Kids Talent Onboarding/Registration

Central Casting onboards babies from 15 days old to teenagers 17 years old to work as Background Actors and doubles in movies, TV shows, and other productions.

Online Onboarding Steps

5 Pennsylvania Plaza (10th Floor)
New York, NY 10001

By reservation only
Reservations can only be made by clicking the “onboarding hub” link after logging in to your online profile. The option to reserve will appear after you have completed forms and your photos have been approved. Walk-ins will not be admitted.

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Talent Onboarding FAQs

What is a Background Actor?

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

Do I need to complete my minor’s Talent Onboarding before they can work?

Yes, you must complete the application, photo, forms, and Form I-9 portions of your minor’s Talent Onboarding before we can consider them for background work. Remember, the more thorough and accurate you are when filling out their application, the easier it is for Casting Directors to determine the types of roles your minor can portray.

I am unable to create a login, what do I do?

If you are unable to create a new login, it’s likely the email address is already connected to an online profile. Each online profile must have a unique email address. If you are registered with Central Casting and are attempting to create a profile for your minor, your minor’s profile must have a unique email address.

Why were my minor’s profile photos rejected?

The photos in your minor’s profile are used by Casting Directors to determine the types of roles they can portray and may be sent to production, so they must meet Central Casting’s photo guidelines. You will not be able to move on to the next step of onboarding until a member of our staff approves your minor’s photos.

If your minor’s photos are rejected, you will be given a reason(s). Retake their photo to fix the issue, then resubmit.

Why am I unable to move on to the next onboarding step?

Certain portions of the Talent Onboarding process must be completed before you can move on to the next step. Your minor’s onboarding hub will alert you to areas you must still complete and areas that are in review with Central Casting.

Why do my minor and I need to come into the office to complete Talent Onboarding?

You and your minor must come into the office to complete their Form I-9 and so we can review their required Form I-9 documentation . Per federal law, the parent or legal guardian and the minor must both attend Talent Onboarding. Every minor must bring a form of photo ID from Lists of Acceptable Documents (even babies).

Reservations are required for the in-office portion of Talent Onboarding and can only be made through the onboarding hub in your minor’s online profile.

What if my minor doesn’t have the necessary required documentation?

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

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

My minor is not a resident of the United States. Can I still sign them up with Central Casting?

In accordance with federal law, Central Casting is only able to hire those who are authorized to work in the United States.

I need to cancel or change my reservation. How do I do that?

Please review the email that was sent you from to cancel or change your reservation.

I did not receive a confirmation email for my reservation. What happened?

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 to locate your reservation confirmation.

Please note: Reservations often fill quickly. In order to successfully make a reservation, you must enter your full name, click the schedule event button, and receive a confirmation email.

I finished the Form I-9 process, when will my minor be eligible to work?

After completing E-Verify, Central Casting will review your minor’s entire profile before finalizing their onboarding. If they are a member of SAG-AFTRA, please include your SAG-AFTRA number in your profile so we can verify their membership.

Does my minor need to live in New York (tri-state area) to sign up?

No, but they need to be able to work in the New York (tri-state) area.

Once my minor is registered, how do they get work?

Please visit our Kids Talent page to learn more about responding to availability inquiries, submitting for work, and everything you need to know about working with Central Casting.

Is my data secure?

Yes. Central Casting and Entertainment Partners, care very much about the security of your data. Please learn more by visiting EP’s website.

Registering 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.

Ensure Your Minor is Active

While your minor does not need a New York child performer permit to onboard with Central Casting, they will need a valid permit on file to be booked on our productions. To remain eligible to work, all those registered with Central Casting New York must take required anti-harassment training every year. You can learn more about required training on our Required Training page.

How to Get a Minor Work Permit

Renew your minor’s child performer permit

Minor’s child performer permits are valid for 12 months. You can apply for a child performer permit on the NY Department of Labor website.

If you need to receive your permit by a certain date, the DOL says to allow 15 days for processing.

Per New York law, minors must also have a Child Performer Trust account. You can learn more about trust accounts on the DOL’s Child Performer Trust Accounts page.

Send new child performer permit to Central Casting

Email your child’s new permit to:

We will update your minor’s profile within 1-3 business days.

Complete anti-harassment training with Central Casting

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

Claim and update your minor’s online profile

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