I answered one Extra casting (sounded very real) that sent me to a site that does ssl certificates.Most people would not even understand that ssl certification is for online shopping carts and has zero to to do acting or auditions.Beware of “no experience necessary.” While some casting calls for kids and background actors do not require experience, most principal roles require both. Ads that read like “models and actors needed for ‘put in any large brand here’ pay is 00 daily and job is 4 to 5 days….” Beware of ads that quote union rates such as 2 a day without mention of union.
Beware of Extras casting calls that are nationwide.
Generally, large productions go through a casting company.
Remember, real casting directors will always want a headshot, resume, acting reel, and for modeling things such as height, weight, size, etc.
If all they ask for is an optional photo and contact info than beware.
When the telemarketers are done with you, your info gets sold to the next company and the routine starts again.
Some internet marketers go as far as responding to your inquiry with a message that “you are perfect” or “will send the audition details”, but first… This is a different type of scam and not that obvious to most.
The marketer just used that because it went along the lines of “verify your identity” for the fake casting call and he gets paid 30 bucks for every FREE lead he sends to the company. I was looking for an audition, NOT a shopping cart!
I am useless as a lead to them, but he still gets paid ’till caught.
Those are 100% scam, even though it seems free for you to do it, the scammer is selling your info to an unsuspecting company and you will never hear back about the audition.
Beware of anything that says call some number, casting agents are waiting.
Some also use ads on the radio and newspapers to entice people. Often times they schedule a “fake” audition (they don’t ask for money here to put you at ease), then they call and tell you ‘you are great’ come in for a 2nd audition and sometimes a 3rd. The audition was not actually for a real part in any production, it was to evaluate how much you will spend and how much they can sucker you out of.