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Casting Directors will either email or text to check your availability and ask follow up questions. You can also directly respond to these messages through the inbox in your online profile.

Be sure to fill out the availability calendar in your profile, which Casting Directors will use when considering you for roles.

You can also check our Jobs page for roles you fit.


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If you are available

Reply to the message as soon as possible and be sure to answer all relevant questions.

If submitting via the Jobs page, email the address provided on the job posting. Don’t forget to attach requested photos or other materials.

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If you get the job

The Casting Director will give you your booking information. Be sure to write this information down.

You will be given a show name with a passcode to access your details. Any call time changes will be sent to you via our online self-service system. Be sure to check your Details Blog before you go to sleep and after you wake up for any updates.

*We are no longer using the Call Time Change Box.


Still have not been booked?

If you have not been booked by 7pm and are completely available without restrictions for the next day, you can add yourself to the After Hours Availability List for a chance to be booked on replacements and rush calls.


Notices

We are currently hiring staff

  • Central Casting Los Angeles is currently hiring staff positions. Please see our careers page for more information.

Updates to getting call time changes

  • Be sure to check your Details Blog before you go to bed and again when you wake up in case any changes are made to location or wardrobe needs. In the case of any call time changes, you will be notified directly via our online self-service system. We will no longer be using the Call Time Change Box.

Complete required Anti-Harassment training

  • As of January 1, 2021, if you have not completed required anti-harassment training, you are not eligible to be booked by Central Casting. Once you complete the training, you will become eligible to be booked again. If you did not receive an email regarding the required training, please contact technical support at helpme@centralcasting.com. You can find more information on our Required Training page.

Now Casting with our online self-service system

  • Casting Directors are now booking through our online self-service system. Be sure to check your email/texts often, keep your profile updated, and continue to fill out your availability calendar. You can now claim, view, and edit your Central Casting profile online through the log in button in our website menu. If you are already signed up with Central Casting, you must claim your profile before you can access it.

Claim your online profile

  • You can now claim, view, and edit your Central Casting profile online through the log in button in our website menu. If you are already signed up with Central Casting, you must claim your profile before you can access it. Please update and fill out your profile completely so Casting Directors can consider you for the right roles.

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  • Looking for babies and children up to 4 years old of all ethnicities to work on movies and TV shows. Submit here.

Educational Resources for COVID-19 Testing

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Below the Line podcast featuring Central Casting

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Help stop the spread of COVID-19!

Jennifer Bender featured on podcast: There to Here

  • Central Casting’s EVP Jennifer Bender was recently interviewed on the CoLab INC Podcast: There to Here. This is an educational podcast where pros talk nuts and bolts, how they define success in the entertainment industry and how they got from there to here. Jennifer gives her perspective on the current climate of the industry relating to Background Actors. Watch or listen to the podcast.
Black Lives Matter

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Introducing myEP

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Important message from Jennifer Bender

I hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. It’s been about 9 weeks since our industry went down due to COVID-19 and I, as well as all of you, am sure ready to get back to work! But of course, we can’t do that until it is safe to do so. Having all of our financial and creative resources end so quickly has been hard on all of us. I wanted to share with you that over these weeks we have been actively involved with meeting with our clients, studios and union to partner in what will be the best path to move us forward and get back to work safely. As more information evolves, we will be sure to communicate it out to you as best we can. In the meantime, stay safe, take good care of yourself, catch up on movies and shows and spend time with your loved ones. We are thinking about all of you and hoping we all can get back to making movies and television again soon!

All my best,
Jennifer

All Background Actors signed up with Central Casting

  • Out of an abundance of caution and because your health and safety is very important to us, do not accept a booking, or go to set If you:
    • Are currently feeling unwell or have any flu like symptoms such as fever, a temperature of 100 or greater, a cough or breathing difficulties
    • Have been in close proximity with a person(s) known or suspected to have the Coronavirus (COVID-19) or under quarantine/isolation
    • Have traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19, including New York (unless you are a NY Background Actor already residing or working in NY), Northern California, Washington State, China, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Iran, and South Korea

Central Casting Policies and Arbitration Agreement

  • All talent signed up with Central Casting are required to comply with Central Casting’s policies which includes a mandatory arbitration agreement. If you choose to continue your employment/casting relationship with Central Casting, your consent to the arbitration agreement is deemed automatic and no action is needed from you, and you may continue to submit for work like you normally do. You are not required to review the arbitration agreement, but if you choose to read it, it is available in our Forms and Policies section. Refusal to comply with Central Casting’s arbitration agreement and policies will mean you are ineligible to work on Central Casting jobs.

