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How to Start a Casting Agency

Start a Casting Agency to provide actors and extras for films and commercials.
Your own Film Casting Agency

A casting agent needs an assortment of skills to perform this job, including great communication in person or on the telephone.

Casting Company Contracts

You also need all the documents to run a talent agency that includes the cast sign-in sheet, actors deal memo to your casting director agreement, everything to successfully cast your talent in a movie.

Casting Agents Need Skills and Connections

Many former actors want to start a casting agency of their own because they understand the entertainment industry and have great connections. Booking or talent agents help actresses and actors find parts in movies or on television.

In addition to finding work for clients, an agent must understand how to negotiate with casting directors about pay scales and benefits. Agents generally have more than one client, leading to needing good time management skills to juggle the needs of each client.

Developing Strong Networking Connections

An individual wanting to start a casting agency might specialize in a particular type of entertainment such as finding work for clients in commercials, films or television programs. Agents can represent new actors trying to get their first part or well-known actors recognized by most of the public.

It may seem easy to begin a business in the entertainment industry, but it is actually hard work that requires long workdays that include working on weekends. Movie and television directors are often very private people who are difficult to contact to learn about job opportunities.

In many cases, a talent agent must talk to many other people employed by directors to determine what parts are available for their clients.

Steps Required to Open a Casting Agency

There are already many large and small casting agencies located primarily in cities so competing with a new agency is often difficult. This means that when someone wants to start a casting agency, they need to prepare carefully with a variety of steps that include:

1. Casting Agency Partnership

Partner with an existing casting agency to learn the skills necessary for this job along with making the right connections.

2. Network with Filmmakers

Attend as many entertainment events as possible, including parties to meet people in the industry to promote a business later.

3. Plan your Casting Agency

Anyone wanting to start a casting agency needs to have a written business plan with all the details.

4. Finances

Planning finances to start a business is also important in order to rent an office and equipment along with advertising for clients.

 

Actor Contract

3-page contract with actors on a film production. Performers Agreement.

Cast Contact List

Detailed contact and agent list of all cast members

Cast Details

Performers details (dress, shoe size etc) for wardrobe department

Cast Scene Breakdown

Daily cast required per scene

Cast Sign-In Sheet Daily

Form for Performers and Extras to sign in when they arrive on set.

Casting Assessment

Detailed assessment of performance during casting

Casting Director Contract

Agreement between Casting Director and Production Company

Model Release

Contract with models to appear in your film