How to Sign Up with Central Casting

JULY 17, 2023
A Background Actor getting a headshot taken.
Talent Onboarding at Central Casting Los Angeles

Want to work as a Background Actor on popular movies and TV shows? This is the perfect time to sign up with Central Casting so you’re ready and eligible to work when production ramps up.

What type of roles does Central Casting cast?

At Central Casting, we book Background Actors, Stand-Ins, and doubles in all kinds of productions. Background Actors perform in a nonspeaking role, usually in the background of scenes. Doubles are needed for a variety of reasons, but their overall role is to replace a principal actor on screen. Stand-Ins do not appear on camera, instead they take the place of the principal actor for rehearsals, camera blocking, and lighting setups.

When you sign up with Central Casting, you have the opportunity to get booked in films like Five Nights at Freddy’s, Blue Beetle, and Creed III; TV comedies like Only Murders in the Building, The Neighborhood, and The Wonder Years; and TV dramas like Law & Order: Organized Crime, Daisy Jones & The Six, and The Morning Show.

How to sign up

Ready to get on set? First you need to complete the Talent Onboarding process with one of our offices in Los Angeles, New York, Georgia, or Louisiana. Visit your location’s Sign Up page to make a reservation for a Talent Onboarding session. Everyone, including minors of all ages, must bring their original and unexpired Form I-9 documentation with them to Talent Onboarding. If you do not bring these documents with you, we will be unable to onboard you and you will have to make a reservation for another day.

After successfully making a reservation, you will receive a confirmation email with all the information you need for your Talent Onboarding session. It’s extremely important to read this message fully and carefully to make sure you complete required tasks prior to your reservation and understand the onboarding process.

This confirmation email will also include a link to your online application. Our Casting Directors use the information you fill out when considering you for work; the more accurate and thorough you are, the easier it is for them to determine the types of roles you can portray.

As part of your online application, you will upload a headshot and full body shot. Like the information you populate in your profile, your photos are a key part in finding work through Central Casting. Your photos should only feature you, be well lit and in focus to clearly show your face, be taken against a white or solid background, and be unedited and unfiltered. Our profile photo guide has more details on the types of photos we look for in your online profile.

After completing your online application, the next step is to review and e-sign forms. Both the online application and forms sections must be completed and submitted before attending your reserved Talent Onboarding session.

At Talent Onboarding, we will review your required documentation, then you will complete paperwork and take an additional headshot and full body shot at our office.

What to do after Talent Onboarding

At the end of your Talent Onboarding session, you will receive a follow up email with important tips and links to help you get started with Central Casting. If you work in California or New York, you will also receive information about required anti-harassment training you must complete (this is not a requirement in Georgia or Louisiana).

The two main ways to get booked are by responding to messages from Casting Directors or by submitting for work on our Jobs page. A key to being successful with Central Casting is to always keep your online profile updated with your current information and photos. Even small changes, like trimming your hair, can matter to Casting Directors, which is why we recommend updating your profile and photos any time your look changes. This way our Casting Directors can be confident that they’re casting you based on how you look right now.

Be sure to read through our Frequently Asked Questions and check out our Articles section for all the resources you need to get booked and on set with Central Casting.

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By Meghan Dubitsky

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