Check out our Articles section

  • Brand new articles are available now. Each article has a quick poll. Be sure to cast your votes. Keep checking back as we continue to post regular new content.
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UNION SUBMISSIONS FOR EXPERIENCED STAND IN. Covid Test Monday 4/12. Shoots Tuesday 4/13 in Los Angeles.

female to portray Caucasian, height 5'6 to 5'8 , brown hair, age 20's to 30's. Please submit to KristanBSubmissions@centralcasting.com sub line: Karen
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UNION SUBMISSIONS FOR EXPERIENCED STAND IN. Covid Test Monday 4/12. Shoots Tuesday 4/13 & Weds 4/14 in Los Angeles.
Male to portray Caucasian, height 6'0 to 6'2 , balding age 40's to 60's. Please submit to KristanBSubmissions@centralcasting.com sub line: Ken
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UNION SUBMISSIONS FOR EXPERIENCED STAND IN. Covid Test Monday 4/12. Shoots Tuesday 4/13 & Weds 4/14 in Los Angeles.

Male to portray Caucasian, height 6'1 to 6'3 , reddish brown hair, age 30's to 40's. Please submit to KristanBSubmissions@centralcasting.com sub line: Jackie
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UNION SUBMISSIONS FOR EXPERIENCED STAND IN. Covid Test Monday 4/12. Shoots Tuesday 4/13 in Los Angeles.

Male to portray Caucasian, height 5'4 to 5'8 , dark hair, age 30's to 40's. Please submit to KristanBSubmissions@centralcasting.com sub line: Sol
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7 hours ago
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REVISED DATES - ALSO I AM LOOKING FOR PEOPLE TO PORTRAY THAI, SOUTHEAST ASIAN, EAST INDIAN , FILIPINO OR CHINESE.

UNION OR NON UNION SUBMISSIONS FOR VERY FASHIONABLE ARTY TYPES (LIKE FASHION INDUSTRY TYPES) TO PORTRAY ASIAN, AGE 20'S TO 40'S. Women should be a size 6 or smaller, height 5'4 or taller. Men should be size 34 waist or smaller with slim builds. Testing will be drive thru in West Hollywood, Fitting & Shooting in Long Beach. Shoots on the new Russo Bros feature film "The Gray Man" starring Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas and Chris Evans

Covid Tests: 4/12, fitting 4/13, test 4/14, test 4/16, test 4/18, Shoot 4/19 thru 4/25 (each day based on recall) . YOU CANNOT HAVE EVER WORKED THIS SHOW OR BE SCHEDULED TO WORK ON THIS SHOW. Testing is in West Hollywood, fitting and shooting in Long Beach. THESE ARE DAY CALLS.

Please send your most fashionable photo to: KristanBSubmissions@centralcasting.com sub line: party
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10 hours ago
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UNION & NON UNION SUBMISSIONS FOR MALE & FEMALES TO PORTRAY A PIANIST WITH EXPERIENCE, AGE 30'S TO 50's. Men should be size 46 coat or smaller and women size 12 or smaller. YOU CANNOT HAVE WORKED AMERICAN CRIME STORY IN THE LAST 12 WEEKS. Also if you were fit for this show and never used, please submit. Covid Test on Sunday 4/11, Fitting on Tues 4/13, shoots Thurs 4/15 and Friday 4/16. You need to have hair that can be styled into a 1990's style (see photos). Men need to be willing to get their hair trimmed. Men's hair cannot be buzzed on sides or back and no beards or goatees. Please send a current selfie to: KristanBSubmissions@centralcasting.com along with a description of your piano-playing experience sub line: PIANO ... See MoreSee Less

