Are you registered with Central Casting and ready to get to work? Whether you've been on set before or are trying to land your first job, you're probably wondering how to increase your chances of getting booked by a Casting Director. Here are some tips on how to get cast as a Background Actor.
The best place to find all the latest roles we're casting is the Jobs page of our website. Casting Directors post jobs throughout the day and night. It's extremely important to read the entire post to determine if you can portray a role before deciding to submit. Casting Directors are often looking for specific looks, which is why they put detailed information like, portrayable age, portrayable ethnicity, SAG-AFTRA status, and sizes into their job posts. If you don't read the entire post, you may end up submitting for something you don't fit.
Reading job posts can be confusing, especially if you're just starting out. Check out our article How to Read a Central Casting Job Post to learn popular casting terms and what to look for in a post.
Is it 7pm and you're still not booked? If you've tried every other method to get work, but have not been booked for the next day, you can submit your name to the After Hours Availability List. This list is a resource Casting Directors use when additional roles open up overnight, when making replacements, and when filling rush calls. You can access the submission form on our website in the How to Get Work section of the Talent page or by clicking the "after hours avail list" button on the Jobs page.
If you submit your availability on Monday night, you will be added to the list for Tuesday. If you submit your availability on Friday night, your name will be added to the list for Monday, with the option of indicating your availability for Saturday and Sunday.
Remember, by adding your name to the After Hours Availability List, you are letting Casting Directors know that you are available without restrictions for the entire day the following day. Without restrictions means that there are no possible conflicts that would prevent you from working at any time that day.
Once you've found a role you think you can portray, the next step is to submit. In their job posts, Casting Directors will include specific information on how they want you to submit, which may include sending an email or calling a phone number. We know it's exciting when you find a role you fit, but it's important to take the time to gather additional materials and make sure you're including everything the Casting Director needs before submitting. A big part of being a Background Actor is being able to follow directions, so following instructions in a job post lets Casting Directors know you're capable of following directions on set.
If you're submitting an email, you may be asked to send additional materials, like a selfie or Stand-In resume along with your submission. These help Casting Directors determine if you're right for that specific role and are not added to your file. If you would like to add additional photos or documents to your file, you can do so at one of your location's Re-Registration and Updates sessions.
You found a role you fit, submitted like a pro, and got booked. Now you're one step closer to set! When a Casting Director books you, they'll tell you how to get your Details, which will likely be in the form of a Details Blog. To access your Details Blog, go to the Details page of our website and enter the show name (which may be different from the actual name of the project you're working on) and the 4-digit passcode given to you by the Casting Director. You'll also receive a Call Time Change Box number, which you should call for updates before you go to bed, when you wake up, and before you head to set.