selfies.

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