10 hours ago
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UNION & NON UNION SUBMISSIONS FOR MALE & FEMALES TO PORTRAY COCKTAIL/FOOD SERVERS & BARTENDERS WITH EXPERIENCE, AGE 25 TO 40's. Men should be size 46 coat or smaller and women size 12 or smaller. YOU CANNOT HAVE WORKED AMERICAN CRIME STORY IN THE LAST 12 WEEKS. Also if you were fit for this show and never used, please submit. Covid Test on Sunday 4/11, Fitting on Tues 4/13, shoots Thurs 4/15 and Friday 4/16. You need to have hair that can be styled into a 1990's style (see photos). Men need to be willing to get their hair trimmed. Men's hair cannot be buzzed on sides or back and no beards or goatees. Please send a current selfie to: KristanBSubmissions@centralcasting.com sub line: BAR ... See MoreSee Less

12 hours ago
Central Casting

Hi all, it's Kristan. I am going to be doing a lot of casting today, so stay tuned for some posting!

Also very important - when we ask for selfies, please do not wear sunglasses, or hats. Also please don't use filters and make sure the selfie is current -- if you send us a photo with long hair, we expect that you have long hair. Thank you!!
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12 hours ago
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UNION OR NON UNION SUBMISSIONS FOR MALES WITH REAL ELECTRICAL OR PLUMBING EXPERIENCE OR EXPERIENCE WITH POWER TOOLS - THIS IS CRUCIAL. You need to have hair that can be styled into a 90's style, so no buzz cuts. Longer hair is fine too. Must be able to portray age 27 to 40's. Covid Test on 4/19, Test again 4/20, Shoot 4/21, 4/22, possible 4/23 test again 5/3 & 5/4 and shoot 5/5 & 5/6. This is very featured on a new series from Seth Rogen.

Please email a detailed description of your electrician, plumbing or power tool experience along with a current selfie to: KristanBSubmissions@centralcasting.com sub line: WORK
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1 day ago
Central Casting

***UNION or NON UNION***

Must be registered with Central Casting!!!!! 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 submissions for The Gray Man, directed by the Russo Brothers and starring Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, and Ana de Armas.

This will Covid Test 4/12, Covid Test 4/14, Fitting 4/15, Covid Test 4/16, Covid Test 4/18, Work 4/19, Work 4/20, Work 4/21, Work 4/22, Work 4/23, Work 4/24, and Work 4/25.

Testing in West Hollywood. Fitting and Work Dates in Long Beach.

DO NOT SUBMIT IF YOU ARE NOT AVAIL FOR ALL TESTING, FITTING, AND SHOOT DATES.

Looking for Men and Women, appearing Asian, to portray Background who are Hipsters, Artsy, Wacky, or Interesting.

If this is you, please submit with a Full Name, Phone Number, and a Current photo to:

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

Subject Line: GRAY MAN

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
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UNION & NON-UNION SUBMISSIONS
*Must be registered with Central Casting*

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.

Angel is taking submissions for a show that is set to Covid test Sunday, 4/11, fits Tuesday, 4/13, retesting Thursday, 4/22 and shooting Friday, 4/23 at Fox Studios (tests/fit) and in the Redondo Beach area (shoot).

We are looking for men appearing Caucasian to portray a Mall Santa. A beard and belly are a plus/ok. If you have your own Santa suit, you may include that in your submission.

Please send your FULL NAME, PHONE NUMBER, SELFIE & SANTA SUIT (if applicable) over to:
angelpsubmissions@centralcasting.com
Subject line: Santa
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1 day ago
Central Casting

UNION OR NON UNION SUBMISSIONS FOR PHOTO DOUBLE - HAIR NEEDS TO MATCH OR YOU NEED TO LET US CUT AND STYLE YOUR HAIR TO MATCH! The actor has his hair in twists but is is also probably a one on the clippers all the way around the bottom.

