Everything You Need to Know About the After Hours Availability List
Already registered and looking for jobs? There are multiple ways for you to find background acting work through Central Casting. Our After Hours Availability List is a way for Background Actors to let Casting Directors know you’re available and ready to work. Here’s what you need to know about the process for submitting your availability.
The After Hours Availability List is only for our Los Angeles office. If you work in New York, Georgia, or Louisiana our Casting Directors will reach out to you directly to check your availability. You can also look for rush calls, replacements, and other background opportunities on our Jobs page.
What is the After Hours Availability List?
Have you checked the Jobs page throughout the day and haven’t seen a role you fit? Or maybe you replied to a few messages, but haven’t heard back. If you have tried all methods to get work, but have not been booked, you can try submitting your name to the After Hours Availability List.
The After Hours Availability List is a resource Casting Directors use when additional roles open up overnight, when making replacements, and when filling rush calls. If you choose to submit your name to the After Hours Availability List, it means you are free to work without restrictions the entire day the following day. Without restrictions means that there are no possible conflicts that would prevent you from working during any time that day.
How do I put my name on the After Hours Availability List?
First, in order to be considered for work via the availability list, you must have claimed your online profile and completed required anti-harassment training. To claim your profile, click the “log in” button in our website menu, then select the “claim profile” option. Instruction and further information about anti-harassment training can be found on our Required Training page.
You can add your name to the Los Angeles After Hours Availability List by filling out the availability form on our website during the designated times. You can access the form from the How to Get Work section of your location’s Talent page or by clicking the "after hours avail list" button on the Jobs page.
If you submit the availability form on Monday night, your name will be added to the list for Tuesday. If you submit the availability form on a Friday, your name will be added to the After Hours Availability List for Monday and you will be given the option to indicate your availability for Saturday and Sunday.
The availability form can only be accessed during the designated submission time between 7-9pm. If you do not see a submission form, check back during that time.
Tips for adding yourself to the After Hours Availability List
Double check your information before you send it
It’s important that the information you submit is correct. Please take a minute to proofread your name, email, and phone number before you submit the form. We have multiple people with the same name in our casting system, so Casting Directors will use your email or phone number to look you up when casting their projects.
Have your phone/tablet/laptop with you
If you’ve added your name to the After Hours Availability List, Casting Directors will likely reach out by messaging you through our casting system. In some cases, they may choose to call you directly. Be sure to have your phone/tablet/laptop or whatever you use to respond to messages ready so you can answer quickly. If you’re available, but don’t answer your phone or reply to the message, you could miss out on that job.
Make sure you’re available the whole day
Just like when Casting Directors send you an avail inquiry via our online self-service system, if you submit to the After Hours Availability List, you must be available and willing to do background acting work for the full day.
Minor’s work permits
If you’re submitting your minor’s name to the list, please be sure they have an updated work permit on file with Central Casting. Information about obtaining a work permit can be found on the California Department of Industrial Relations website. Once you have an updated work permit, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can access the After Hours Availability List at the link below and on the Jobs and Talent pages.