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Retired? Try Background Acting

MEGHAN DUBITSKY
BY MEGHAN DUBITSKY  |  JULY 22, 2019
Try background acting if you’re looking for what to do in retirement

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. While in the entertainment industry these performers are most often referred to as Background Actors, you may also know them as extras, background talent, or atmosphere.

Central Casting casts Background Actors, Stand-Ins, doubles, and other roles in movies, TV shows, 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 apply for and relay your availability by replying to text 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 font 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 get hired to work as background?

Background Actors are cast based on their look, so you don’t need previous experience to register with Central Casting or to be hired to work on set.

So how do you get started? The first step is to register with one of our offices in Los Angeles, New York, Georgia, or Louisiana by completing our online registration process and then making a reservation to visit your local office.

To begin registration, you’ll need to create a profile. Then you’ll be taken to the online portion of registration which you can complete by filling in the necessary information. Before you finish, you’ll be asked to make a reservation to visit your local office to fill out paperwork and take a photo for our casting system. That’s it! Once you’ve completed the in-office portion and we’ve verified your legal eligibility, you’ll be able to be cast in our productions.

Required documentation

Everyone who registers with Central Casting must bring the required documentation to accompany the I-9 form. We will not be able to register anyone who does not bring the original and unexpired documentation with them to registration. You can learn more about required documentation on the Lists of Acceptable Documents.

Ready to find work? You can scroll through your location’s Jobs page to submit for roles you fit. Casting Directors may also text you to check your availability, ask follow up questions, and to send your Details Blog show name and passcode. You can learn everything you need to know about finding work in our article A Starter Guide to Background Work.

Now that you’ve figured out what to do in retirement, find out what projects you have a chance to work on in our credits section.

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