Cast Caller

This looks like a new free casting website. Looking at their open project list it seems to be more populated by Canadian castings. The projects look like mostly reality tv and extras but there are also commercials, webisodes, and theatre thrown in there. It says you can sign up for free but doesn’t say what that gives you besides the ability to submit your resume.

  • Subscription costs: Free??
  • Headshots: ??
  • Video Hosting: ??
  • Example Profile Page – unable to find any
  • Territory: Canada and the USA

Casting Calls America

Brian Jagger started this company that seems to want to be a local casting company. They own Sacramento CastingCasting Calls PortlandNew Orleans Casting, and Toni Staniewicz Casting (an agency). They are soon launching Casting Calls Denver and Casting Calls Phoenix. All the sites look identical except for the city name. If you don’t sign in, you can’t see any example profiles. They want $10 to sign up and $5/mo ongoing. I can’t tell if an account on one gets you an account on all of them. The sites have links to facebook pages where new jobs are posted with links back to sites with a little info about the project. Looks like short films, commercials, and extra work. Judging from the I.D.s of newly posted projects, it looks like there are less than 200 projects in the system. Maybe this is a brand new business? 

  • Subscription costs: $10 to sign up, then $5/mo ongoing
  • Headshots: ??
  • Video Hosting: ??
  • Example Profile Page – unable to find any
  • Territory: Sacramento, Portland, New Orleans, Denver, Phoenix

My Casting File

My Casting File looks like a site for actors from Texas to the Southeast to get work as extras. They are right up front about the fact that these are extra roles (Thank you My Casting File for your honesty!!).  This was recommended in the comments by “Atlanta Casting Director”.

  • Subscription costs: Free
  • Headshots: Free
  • Video Hosting: N/A
  • Example Profile Page: Couldn’t find one
  • Territory: Texas to the Southeast

Pro Cast

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.