Covid Test on 4/14, & 4/15 and shoots 4/16 all in Santa Clarita. Height is 5'9 to 5'11, 150 to 170 lbs, 30 to 32 waist, 30 to 32 inseam. Please send a photo from the front and if you are able to take photos of the sides of your head, that is great too. Please send to: DawaelyneJSubmissions@centralcasting.com Sub line: DOUB
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UNION OR NON UNION SUBMISSIONS FOR PHOTO DOUBLE - HAIR NEEDS TO MATCH OR YOU NEED TO LET US CUT AND STYLE YOUR HAIR TO MATCH!  The actor has his hair in twists but is is also probably a one on the clippers all the way around the bottom. 

Covid Test on 4/14, & 4/15 and shoots 4/16 all in Santa Clarita. Height is 59 to 511, 150 to 170 lbs, 30 to 32 waist, 30 to 32 inseam. Please send a photo from the front and if you are able to take photos of the sides of your head, that is great too. Please send to: DawaelyneJSubmissions@centralcasting.com    Sub line: DOUB
1 day ago
Central Casting

**Union submissions ONLY***
***Must be registered with Central Casting***

Andrew is taking submissions for a show that is set to test Monday 4/12 and set to work Wednesday 4/14 in the Los Angeles Area.

We are looking for bg who are able to portray an African American women between the ages of 18-35 years old, who's height range is between 5'8-5'9 and a dress size between 6-8. This will be as a stand in role so please send your list of experience along with your name and a photo of yourself to to
AndrewMSubmissions@centralcasting.com
Subject line: STAND IN

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 submissions ONLY***
**Must be registered with Central Casting**

Andrew is taking submissions for a show that is set to test Saturday 4/10 and set to work Tuesday 4/13 in the Los Angeles Area.

We are looking for background who are able to portray a man between the ages of 18-35 years old, who's height range is between 5'11'-6' and a suite range between 38-40R.

This will be as a stand in role so please send your list of experience along with your name and information to:
AndrewMSubmissions@centralcasting.com
Subject line: STAND IN

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 submissions ONLY***
*Must be registered with Central Casting*

Andrew is taking submissions for a show that is set to COVID Test Saturday 4/10 and set to work Monday 4/12 in the Los Angeles Area.

We are looking for bg who are able to portray a woman between the ages of 18-35 years old, with dress sizes are between 6-8. Height preferred is between 5'7'-5'8'.

This will be as a stand in role so please send your list of experience along with your name and information to:
AndrewMSubmissions@centralcasting.com
Subject line: STAND IN

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- NO MUST PAYS***

Must be registered with Central Casting!!!!!
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.

Sophia is taking submissions for a show that tests on 4/11 and works on 4/13 in Los Angeles. Rate: 250/8
Seeking background actors to portray DRAG QUEENS! If you do not have experience as an actual drag queen, please do not submit!

If this is you, please submit WITH PHOTOS OF YOU IN DRAG! Send these photos, along with your full name, phone number, and email address to:
SophiaKSubmissions@centralcasting.com
Subject Line: Drag Queen

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 OR NON UNION SUBMISSIONS FOR MALES WITH REAL ELECTRICAL OR PLUMBING EXPERIENCE - THIS IS CRUCIAL. You need to have hair that can be styled into a 90's style, so no buzz cuts. Longer hair is fine too. Must be able to portray age 27 to 40's. Covid Test on 4/19, Test again 4/20, Shoot 4/21, 4/22, possible 4/23 test again 5/3 & 5/4 and shoot 5/5 & 5/6. This is very featured on a new series from Seth Rogen.

Please email a detailed description of your electrician or plumbing experience along with a current selfie to: katiejsubmissions@centralcasting.com sub line: WORK
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2 days ago
Central Casting

SAG-AFTRA
must be registered with Central Casting

Chelsea is taking submissions for a show working 4/14 and 4/15.
(covid test in your car before and await results, same day)

TWO categories-

Looking for union males in their 20s-early 30s who can skateboard and can bring their own board.

also looking for union males in their 20s-early 30s who are not allergic to peanuts to portray party guests.

