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. This installment focuses on how to register minors and get your kids background work.
At Central Casting, we register babies from 15 days old to teenagers 17 years old to work in TV shows, movies, and other productions. How do you register a minor? What happens when they turn 18? Here’s what you need to know to help your child become a Background Actor with Central Casting.
To register a minor at Central Casting, a parent or legal guardian will need to bring the child and the child’s required documentation to a registration session at one of our offices in Los Angeles, New York, Georgia, or Louisiana. At registration, you will fill out paperwork and your minor will have their photo taken for our casting system.
What about our online registration process? Since minors have specific employment requirements, online registration is currently only for adults registering for the first time. You can find when your office’s minors registration sessions are on your location’s calendar. Please be sure to read our Kids page before coming to a registration session as some of our offices require reservations.
Minors must meet the same I-9 requirements as adults in order to register. Since Central Casting is an E-Verify participant, the non-photo ID options in List B on the Lists of Acceptable Documents are not applicable for use for employers participating in the E-Verify program. We cannot register your minor without these original unexpired documents.
Minors don’t need a work permit to register with Central Casting, but they will need a work permit to be cast in our productions. The work permit process and requirements vary by state; you can find more information on your state’s work permit process here:
Once your minor is registered and has their work permit, they can be cast in our movies and TV shows. There are many ways to find your kids background work, including submitting to a job post on our Jobs page or by responding to a text message. A Casting Director may also choose to contact you directly.
Once your child is booked, you’ll likely be given their details in the form of a Details Blog. You can find out more about Details Blogs in our article 4 Things You Must Know About Your Details.
The photo your child takes during registration is the main photo Casting Directors see when they are considering your minor for their roles. We know children grow fast, so it’s important to keep this photo up to date so Casting Directors always have an accurate example of what your child currently looks like. We recommend updating their photo every six months, but if you haven’t had a chance to bring your child in recently, please let the Casting Director who contacted you know of any changes to their appearance or sizes.
It’s important to remember that you must re-register your child every three years for them to remain eligible to work on our productions. You can re-register your minor and update their photo and file information during one of your office’s Minors Registration sessions.
When your child turns 18, they must register as an adult by completing the online registration process and making a reservation for a New Registration Onboarding session. They will not be eligible to work until they register as an adult at their local office. You can find more information on our Register page.