Our article categories will help you find all the information you need to be a successful Background Actor.

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Understanding Your Central Casting Booking Details

Being booked is exciting, but it’s just the first step in working as background. The next is to carefully read your details so you can prepare for set.

News & Updates articles

News & Updates

Want to stay informed about our new casting features and what projects we’re working on? Bookmark this page so you’re always up to date with the latest from Central Casting.

Best You articles

Best You

We want to help you be successful, whether you want to be a professional Background Actor or an expert Stand-In. Follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to impressing on set.

Industry Essentials

Industry Essentials

There’s a lot to know about being a Background Actor, and even more about the entertainment industry itself. Become an expert on how your favorite movies and TV shows get made with these industry essentials.

How to Become a Background Actor articles

How to Become a Background Actor

Our How to Become a Background Actor series takes an in-depth look at everything you need to know to become a Background Actor with Central Casting.

Casting Directors articles

Casting Directors

Every day our Casting Directors put hundreds of people on set. They share stories of casting iconic scenes, how the casting process works, and how you can set yourself up for success.

Assistant Directors articles

Assistant Directors

The Assistant Director is often the crew member responsible for Background Actors on set. Hear from the industry’s leading AD’s about their time on set, what makes a successful Background Actor, and what they look for in Stand-Ins.

Stand-Ins articles


A Stand-In takes the place of a principal actor for rehearsals, camera blocking, and lighting setups. Learn more about the different types of Stand-Ins, what they do, and how you can book Stand-Ins jobs.

Kids articles


Central Casting registers babies 15 days old to teenagers 17 years old. Find out how to sign your minor up and get them background acting work.

Payroll articles


When you sign up with Central Casting, we become your employer and, for most projects, are responsible for paying you. From filling out your voucher to getting your paycheck, we’ve got all your payroll questions covered.

Wardrobe articles


A big part of being a Background Actor is putting together your wardrobe for set. Here are some tips to help you get the perfect look.

Hair and Makeup articles

Hair & Makeup

You will often need to show up to set camera ready. Check out these guides to help you get the perfect hair and makeup for your role.

Central Cast articles

Central Cast

Take a look at the behind-the-scenes work that went into casting Background Actors, Stand-Ins, and doubles for some of Hollywood’s biggest movies and TV shows.

Hollywood History articles

Hollywood History

Central Casting was founded in 1925, around the time the film industry really started to take off. Learn more about our rich history and stories about how the entertainment industry has evolved over the last century.

Celebrity Alumni articles

Celebrity Alumni

Throughout Central Casting’s 90 plus year history, many successful actors and actresses have signed up with us on their way to stardom. Who knows, you may be the next star straight out of Central Casting.