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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


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If you fit the description

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

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If you get the job

When you’re booked, the Casting Director will tell you how to get your details and your call time changes. This will likely be in the form a Details Blog and a Call Time Change Box phone number. Be sure to write this information down for reference.


NOTICES

Educational Resources for COVID-19 Testing

  • If you are interested in learning about COVID-19 testing, here are some optional resources to review if you wish: Coronavirus COVID-19 Testing.

Below the Line podcast featuring Central Casting

  • Check out the newest Below the Line podcast featuring Jennifer Bender and Claire Benjamin from Central Casting. This episode discusses how background casting worked before COVID-19 and how the process is changing in response to the pandemic. Click to listen.

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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

Central Casting and Entertainment Partners’ global company shut down operations from 9-11am PT on June 9 as a time of reflection for our employees. This was a first step. Over the coming months, our company will create opportunities for meaningful dialogue with our employees and within our industry about social injustice and discuss what we can do as an organization to create change.

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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 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.

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.

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Josh is looking for a Union/Non Union African American Male to portray Sammy Davis Jr. (circa 1974- age approx 50)_work date tentatively set for October 19, 2020_please send a current selfie and full body shot to joshgsubmissions@centralcasting.com with the subject line "SAMMY DAVIS JR." In the body of the email please note: contact information, SAG or Non Union, Height, Coat, Neck/Sleeve, Waist/Inseam, Shoe Size and if you are willing to have your hair a natural length for the 70s (short afro w/ out fade). Fitting/Covid Testing will occur prior to work date. ... See MoreSee Less

6 days ago

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UNION/NON UNION MINORS TO PHOTO DOUBLE 4'8 MALE, CAUCASIAN/MIDDLE EASTERN/LATINX, AGES 7-13, AVAIL 9/17 THRU 11/10 - MUST BE ABLE TO QUARANTINE IN HOTEL FOR FULL DURATION OF SHOOT - PRODUCTION SCHEDULED COVID TEST REQUIRED BEFORE QUARANTINE - MUST HAVE VALID WORK PERMIT AND TRUST ACCOUNT. MUST BE REGISTERED WITH CENTRAL CASTING.
IF AVAILABLE, PLEASE SEND THE FOLLOWING TO ANDREWBSUBMISSIONS@CENTRALCASTING.COM
FULL NAME
HEIGHT
CONTACT PHONE NUMBER
RECENT PHOTO OF MINOR
FULL BODY PHOTO TAKEN FROM FRONT AND BEHIND (FULLY CLOTHED)
CONFIRMATION OF MINOR WORK PERMIT AND TRUST ACCOUNT
THANK YOU!
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NON-UNION – TO PORTRAY COUPLES AT WEDDING RECEPTION, AVAIL FOR 2 MATCHING DATES 9.23 AND 9.24. EXTERIORS CURRENT SEASON. MAY SHOOT LATE. FILMING IN BAYVILLE, LONG ISLAND.

IF YOU FIT THE ROLE AND ARE AVAILABLE FOR BOTH DATES, PLEASE SEND THE FOLLOWING TO BGSUBMISSIONS@CENTRALCASTING.COM
- FULL LEGAL NAME
- CONTACT PHONE NUMBER
- RECENT PHOTO OF YOURSELF + CURRENT WARDROBE SIZES
- PLEASE NOTE IN YOUR EMAIL IF YOU ARE ABLE TO SELF-REPORT OR WOULD NEED COURTESY TRANSPORTATION TO BAYVILLE, LI
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Be sure to check out our latest job posts at centralcasting.com/jobs as more productions are beginning to ramp up again! ... See MoreSee Less

Be sure to check out our latest job posts at centralcasting.com/jobs as more productions are beginning to ramp up again!

2 months ago

Central Casting

Hello Central Casting New York Background Actors. Filming has not yet resumed, however, production hopes to return to filming in August. More info to come shortly!

Also, as a condition of working on set, production may require Background Actors to get COVID-19 testing at their testing facility prior to any work date(s). Productions may also require a face mask to be worn while on set.

Please keep this in mind as you submit for jobs, as testing dates are connected to work dates and you need to be available for both the testing date and work date(s) to be booked. Stay tuned for exciting job posts coming soon!
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4 months ago

Central Casting

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
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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

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6 months ago

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Timeline PhotosHave background payroll questions? You can currently contact the payroll department Monday-Friday from 8am-12pm PDT and 2-5pm PDT. Check centralcasting.com for updates.

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Profile Management

When you register with Central Casting, a profile with your employment information and photos is created for you in our casting system. Central Casting uses this information to determine if you’re right for roles and to provide you with required training.

Log in to your profile

Those who have claimed their profile and those who have registered online and completed the in-office portion of registration can view and edit their profile by logging in. If you have not completed your office visit, you will not be able to access your profile until you do. We are currently not holding New Registration Onboarding sessions due to COVID-19. Check the notices for updates.

Log In

Required Training

All those registered with Central Casting must take required training in order to remain active and eligible to be booked. You can see if you have required training and can complete your training by logging in to your profile and clicking the Required Training tab.