If this is you please submit VIA email to
ChelseaMsubmissions@centralcasting.com with name, phone number and email address in the body of the email.
Subject line for skaters -skaters
Subject line for party guests -peanut

thank you!
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2 days ago
Central Casting

UNION ONLY
*Must be registered with Central Casting*

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.

Angel is taking submissions for a show that is set to Covid test Friday, 4/9 and shoot Monday, 4/12 in Culver City. We are looking for a background to portray an upscale-type age 30s to 40s. You must NOT have worked on Athena in the last 8 weeks.

Please send your FULL NAME, PHONE NUMBER & SELFIE over to:
angelpsubmissions@centralcasting.com
Subject line: Stage
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2 days ago
Central Casting

***NON-UNION ONLY***
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 COVID test Monday, 4/12, working Monday, 4/14, in LA Area.

Looking for background appearing in their 20s to early 40s to portray semi-athletic runners. MUST BE WILLING TO RUN.

In addition to your submission, please upload a current photo to your profile if you've not already done so.

If this is you, please send your full name, phone number in xxx-xxx-xxxx, and re-type your email to:
ShelbySSubmissions@CentralCasting.com
Subject Line: RUNNER

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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Community

Central Casting cares about your success. Our Background Actors have the opportunity to interact with Casting Directors, meet other Background Actors, and learn from industry professionals. Check the calendar for our latest community events.

All Visiting and Central Casting University classes have been suspended until further notice. Keep an eye on the notices for updates.

Visiting

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.

Central Casting University

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.

The Stand-In

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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Profile Management

When you sign up with Central Casting, you create an online profile where you can manage your availability, update your photos and contact information, and respond to job inquiries in our online self-service system. Our Casting Directors use your online profile to consider you for background acting, stand-in, double, and other types of roles.

If you previously registered with Central Casting before the launch of our online self-service system, a profile has already been created for you. To access your information, please claim your profile using the email address you have on file with Central Casting.

Required Training

All those registered with Central Casting Los Angeles must take required anti-harassment training by January 1, 2021 in order to remain active and eligible to be booked.

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Profile Management FAQs

For technical support, please contact 855.500.2055.

Frequently Asked Questions

Being Booked

You are officially booked when you accept an offer for work and receive your details. Make sure you write all your booking information down so you’re prepared when you get on set.

When a Casting Director contacts you for work, you will often receive an alert in your profile and an email through our online self-service system. We recommend setting up email alerts so you never miss a message from Central Casting. To learn how to set up email alerts on your device, read these instructions.

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. Please review all provided information to ensure you are ready for work when you arrive to set. Any call time changes will be sent to you via our online self-service system.


  • 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.

  • Why have I not been contacted for work in a while?

    Our Casting Directors book Background Actors based on the needs of production. Be sure to fill out your profile thoroughly and accurately so Casting Directors know the types of roles you can portray. You can also check our Jobs page for work opportunities.


  • What can I do to help myself get booked?

    Through our online self-service system, you can now edit your online profile and receive job inquiries from Casting Directors. Here are some tips to ensure you’re putting yourself in the best position to be booked.

    1. To get booked by Central Casting, you must first claim your online profile. To claim, select the log in button in our website menu, then choose the claim profile option. Once claimed, you will be able to log in and get jobs through our online self-service system.
    2. Casting Directors use the information in your profile, like hair color, eye color, sizes, vehicles you own, etc., when booking their shows. By filling out your profile completely and accurately, you will show up in more searches for roles you fit.
    3. Upload photos of yourself in different looks and wardrobe, your vehicles, and pets you are willing to work with. Casting Directors use your photos to make sure your look fits the role.
    4. Manage your availability calendar. Keeping your availability up to date lets Casting Directors know when to contact you for work and helps ensure you don’t become double booked.
    5. Reply to emails and texts promptly. You will receive availability messages, job inquiries, and other communications from Central Casting via email. Be sure to enable alerts so you never miss a job opportunity. Also, add DoNot-Reply@centralcasting.com to your safe sender list, so emails don’t get lost in junk or other folders. Casting Directors may also reach out via text message and you can also view all communications in the messages folder of your online profile.

Messaging

  • How do I submit for work?

