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Casting Notices

Instructions for Submitting Your Photo

Want to submit your child's headshot or snapshot for an upcoming casting call?  Simply go to your "My Account" page and click on "Build My Profile."   Here you can upload a photo of your child and it will appear as the main picture in  your profile.  Then click on the link at the bottom of the casting notice to contact the agent or casting director.  When you contact the member, your child's profile and headshot are automatically submitted to the member.

NOTE: Please do not submit your child for a casting unless s/he fits the description posted.

Only Enhanced Members of are eligible to submit for casting opportunities.  To become an Enhanced Member, upgrade today.


Understanding the Casting Process

Casting, it is a process. If you understand the entire casting process and roles other than just your own, you will have a better view on the big picture.  Use this information to your advantage - knowing where you stand within the casting process can help you to see more clearly on you path to success.

These days, the Web is flooded with casting sites boasting thousands of audition opportunities.  With claims like these it is easy to think, "Surly there is a role for my child."  But if you're submitting to these sites without luck, it may be because you're simply focusing on the wrong "stage of the process."  In a recent poll on, 77% of our members said they have not yet booked a role directly from a casting website.

Why is this the case?  It could be because 100 people are applying for 23 available jobs; that is true. It could also be that the Casting Directors are simply not drawn in by your online profile or good ol' headshot/resume.  It could also be that the casting director does not accept submissions from actors without representation.

The casting process begins when a producer hires a casting director to find the perfect actor for their project.

Casting Directors then alert talent representatives (agents and managers) to what they are looking for.  Casting depends on the talent representatives to ONLY submit actors who they believe are "right" for the part.

Generally, the casting director has a short amount of time to sort through the thousands of actor headshots they receive (this is why your headshot is so important).  Then, she needs to interview as many potential candidates as possible until she finds the best of the best.  She presents these few lucky actors back to her director or producer who will make the final hiring decision.

So, you can see how tough it is just to get an audition, let alone a job.

The question is, where does your child fall within the casting process?  If you are currently without representation and are struggling to get work directly from casting websites, consider shifting your focus to finding representation rather than submitting to casting calls.

Actors with representation can consider themselves one step up the ladder.  It is like wearing a badge that says, "I'm a professional."  This is because a casting director knows that an agent or manager has already screened the child and can therefore trust that the child is likely to be good in front of the camera, respond well to direction and authority, and show signs of unique talent that separates him or her from the crowd of aspiring actors.

Need tips on how to attract a talent representative?  Work the first five steps in our KidStart program before seeking representation.

Casting Flow Chart


Online casting notices should not be viewed as a substitute for professional representation

From time to time, Children In Film posts casting notices as a courtesy to our members.  Our notices will often be for non-union or hard-to find roles, like African American twin infants who are exactly nine months old in April.  These notices can in no way compare to what an agent or manager can do for you. 

To have your child considered for the larger, meatier roles, you NEED professional representation.  Casting directors will not often hire talent that is not represented.  Talent agents and managers are receiving daily notices directly from casting directors who are looking for talent that has been pre-screened and is ready for work.

To learn more about getting an agent, we strongly recommend that you work the steps in the
Kidstart Program.

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No industry professional should ever ask you to pay a fee as a condition of employment or representation.  If you are ever asked for money up front from a member, please contact us.
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