Retired? Try Background Acting
Are you retired and looking to supplement your income? Maybe you just want to find an exciting way to stay busy? If you’re trying to figure out what to do in retirement, background acting may be right for you. Here’s the lowdown on how to get on set as a Background Actor with Central Casting.
What are Background Actors?
Imagine a scene from your favorite TV show or movie. Maybe the main character is a surgeon at a hospital. The non-speaking actors who play nurses, patients, and family members are called Background Actors. Background Actors help make movies, TV shows, and other productions look and feel more authentic.
Central Casting casts Background Actors, Stand-Ins, and doubles in movies (Creed III, Your Place or Mine, We Have a Ghost), TV comedies (Bob Hearts Abishola, The Wonder Years, Only Murders in the Building), drama series (Blue Bloods, NCIS, The Mandalorian), and other productions. So if you’re not sure about background acting or you want to try your hand at different roles, there are plenty of ways for you to get on set.
What are the benefits of background acting for retirees?
If flexibility is important when deciding what to do in retirement, Background Actors set their own schedule by determining their own availability. You can choose which jobs to submit for and relay your availability by responding to messages from Casting Directors. If you have vacations planned or want to work around your family’s schedule, you can be as flexible as you want. Just remember, once you accept a job offer and are booked, you are expected to show up to set on time and ready to work.
Background acting is a great way to get on the sets of some of the most popular movies and TV shows. It offers you a front row seat to watch how your favorite shows get made and lets you be a part of the magic of the entertainment industry.
How do you sign up with Central Casting?
When you work as a Background Actor, you’re cast based off your look and the information in your online profile, so you don’t need previous experience to onboard with Central Casting or to be hired to work on set.
The first step is to make a reservation to attend Talent Onboarding in our Los Angeles, New York, Georgia, or Louisiana office. After making a reservation, you will receive a confirmation email with details on what you need to bring, where our office is located, and how to enter our building.
This email will also include a link to your online application, which must be completed before attending your Talent Onboarding session. The information you enter is used to create your Central Casting online profile; the more accurate and thorough you are, the easier it is for Casting Directors to determine the types of roles you can portray.
In order to onboard with Central Casting, you must bring the required documentation to accompany the Form I-9. We cannot onboard anyone who does not bring their original and unexpired documentation with them to Talent Onboarding. You can learn more about required documentation by reviewing the Lists of Acceptable Documents .
How do I get work?
If you fit the requirements for a role, a Casting Director may reach out with an availability inquiry. Read this message carefully before responding and be sure to answer any follow up questions or include any materials requested. If you respond available, you may receive a follow up first avail message or booking offer. Check out our messaging guide for an in-depth look at the messaging process.
You can also proactively submit for work on our Jobs page. In these job posts, Casting Directors will include details for what they’re looking for, including union status, portrayable age, portrayable ethnicity, sizes, and any other specific information they have. Read these posts carefully to make sure you fit all the requirements then submit according to the instructions.