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16 hours ago

Central Casting

SAG/AFTRA (only) -- appear African American, 30s-40s, tall, short hair.
** Flexible schedule available all season starting Thursday 9/24 (Burbank). Must be currently available without daily conflict and okay for regular COVID tests.

Email CURRENT PHOTO, Name, Phone #
>>> EricaEsubmissions@centralcasting.com
SubLine "Season"
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16 hours ago

Central Casting

FEMALE ONLY
UNION & NON UNION SUBMISSIONS – YOU MUST BE REGISTERED WITH CENTRAL CASTING.

Covid test on Tuesday 9/22, Costume Fitting on Thurs 9/24, another Covid test on 10/17 and first shooting day is 10/19. We will have many more shoot dates after this initial shoot date. You will be put into a pool of people who will work off and one throughout filming. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT IF YOU HAVE ALREADY BEEN PREFIT FOR AMERICAN CRIME STORY: IMPEACHMENT. All of the testing, fitting and shooting will take place in Los Angeles.

Kristan is looking for Union & Non Union Women to portray upscale, age 30’s to 60’s with hair that can be styled into a 1990’s hairstyle. You cannot have visible tattoos in business clothes. Women need to have hair that is shoulder length or shorter, bangs and layers are fantastic. Please let us know if you are willing to let us cut bangs or layers (this is not a requirement, but we do need a lot of women with bangs and layers). If you have hair longer than shoulder length, you must be willing to get it cut. We are also looking for women with naturally curly hair.

Women should be size 12 or smaller. If your sizes on file with Central Casting are different from what they are now, please note that in your submission.

As a condition of working on set, all talent are required to get a paid Covid-19 test(s) at a production sanctioned testing facility prior to any work dates. Payment will be paid as a quarter of the workday base rate for each test day. The test performed is a mid-nasal swab. Additional testing may also be done on workdays.

While at the test facility and on set, Production requires that a face mask that covers your nose and mouth be worn. All possible work dates are contingent upon clearing these tests.

Please send a selfie – taken today - also women let me know if you are willing to let us cut bangs and/or layers if you do not have them already. Please to: KristanBSubmissions@centralcasting.com sub line: PENT
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3 days ago

Central Casting

NON UNION SUBMISSIONS ONLY – YOU MUST BE REGISTERED WITH CENTRAL CASTING.
Covid test on Monday 9/21, Costume Fitting on Weds 9/23, another Covid test on Weds 10/14 and first shooting day is 10/16. We will have many more shoot dates after this initial shoot date. You will be put into a pool of people who will work off and one throughout filming. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT IF YOU HAVE ALREADY BEEN PREFIT FOR AMERICAN CRIME STORY: IMPEACHMENT. All of the testing, fitting and shooting will take place in Los Angeles.
Kate is looking for Non Union Men who appear African American ad Asian to portray upscale, in their 20's with hair that can be styled into a 1990’s hairstyle. For men, you need to have some length on the sides and back – no shaved sides. Hair needs to go over the collar in the back. YOU MUST BE WILLING TO GET YOUR HAIR CUT (See attached photos for the types of hairstyles we are looking for). I believe men can have neatly trimmed mustaches, but I am not positive. You need to be willing to shave either way. NO BEARDS. You cannot have visible tattoos in business clothes. We are also looking for men with naturally curly hair.
Men need to be size 36 waist or smaller. If your sizes on file with Central Casting are different from what they are now, please note that in your submission.
As a condition of working on set, all talent are required to get a paid Covid-19 test(s) at a production sanctioned testing facility prior to any work dates. Payment will be paid as a quarter of the workday base rate for each test day.
The test performed is a mid-nasal swab. Additional testing may also be done on workdays.
While at the test facility and on set, Production requires that a face mask that covers your nose and mouth be worn. All possible work dates are contingent upon clearing these tests.
Please send a selfie – taken today to: KateCSubmissions@centralcasting.com sub line: WH
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4 days ago

Central Casting

UNION SUBMISSIONS FOR MALES TO PORTRAY SWAT, AGE 25-40. Must be very fit, clean shaven, short cop-type hair, NO TATTOOS. Covid test on Saturday 9/19 in Santa Clarita, shoots on Thursday 9/24 in Santa Clarita. Please send a selfie taken today to: KristanBSubmissions@centralcasting.com sub line: SWAT ... See MoreSee Less

4 days ago

Central Casting

**SAG-AFTRA Union & Non Union Submissions**

Brad is currently taking submissions for a SAG-AFTRA television series that would work TBD days in the range of Fri. 10/30 to Tues. 11/10 in a TBD location, likely Santa Clarita.

