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Become a part of Central Casting’s legendary database. Get booked on movies and TV shows. It’s free and easy to get started.

We are temporarily suspending all Minors Registration and Updates sessions in an abundance of caution due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please review the Required Documentation section below to prepare for when Minors Registration resumes.

Please check our notices for updates.

 

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Required Documentation

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 Per the Department of Homeland Security, a list C document alone is no longer valid.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

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

Registration is for new SAG-AFTRA and non-union minors. Please arrive no earlier than 10 minutes prior to your reservation. You will not be admitted if you arrive more than 10 minutes late to your scheduled session.

Registration FAQs

A Background Actor or extra is someone who performs in a show in a nonspeaking role, usually in the background. Central Casting registers Background Actors to appear in our legendary database. Every day, our in-house Casting Directors use that database to cast thousands of Background Actors to work on set, often for the following day.
If you successfully made a reservation, but did not receive an email, check your junk and other non-inbox folders. You can also search your email for no-reply@calendly.com to locate your reservation confirmation.
Those without required documentation (unexpired originals only, no photocopies) to accompany the I-9 form will be turned away.

Must bring identification showing date of birth for the Age Verification form.
Minors have different requirements when registering and must be registered in person. Please make a reservation to bring your minor and their required documentation to a minors registration session.
All minors ages 17 and under must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. Homeland Security permits only the parent or legal guardian to fill out the I-9 form.
Your minor does not need a work permit to register with Central Casting, but in order to be considered for work, each minor will need an child performer permit issued by the state of New York on file with Central Casting.
Please bring your minor’s current SAG-AFTRA card/receipt issued by SAG-AFTRA with you to registration.
Pets cannot be accommodated.
Registration is approximately one hour. Please arrive no earlier than 10 minutes prior to your reservation. You will not be admitted if you arrive more than 10 minutes late to your scheduled session.

Registration with Central Casting is a privilege, not a right. We respectfully reserve the right to refuse registration to anyone.

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

  Minors registered with Central Casting

How to get work

Already registered? Bookmark this page to help your minor get booked on set.

Work Step 1

Check our Jobs page for all the latest roles we are casting.
You may also receive a text message* from Casting Directors checking your availability.

* For more information read our SMS messaging FAQS

Work Step 2

If your minor fits the description

Call the number given or send an email to the address provided on the job posting.

Work Step 3

If your minor gets the job

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

You will receive a call time, category, and a show name with a passcode to access your minor’s details at the link below.

My Details

 

Notices

Important message from Jennifer Bender

We are in unprecedented times. With the ongoing spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the speed at which everything is changing, we are all continuing to adapt as best we can. Out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our community, our offices remain closed until further notice. Additionally, most of the shows we cast have gone down until we all feel confident it is safe to get back to work. We understand these are difficult times for everyone and will continue to communicate to you as things progress.

On behalf of myself and all of us at Central Casting, we wish you safety and good health. Please care for yourself and those around you. Hoping we all get back to work soon!

Sincerely,
Jennifer Bender

All offices closed to visitors

  • We are temporarily suspending all New Registration, Re-Registration & Updates, Minors Registration, and all other Central Casting events in an abundance of caution due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. If you are ill, experiencing any symptoms, or feel you have been exposed to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) please do not visit Central Casting, accept a booking, or go to set. All Central Casting offices are closed to visitors at this time.

All Background Actors registered 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

Special announcement

  • We’re excited to announce that our parent company, Entertainment Partners, which owns 100% of Central Casting, has acquired the casting platform We Got POP. This will improve the casting process for our productions, staff and all of our background actors. For now casting continues as normal. Stay tuned for important announcements from your Central Casting office, in the coming weeks.

Ray James submissions

  • We are looking for men and women (18+) with business attire who can portray a Japanese look to work on an exciting new series. Submit now.

How to access your W-2s

  • Background Actor W-2s are available through Entertainment Partners. Our article Find Out How to Access Your W-2 has everything you need to know to prepare for tax season.

Central Casting Policies and Arbitration Agreement

  • All registered talent 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.

Claim your profile

  • All registered Central Casting New York talent can now claim and manage their talent profile online. Through your online profile, you can conveniently take required training and keep your contact information up to date. Claim your profile.

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  • Twitter is currently not connecting to our Facebook job posts. You can find all of our openings on the Jobs page of our website.

Online registration process

  • To register, just fill out your information on our website, then make a reservation to visit our New York office to complete paperwork and take your casting photo. To read the full instructions and begin the online registration process, visit our Register page.

