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. Be sure to read the other articles in this series: How to Become a Background Actor – Registration and How to Become a Background Actor – Casting Photo.
Want to work as a Background Actor with Central Casting? The good news is there are many ways for you to find background acting jobs.
You can find all the latest jobs we're currently casting on the Jobs page of our website. In these posts, Casting Directors will leave specific details on the roles they're casting, like portrayable age range, sizes, and if it's SAG-AFTRA or non-union. It's important to read through the post carefully to make sure you fit the role before submitting. If you don't see a role you fit, keep checking back as Casting Directors are posting new notices throughout the day.
Another key detail to look for when you're reading through a job post is how the Casting Director would like you to submit. If you're asked to call a number, make sure you have a pen a paper ready to write down any information the Casting Director has for you.
When asked to send an email, include all the information requested, like your phone number or additional photos. The Casting Directors need this information to see if you're right for the role; you'd hate to miss out because you didn't include what they asked for.
Please only use the submission line numbers and email addresses when instructed to. If a Casting Director asks for emails, don't call their line and vice versa. Remember, part of being a Background Actor is being able to follow directions. When you follow submission instructions, it gives Casting Directors confidence that you will follow directions on set.
Another way to get background acting jobs is through text message. Our SMS messaging feature allows Casting Directors to check your availability, send follow up questions, and in some cases, details through text message. The first rule of texting with Central Casting is to always answer the text message as soon as you can. While on set you're not allowed to use your phone, so if you don't see a text message until you're back in Holding, you should still answer because the Casting Director may still be casting their scene.
To learn more about texting with Casting Directors, check out our articles What to Do When You Get a Text from Central Casting and Everything You Need to Know About Central Casting Texting.
If you work in Los Angeles, Georgia, or Louisiana and are not booked for the next day, but would like to be considered for possible rush calls, you can add your name to your location's availability list. Casting Directors may also use this list as a resource when background acting jobs open up throughout the day.
To be added to the availability list, send only your name and phone number in the subject line of an email between 7pm-9pm. Again, the only information you need to write is your name and phone number in the subject line. You do not need to add anything in the body of the email.
If you add your name to the availability list, it means you are available to work the entire day the following day. Keep your phone close because you may get a call in the middle of the night or in the early morning when Casting Directors are booking rush calls or looking for additional people for their scenes.
Here are the availability list addresses:
When rush calls pop up in New York, Casting Directors will text Background Actors who fit the role or will post the call in our job posts. If you're available the next day, keep an eye on your phone in case an opportunity presents itself.