We're looking for:
"Trio of Dutch Musicians" - Looking for men & women, who are familiar with (and/or own) the following instruments: The accordion, the barrel organ, & the Dutch cittern.

Please include a photo of your instrument when submitting!

If this is you, you're registered with Central Casting, and would like to be considered, please send an e-mail with your name, contact number, and photo to: BradBsubmissions AT centralcasting DOT com

Please include "Dutch Musician" in the subject line of your e-mail, thanks!
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4 days ago

Central Casting

NON UNION SUBMISSIONS ONLY – YOU MUST BE REGISTERED WITH CENTRAL CASTING.

Covid test on Monday 9/21, Costume Fitting on Weds 9/23, another Covid test on Weds 10/14 and first shooting day is 10/16. We will have many more shoot dates after this initial shoot date. You will be put into a pool of people who will work off and one throughout filming. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT IF YOU HAVE ALREADY BEEN PREFIT FOR AMERICAN CRIME STORY: IMPEACHMENT. All of the testing, fitting and shooting will take place in Los Angeles.

Karen is looking for Non Union Men to portray upscale, age 25 to late 50's with hair that can be styled into a 1990’s hairstyle. For men, you need to have some length on the sides and back – no shaved sides. Hair needs to go over the collar in the back. YOU MUST BE WILLING TO GET YOUR HAIR CUT (See attached photos for the types of hairstyles we are looking for). I believe men can have neatly trimmed mustaches, but I am not positive. You need to be willing to shave either way. NO BEARDS. You cannot have visible tattoos in business clothes. We are also looking for men with naturally curly hair.

Men need to be size 36 waist or smaller. If your sizes on file with Central Casting are different from what they are now, please note that in your submission.

As a condition of working on set, all talent are required to get a paid Covid-19 test(s) at a production sanctioned testing facility prior to any work dates. Payment will be paid as a quarter of the workday base rate for each test day.

The test performed is a mid-nasal swab. Additional testing may also be done on workdays.

While at the test facility and on set, Production requires that a face mask that covers your nose and mouth be worn. All possible work dates are contingent upon clearing these tests.

Please send a selfie – taken today to: KarenVSubmissions@centralcasting.com sub line: WH
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4 days ago

Central Casting

UNION SUBMISSIONS ONLY – YOU MUST BE REGISTERED WITH CENTRAL CASTING.

Covid test on Monday 9/21, Costume Fitting on Weds 9/23, another Covid test on Weds 10/14 and first shooting day is 10/16. We will have many more shoot dates after this initial shoot date. You will be put into a pool of people who will work off and one throughout filming. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT IF YOU HAVE ALREADY BEEN PREFIT FOR AMERICAN CRIME STORY: IMPEACHMENT. All of the testing, fitting and shooting will take place in Los Angeles.

Kristan is looking for Union Men & Women to portray upscale, age 25 to late 50's with hair that can be styled into a 1990’s hairstyle. For men, you need to have some length on the sides and back – no shaved sides. Hair needs to go over the collar in the back. YOU MUST BE WILLING TO GET YOUR HAIR CUT (See attached photos for the types of hairstyles we are looking for). I believe men can have neatly trimmed mustaches, but I am not positive. You need to be willing to shave either way. NO BEARDS. You cannot have visible tattoos in business clothes. Women need to have hair that is shoulder length or shorter, bangs and layers are fantastic. Please let us know if you are willing to let us cut bangs (this is not a requirement, but we do need a lot of women with bangs). If you have hair longer than shoulder length, you must be willing to get it cut. We are also looking for men and women with naturally curly hair.

Men need to be size 36 waist or smaller and women should be size 10 or smaller. If your sizes on file with Central Casting are different from what they are now, please note that in your submission.

As a condition of working on set, all talent are required to get a paid Covid-19 test(s) at a production sanctioned testing facility prior to any work dates. Payment will be paid as a quarter of the workday base rate for each test day.

The test performed is a mid-nasal swab. Additional testing may also be done on workdays.

