Earn $5,000 for a Short Film About a Group of Friends + More New York Casting Calls

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New York City actors searching for work have come to the right place. Every week, we update this feature to include the best casting calls in the city and beyond. Whether you’re based in the five boroughs or just a short train ride away, check out this list highlighting various opportunities in your area.

Short Film: “Home”

The short film “Home” is looking for talent. The story is about a poet who must publish an anthology with the help of his friends to avoid having to leave the country. The production wants female talent, aged 18 and up, to play the feisty and spirited Clara, male talent, aged 18 and up, to play the contemplative and reflective Jai, plus more. Shooting is this summer in New York City. Talent will be paid $5,000 for 14 days of shooting.

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PSA for Fentanyl Awareness

A digital PSA for fentanyl awareness needs talent. The production wants BIPOC talent, aged 18–22, to play a teenager, and talent of any ethnicity, aged 50–70, to play a parent. Shooting is March 8 in Brooklyn, New York. Talent will be paid $750 for a 10-hour shoot.

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Music Video: “Lucky”

The music video “Lucky” is seeking female talent, aged 22–33, to play a love interest. The song is about a man who feels lucky to have his partner in his life. Shooting is in New York City. Talent will be paid $300 for a 6-hour shoot.

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Bathtub and Sink Stopper Commercial 

A commercial for a bathtub and sink stopper wants Black, white, or multiethnic talent, aged 25–50, to deliver on-screen testimonials. Shooting is on March 8 in North New Jersey. Talent must self-report via car to set, and will be paid $450 for a 10-hour shoot.

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Feature Film: “City Wide Fever”

The feature film “City Wide Fever” is looking for cis or trans women or gender-nonconforming talent, aged 18–29. The story is about a young film student who investigates the mysterious disappearance of a forgotten horror director, which leads to a violent conspiracy eerily similar to his films. Talent will play the sensitive, naive, and angry Raina, who dies a gruesome death. Shooting is for two days, one each in early March and early April, in Manhattan. Talent will be paid $150 per day, plus transportation and food.

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Major Wellness Brand YouTube Campaign

A YouTube campaign for a major wellness brand is looking for real people, aged 30–60. The production wants fun and outgoing talent, including singles, friends, and couples, who are comfortable discussing topics like sex and wellness on camera. Shooting is March 5 or 6 in Brooklyn, New York. Talent will be paid $2,800 for an 8-hour shoot. 

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Horror/Thriller Short Film

A short film is looking for talent with improv skills and Method acting experience. The story combines elements of both horror and thriller genres, and is about a seasoned detective searching for a missing person. The production wants Black talent, aged 35–45, to play the detective, and white female talent with grey hair, aged 50–65, to play a seemingly sweet old lady who is really a murderer. Shooting is in New York City. Talent will be paid $300 for a 1-day shoot, plus meals and travel.

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Short Film: “The Maid, the Lovers, and the Manifesto”

The short film “The Maid, the Lovers, and the Manifesto” needs talent capable of a German accent. The comedy takes place in 19th-century Belgium and portrays famous historical figures alongside fictional characters. The production wants white male talent, aged 30–40 and 5’10”, to play the disconnected philosopher and political thinker Karl, and white male talent, aged 28–37 and 5’11” or taller, to play Friedrich, an elegant gentleman and admirer of Karl. Talent will perform while wearing fake beards. Shooting is for 1 day in March in New York. Talent will be paid $300.

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Qlik Online Commercials

A series of commercials for Qlik, a data analytics company, wants talent with comedic skills, aged 18 and up. The production is looking for talent with stand-up and improv experience, as well as a background in physical and sketch comedy. Shooting is for three days, late Feb.–early March, in NYC. Talent will be paid $800–$1,250 per day.

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Short Film: “Imagine a Triptych”

The short film “Imagine a Triptych” is seeking talent for two principal roles. The production wants Asian, Black, Latina, white, or multiethnic female talent, aged 27–36, to play the lonely and pensive Gwen, and Asian, Black, Indigenous Peoples, Latino, white, or multiethnic male talent, aged 19–24, to play Zephyr, a character with a chiseled face and figure. Shooting is early to mid-summer in NYC. Talent will be paid $250–$500 per day, depending on talent’s experience, plus travel expenses.

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Feature Film: “Where to Land”

The feature film “Where to Land,” the latest from director Hal Hartley (“Henry Fool”), needs talent. The production wants female talent with some movement skills, aged 30–40, to play the loveable yet dramatic Muriel, who is a famous television actress, and Latino male talent, aged 30–45, to play a building superintendent and anarchist who plans to run for office, plus more. Shooting is this April in New York City. Talent will be paid $130–$232 per day, depending on the role.

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Models with Great Hair for Commercial Photo Shoot

A commercial photo shoot is looking for male and female modeling talent, aged 21–65, with great hair. Fittings are scheduled for Feb. 28. Shooting is for 2 days, Feb. 29–March 1, in Brooklyn, New York. Talent will be paid $1,000 per day, plus $100 for the fitting.

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Platinum Blonde Talent for Luxury Hair Care Brand Shoot

A shoot for a luxury hair care brand wants female modeling talent, aged 18–50. Talent will demonstrate a hair oil that enhances blonde or gray hair while reducing brassiness. Shooting is on Feb. 28 in New York City. Talent will be paid $500 for an 8-hour shoot.

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Feature Film: “Stray Cats”

The feature film “Stray Cats” is looking for talent. The story is about a middle-aged neurotic man who must face his past for the first time. The production wants white male talent, aged 35–45, to play a sensible and preppy brother, white female talent, aged 30–45, to play a mom of two adolescents, plus more. Rehearsals are in March, with shooting for 19 days this April in New York City. Pay is $216 per day, plus travel.

Want this gig? Apply here.

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