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2 hours ago

Central Casting

Sag-Aftra Members only
Must be registered with Central Casting.
Taking submissions for Covid tests for Sunday in Burbank to work likely Wednesday in Burbank. Looking for background with a usable car, not red, white, or black. 2008 or newer and good condition.
Send a current photo of your car to submit to clairebsubmissions@centralcasting.com. Please include your name, contact info and year, make, model and color of your vehicle
Subject PIE
Must pass COVID test to work. Even if you test negative, you are not confirmed for work unless we send you details confirming shoot day.
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5 hours ago

Central Casting

NON UNION -- MEN & WOMEN, appears 20s-40s.
** Covid test Monday 11/30, to work Wed 12/2 (pending clearance).

Email CURRENT PHOTO -- NAME -- PHONE #
Subline "Bar Cook"
>>> EricaEsubmissions@centralcasting.com
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9 hours ago

Central Casting

***UNION***
Must be registered with Central Casting!
All possible work dates are contingent upon clearing pre-employment Covid test(s).

Shelby is taking submissions for a show that will test Monday (11/30) to work Friday (12/04) at Warner Brothers in Burbank

Looking for MEN & WOMEN to portray an African-American in their 20s-30s with PERFECT teeth.

If this is you, please submit with a FULL NAME & PHONE NUMBER, & a CURRENT SMILING SELFIE to
ShelbySSubmissions@CentralCasting.com
Subject Line: TEETH
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14 hours ago

Central Casting

***NON UNION & UNION***


Must be registered with Central Casting!!!!!



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



Ella is taking submissions for a show that will COVID test Friday 12/4 and Monday 12/7 to work Tuesday, Wednesday 12/9 in Los Angeles.



Looking for someone to portray a BLONDE CAUCASIAN FEMALE in her 20s, WOMEN SIZE 0-4, must be COMFORTABLE PLAYING PIANO.


If this is you, please submit with a FULL NAME & PHONE NUMBER, A PHOTO OF YOURSELF, A PHOTO OF YOUR HANDS, and YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH PLAYING THE PIANO to

ellaesubmissions@centralcasting.com

Subject Line: PIANIAST



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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14 hours ago

Central Casting

NON UNION
Must be registered with Central.
Bailee is taking submissions for a show Covid testing 11/30, fitting 12/1, and working 12/2 in Los Angeles. Looking for people to portray paramedics with experience. OK to lift gurneys. Experience portraying one is OK.

To submit please send a brief description of your experience to baileersubmissions@centralcasting.com with the subject line: PARAMEDIC
Must pass COVID test to work. Even if you test negative, you are not confirmed for work unless we send you details confirming shoot day.
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14 hours ago

Central Casting

NON UNION
Must be registered with Central.

Bailee is taking submissions for a show Covid testing 11/30 working 12/2 with possible recalls on 12/3 and 12/4 in Los Angeles. Looking for people to portray various hospital background.

To submit please send you name and number to baileersubmissions@centralcasting.com with the subject line: ER

Must pass COVID test to work. Even if you test negative, you are not confirmed for work unless we send you details confirming shoot day.
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15 hours ago

Central Casting

** NON UNION ONLY **
Must be registered with Central Casting.

COVID TEST: SATURDAY 11/28 (Universal)
WORKS: Monday 11/30 AND Tuesday 12/1 (both in Long Beach).

- All possible work dates are contingent upon clearing pre-employment Covid test(s).
- Must pass COVID test to work. Even if you test negative, you are not confirmed for work unless we send you details confirming shoot day.

Miguel is taking specific CAR submissions for a show with the above dates. We are looking for Hispanic looking and Native American looking folks only between 20 – 60 yrs with either a high-end sedan (BMW, Mercedes, Audi, etc) and/or a Black SUV.
- When submitting either your high-end sedan or black SUV, please include the year, color, make & model AND photo of your vehicle.

Must also have luggage.

To submit, please send your name, number, and your car info/photo to:

MiguelLSubmissions@CentralCasting.com (2 L's in email)

SUBJECT LINE: airport
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16 hours ago

Central Casting

***Non Union***

Must be registered with Central

Stevie is taking submissions for a show Covid testing Sat 11/28 & working 11/3 in Santa Monica. Looking for women who can appear to be 18tly WILL PLAY BASKETBALL!! PLEASE FEEL COMFORTABLE AND ABLE TO DO SO!!!