While at the test facility and on set, Production requires that a face mask that covers your nose and mouth be worn. All possible work dates are contingent upon clearing these tests.

Please send a selfie – taken today - also women let me know if you are willing to let us cut bangs if you do not have them already. Please to: KristanBSubmissions@centralcasting.com sub line: WH
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5 days ago

Central Casting

***RUSH CALL NON UNION***
Waleed is currently taking submissions to work Thursday 9/17. Looking for a male who appears to be African American in his late 30's to 40's. This will be working in Camarillo with a 5:00am call time. Make sure you look up where Camarillo is before submitting. You'll get your temperature by production when you arrive prior to working. Must be registered with Central Casting. Please submit by emailing - waleedasubmissions@centralcasting.com your first and last name along with your phone number. Thanks
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5 days ago

Central Casting

SAG AFTRA Submissions
Must be registered with Central Casting
Covid Testing Thursday 9/17 and Friday 9/18 in Santa Clarita
Works Tuesday 9/22
All possible work dates are contingent upon clearing pre-employment Covid test(s).

Jimmy is looking for 18tly men and women who can portray high school students in a crowd at a basketball game.
Jimmy is also looking for parents to the 18tly students who are also in the crowd at a basketball game.
No visible tattoos on anyone!

Send a current photo and your contact information to JamesMSubmissions@centralcasting.com and put the word SLAMDUNK in the subject line
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5 days ago

Central Casting

NON UNION Submissions ONLY (Still taking submissions)

Test and work date are TBD but should be next week in Burbank.

Kate is looking for AMERICAN MADE Cars from the years 2002-1997 - No Black, Red or White Cars. Please send me a picture of your car with the year, make and model,along with your contact information along to: katecsubmissions@centralcasting.com Subject Line: 2000 CAR

NOTE: As a condition of working on set, all talent are required to get Covid-19 test at a production sanctioned testing facility prior to any work date. Payment will be paid as a quarter of the workday base rate for each test day.
Must be okay with any form test (nasal swabs, etc). Additional testing may also be done on workdays. While at the test facility and on set, Production requires that a face mask that covers your nose and mouth be worn.
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5 days ago

Central Casting

Union and Nonunion
must be registered with Central

All possible work dates are contingent upon clearing pre-employment Covid test(s).

Karen is taking submissions for a show working sometime next week in burbank.

Must be available all week (Monday 9/21 through Friday 9/25) *not all work dates are guaranteed - there will be a covid test at some point during this week - work date(s) are still to be determined but we know its next week. (9/21 through 9/25).

Looking for African American looking WOMEN in their 30s or older to portray as DJs. IF you have your own DJ equipment rhat is great - if you do not have DJ equipment but are familiar with DJ'ing please still submit

IF this is you please submit a current photo, include if you have equipment or if you dont have equipment - but familiar with DJ'ing and your contact info to KarenVSubmissions@centralcasting.com
Subject: Wedding DJ
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6 days ago

Central Casting

Non Union Submissions
Covid Test on Monday 9/21
Works Friday 9/25 in Burbank
All possible work dates are contingent upon clearing pre-employment Covid test(s).

Jimmy is looking for MEN who appear in their 30s - 40s to portray a BMX Rider. You must have your own BMX and you must be confident riding it around a backlot (no jumps or tricks, just riding).

Send a photo of your BMX Bike and yourself in your BMX Gear to JamesMSubmissions@centralcasting.com and put the word
"BMX BRO" in the subject line
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6 days ago

Central Casting

** NON UNION **
Tiffany is taking submissions to work 10/6 in the Los Angeles Area .

All possible work dates are contingent upon clearing pre-employment Covid test(s).

Looking for males and females who appear 55+ yo who are actual couples.

If this is you please submit to TiffanyCsubmissions@centalcasting.com with the subject "Couple". In the body of the message please include your name, phone number, and a current photo of yourself
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6 days ago

Central Casting

** NON UNION **
Tiffany is taking submissions to work 10/1 and 10/2 in the Los Angeles Area .

All possible work dates are contingent upon clearing pre-employment Covid test(s).

Looking for females who appear 25-30yo who wear glasses and who are OK to portray someone with a disability.

