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The casting directors list is a one time charge of $16.95 or a one time charge of $19.95 for the names and addresses printed on mailing labels. There are 4 casting lists available:
LA Casting TV Film Internet Stage 325+ contacts
LA Casting Commercials, Voiceovers, Print Ads 125+ contacts
NY NJ Casting TV Film Internet Stage 225+ contacts
NY NJ Casting Commercials, Voiceovers, Print Ads 125+ contacts
FAQ about Casting Calls
Q: What is the difference between auditions, casting calls, open auditions and cattle calls.
A: Auditions and casting calls are the same. They are by appointment and there are never any fees. Open calls and cattle calls are usually gimmicks to make money and do nothing for you. If they say "bring in your child" and don't even know what your kid looks like its a scam! Trust us when we tell you that casting directors are professionals and are hired and paid to find specific types for every role. They literally audition 200 three year old caucasian blonde girls to find exactly the right one. Be polite at auditions. Listen carefully to directions from the casting person and your child's agent. When they say nice casual it does not mean a big party dress. If they want a big party dress they will say "dress like you are going to a party".
To avoid scams - put yourself in the casting directors and producers shoes as best you can, and lets be honest... Why on earth would any show or TV commercial advertise on the radio or TV that they are having open auditions? Who wants hundreds of kids and parents just showing up... SOMEONE THAT WANTS TO MAKE MONEY! SCAM ARTISTS!
Q: What are my child's chances of success?
A: Better than most kids because now you have correct real information. Also, the more auditions the better you get at auditioning and the more jobs your child will book. It's a bit of a numbers game. Some get lucky on the first try, others might have 40 auditions and then book 5 jobs in a row.
Q: What is an audition like?
A: Most always scheduled by appointment and they have a good idea of what they are looking for. You may see 5 kids in the waiting room that resemble your kid. Auditions take about 5-10 minutes, but you should always get there 10 - 15 minutes early to unwind from traffic and they day. Plan on being there for an hour as they often run late. If your child is of speaking age, you will know in advance if they have lines to say. Most commercials and print ads are cast on looks and personality. If your child has lines you will be given a script or sides in advance. "Sides" is the term for a small section of the script used to audition. Kids are never expected to memorize until they are booked to play the part. Almost always they just want kids to be themselves.
Q: When are you paid?
A: Print jobs usually pay at the end of the workday or week if you are hired for more than one day. TV, films and commercials pay within (2) weeks and then you receive residuals every 13 weeks or less if its a commercial. Commercials pay big $$ more often than not. Unless your child is the lead in a movie or a series regular on a TV show, they will earn much more doing commercials. Plus commercials usually shoot in one or two days and kids earn money each time that commercial is played anywhere. The money potential is fantastic.