To submit please send PHOTO, EMAIL & NUMBER TO steviemsubmissions@centralcasting.com with the subject line: BASKETBALL
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1 day ago

Central Casting

MUST BE REGISTERED WITH CENTRAL CASTING - SHOOT AND TEST DATE TBD.

Kristan is looking for Union or Non Union males to portray a featured attractive guy, age 30'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 and cannot be super short on the sides. 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. No visible tattoos in short sleeves.

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. Please send to: KristanBSubmissions@centralcasting.com sub line: man
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MUST BE REGISTERED WITH CENTRAL CASTING - SHOOT AND TEST DATE TBD. 

Kristan is looking for Union or Non Union males to portray a featured attractive guy, age 30s 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 and cannot be super short on the sides. 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. No visible tattoos in short sleeves. 

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. Please send to: KristanBSubmissions@centralcasting.com sub line: manImage attachmentImage attachment

1 day ago

Central Casting

***UNION or NON UNION!**



Must be registered with Central Casting!!!!!



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



Miguel is taking submissions for a show that will COVID test Saturday, 11/28, & work Monday, 11/30, with possible recall on Wednesday, 12/2.



Looking for WOMEN, appearing Hispanic, for a pregnant double (does not need to be pregnant) who are OK WITH CLOSE TOUCHING FOR PRETEND CPR and EXPOSING LEGS FOR FAKE MEDICAL INCISCIONS. MUST HAVE GOOD REACTION SKILLS.


If this is you, please submit with a FULL NAME & PHONE NUMBER, and a CURRENT SELFIE to

MiguelLSubmissions@CentralCasting.com (2 L's in address)

Subject Line: GIRAFFE



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 day ago

Central Casting

UNION & NON UNION SUBMISSIONS FOR MALES & FEMALES TO PORTRAY MIDDLE EASTERN VILLAGERS, YOU CAN ALSO PORTRAY HISPANIC, EAST INDIAN, ETC. Covid Test on Friday 11/27. Shoots on Monday 11/30 & Tuesday 12/1 in Santa Clarita. Facial hair is great for men if you have it, if not we might glue a beard on you. Women cannot have artificial or gel nails in a color. Please send a selfie to: KristanBSubmissions@centralcasting.com sub line: TOM ... See MoreSee Less

1 day ago

Central Casting

***UNION or NON UNION!**

Must be registered with Central Casting!!!!!


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


Miguel is taking submissions for a show that will COVID test 11/28 & 11/30 to Work 12/1.

Looking for MEN to portray FIREFIGHTERS in their 20s to early 40s. MUST BE PHYSICALLY FIT! MUST BE OK WEARING ONLY UNDERWEAR/TOWEL in scene. NO VISIBLE TATTOOS while in SWIMWEAR.

If this is you, please submit with a FULL NAME & PHONE NUMBER, and a SHIRTLESS PHOTO to:

MiguelLSubmissions@CentralCasting.com (2 L's in email address)

Subject Line: HYDRANT



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 day ago

Central Casting

***UNION AND NON UNION**



Must be registered with Central Casting!!!!!



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



Cameron is taking submissions for a show that will COVID test Monday, 11/30 and 12/2 to work Wednesday, 12/2, in LA Area.

Looking for MEN with HANDS that match the photo at the bottom. AND matches these sizes: 5'8", 31 waist, 35" chest.

If this is you, please submit with a FULL NAME & PHONE NUMBER, and A PHOTO OF YOUR HANDS LIKE SHOWN.

CameronMSubmissions@CentralCasting.com

Subject Line: Hands


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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***UNION AND NON UNION** 

 

Must be registered with Central Casting!!!!! 

 

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

 

Cameron is taking submissions for a show that will COVID test Monday, 11/30 and 12/2 to work Wednesday, 12/2,  in LA Area. 

Looking for MEN with HANDS that match the photo at the bottom. AND matches these sizes: 58, 31 waist, 35 chest.

If this is you, please submit with a FULL NAME & PHONE NUMBER, and A PHOTO OF YOUR HANDS LIKE SHOWN.

CameronMSubmissions@CentralCasting.com 

Subject Line: Hands
 

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.