If this is you please submit to TiffanyCsubmissions@centalcasting.com with the subject "Glasses". In the body of the message please include your name, phone number, and a current photo of yourself.
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6 days ago

Central Casting

Union and Non Union Submissions for String Quartet with Instruments (not actually playing)
Please read entire post before submitting
Must be registered with Central Casting to submit.
All possible work dates are contingent upon clearing pre-employment Covid test(s).
Claire is looking for people that are available for a covid test Mon 9/21 and a fitting Tuesday 9/22 and a work date Wed 9/23.
We are looking for men and women who have their own Violin, Viola, or Cello that they are able to transport to set to appear to be a member of a String Quartet.
Please include all of the following information in your email submission as well as a Current photo of you and a photo of your instrument.
-Your Name
-Phone Number
-Which Strings instrument you're submitting with
Please send your submission to Kimberlyhsubmissions@centralcasting.com
Please use subject line: Strings
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7 days ago

Central Casting

***UNION & NON UNION***

Must be registered with Central Casting.

All possible work dates are contingent upon clearing pre-employment Covid test(s).

Kimberly is taking submissions for a show with Covid test on Wednesday, 9/23 to work Thursday, 9/24 in Los Angeles.

She is looking for:
1. ACTUAL FAMILIES with kids ages 9-12 years old. Everyone in the family MUST be registered with Central Casting.

2. ACTUAL FAMILIES to portray parents and 18tly to portray teenagers. Everyone in the family MUST be registered with Central Casting.

**You will be in close proximity to each other without masks**

If this is you, please submit with a FULL NAME & PHONE NUMBER, & information for all of the members of your family you are submitting to
KimberlyHSubmissions@CentralCasting.com
Subject Line: FAMILY

NOTE: As a condition of working on set, all talent are required to get Covid-19 test at a production sanctioned testing facility prior to any work date. Payment will be paid as a quarter of the workday base rate for each test day.
Must be okay with any form test (nasal swabs, etc). Additional testing may also be done on workdays. While at the test facility and on set, Production requires that a face mask that covers your nose and mouth be worn.
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7 days ago

Central Casting

Nonunion only
must be registered with Central

All possible work dates are contingent upon clearing pre-employment Covid test(s).

Karen is taking submissions for a show Working on Friday 9/18 with a COVID Test tomorrow 9/16 between 12pm to 1pm (must be available during this time)

Looking for Women to portray as Native American appearing to be 60s and older to portray as bingo players

If this is you please send in a current photo, state that you are availabe for a covid test tomorrow and the work date to KarenVSubmissions@centralcasting.com
Subject: Bingo Player
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1 week ago

Central Casting

***UNION & NON UNION***

Must be registered with Central Casting.

All possible work dates are contingent upon clearing pre-employment Covid test(s).

Kimberly is taking submissions for a show with Covid test on Friday, 9/25 to work Monday, 9/28 in Los Angeles

She is looking for MEN to portray buff 18TLY Water Polo Players.

Must be comfortable to be nude and be seen in all angles of the locker room shower. This will pay at a higher rate!!!

Must fit the following sizes:
5’7” - 6’2”
140 - 210 lbs
34 - 42 chest
28 - 36 waist
36 - 42 suit / jacket
15x33 - 17x34 shirt
8 - 12 shoe

If this is you, please submit with a FULL NAME & PHONE NUMBER, a SHIRTLESS PHOTO & your current sizes to
KimberlyHSubmissions@CentralCasting.com
Subject Line: WATER POLO

NOTE: As a condition of working on set, all talent are required to get Covid-19 test at a production sanctioned testing facility prior to any work date. Payment will be paid as a quarter of the workday base rate for each test day.
Must be okay with any form test (nasal swabs, etc). Additional testing may also be done on workdays. While at the test facility and on set, Production requires that a face mask that covers your nose and mouth be worn.
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1 week ago

Central Casting

NON UNION Submissions ONLY

Tests Thursday 9.17 AND works Monday September 21st in Burbank.

Kate is looking for AMERICAN MADE Cars from the years 2002-1997 - No Black, Red or White Cars. Please send me a picture of your car with the year, make and model,along with your contact information along to: katecsubmissions@centralcasting.com Subject Line: 2000 CAR

NOTE: As a condition of working on set, all talent are required to get Covid-19 test at a production sanctioned testing facility prior to any work date. Payment will be paid as a quarter of the workday base rate for each test day.
Must be okay with any form test (nasal swabs, etc). Additional testing may also be done on workdays. While at the test facility and on set, Production requires that a face mask that covers your nose and mouth be worn.
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1 week ago

Central Casting

SAG AFTRA Submissions
COVID Testing Monday 9/14 and Tuesday 9/15
Work Dates are Wednesday 9/16 with a possible recall for Thursday 9/17.
All possible work dates are contingent upon clearing pre-employment Covid test(s).

