How to Get on TV

OCTOBER 22, 2018
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Do you have dreams of being the next TV star? Or just want a chance to see your favorite shows up close? If you want to get on TV, Central Casting is a great place to start. Here’s what you need to know, from registering to booking a job.

Register at Central Casting

The first step to becoming a Background Actor is to register at one of our offices in Los Angeles, New York, Georgia, or Louisiana. Registration is free and no experience is required. Once you’ve reviewed the required documentation for the I-9 form, bring that documentation to one of your location’s registration sessions. Once there, you’ll listen to an orientation, fill out paperwork, and take a photo for our casting system. Read through our Register page before coming in as times and procedures are different in each office.

Want to register your minor? Central Casting registers minors from 15 days old to 17 years old to work on movies, TV shows, and other productions. Our article How to Get Your Child on TV and Movies has everything you need to know about registering and finding work for your minor.

Learn how to find jobs

Once you’ve registered, we’ve confirmed your eligibility, and taken your photo, you can be cast in our productions. One way to get on TV is by submitting for a job posted on our Jobs page. Throughout the day and night, Casting Directors add new job posts with information on the roles they’re casting, like portrayable age, ethnicity, and if it’s SAG-AFTRA or non-union. Be sure to read this information carefully and only submit for roles you fit.

You may also receive a text message from a Casting Director checking your availability for a future work date. We understand you can’t always answer your phone right away, but please answer every text you receive as soon as possible.

For more information on how to get work, check out our guide How to Become a Background Actor – Submitting.

Add additional photos

Adding additional photos to your file helps you get on TV by showing Casting Directors the different looks you can portray. Your look refers to your ability to portray a role without the help of wardrobe. When adding additional photos of your looks or specialty wardrobe, please only add looks that are unique and distinct. If you want to add a formal look, but have multiple gowns or tuxedos, you only need to take a photo in one outfit. Having multiple photos of the same look only clutters your file.

You can add photos to your file by attending an Updates session in your office.

Know how to access your Details

After all your hard work, you got booked for a role and are ready to get on TV. Congratulations! Keep in mind, there’s still work to do after you’ve been booked, like getting your wardrobe ready, heading to set, and knowing what you’re supposed to do once you get there. All of this information can be found in your booking details, which you’ll likely receive in the form of a Details Blog. You can access your Details Blog by going to the Details page of our website and entering the show name (this may be different than the actual name of the project you’re working on) and the 4-digit passcode given to you by the Casting Director. Remember, if you are given Details via text message, you must reply “yes” to the text message to confirm you’ve received them.

The Casting Director will also give you a Call Time Change box number. It’s extremely important to check for Call Time Changes and Details updates before you go to bed, when you wake up, and before you head to set. You can find more information on how to access your Details in our article It’s All in the Details.

Now that you know how to get on TV, find out how to prepare for your first day on set and what you need to know about getting paid.

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By Meghan Dubitsky

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Industry Essentials