Are you getting our texts?

  • Are you a T-Mobile customer? 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 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.

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2 weeks ago

Central Casting

Dear Central Casting community,

We are in unprecedented times. With the ongoing spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the speed at which everything is changing, we are all continuing to adapt as best we can. Out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our community, our offices remain closed until further notice. Additionally, most of the shows we cast have gone down until we all feel confident it is safe to get back to work.
We understand these are difficult times for everyone and will continue to communicate to you as things progress.

On behalf of myself and all of us at Central Casting, we wish you safety and good health. Please care for yourself and those around you. Hoping we all get back to work soon!

Sincerely,
Jennifer Bender
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Dear Central Casting community,
 
We are in unprecedented times. With the ongoing spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the speed at which everything is changing, we are all continuing to adapt as best we can. Out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our community, our offices remain closed until further notice. Additionally, most of the shows we cast have gone down until we all feel confident it is safe to get back to work. 
We understand these are difficult times for everyone and will continue to communicate to you as things progress. 
 
On behalf of myself and all of us at Central Casting, we wish you safety and good health. Please care for yourself and those around you. Hoping we all get back to work soon! 
 
Sincerely,
Jennifer Bender

2 weeks ago

Central Casting

***All Background Actors registered 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
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***All Background Actors registered 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

2 weeks ago

Central Casting

We are temporarily suspending all New Registration, Re-Registration & Updates, Minors Registration, and all other Central Casting events in an abundance of caution due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). If you are ill, experiencing any symptoms, or feel you have been exposed to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) please do not visit Central Casting, accept a booking, or go to set. All Central Casting offices are closed to visitors at this time. ... See MoreSee Less

We are temporarily suspending all New Registration, Re-Registration & Updates, Minors Registration, and all other Central Casting events in an abundance of caution due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). If you are ill, experiencing any symptoms, or feel you have been exposed to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) please do not visit Central Casting, accept a booking, or go to set. All Central Casting offices are closed to visitors at this time.

3 weeks ago

Central Casting

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3 weeks ago

Central Casting

NETFLIX SERIES - "THE CREW" - SEEKING UNION TO PORTRAY BLACK TIE EVENT GOERS - AVAIL 3.12 READ - FILMS IN BETHPAGE NY AREA - PLEASE SEND PHOTOS OF YOU IN YOUR TUXEDO OR DRESS THAT YOU PLAN ON BRINGING TO YANCYESUBMISSIONS@CENTRALCASTING.COM - PLEASE LIST YOUR NAME / BLACK TIE EVENT GOER IN SUBJECT LINE - FOR GUYS WE NEED PHOTOS OF YOU IN YOUR TUXEDO - FOR LADIES PLEASE SEND PHOTOS OF YOURSELF IN COCKTAIL DRESSES - NOT GOWNS - READ NOTES -PLEASE MAKE SURE TO HAVE YOUR NAME, PHONE, UNION STATUS AND ALL SIZES IN BODY OF EMAIL - IF YOU HAVE MULTIPLE DRESSES PLEASE HAVE ADDITIONAL PHOTOS OF YOU IN THEM ***PLEASE NOTE THIS FILMS IN BETHPAGE* LIRR WILL BE REIMBURSED FROM PENN STATION TO HICKSVILLE
Wardrobe: Black tie tuxedos, white tuxedo shirts, black bow ties, cummerbund or dress belt, black dress socks and black dress shoes. * must be contemporary 2019* Suits, dress shirts, dress belts, ties, dark socks and dress shoes- once I get a color palate I will circle back but I would err on a suit that works with a tuxedo, dark colors. Cocktail dresses to the knee- NOT GOWNS. appropriate hosiery and undergarments. Subtle Jewel tone colors for the dresses. Metallics and beading is ok. Please bring jewelry and possibly clutch purses NO RED OR WHITE OR BRIGHT COLORS
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3 weeks ago

Central Casting

NON-UNION TO PORTRAY PERSON IN WHEELCHAIR - CURRENT SEASON EXTERIORS - FILMING IN MANHATTAN_AVAIL TUES 3/10 ** PLEASE EMAIL THE FOLLOWING TO ALEXCSUBMISSIONS@CENTRALCASTING.COM
1. NAME
2. CONTACT PHONE NUMBER
3. RECENT PHOTO OF YOURSELF
4. THE TYPE OF WHEELCHAIR YOU USE (MANUAL, ELECTRIC, ETC.)
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3 weeks ago

Central Casting

**WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FOR THIS ROLE**

*New Amsterdam*
UNION
Rate: $174/8
Monday 3/9 - EXTERIOR
Must have all day availability.