Jimmy is looking for AFRICAN AMERICAN LOOKING men and women who appear in their 30s - 50s to portray upscale patrons at a steakhouse style restaurant. No visible tattoos please.

Send a current photo taken today and your contact information to JamesMSubmissions@centralcasting.com and put the word APPLE in the subject line
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All Visiting and Central Casting University classes have been suspended until further notice. Keep an eye on the notices for updates.

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At our Visiting sessions, a different panel of Casting Directors will answer your questions and give you valuable insight into the casting process and tips to be successful on set.

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Central Casting Los Angeles offers two classes, The Professional Background Actor and The Stand-In, for Background Actors who are active and eligible to submit for work. You will have the opportunity to hear from and participate in a Q&A with an industry professional guest speaker.

The Professional Background Actor

Whether you’re seasoned or a first-timer, attend this class to polish your skills and learn from the industry’s leading experts in directing Background Actors.

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This class provides an overview of Stand-In work, including valuable information about the technical part of the job. An industry expert will answer your questions and help you prepare for your next Stand-In role.


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Be sure to read our article Casting Director Do’s and Don’ts for Submitting for tips on how to book a job.

FAQs

  • What do I do if I’m going to be late or need to cancel?

    If you are working on a non-union voucher call 818.562.2799. If you are working on a SAG-AFTRA voucher call 818.562.2700. If you cancel, we ask that you give us enough notice to replace you. Please note: You may not cancel via text message. You must call our office.


  • Is there a guarantee of work?

    No, there is no guarantee of work because the needs of productions change every day. Due to the nature of background acting jobs, Central Casting can never offer full-time employment to any of the talent (i.e., you) it employs.


  • What does “checking your avail” and “first avail” mean?

    This means casting is prepping a scene for a future date and is checking your availability. If you do confirm availability, please mark your calendar to limit conflicts. You become “first avail” (first available) for that show. Typically in these situations, casting will not be able to hire you until the show looks at your picture submission and approves the look. After that, they will usually not release any booking until late afternoon the day before the shoot.

    If you are offered another booking on the same day, we ask for you to give us the courtesy of the “first right of refusal.” Just let us know so we can inform our show. They may option to offer to hire you first. You are still able to be hired elsewhere if we are unable to confirm a booking for you.


  • How do I get my details?

    You will receive a show name and 4-digit passcode from a Casting Director to access your Details Blog via our Details page. If you receive details via a SMS text message you must reply YES to the booking text message. Your Details Blog will include a Call Time Change Box number for you to call to for call time changes and booking updates. Please review all provided information to ensure you are ready for work when you arrive to set. You can access the Call Time Change Box by calling 818.562.2966 and entering the 4-digit number given by the Casting Director.


  • What happens if I miss a call from Central Casting?

    Always check your voicemail. Do not call back until you have checked your voicemail to ensure the Casting Director did not leave specific instructions. If no message was left, wait and see if you receive a call back. If you do not receive a call back, assume you are no longer needed.


  • What is a rush call?

    Rush calls are for immediate same-day work. This is usually to replace a “no show.” When you respond to a rush call, you may be required to get to the set location within an hour or less after being booked.


  • Can I put my name on the After Hours Availability List?

    You can submit to us between 7-9pm to have your name placed on the After Hours Availability List for when additional roles open up or for replacements made overnight.

SMS Texting

  • What’s the SMS messaging feature all about?

    Casting Directors may choose to reach out to you via SMS messaging. In addition to checking availability, Casting Directors will now be able to send follow up messages, and in some cases, details through text message.


  • How do I know the message came from Central Casting?

    All messages from Central Casting will be personalized with your name (as it appears in our system), reference the project name, and all replies will appear in the same thread.


  • Why did I receive a text message from Central Casting?

