Newly minted young folk come to Los Angeles with stars in their eyes and dreams of fame and fortune every day. However what dreamers soon realize is that dreams are just the half of it; there is ample work to be done. You’ve got to get headshots, you’ve got to get an agent, you’ve got to make connections, and you’ve got to survive all the while, while doing this. For these tinsel-town wanna-be’s there is Central Casting. Central Casting is the main casting office for the for background actors. Background acting isn’t exactly the same as getting zoned in for your close up; however for the newly minted thespian who’s trying to leave their mark in those Hallowed Hollywood Hills, Central Casting is the place to go.
Central Casting has been in business since 1925 and has been helping folks get their footing for just as long. Central Casting has long been the spot for background actors; however recent changes in the Central Casting mission statement have lead to advancements in their payroll services as well as offering up help to producers who are trying to figure the lay of the entertainment industry world.
Many ill-informed individuals may see any of the casting notices on free web based classifieds and think that these are the best route to getting cast. They could be barking up the wrong tree with that logic though. Central Casting plays by the rules and for the just starting out actor, they want to be sure that their talents are not taken advantage of. This is the reason that the payroll component is so vital to the background actor success. So long as the actors do what is required of them on set (come with your correct clothes, fill out your time card, don’t cause a ruckus) then Central Casting will be sure that the background actors is correctly paid.
Central Casting is essentially a call in service. The background actor calls their particular casting line and listens to see if they fit the description on the message. Then if you’re right for something, you call one of the numbers, give the operator your information, and they tell you if you’re needed or not. It’s quite a simple dance and quite a beautiful system set in place.
Central Casting has offices in New York City as well however the rules of the business and the fact that less stuff is filmed back east, makes the Central Casting actor from the left coast much more likely to profit from a relationship with Central Casting. If you’re interested in learning more, Central Casting has a website. At the time of this writing, the only thing you need to sign up with Central Casting is two pieces of ID, $25 dollars, and your ugly mug down to the offices for one of their shooting sessions. Before you even miss those 25 bucks, you’ll be turning away contracts and dodging paparazzi.