Must be registered w/ Central Casting.
Not worked this show in the last 4 weeks.

Role: Jogger
Men & Women, over age 18, must be comfortable jogging in scene. Please note if you have winter jogging attire (running tights, jacket, headband, etc)

Please send an email to dmorrisonsubmissions@centralcasting.com, put "JOGGER" in the subject line.
Thanks!
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3 weeks ago

Central Casting

Union/Non-Union to portray male motorcycle gang members with a motorcycle. Flex availability 3/13-3/24. Filming will take on/between these dates. If you have a motorcycle and are interested please email the following to svusubmissions@centralcasting.com. Use the subject line "Motorcycle Gang"

1. Name & phone number
2. Photo of yourself
3. Photo of your motorcycle. Note it's make, model, year.
4. Are your SAG-AFTRA or Non-Union?
5. Do you have a valid motorcycle license?
6. Note any dates within this range that you are not available.
**DO NOT SEND EMAILS UNRELATED TO THIS POST**
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3 weeks ago

Central Casting

STILL SEEKING - "NBC PILOT" SEEKING - UNION AND NON UNION MALE TO PORTRAY JAPANESE DEAD BODY 35-65yrs- FLEX AVAIL 3.9 -4.2 *$500 RATE* READ CAREFULLY - PLEASE NOTE IF YOU HAVE A BEARD - WORKS AT LEAST 5-7 DAYS BETWEEN 3.9-4.2 - PLEASE SUBMIT PHOTOS TO AADAMOSUBMISSIONS@CENTRALCASTING.COM - PLEASE NOTE YOU WILL BE SHIRTLESS AND PANTLESS WEARING MODESTY WEAR TO APPEAR NUDE - THIS WONT BE NUDE ONLY TO APPEAR NUDE - PLEASE INCLUDE 1 SELFIE AND 1 FULL BODY SHOT IN SHORTS OR SWIMSUIT -SHIRTLESS - IN EMAIL -NO NUDE PHOTOS - PLEASE INCLUDE FULL NAME, UNION STATUS, SIZES AND PHONE - MUST BE COMFORTABLE WITH FAKE MAKE UP / BLOOD AND ALSO LAYING STILL FOR A LONG TIME ON SET. BEARDS ARE GREAT!!!! PLEASE LIST IF YOU HAVE A BEARD AS WELL - PLEASE MAKE SURE TO LIST IF YOU HAVE ANY TATTOOS ON YOUR BODY AS WELL- PLEASE PASS THIS ALONG TO WHOM MIGHT BE INTERESTED - FILMS IN NYC/NJ AREA ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago

Central Casting

"NBC PILOT" SEEKING - UNION AND NON UNION MALE TO PORTRAY JAPANESE DEAD BODY 35-65yrs- FLEX AVAIL 3.9 -4.2 *$500 RATE* READ CAREFULLY - PLEASE NOTE IF YOU HAVE A BEARD - WORKS AT LEAST 5-7 DAYS BETWEEN 3.9-4.2 - PLEASE SUBMIT PHOTOS TO AADAMOSUBMISSIONS@CENTRALCASTING.COM - PLEASE NOTE YOU WILL BE SHIRTLESS AND PANTLESS WEARING MODESTY WEAR TO APPEAR NUDE - THIS WONT BE NUDE ONLY TO APPEAR NUDE - PLEASE INCLUDE 1 SELFIE AND 1 FULL BODY SHOT IN SHORTS OR SWIMSUIT -SHIRTLESS - IN EMAIL -NO NUDE PHOTOS - PLEASE INCLUDE FULL NAME, UNION STATUS, SIZES AND PHONE - MUST BE COMFORTABLE WITH FAKE MAKE UP / BLOOD AND ALSO LAYING STILL FOR A LONG TIME ON SET. BEARDS ARE GREAT!!!! PLEASE LIST IF YOU HAVE A BEARD AS WELL - PLEASE MAKE SURE TO LIST IF YOU HAVE ANY TATTOOS ON YOUR BODY AS WELL- PLEASE PASS THIS ALONG TO WHOM MIGHT BE INTERESTED - FILMS IN NYC/NJ AREA ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago

Central Casting

**RUSH CALL** JOSH IS LOOKING FOR A NON UNION MALE TO PORTRAY AFRICAN AMERICAN SECURITY GUARD_FILMING IN THE BRONX_MUST HAVE ALL BLACK ATTIRE_LEATHER JACKET IF YOU HAVE_MUST BE REGISTERED WITH CENTRAL CASTING_PLEASE NOTE ETA TO BRONX ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago

Central Casting

Central Casting is looking for talent to work on a new Netflix series (in mid-March) able to portray the following:

1) 1970’s gay male bar patrons involving kissing other males
2) 1970’s gay male bar patrons involving rear nudity simulating sex in various degrees
3) 1970’s gay male bar patrons involving various dominatrix scenes

Please indicate the numbers above you would be interested in and what type of dominatrix (chaps, whips, etc) wardrobe you may have. Please provide current photos (NO NAKED PHOTOS WILL BE ACCEPTED) in various degrees if you wish to submit to LindsayDSubmissions@Centralcasting.com note name, contact number and all sizes!
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1 month ago

Central Casting

UNION/NONUNION – CAUCASIAN FEMALE SWIMMERS. 20’S-30’S, SWIMMER BUILD, IN SHAPE.
AVAILABLE FOR 2 WEEKS OF POSSIBLE WORK BEGINNING MARCH 13TH -MARCH 27TH.
IF YOU FIT THE ROLE AND HAVE EXPERIENCE SWIMMING PLEASE SEND THE FOLLOWING TO BGSUBMISSIONS@CENTRALCASTING.
SUBJECT: SWIMMER
FULL LEGAL NAME
CONTACT PHONE NUMBER
CURRENT PHOTOS: ONE HEAD SHOT, ONE IN BATHING SUIT.
NOTE YOUR SWIMMING EXPERIENCE
NOTE ANY TATTOOS
NOTE UNION STATUS.
ONLY SUBMIT TO THIS EMAIL IF YOU FIT THE ROLE.
THANK YOU!
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1 month ago

Central Casting

New NETFLIX mini-series is currently seeking a Caucasian boy 6, 7, or 8 years old to portray a child photo-double. The work date is Monday March 2nd, 2020. The rate is SAG - $174/8Hrs. If your child is available and interested please email a current photo (showing hair length) and ALL his sizes (including height, weight, shirt, pants, shoe sizes) to LindsayDSubmissions@centralcasting.com ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

Central Casting

UNTITLED FASHION SERIES CURRENTLY LOOKING FOR UNION/NON-UNION TO PORTRAY LOOK-A-LIKE OF 1960s SUPER MODEL SHIRLEY FERRO_FITTING MONDAY 2/24 IN LONG ISLAND CITY_WORKS TUESDAY 2/25 IN BROOKLYN_HIGHER RATE_TO PORTRAY CAUCASIAN ETHNICITY_HEIGHT 5'9-5'11_PLEASE SEND PHOTOS AND SIZES TO JULIAGSUBMISSIONS@CENTRALCASTING.COM ... See MoreSee Less

UNTITLED FASHION SERIES CURRENTLY LOOKING FOR UNION/NON-UNION TO PORTRAY LOOK-A-LIKE OF 1960s SUPER MODEL SHIRLEY FERRO_FITTING MONDAY 2/24 IN LONG ISLAND CITY_WORKS TUESDAY 2/25 IN BROOKLYN_HIGHER RATE_TO PORTRAY CAUCASIAN ETHNICITY_HEIGHT 59-511_PLEASE SEND PHOTOS AND SIZES TO JULIAGSUBMISSIONS@CENTRALCASTING.COM

1 month ago

Central Casting

UNTITLED FASHION SERIES CURRENTLY LOOKING FOR UNION/NON-UNION TO PORTRAY LOOK-A-LIKE OF 1960s SUPER MODEL ALVA CHIN_FITTING MONDAY 2/24 IN LONG ISLAND CITY_WORKS TUESDAY 2/25 IN BROOKLYN_HIGHER RATE_TO PORTRAY MIXED ETHNICITY_HEIGHT 5'9-5'11_PLEASE SEND PHOTOS AND SIZES TO JULIAGSUBMISSIONS@CENTRALCASTING.COM ... See MoreSee Less