    Central Casting is now using SMS text messages to check availability, ask questions related to the call or booking and/or provide preliminary details. The message format may look like this:

    David, Richard from Central Casting asks: Are you available to Work on CBS Cop Show, without time restrictions, on Wednesday (01/17/2018) in Los Angeles? Role: Waiter. Possible night shoot. Please reply YES or NO.  ** We are only checking availability **

  • What happens after I respond to a text message?

    Our Casting Directors will review the responses and then reach out to any Background Actor selected to be booked. If you are not selected, you may not hear from anyone. As always, you know you are booked when you accept an offer for work and receive details.


  • What does “without time restrictions” mean?

    When a Casting Director asks if you are available without time restrictions, they want to know if you are available to work the whole day, even if the location or time were to change. For example, if you know you are not available between 1-2pm, you would answer: No.


  • I was on set and didn’t see the message until later, can I still respond?

    Yes, please respond as soon as you can.


  • Can I respond to multiple requests?

    Yes, you are responsible for finding work and letting Central Casting know when you are available to work. Casting Directors work independently to meet the needs of their productions, so once you are booked, you are also responsible for not becoming double booked.


  • If I receive multiple requests, should I reply to all of them?

    Yes, please respond to each request you receive. If a Casting Director books you for a specific role, it is your responsibility to decline any other offers to ensure you’re not double booked for the same day.


  • Did you get my response?

    When we receive your message, we send you a quick confirmation text message, like the following:

    • “(Your Name), Your “YES” response has been received. Thank you. Remember, you are not booked unless you receive your details.”
    • “(Your Name), Your “NO” response has been received. Thank you.”
    • “(Your Name), Please respond only Yes or No.”
    • “(Your Name), Thank you for your response. Unfortunately, we are no longer accepting submissions for this role.”

    If you didn’t receive a confirmation response, please send your response again. Please note: the system is engineered to only accept a YES or NO response.


  • What if I don’t hear back?

    If you don’t hear back from a Casting Director with an offer for work and booking details, you are not booked. However, given the volume of roles they are booking, please be patient as it may take them some time to respond.


  • Can I change my response?

    Yes, simply reply to the original message with either a Yes or No response. If you receive multiple messages in the course of a conversation with a Casting Director, you will only be able to change your response to the most recent message. Please note: after you have received your details and are booked, you must follow the appropriate procedure if you need to cancel. You can not cancel via text message.


  • What are the role details?

    Role details may or may not be communicated via SMS text message depending on the production. If you are booked, you will be notified where you should go to learn your full booking, wardrobe, and location instructions. These instructions might include a Details Blog and Call Time Change Box number.


  • Do I still have to call the Call Time Change Box?

    Yes. Though your details may be provided to you as a Details Blog via SMS text message, you will still need to call the Call Time Change Box at 818.562.2966 and enter the 4-digit number given by the Casting Director for call time changes and booking updates. Please review all materials to ensure that you understand what will be expected when you arrive to set.


  • If I receive a text message, does that mean I’m booked?

    You are not booked unless you accept an offer for work and receive details.


  • What if I respond to a text message and never hear back?

    Thank you for your response. Sending a “Yes” response tells the Casting Directors that you are interested and available to work, but does not guarantee that you will be booked. Depending on the casting volume, you may not hear back.


  • What if I don’t get a confirmation message?

    Please send your response again.


  • What number will Central Casting text me from?

    Central Casting will use a variety of numbers to reach you. Once you receive a message from a Casting Director about a specific project, all follow up questions and replies will appear in the same thread.


  • Can I call the number I received a text from?

    Unfortunately, our texting numbers are only formatted to send outbound text messages and receive a Yes or No response.


  • Can I respond with something other than Yes or No?

    In order for our system to read your response and provide it to the Casting Directors, we need to limit the text to only Yes or No.


  • What if I am only available part of the day?

    Casting Directors sometimes don’t receive call times until the last minute, so we are asking you if you are available for the full day. If you are only available for part of the day, please reply No.


  • Why was there a link in my text message?

    Casting Directors may provide booking details through a Details Blog. Some Casting Directors and productions may provide additional instructions with a wardrobe blog or similar resource. Please review any materials provided to ensure that you will be ready for work.


  • There’s a link in my text message that doesn’t work. What do I do?

    If for whatever reason a URL isn’t working, write down the URL and attempt to enter it directly into a web browser.


  • Why was my message split?

    Not all carriers and phone service providers handle SMS messages in the same way. Some carriers, like Sprint for example, may split long messages. Unfortunately, when this happens, there is no guarantee the split message will arrive in a predictable order.


