Casting Agencies, And Why They Help…
Casting agencies generally book for background work. This is a great way to work on your SAG membership…
SAG; “Screen Actors Guild” an American Federation of Television and Radio Artist (SAG-AFTRA) is an American labor union representing approximately 160,000 film and television actors, journalist, radio personalities, recording artist, singers, voice actors, and other media professionals worldwide. www.sagaftra.org Ask your agencies about “SAG” if they haven’t already discussed the benefits to you and your child.
We love using casting agencies. They can really keep you busy while working on your child’s real life, on-set experiences. You will find that your child is building a resume, along with SAG qualifications and/or IMDb ratings.
IMDb; is an online database of information related to films, television programs, home videos and video games, and internet streams, including cast, production crew and personnel bio, plot summaries, trivia, and fans reviews and ratings. www.imdb.com collecting these valuable tools also aide in better pay even for background work. We will talk more about pay rates at a later date
MY Current List:
Central Casting: Background actors;
Registration is done in person. Go online to see dates and times to register your child. The LA office registers kids on Tuesdays at 3pm. There is also a list of very important items that you will need to bring with you. Make sure to go online and check the requirements for your area. A Headshot of your child will be taken at the registration. Be prepared!!!
There are 4 locations…
Los Angeles, NY, Ga, Louisiana centralcasting.com
2. Backstage Casting: Theater, Film ,TV, Commercials. backstage.com register online. Make sure you have a digital headshot.
3. LA Casting: For Actors and Models lacasting.com register online. Make sure you have a digital headshot.
Note: casting agencies take a percentage of the work that they find for your child. Remember, there is always a small percentage that will be deducted. see: Agencies -vs- Managers
Note: there is a monthly rate for the online casting agencies. I pay $16 a month for Backstage and $19 a month for LA Casting.