UNTITLED FASHION SERIES CURRENTLY LOOKING FOR UNION/NON-UNION TO PORTRAY LOOK-A-LIKE OF 1960s SUPER MODEL ALVA CHIN_FITTING MONDAY 2/24 IN LONG ISLAND CITY_WORKS TUESDAY 2/25 IN BROOKLYN_HIGHER RATE_TO PORTRAY MIXED ETHNICITY_HEIGHT 59-511_PLEASE SEND PHOTOS AND SIZES TO JULIAGSUBMISSIONS@CENTRALCASTING.COM

1 month ago

Central Casting

UNION/NONUNION – FEMALE SWIMMERS. 20’S-30’S, SWIMMER BUILD, IN SHAPE.
AVAILABLE FOR 2 WEEKS OF POSSIBLE WORK BEGINNING MARCH 12TH -MARCH 31ST.
IF YOU FIT THE ROLE AND HAVE EXPERIENCE SWIMMING PLEASE SEND THE FOLLOWING TO BGSUBMISSIONS@CENTRALCASTING.
SUBJECT: SWIMMER
FULL LEGAL NAME
CONTACT PHONE NUMBER
CURRENT PHOTOS: ONE HEAD SHOT, ONE IN BATHING SUIT.
NOTE YOUR SWIMMING EXPERIENCE
NOTE ANY TATTOOS
NOTE UNION STATUS.
ONLY SUBMIT TO THIS EMAIL IF YOU FIT THE ROLE.
THANK YOU!
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Calendar

Regularly check this calendar for the Central Casting New York office. Web accessible version.

March 2020

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  • Re-Registration & Updates
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  • New Registration - Non-Union
  • New Registration - Non-Union
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  • Re-Registration & Updates
  • New Registration - SAG-AFTRA
  • Minors Only Registration
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  • New Registration - Non-Union
  • New Registration - Non-Union
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  • Registration Closed
  • Anti-Harassment Training
  • Ray James Open Registration
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  • Re-Registration & Updates
  • New Registration - SAG-AFTRA
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  • New Registration - Non-Union
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Frequently Asked Questions

Being Booked

Being Booked

On Set

On Set

Payroll

Payroll

Re-Registration and Updates

Re-Registration and Updates

 

Being Booked

Your minor is booked when you accept an offer for work and receive details.

It’s important to write down your minor’s work information so you’re prepared when you head to set.

FAQs

Call 646.205.8244 ext. 4. If you cancel, we ask that you give us enough notice to replace your minor. PLEASE NOTE: You may not cancel via text message. You must call our office.
No, there is no guarantee of work because the needs of productions change every day. Due to the nature of background work, Central Casting can never offer full-time employment to any of the talent (i.e., your minor) it employs.
This means casting is prepping a scene for a future date and is checking your minor’s availability. If you do confirm availability, please mark your calendar to limit conflicts. Your minor becomes “first avail” (first available) for that show. Typically in these situations, casting will not be able to hire your minor until the show looks at their picture submission and approves the look. After that, they will usually not release any booking until late afternoon the day before the shoot.

If your minor is 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 your minor first. Your minor is still able to be hired elsewhere if we are unable to confirm a booking for them.
The Casting Director will give you your minor’s booking information. Be sure to write this information down. Certain shows or Casting Directors may provide additional information via email or a wardrobe blog. Please review all provided information to ensure your minor is ready for work when you arrive to set.
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 your minor is no longer needed.
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

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

Example SMS 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.
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.
Yes, you are responsible for finding work and letting Central Casting know when your minor is available to work. Casting Directors work independently to meet the needs of their productions, so once your minor is booked, you are also responsible for them not becoming double booked.
Yes, please respond to each request you receive. If a Casting Director books your minor for a specific role, it is your responsibility to decline any other offers to ensure they’re not double booked for the same day.
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.
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.
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 cannot cancel via text message.
Role details may or may not be communicated via SMS text message depending on the production. If your minor is booked, you will be notified where you should go to learn their full booking, wardrobe, and location instructions. These instructions might include an info tape, email, and/or wardrobe blog.
Yes. Though your minor’s details may be provided to you via SMS text message, their full booking, wardrobe, and location instructions may still be available as part of an info tape, wardrobe blog, or email from the Casting Director. Please review all materials to ensure that you understand what will be expected of you when you arrive to set.
Your minor is not booked unless you accept an offer for work and receive details.
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.
Please send your response again.
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.
Unfortunately, our texting numbers are only formatted to send outbound text messages and receive a Yes or No response.
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.
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.
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.
If for whatever reason a URL isn’t working, write down the URL and attempt to enter it directly into a web browser.
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.
No, the messages are only in English.
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.
We are sorry for the inconvenience. Most likely your mobile number was previously owned by someone registered with us, or provided to us inadvertently.
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 your minor has booked a job, they are ready to get on set!

