LA Casting (aka Casting Networks)

LA Casting is the Los Angeles branch of the casting company Casting Networks. It is one of the main 3 that new actors in LA pay for as it has many student, commercial, and non-union jobs. They send email notifications for each new project that matches your criteria as they are submitted. For the expense, I wish they would update their site. It feels like they haven’t touched the user interface since the early 2000’s when the site was created. I just went to upload a new headshot and the photo was rejected because it was over their 4mb limit! I’m paying $25 for them to host my photo and they can’t take anything larger than 4mb? My phone takes images larger than 4mb. Come on, put a little of that profit towards making our lives easier. Here’s a little history: LA Casting was started in 2002 by Beau Bonneau who runs a large commercial and extras casting agency in San Francisco. As they expanded into new territories, they rebranded the main company as Casting Networks, keeping LA Casting for the LA market.  Casting Networks bought ModelWire in 2008. The current CEO is Glen Ward who is the former CEO of Virgin Entertainment North America so I’m hoping will bring some new features to the LA Casting website.

  • Subscription costs: $14.95/mo
  • Headshots: $25
  • Video Hosting: Up to 4 minutes free
  • Example Profile Page
  • Territory: USA

Let It Cast

This is a casting site with only a few casting opportunities per month but it’s 100% video auditions which are easy and fun to do. Most auditions are free to submit to, but once in a while they want you to be a subscriber to submit. Most of the smaller roles in The Canyons were cast through this platform.

  • Subscription costs: Profile and most submissions are free but occasionally they want $6.90/mo or $69.99/yr to submit
  • Headshots: Free
  • Video Hosting: Free
  • Example Profile Page
  • Territory: USA

Now Casting

My agent requested that I sign up for Now Casting. I’ve gotten 11 auditions in 2 years from self submissions and booked a few of them. They do have some of the network episodic breakdowns but only from a few CDs. I did a CD workshop with one of them once and asked if they used Now Casting and he said that they were under some sort of contract to post there but that he never checked the submissions. They send email notifications of new roles in batches a few times per day.

  • Subscription costs: Profile is free, to submit to L.A. jobs is $11/mo
  • Headshots: Free
  • Video Hosting: $5/min
  • Example Profile Page
  • Territory: USA

SAG-AFTRA

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.

Showbiz Central

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 – ??