    Casting Directors will contact you directly when you fit the look or requirements for a role. Be sure to completely fill out your online profile and add additional photos in different looks so Casting Directors can consider you for a variety of roles.


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

    Emails will always come from DoNot-Reply@centralcasting.com and include a link to reply to the message via your online profile. SMS text messages can come from a variety of numbers, but will always include a link to reply via our online self-service system. These inquiries will also appear in your online profile.

    Emails from Central Casting will include your name, a message from the casting director, and a link to our online self-service system.

  • What happens after I respond to a message?

    Our Casting Directors will review their responses then reach out if they intend to book you. If you are not selected, you may not hear from anyone. Remember, you’re booked when you accept an offer for work and receive details.


  • What does the phrase “without time restrictions” mean?

    When booking, Casting Directors may not know the call time (which can often change before the shoot), so they need you to have completely open availability on the date in question. For example, if you cannot work between 3-4pm, you are not available without time restrictions.


  • I didn’t see the message until later. Can I still respond?

    Yes, always respond as soon as you can. Some messages will expire after a certain amount of time. When this happens, you will see a notification that submissions are closed. We recommend enabling alerts for Central Casting through your email provider so you can always respond to job inquiries on time.


  • Can I respond to multiple avail messages?

    Yes, you are responsible for letting Central Casting know when you are available to work. Once you are booked, you are also responsible for not becoming double booked. If you are on first avail, please let that Casting Director know before accepting another offer.


  • How do I know you received my response?

    After you respond to a message, you will be sent a notification detailing your response and confirmation we received it.


  • Why am I unable to reply to an availability message?

    Casting Directors may only accept responses for a certain period of time and your message may have expired. If the message has expired and we’re no longer accepting submissions for the role for which you were contacted, you will see a page that explains this when you try to respond.


  • What if I don’t hear back from a Casting Director?

    If you don’t hear back with an offer for work and 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.


  • What are my booking details?

    Once you have accepted an offer for work, the Casting Director will let you know how to access your details, which will likely be in the form of a Details Blog. To access your details, enter the show name and passcode given to you in the My Details section of our website. Casting Directors get booking information as it comes in from production, so you likely will not receive your details until the evening before the shoot.


  • Do I still have to call the Call Time Change Box for my call time changes?

    Any call time changes will be sent to you via our online self-service system. We will no longer be using the Call Time Change Box.


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

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


  • What if I respond to a message then never hear back from the Casting Director?

    Thank you for replying. Your response lets the Casting Director know you are interested and available to work, but does not guarantee you will be booked. Depending on the casting volume, you may not hear back.


  • Can I reply directly to a text message?

    No, our texting numbers are only formatted to send outbound text messages from our online self-service system. When you respond to a text message directly, you will get a message indicating that you can only reply “Stop” to end text communication. We do not accept “yes,” “no,” or any other response through text message.


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

    No, our texting numbers are only formatted to send outbound text messages from our online self-service system. Please call our main line at 818.562.2700.


  • Why was there a link in my message?

    While you may receive an email or text message, all communication with Casting Directors happens through our online self-service system. Each communication will include a link to your online profile where you can reply to the message.


  • Can I get 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.


  • Can I change my response?

    If your availability has changed after responding to a message, please call our office at 818.562.2700.


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

    We apologize for the inconvenience. Most likely your phone number was previously owned by someone signed up with us or provided to us in error.


  • 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 reply “STOP” to the text message you received.


  • How do I set up email alerts on an iPhone?

    Adding Central Casting as a VIP sender ensures you don’t miss out on job inquiries and other communications. If you have an iPhone, follow these steps. If you have another device, please check your email app settings.

    1. Open an email from Central Casting
    2. Tap on Central Casting in the “from” field at the top of the page
    3. Select “add to VIP” below Central Casting’s contact information

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 sign up 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.

Updates

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

Once signed up with Central Casting, you can update your profile information and add additional photos by logging in to your online profile. By keeping your information current, our Casting Directors can consider you for a variety of roles.

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.

To change your address with casting, please log in to your online profile.

SAG-AFTRA status
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