We often get asked, “How can I be an extra on Law and Order: SVU?” Unfortunately, it isn’t easy.
Becoming an extra on any New York City-shot series can be difficult. Most NYC casting companies have an established pool of talent they use for their projects, including Central Casting, the company that handles extras for SVU, Blue Bloods, and other New York City TV shows and movies.
Just because it might be tough to land one of these gigs as an extra, doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Central Casting recently posted new instructions for those interested in working with them.
For instance, Central is looking for skateboarders for an SVU scene shooting at a skate park on Jan. 26. But, to apply for this job, or any job Central Casting advertises, you must first be registered with the company.
In order to be registered with Central Casting, you MUST come in to our office, attend our orientation and complete the appropriate paperwork. Your status remains active for 3 years from your registration date. If your status becomes inactive and you are eligible to re-register, you must come in to our office to update your registration paperwork before you are eligible to submit for any Central Casting job. If you are unsure of your status, please call 646-205-8244, ext. 4.
For detailed information about Central Casting’s registration or re-registration process, visit: https://www.centralcasting.com/NY/actors/index.html
To see more of Central Castings casting calls, visit: https://www.facebook.com/centralcastingny.
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