  • Can I get text messages in a language other than English?

    No, the messages are only in English.


  • I’m not getting text messages. Does T-Mobile’s business message “opt-out” feature prevent me from receiving text messages from Central Casting?

    Yes. T-Mobile has released a feature that allows their customers to “opt-out” of business messages. In order to receive text messages from Central Casting, T-Mobile users will need to contact T-Mobile support at 1-800-866-2453 and ask for this feature to be turned off. Once the opt-out is removed, you will be able to receive messages from Central Casting. Even if you are a T-Mobile customer who has received text messages from Central Casting in the past, please check with T-Mobile to ensure you do not have the opt-out feature enabled.


  • I’m not registered with Central Casting. Why am I getting these texts?

    We are sorry for the inconvenience. Most likely your mobile number was previously owned by someone registered with us, or provided to us inadvertently.


  • Can I opt out of SMS messaging?

    As an employee of Central Casting you provided your mobile number to us so that we can contact you about jobs for which you would be a potential match. However, if you no longer want us to reach out to you via text message, please call Central Casting and request that your number no longer be used for text messaging.

On Set

Once you have booked a background acting job, you are ready to get on set!

It’s important to show up on time and camera ready. When you arrive, check in with your contact and get your voucher.

Your time on set will vary, but a typical day lasts up to 12 hours. You are an important part of the production, please be professional and have a good attitude on set.

FAQs

Payroll

Central Casting handles both casting and payroll services. When you register with Central Casting, we become your employer and, in most cases, are responsible for paying you. You’ll know you are paid by us if your voucher says Central Casting and/or Entertainment Partners.

Contact payroll
800.562.2718
(select option #3 when prompted)

FAQs

Re-Registration and Updates

You can make a reservation for Re-Registration and Updates to add photos and make profile updates. It’s important to keep your file current so Casting Directors know your look and details. You must re-register every three years to remain eligible to work on our productions. Here’s what you need to know about Re-Registration and Updates.

SAG-AFTRA members will need to present their current SAG-AFTRA card every time they come to Re-Registration and Updates.

We are temporarily suspending all Re-Registration and Updates sessions due to COVID-19. Please check our notices for updates.

Need to update your status as a SAG-AFTRA member?
Submit Here

FAQs

  • Do I need a reservation for Re-Registration and Updates?

    Yes, you must have a reservation to attend a Re-Registration and Updates session. You can make a reservation by clicking the “Reserve Now” button above. Please do not arrive more than 5 minutes early to your reserved session.


  • What do I need to bring?

    The required documentation to accompany the I-9 form. More details can be found on our Register page.

    SAG-AFTRA members will need to present their current SAG-AFTRA card every time they come to Re-Registration and Updates. SAG-AFTRA members should always bring their current SAG-AFTRA card when they visit our office.


  • Can I take a new photo?

    A digital photo of you can be taken in our office when you come in for updates. If you would like additional photos to be added to your profile, you can take a photo in our office or bring hardcopies to an updates session. We cannot accept discs, CDs, or memory sticks. Photos submitted will not be returned.


  • What are some examples of additional photos?
    • Photos of you in wardrobe representing completely different looks that are commonly booked (business, formal, bathing suit, etc.)
    • Unique or rare vehicles or motorcycles that you own
    • Pets that you are willing to work with (pet photos must be submitted; we cannot take any photos of pets at our office)
    • Photos of you in commonly booked costumes that you own (clown, Santa Claus, etc.)

  • How do I change my status from Non-Union to SAG-AFTRA?

    You can change your status during updates. You must present your identification along with your current SAG-AFTRA card and fill out a data change form.


  • How do I change my file information?

    If you would like to update or change any information you can do so during updates.


  • I’m registered at another Central Casting location but would like to work in Los Angeles. What do I do?

    If you have previously registered in person at another Central Casting location, but would now like to work in Los Angeles, you will need to make a reservation to attend a Re-Registration and Updates session. You can make a reservation by clicking the “Reserve Now” button above.

    If you have registered online, but have not attended a New Registration Onboarding session and had your photo taken at one of our offices, you must log in to the online registration process and make a reservation for a New Registration Onboarding session. Re-Registration and Updates are only for those who have previously registered in person at Central Casting.