How to get work

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Work Step 1

Check our Facebook and Twitter for job postings. 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 you fit the description

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

Work Step 3

If you get the job

The casting director will give you your booking information. Be sure to write this information down.

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Minors Registration Canceled

  • Dec 13: Wednesday minors only registration has been canceled.

Office Closed to Public

  • Dec 22-Jan 5: Our offices will be closed to the public. Check our calendar for more details.

Virtual Food Drive

We Are Texting!

  • As of Monday, May 1, casting directors are using text messages to check your availability. Read our SMS messaging FAQs in the Being Booked section of the Talent page for more information.

Updated Required Identification for Minors



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


December 2017

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • Open Window
  • Updates
  • New Registration - SAG-AFTRA
  • Updates
  • New Registration - Men (Non-Union)
  • New Registration - Women (Non-Union)
  • Updates
  • New Registration - SAG-AFTRA
  • Minors Only Registration
  • Updates
  • New Registration - Men (Non-Union)
  • New Registration - Women (Non-Union)
  • Open Window
  • Updates
  • New Registration - SAG-AFTRA
  • Updates
  • New Registration - Men (Non-Union)
  • New Registration - Women (Non-Union)
  • Updates
  • New Registration - SAG-AFTRA
  • *CANCELED* Minors Only Registration
  • Updates
  • New Registration - Men (Non-Union)
  • New Registration - Women (Non-Union)
  • Open Window
  • Updates
  • New Registration - SAG-AFTRA
  • Updates
  • New Registration - Men (Non-Union)
  • New Registration - Women (Non-Union)
  • Updates
  • New Registration - SAG-AFTRA
  • Minors Only Registration
  • Updates
  • New Registration - Men (Non-Union)
  • New Registration - Women (Non-Union)
  • Closed to Public
  • Closed to Public
  • Closed to Public
  • Closed to Public
  • Closed to Public
  • Closed to Public

Frequently Asked Questions



Being Booked

Once you receive your work details, you're officially booked.

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



Call 646.205.8244 ext. 4. If you cancel, we ask that you give us enough notice to replace you.
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.
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.
The casting director will give you your booking information. Be sure to write this information down.
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.
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.

Central Casting is now using SMS text messages to check availability with Background Actors. The message format will look like this:


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 receive your 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.

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 one of the above confirmation responses, please send your response again.

If you don't hear back from a casting director with 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. Please note, after you have received your details and are booked, you must follow the appropriate process if you need to cancel.
Yes, please respond to each request you receive. If a casting director calls you to book you for a specific role, please let them know about any other messages you have received from Central Casting to work the same day.
Role details are not currently communicated via SMS text message and will be provided as necessary by a member of the casting team.
You are not booked unless you 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. We will personalize the message with your name (as it exists in our system) so that you know the message came from us.
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.
No, the messages are only in English.
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 visit Central Casting and request that your number no longer be used for text messaging.


On Set

Once you have booked a 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.



It is critical that you write down your work information. If you lose your information or if you have any questions regarding your 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 you.
When you get booked for your job, ask the casting director how to get your call time changes. It is your responsibility to get call time changes for each booking.
Come to set camera ready. Bring your ID and any additional wardrobe or props requested by production.
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 you are not required on set, you will be taken to a holding area. You can bring items to the holding area to keep busy while you are not working.
Do not bring guests to the set with you.
If you are injured on set, you must report it to the assistant director and/or medic immediately.



Central Casting handles both casting and payroll services. When you register with Central Casting, we become your employer and, in most cases, are responsible for paying you.



Checks are due to be mailed on the Thursday after the week you 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.
We often process vouchers for more than one work date at the same time. The system will calculate all paychecks processed on any given day with the same number of exemptions from the voucher that was last input into the system. If you vary the number of exemptions you are claiming daily, we cannot guarantee that any particular voucher will match your paychecks. The box for number of dependents should reflect the amount of exemptions you are able to claim.
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.
For payroll inquiries, please call 800.562.2718. Representatives are available Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm PT.
You may change it on your voucher when you work or you can fax us a change of address in writing with the following information: your name, Social Security number, new address, signature and date of request. You must update your 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 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.
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 name, Social Security number, address, and the year(s) you worked. You will also need to state whether the request is for your own personal records or to enable you to join SAG-AFTRA. SAG-AFTRA will only accept faxes sent directly from our payroll department certified by our manager.
For employment verification, call 818.955.6313. This is an Entertainment Partners line; they will be able to provide employment verification.



You can come in anytime during updates to add photos and make profile updates. It's important to keep your file current so casting directors know your look and details.


Updates are held on
Mondays-Thursdays 9:30am


Doors open at 9:20am and will close at 9:45am. You will not be admitted if you arrive after 9:45am.



The required documentation to accompany the I-9 form. More details can be found on our Register page.
A digital photo of you will be taken in our office when you come in for updates.
  • Photos of you in wardrobe representing completely different looks that are commonly booked. (business, formal, bathing suit, etc.)
  • Unique or rare vehicles or motorcycles that you own.
  • Pets that 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 commonly booked costumes that you own. (clown, Santa Claus, etc.)
You can change your status during updates. You must present your identification along with your current SAG-AFTRA card or receipt issued by SAG-AFTRA and fill out a data change form.
If you would like to update or change any information you can do so during updates.


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