“Sit around and wait,” is synonymous with background actors and Central Casting‘s registration process fully prepares you for the type of work that you awaits you.
Dedicating myself to pursuing my lifelong passions in 2018, I decided that I too will become one of the many who tries to endure the waiting game. By the time I arrived at 6:00 am there was already a line too long to count; I was questioning if I would even be one of the lucky few who would be able to register. Sadly, I was only a couple people behind the waitlist crowd and my only option was to wait another day. However, it was a great learning experience and I know that I’ll be even more prepared the next time.
Are you considering becoming a background actor with Central Casting? Here is what you need to know:
Central Casting was created in 1925 as a solution to the actor’s exploitation epidemic in the 20’s. The creation of Central Casting allowed producers to continue operating without government interference, provided a consistent stream of background actors for feature films, and gave a roadmap to talent who were interested in working as an extra in Hollywood.
How To Register
First, visit the Central Casting registration page and choose the office nearest to you for additional information.
Bring the proper documentation. You cannot register with Central Casting if you do not have the proper documentation. Please review and prepare the following documents as outlined on their website.
Visit Central Casting. As of February 2018, Central Casting Los Angeles has open registration on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 9:10 am. In order to register, you’ll need to be there several hours prior in order to secure a spot.
What To Expect and How To Prepare
Get there early. I arrived at 6:00 am and barely missed the cutoff. I recommend arriving between 5:00 – 5:30 am to arrive before the crowd.
Prepare to wait. Registration doesn’t begin until 9:10 am so expect to be waiting around for several hours.
Bring a chair. Standing for hours on end can be exhausting. A chair, or even a picnic blanket, will make your wait more comfortable.
And a blanket to keep you warm. It will be cold, very cold. Having a blanket will make the morning wind chill more tolerable.
Bring entertainment. I brought a book but you can bring your headphones, a sketchbook, or even a friend to keep you company.
Dress appropriately. Consider dressing comfortably and casual in the morning as you wait. The gentleman who was preparing us for registration said that we’ll have the opportunity to change into your character clothes once inside.
Make friends. Everyone is in this together so why not start a friendly conversation with the people around you! It will not only kill the time but you may be running into them at a future gig.
Share Your Experience
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Central Casting Los Angeles
Address: 220 S Flower Street, Burbank, CA 91502
Phone number: (818) 562-2700