A guardian must always accompany a minor on set. It’s important to show up on time and camera ready. When you and your minor arrive, check in with your contact and get your minor’s voucher.

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

Be sure to read our article What to Do When Your Minor Books a Job for everything you need to know about being on set.

FAQs

It is critical that you write down all work information. If you lose your information or if you have any questions regarding work information call 646.205.8244 ext. 4.
Call 646.205.8244 ext. 4. If you cancel, we ask that you give us enough notice to replace your minor. PLEASE NOTE: You may not cancel via text message. You must call our office.
Have your minor’s work permit and school work ready to show the teacher. Bringing homework is required, even if the minor is home schooled.
You will be on set with them, behind the scenes. Please stay within your designated area and do not interfere with production. Be prepared to accompany your minor when they go to wardrobe, set, and to school.
Another guardian (21+) must accompany the minor.
Another guardian (21+) who is not working on the show must accompany the minor.
Do not bring anyone to set who is not working, including other children.
When your minor gets booked for a job, ask the Casting Director how to get call time changes. It is your responsibility to get call time changes for each booking.
Roles change from set to set, but often a Background Actor’s main contact is the 2nd Assistant Director (2nd AD) and Production Assistants (PAs).
When your minor is not required on set, you both will be taken to a holding area or to the school area. You can bring items to the holding area to keep busy while your minor is not working.
During designated meal breaks, craft services will provide food. Please eat breakfast before you arrive. Guardians, please allow all minors to get their meals before you get yours. Do not ask craft services for food outside of your designated meal times. If your child has special dietary needs, please bring food to set with you. It is not production’s responsibilty to supply specialty food. You are allowed to bring snacks to eat throughout the day.
If you are injured on set, you must report it to the Assistant Director and/or medic immediately.

 

Payroll

Central Casting handles both casting and payroll services. When your minor registers with Central Casting, we become their employer and, in most cases, are responsible for paying them.

Contact payroll
800.562.2718
(select option #3 when prompted)

FAQs

Checks are due to be mailed on the Thursday after the week your minor worked. They may be mailed out earlier depending on when the production company turns in the complete and accurate vouchers.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, there are many people we payroll with the same or similar names. You will need to put your minor’s Social Security number on each voucher so we can correctly identify who we should pay. Your minor’s voucher will either be delayed or not processed if we are unable to identify who worked.
For payroll inquiries, please call 800.562.2718 and select option #3 when prompted. Representatives are available Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm PT.
You may change it on your minor’s voucher when they work or you can fill out our address change form. You must update your minor’s address with both payroll and casting, as we store information separately.
You can either fax or mail us your stop payment request. You will need to specify in writing that you are requesting a stop payment and include your minor’s name, Social Security number, address and signature, along with the work date and show name for the check you are missing. If the net of the check is over $150, you will need to sign a bank form supplied by our department and have your signature notarized before we can place a stop payment. For your convenience, we have a notary available free of charge by appointment only. You can set up an appointment by calling 800.562.2718 between 8am-5pm PT.
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.
Call 818.955.6313 or send your request in writing to our payroll department either by fax or through the mail. Be sure to include your minor’s name, Social Security number, address, and the year(s) they worked. You will also need to state whether the request is for your own personal records or to enable your minor to join SAG-AFTRA. SAG-AFTRA will only accept faxes sent directly from our payroll department certified by our manager.
To access your minor’s W-2, visit EP’s W-2 page.
To submit an inquiry or correction to your minor’s tax form, please fill out and sign our inquires and corrections form.
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

You can come in during Re-Registration and Updates to add photos and make profile updates. It’s important to keep your minor’s file current so Casting Directors know their look and details. You must re-register your minor every three years for them 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 Minors Registration and Re-Registration and Updates sessions in an abundance of caution due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please check our notices for updates.

FAQs

Your minor and the required documentation to accompany the I-9 form.

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.

A digital photo of your minor can be taken in our office when you come to update their profile. If you would like additional photos added to your profile, bring the photos to an update session. Only hard copies of photos will be accepted. We cannot accept discs, CDs, or memory sticks. Photos submitted will not be returned.
You can change their status during update times. You must present your minor’s identification along with their current SAG-AFTRA card and fill out a data change form.
If you would like to update or change any information you can do so during the update times.