Kids Talent Onboarding/Registration

Interested in how to get your child into acting? Register with Central Casting to get them on set as Background Actors and doubles.

We are closed for Minor’s Talent Onboarding and Updates and all other events due to COVID-19. Our notices have the most up-to-date information, please check them for updates.

While your minor does not need a work permit to sign up with us, they will need an entertainment work permit to be considered for jobs.

Required Documentation

The Department of Homeland Security has issued an updated form I-9 that went into effect on January 22, 2017. This version requires minors (individuals 17 or under) to meet the same requirements as adults regarding the documents they can present for form I-9. Per the Department of Homeland Security, a list C document alone is no longer valid. Adults and minors are both required to either present one original unexpired List A document, or, an original unexpired List B and List C document combination. If presenting a List B document to an E-Verify employer (Central Casting), the employer can only see List B documents that include a photo. Per Federal Law, Central Casting is not permitted to register anyone, minor or adult, who does not have the required documentation.

The non-photo ID options in List B do not apply to minors pursuing employment with E-Verify companies (Central Casting).

Talent Onboarding FAQs

  • What is a Background Actor?

    A Background Actor (also called an extra) is someone who performs in a show in a nonspeaking role, usually in the background of scenes. Central Casting signs up minors from 15 days old to 17 years old to appear in movies, TV shows, and other productions. If you’re looking into how to get your child into acting, registering them as a Background Actor is a great way to get them on set experience.

  • What is a double?

    Doubles are people who look enough like a principal actor that they can replace them when the actor’s face does not appear on camera. Since there are strict laws regarding how long a minor can work, productions often employ minor doubles so they can continue filming when the principal minor is no longer available.

  • What if my minor doesn’t have proper I-9 documentation?

    Those without required documentation (unexpired originals only, no photocopies) to accompany the I-9 form will be turned away.

    Must also bring identification showing date of birth for the Age Verification form.

  • Why can’t I register my minor online?

    Minors have different requirements and must be registered in person. Please make a reservation to bring your minor and their required documentation to a Minor’s Talent Onboarding session.

  • Do I have to attend Talent Onboarding with my minor?

    All minors ages 17 and under must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. Homeland Security permits only the parent or legal guardian to fill out the I-9 form.

  • Does my minor need a work permit?

    Your minor does not need a work permit to register, but in order to be considered for work, each minor will need an entertainment work permit issued by the state of California on file with Central Casting.

  • What if my minor is a member of SAG-AFTRA?

    Please bring your minor’s current SAG-AFTRA card/receipt issued by SAG-AFTRA with you to Talent Onboarding.

  • Can I bring my dog?

    Pets cannot be accommodated.

  • How long is Minor’s Talent Onboarding?

    Talent Onboarding is approximately two hours. We do not recommend arriving more than 5 minutes early to our minor’s Talent Onboarding.

  • Where can I park?

    There are paid and free parking options in the area. Please note: Central Casting does not validate parking. You can also access our office via public transit and the Downtown Burbank Metrolink, which is about a mile walk.

Central Casting is a participant in the E-Verify program. We will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with information from each new employee’s I-9 form to confirm employment authorization. Note: If the government cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, we are required to provide you with written instructions and an opportunity to contact the SSA and/or DHS before taking adverse action against you, including terminating your employment.

Ensure Your Minor is Active

Renew your minor’s work permit

Minor entertainment work permits are valid for six months. You can register or renew your minor’s work permit on the CA Department of Industrial Relations website.

Once you’ve submitted your application and the state has approved it, you will receive an email from the state with your new valid minor’s work permit. (This may take weeks to receive.)

Send new work permit to Central Casting

Email your new minors work permit to:

We will update your minor’s profile within 2 business days.

Complete anti-harassment training with Central Casting

For more about anti-harassment training, please visit our Required Training page.

Note: To be eligible to be booked, training must be taken through Central Casting. If training is required through the State of California to receive an entertainment work permit, you must follow directions given by the state. Central Casting’s training in non-transferrable and we do not provide proof of completion.

Claim and update your minor’s online profile

First claim your child’s profile, then log in to update their information. Be sure to update their look and sizes as they change and upload current photos.