1 day ago

Central Casting

UNION
Must be registered with Central

Bailee is taking submissions for a show Covid testing 12/4 to work 12/7 at Universal. Looking for people WITH TATTOOS to portray bikers at a tattoo parlor. MUST be able to provide clearance for your tattoos.

To submit please send a current photo with your tattoos visible to baileersubmissions@centralcasting.com with the subject line: TATTOO
Please state in your submissions that you have clearance

Must pass COVID test to work. Even if you test negative, you are not confirmed for work unless we send you details confirming shoot day.
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1 day ago

Central Casting

SAG & NON UNION -- looking for MEN familiar with news camera equipment. **Must explain level of familiarity with cameras**
-- Covid test Monday 11/30, to work 12/1 (pending clearance).

Email CURRENT PHOTO + NAME + PHONE #
+ Explain camera experience
>>> EricaEsubmissions@centralcasting.com

Must pass COVID test to work. Even if you test negative, you're not confirmed for work unless we send you details confirming each work date.
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1 day ago

Central Casting

YOU MUST BE REGISTERED WITH CENTRAL CASTING.

UNION SUBMISSIONS FOR MALES & FEMALES AGE 30'S -40'S TO PORTRAY TEACHERS. Covid Tests on Monday 11/30 and Tuesday 12/1. Shoots on Weds 12/2 and Friday 12/4 (there will be other shoot dates in the future) -- all of this in Van Nuys & Sherman Oaks. You cannot have worked the show "Astro" in the last 2 weeks. Please submit with a selfie to: KristanBSubmissions@centralcasting.com sub line: Teach

**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.
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2 days ago

Central Casting

***Non Union***
Must be registered with Central
Stevie is taking submissions for a show Covid testing 11/28 & 11/30 & working 12/1 IN SANTA CLARITA. Looking for men & women who can appear to be Hispanic with BOOKABLE CAR. NO RED, WHITE, OR BLACK. CARS 2012 OR OLDER.
To submit please send PHOTO, EMAIL & NUMBER TO steviemsubmissions@centralcasting.com with the subject line: CAR
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2 days ago

Central Casting

***UNION OR NON UNION**
Must be registered with Central Casting!!!!!

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

Miguel is taking submissions for a show that will COVID test on Wednesday, 12/2 & Work Friday, 12/4.

Looking for MEN, appearing African-American. No tattoos. Height around 6'2". MUST BE OKAY WITH AGUAHARA AND UNDERWATER WORK ALTHOUGH NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY.

If this is you, please submit with a FULL NAME & PHONE NUMBER & HEIGHT, and a FULL BODY SHIRTLESS PICTURE and send to:

MiguelLSubmissions@CentralCasting.com
Subject Line: WATER

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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2 days ago

Central Casting

UNION and NON UNION
Must be registered with Central.
REVISED

Bailee is taking submissions for a show Covid Testing: 11/28 to work 12/1 at Universal.
Looking for Asian portraying men appearing 18tly to portray an acapella group. Looking for guys that are outgoing and comfortable performing.

To submit please send your name and phone number to baileersubmissions@centralcasting.com with the subject line: ACAPELLA (if you have already submitted previously for this role I have received your submission, thanks!)

Must pass COVID test to work. Even if you test negative, you are not confirmed for work unless we send you details confirming shoot day.
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2 days ago

Central Casting

***UNION OR NON UNION**

Must be registered with Central Casting!!!!!

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

Miguel is taking submissions for a show that will COVID test 11/28 and Work 11/30 and 12/1 in Long Beach.

Looking for MEN AND WOMEN, appearing Native American or Hispanic, who have BOOKABLE CARS in ANY make, year, and color.

If this is you, please submit with a FULL NAME & PHONE NUMBER, A PHOTO OF YOUR CAR, CURRENT SELFIE and LIST MAKE, MODEL, YEAR & COLOR to

MiguelLSubmissions@CentralCasting.com (double L in address)
Subject Line: PANDA

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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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.

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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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Frequently Asked Questions

Being Booked

You are booked when you accept an offer for work and receive details.

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.

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

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. Payroll and casting are handled separately, so if you have questions about your paycheck, contact our payroll department directly.

For payroll updates, read our article Your Paycheck and Other Payroll Questions Answered.

Contact payroll
800.562.2718
(select option #3 when prompted)

myEP

To change your address, view your pay history, compare paychecks, and more, log in or sign up with myEP. When signing up for the first time, please use the same email address you have on file with Central Casting. To learn more, watch the myEP video from Entertainment Partners.

