Pro Cast seems to be more of a job news website that reposts positions for extras as newsletters. The main trouble is that from the headlines you would think that Universal Studios is doing an open casting call for featured roles, for example. It’s only until the end of the post that you find that they mean featured extras. Today’s posting is for an open casting for “new talent to work on several popular TV shows including GLEE, Faking It, Awkward, Teen Wolf and CSI”. It would seem from the article that they are trying to find new young actors to play roles in these shows. After researching the casting agency you find that they work to bring “production companies the highest quality background actors“. Nothing is wrong with extra work. It pays. It gives you some familiarity on a live set. There is a remote possibility that you could be given a line. The trouble is that extra roles are touted as speaking roles to draw talent in that might not otherwise apply. This just seems deceptive to me. There are a few websites and services that do this trickery. For me it just makes the sites/services seem shady and makes any legitimate job they might have seem shady by association. Under their jobs section they list a grand total of 133 jobs posted – ever.
I’m SAG-AFTRA eligible so I am unable to log into the site but it looks like some local chapters have URLs that could be for casting calls – like this one from Seattle. If you’re a member check your local chapter. Leave some feedback or PM me about what you find. They provide actor profile pages for their actors like this one but as far as I can tell they aren’t searchable publicly but if you can guess the url then you can access them.
From the look of this website it could easily be a scam. That said, many of the legitimate casting sites (AA, LA Casting) were designed and launched in the late 90’s or early 00’s and haven’t been updated in 10 years so they also look kind of forgotten to non-users. It was recommended in the comments by “Atlanta Casting Director” so it may be legitimate but without signing up you can’t see any job postings and their FAQ is seriously lacking. The CEO, Marc Pariser, who has “been in the film and television business for 30 years” has no imdb page.
- Subscription costs: Profile is free, $14.95 for more features
- Headshots: Free
- Video Hosting: Free
- Example Profile Page: Couldn’t find any
- Territory: USA – ??