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Los Angeles Casting Companies

While it's true Central Casting is the largest Hollywood Casting agency, there are other Casting offices that get plenty of work, and are worth looking into. Also, new agencies spring up often, so continue to read the trades and network with friends you make along the way.
We are listing the popular and more known ones for non-union work here.

You Should Call first to find out current hours of registration. You should also find out if you can easily register on line.

Remember, some Extra Casting Companies will charge a fee to register.

In L.A. the largest and best known casting company is Central Casting. Their phone number is 818-562-2755. You can learn more about Central Casting by going directly to their web site at:

CENTRAL CASTING
220 SOUTH Flower Street
Burbank, CA 91502
818 562-2755
http://www.ep-services.com

(Cenex, Their Non Union division)
http://www.ep-services.com/cenexregistration

In L.A. the largest and best known casting company is Central Casting.
They handle a majority of the work in the LA area. This is one of the most popular places for all newcomers to start. They handle an amount of the work in the LA area. There is a one-time registration fee of $20. This is a fee that is well worth paying because of the work they will get you. You should expect to pay some small fee at many casting companies in Los Angeles. Never pay more than $100 to register and never pay a company that doesn't ask you about your wardrobe, special skills and talents.

Bill Dance Casting
4605 LANKERSHIM BLVD
North Hollywood, CA
INFO: 818 754-6633
billdancecasting.com

Other Casting Companies in LA

ALICE ELLIS
P.O. Box 1828
Venice, CA 90294
INFO: 310 314-1488

AXIUM CASTING/ BACKGROUND PLAYERS/RICH KING
7201 Melrose Avenue #D
Los Angeles, 90046
Info: 323 692-1783

BACK TO ONE CASTING
PO Box 753
Hollywood, CA 90078-0753
INFO: 323 969-4897

Casting Couch
PO Box 19190
Encino, CA 91316
INFO: 818 623-7040

CHRISTOPHER GRAY
7204 ½ Melrose Avenue Suite A
Los Angeles, CA 90046
INFO: 323 939 8502

DEBE WAISMAN
11664 National Blvd. PMB 368
Los Angeles, CA 90064
INFO: 310 535 1325

IDELL JAMES
15332 Antioch Street, PMB #117
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
INFO: 310 230-9344

KIDS BACKGROUND TALENT
207 South Flower Street
Burbank, CA 91502
INFO: 818 239 1371

MESSENGER & ASSOCIATES
P.O. BOX 2380
Toucan Lake, CA 91610
INFO: 818 760 3696

PRIME CASTING
7060 Hollywood Blvd Suite #522
Hollywood, CA 90028
http://www.primecasting.com/

RAINBOW CASTING
11059 McCormick, Suite #1
North Hollywood, CA 91601
INFO: 818 377 4475

SCOTTIES BODIES
1865 N. Fuller
Hollywood, CA 90046
323 876 7755
INFO: 323 876 7755

SCREEN CHILDRENS CST
4000 S. Riverside Drive
Burbank, CA 91505
INFO: 818 846 7755

TAMMY SMITH & DIXIE WEBSTER-DAVIS
520 Washington Blvd
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
INFO: 310 364 3521

THE WILD BUNCH
5854 Jamieson Avenue
Encino, CA 91316
INFO: 818 342-8282

SPECIALTY CASTING Companies

If you look like someone famous check out,

RON SMITH'S CELEBRITY LOOK-A-LIKES
7060 Hollywood Blvd Suite 1215
Hollywood Ca 90028
INFO: 323 467 3030

If you want to get your Car in the movies & earn good money at the same time check out:

HOLLYWOOD PICTURE CARS
1028 N. La Brea
LA CA 90038
INFO: 323 466 2277
http://www.hollywoodpicturecar.com/

Television Extra Work

The daytime soaps will hire both Union, and non-union extras. The Actors Union that covers Soaps is called AFTRA and the pay rate is slightly different. It is also much easier to join. Mail in your Pictures & Resumes, (P&R), and postcards. Be sure to write Available for Extra Work on your resume and envelope. It is a good idea to include a short, professional cover letter asking for a general meeting. The Casting Director or Casting Assistant is the one to try to meet. This is not necessary for work, but people like to hire people they know and like.

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Young & the Restless (CBS)
Bold & the Beautiful (CBS)
General Hospital (ABC)
Port Charles (ABC)
Passions (NBC)
Days of Our Lives (NBC)

Who Can Get Your Car Into A Film?

HOLLYWOOD PICTURE CARS
1028 N. La Brea
LA CA 90038
INFO: 323 466 2277
http://www.hollywoodpicturecar.com/

LOS ANGELES EXTRA CALLING-IN SERVICE

Remember these all charge a monthly fee and they work for you.

AMERICAN CASTING COMPANY 818 505 0710
BACKGROUND TALENT SERVICES 818 771 5727
BOOKING SERVICES 323 882 6400
CAMEO CASTING SERVICES 310 535 5781
DIRECT LINE CALL-IN SERVICE 818 223-3590
KALIFORNIA CASTING 562 920 8857 KALIFORNIACASTING.COM
NETWORKS 818 260-8989

There are also good guides that you can use such as:

LA 411

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Casting Lists

Don't Forget the Trades.

Variety
The Hollywood Reporter
Back Stage West

And Remember...Read, Read and Read

Know what is going on in your industry. Keep up with the latest projects. It's a good idea to read the Daily Trade Papers, Variety and/or Hollywood Reporter. It is a must to get Backstage (weekly), and the Ross Reports.

Support Services, Businesses and Stores for the Paid Extra and Actor

For all your theatrical needs in Los Angeles

Samuel French

For Make-Up and Special Effects

Costume Needs In Los Angeles

Photography Head Shot Photographers and links in LA

Now just get started. You are now on your way to being part of the greatest, and most thrilling industry in the world. Remember always to be kind, professional, and have fun.

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