FAQs

  • How soon after I work can I expect my paycheck?

    Payroll is processed as vouchers come in from production, which means you may receive checks out of work date order. You can learn more about your pay history by logging in to myEP.


  • Can I pick up my paycheck?

    No. At this time, we do not have the resources for checks to be picked up. Paychecks are handled in a security area with 24-hour surveillance and delivered by our bonded driver to the post office directly. Paymasters do not have access to your paychecks.


  • How long does it take for me to receive my check after it’s mailed?

    The checks are sent first class mail. While you will receive most checks within 2-3 business days after they are mailed, there are times when it could take longer through the federal mail system, particularly during holiday periods.


  • Why do I sometimes receive my paychecks out of work date order?

    Checks are not mailed out in order of work date. Before we can cut a check, the production reviews and completes the voucher, and production companies vary on how often they process and send in the vouchers.


  • What do I do if I think a check is missing?

    To inquire about a missing check, please contact payroll at 800.562.2718. Be sure to have the name of the project you worked on, the date you worked, and your voucher information. You can also check your pay history on myEP.

    To request a stop payment, fill out and follow the instructions on our Stop Pay/Reissue Form. A stop payment can be placed no sooner than one calendar week after the check has been mailed.


  • Do I need to write my Social Security number on my voucher each time I work?

    Yes, there are many people we payroll with the same or similar names. You will need to put your Social Security number on each voucher so we can correctly identify who we should pay. Your voucher will either be delayed or not processed if we are unable to identify who worked.


  • What is the best way to contact the payroll department?

    For payroll inquiries, please call 800.562.2718 and select option #3 when prompted. Representatives are available Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm PT.

    Payroll and casting are handled separately. Our Casting Directors do not have access to your pay information. Please contact payroll for paycheck related questions and be prepared with the name of the project you worked on, the date you worked, and your voucher information.


  • How do I sign up with myEP?

    To create an account, please go to my.EP.com and sign up using the same email address you have on file with Central Casting.

    Once you have created and logged in to your account, you will need to link myEP to your EP payroll profile. To do this, select the “update profile” option under “manage account” and click the “connect payroll profile” button. You will then be prompted to enter your Social Security number and verify your employment by providing net pay, check, or gross pay information.

    Now that your payment profile is linked, you will be able to change your address, view your pay history, and compare paychecks. Be sure to review your contact information to make sure everything is current.


  • How do I change my address with payroll?

    To change your address with payroll, please log in or sign up with myEP. If signing up for the first time, please use the email address you have on file with Central Casting.


  • How do I place a stop payment on a check?

    You can email or mail a stop payment request by filling out a Stop Pay/Reissue Form. A stop payment can be placed no sooner than one calendar week after the check has been mailed.


  • How long does it take to reissue a check after I request a stop payment?

    Five business days for current year checks, longer if the check was cut in a prior year. We are unable to reissue a check that has been stop paid until after we have received confirmation from the bank that the stop payment was successful.


  • How do I request a work history?

    You can access your pay history by signing up or logging in to your myEP account. If you need records to join SAG-AFTRA, please call 818.955.6313. SAG-AFTRA will only accept faxes sent directly from our payroll department certified by our manager.


  • How do I get my W-2?

    To access your W-2, visit EP’s W-2 page.


  • How can I submit an inquiry or correction to my tax form?

    To submit an inquiry or correction to your tax form, please fill out and sign our inquires and corrections form.


  • How can I verify my employment with Central Casting?

    For employment verification, call 818.955.6313. This is an Entertainment Partners line; they will be able to provide employment verification.

Re-Registration and Updates

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

Photo updates
We are not accepting or holding photo updates at this time. When seeking submissions, Casting Directors will often ask for a recent selfie that reflects your current look. We recommend keeping recent selfies on hand so you’re ready to submit when a Casting Director asks for one.

Sizes
We are not making size or measurement updates to your file at this time. When booking roles with specific sizes, Casting Directors will seek submissions on our Jobs page or reach out to you to confirm your sizes.

Address change
To change your address with payroll, please log in or sign up with myEP. If signing up for the first time, please use the email address you have on file with Central Casting.

Please check back for instructions on how to change your address with casting.

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

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