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Profile Management FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Being Booked

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

It’s important to write down all the information given to you by the Casting Director so you’re prepared when you get to set.

Be sure to read our article 3 Things to Know About Getting Cast for everything you need to know about NY casting opportunities.

FAQs

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

    Call 646.205.8244 ext. 4. If you cancel, we ask that you give us enough notice to replace you. Note: You cannot 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 work, 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 our NY casting team is prepping a scene for a future date and is checking if you are available. If you do confirm your availability, please mark your calendar to limit conflicts. You become “first avail” (first available) for that show. Typically in these situations, Casting Directors will not be able to book you until the production looks at your photo and approves the look. Productions will not usually release any booking information until late afternoon the day before the shoot.

    If you are offered another job on the same day, we ask for you to give us the courtesy of the “first right of refusal.” Please call the office to 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?

    The Casting Director will give you your booking information, often in the form of a Details Blog. You will use the show name and 4-digit passcode given to you to access your booking information.


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

    Please check your voicemail before calling Central Casting. If the Casting Director did not leave a message, wait to see if you hear 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. When you respond to a rush call, you may be required to get to set as soon as possible.


  • Where can I view the New York Anti-Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Policy?

    You can view the New York Anti-Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Policy here and the Sexual Harassment Complaint Form here.

SMS Texting

  • What’s Central Casting’s texting feature?

    Our Casting Directors may reach out to you via SMS messaging. In addition to checking your availability, Casting Directors will send follow up messages and Details Blog information through text.


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

    Every message from Central Casting will be personalized with your name (as it appears in our system), reference the name of the production, and all replies will appear in the same thread.


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

    Central Casting uses SMS messages to check avail, ask questions related to the job, and provide Details Blog information. 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?

    This means 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 10-11am, you would answer: No.


  • I didn’t see the text until later, can I still respond?

    Yes, always respond as soon as you are able.


  • Can I respond to multiple avail texts?

    Yes, you are responsible for finding work and letting Central Casting know when you are available. Our 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.


  • Should I reply to multiple requests?

    Yes, please respond to every text message you receive. If a Casting Director books you, it is your responsibility to decline any other offers to ensure you don’t become double booked.


  • Did you get my reply?

    When Central Casting receives your message, we send a confirmation text message. For example:

    • “(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. Due to the volume of roles they are casting, please be patient as it may take a while for them to respond.


  • Can I change my answer?

    To change your response, reply to the message with either a Yes or No response. If you receive multiple messages in the course of a conversation thread, 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 call the office to cancel. You cannot cancel via text message.


  • What are the booking details?

    Depending on the production, booking details may or may not be communicated via SMS text message. If you are booked, the Casting Director will tell you how to get your full booking details. These instructions may include a Details Blog and Call Time Change Box.


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

    Yes. You must check the Call Time Change Box for your call time changes.


  • If I receive a text message from a Casting Director, 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 and never hear back?

    Thank you for replying. 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 about that role.


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

    Please resend your response.


  • What phone number will Central Casting text me from?

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


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

    Our SMS numbers are only designed to send outbound text messages and receive Yes or No responses.


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

    The system is designed to only accept Yes or No responses. Your response will not go through if you send anything other than Yes or No.


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

    Casting Directors often don’t receive call times until last minute, which is one reason we ask if you are available without time restrictions. If you are only available for part of the day, please reply No.


  • Why was there a link in my text message?

    Some Casting Directors and productions may provide additional reference materials with a wardrobe blog or similar resource. Please review all materials provided so you are ready for work.


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

    If a URL isn’t working, write down the URL address and enter it directly into a web browser.


  • Why was my text split into multiple parts?

    Not all cell carriers and service providers handle SMS messages in the same way. Some carriers, like Sprint, may split long messages. We cannot 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’ve been booked, you are ready to get on set!

Please show up to set on time and camera ready. Check in with your contact and get your voucher when you arrive.

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

FAQs

Payroll

For most productions, Central Casting handles both background casting and payroll. You’ll know you’re paid by us when your voucher says Central Casting and/or Entertainment Partners.

Contact payroll
800.562.2718
(select option #3 when prompted)

FAQs

Re-Registration and Updates

At Re-Registration and Updates you can take a new photo, add additional photos, re-register your employment, and make profile updates. You must re-register every three years to remain eligible to work on our productions. Read our article When Should I Re-Register and Update for more information.

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

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

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FAQs

  • What do I need to bring?

    You must bring photo identification to show security when you arrive for your reserved session. If you are updating your profile, you must bring the required documentation to accompany the I-9 form. More details can be found on our Register page.

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


  • Can I take a new photo?

    Yes, you can take a new profile photo when you come in for Re-Registration and Updates.


  • What are some examples of additional photos?
    • Photos of you in unique and distinct wardrobe (homeless, doctor, formal, etc.)
    • Vehicles or motorcycles that you own and can work with
    • Pets you are willing to work with (pet photos must be submitted; we cannot take any photos of pets at our office)
    • Photos of you in costumes that you own (generic non-trademarked Halloween costumes, Santa Claus, etc.)

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

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


  • How do I change my file information?

    If you would like to update or change any information, you can do so my making a reservation for a Re-Registration and Updates session.


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

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