How does Casting Now work?
CastingNow.co.uk provides a quick, simple and effective way for entertainment companies to find the ideal person and for talent to find work. Casting advertisers such as TV companies, theatres, modelling agencies, print media and others in the entertainment industry can either place adverts on our site for members to apply for, or search our database of talent and contact individual members directly.
What do I get for my membership?
For Casting Directors your free membership means you are able to add a casting to the site or search our Talent Directory and contact members directly. We have designed the site to make it as easy and simple for you to find your perfect talent with lots of features ensuring this can happen quickly, easily and efficiently!
For Talent we offer 2 types of membership; our free membership where you can create your profile page that appears in our Talent Directory and can be found by Casting Directors plus receive emails of all the latest jobs, and our subscription membership. If you wish to upgrade to the subscription membership you'll get all the benefits of the free membership plus lots more; add more details to your profile including unlimited photos, showreels and audio reels. You also gain access to your own message centre where you can receive and reply to messages from Casting Directors and receive updates to applications. Other features include being able to apply to castings, viewing your application history and status of applications, and becoming an affiliate where you can earn money for each person who subscribes to Casting Now from your recommendations.
I have no experience, can I join?
Absolutely! We have castings for all levels of experience; from reality TV, extra work, modelling, acting, singing, and dancing to presenting. Some castings require previous experience, for others it’s more important to have the right look, enthusiasm and to show willing. Everyone has to start somewhere!
Are you an agency?
No, we are a talent network and promotion facility that gives you access to castings within the entertainment industry. We take no commission or success fees.
Will I definitely get work?
Unfortunately there is no guarantee of work in this industry and we make no such claim – anyone who tells you otherwise is lying! It’s about being in the right place at the right time, and knowing what is going on and who is casting – all of which CastingNow.co.uk aims to do for you. We will say, however, if you are consistently applying for the right roles we would be very surprised if you got nothing!
I am under 16, can I still join?
Unfortunately due to legal reasons the minimum age for joining this site is 16 years old. You are welcome to join when you hit 16 though!
Am I too old/ fat/ thin?
No, absolutely not! There are opportunities for everyone – all shapes, sizes, looks and ages, we have cast people from 16 to 86! Model looks are not necessary for the majority of jobs and in fact a lot of photo shoots look for normal/ interesting looking people as do extra roles.
Will I need to give up my day job?
Not unless you want to, or get so much work that you have to! A lot of people do this as a hobby, especially at first when breaking into the industry and gaining experience, and some people are lucky enough to be working pretty much constantly. It’s all up to you!
How much does it cost?
Basic membership is completely free (details above in 'What do I get for my membership') but if you'd like the extra features then our subscription membership starts from the equivalent of just 13p per day. We offer a range of membership terms to suit your need (and budget!) which are paid on an automatic recurring basis (through Paypal for your security and peace of mind) giving you full access to apply to as many castings as you like, and to all the other great benefits. And remember: we do not take commission from what you earn (an agency usually takes 15% to 20%).
How do I join?
It’s quick and easy to join - click on the ‘Register’ button at the top of the page or enter your email address and a password on the right hand side where it says 'Register for Free'. (You will receive a confirmation email with your password in case you forget in the future). Then follow the instructions to create your profile.
I've forgotten my login details, what do I do?
If you've forgotten your password click here to send a reminder to the email address you registered with.
Managing your profile
From your account page you can: view and edit your profile at any time, change your account details, add and manage pictures/audio/video, send and receive mail to other members. Remember – promotion is everything in this industry so provide as much info as you can on your profile as you don’t know who might be viewing it!
You can upload up to 40 pictures for your profile (and choose which one you'd like as your main Profile) and change them whenever you like. These can be in any of the following standard picture formats - .jpg .gif .png. but must be less than 4mb in size.
You can upload 20 audio reels in either .wma .mp3 .mp4 or .mpeg format (these must be less than 8mb in size).
If you wish to upload video showreels they needs to be live on youtube first, and you can have as many as you wish of them on your profile.
What do I do if my audio is in the wrong format?
You can find free downloadable software online if you need to change the format of your file for the site. Alternatively you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be able to encode your files for you for a small fee.
How do I find out about jobs?
All current castings are shown on our website which we suggest you check regularly. We also send a weekly email of the latest castings, plus ad hoc emails of any urgent castings to ensure you don’t miss your chance.
How do I apply for jobs?
We’ve designed castingnow.co.uk to make it very easy and effective for you to apply for castings. You simply view the job that you are interested in and fill in the covering letter underneath with why you're suitable and then click ‘Apply for Position’. The Casting Director will automatically receive an email with your covering letter, details, photo and a link to your profile page for them to click through and look at. So make sure you have everything you want on your profile page to sell yourself!
What happens after I’ve applied for a job?
If the casting director likes you they will be in touch via email. If you don’t hear anything then unfortunately you haven’t been successful – but don’t give up, it's an industry where persistence pays!
Can I opt out of receiving Casting Emails?
Yes, go to 'Email Settings' from your account menu at the top of the page where you can manage which emails you receive.
Need an Invoice?
If you require an invoice go to 'Account Details' and at the bottom of the page you will be able to see your subscription/payment history and view/email yourself an invoice.
What if I want to cancel my subscription?
If you decide to no longer use our service you need to cancel via Paypal. Click here for instructions. Note: This needs to be done at least 24 hours prior to your next payment date. Once cancelled you will still have full access to the site for the remainder of the current payment term and no further payments will be made. We do not offer refunds for failure to cancel in time.
What if I want to delete my profile from this site?
If you decide you no longer want to be on our site email email@example.com with 'Delete' and your email address in the subject box. Note once we delete your profile we cannot retrieve it again. If you have an active subscription to Casting Now first cancel the subscription and then after that expires request to delete your profile.
Any more questions? Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org