9 Gigs to Kick-Start Your Acting Career

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Are you ready to land your first role? Entry-level acting jobs, such as student films, shorts, and background gigs, are a great place to start. No matter what has stopped you from taking that first step toward your acting career, there’s no time like the present to make your goals (or dreams!) come true. Break into the acting world by checking out this roundup of entry-level jobs perfect for beginning actors.

“The Day God Died”

A feature film about love, loyalty, and revenge is casting for its upcoming shoot in Los Angeles. Production is looking to fill multiple roles, including a lead female role, aged 19–25, to play Sophia, a female day player role, aged 5–8, to play Young Sophia, a male day player role, aged 4–6, to play Young Ezra, and a female day player role, aged 25–30, to play Blanca. Production dates are TBD. Pay is $100–$150 per day, depending on the role. 

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“Gorgons” 

A short thriller film is casting for its upcoming shoot in Los Angeles. Production is looking to fill multiple roles, including a lead female role, aged 21–33, to play Medusa, a supporting male role, aged 40–60, to play Detective Peters, a supporting male role, aged 28–40, to play Detective Kay, a supporting female role, aged 45–65, to play The Receptionist, and male background extras, aged 18–35, to play Catcallers. Production shoots from March 16–17. Pay is $125 per day, depending on the role. 

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“Three of Swords” 

A short film is casting for its upcoming shoot in Los Angeles. Production is looking to fill multiple roles, including a lead role, aged 18–25, to play Tai, a lead female role, aged 18–25, to play Daniella, and a supporting male role, aged 18–30, to play Carlos. Production shoots on March 10. Pay is $75–$120, depending on the role. 

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“EDWARD” 

A short drama film is casting for its upcoming shoot in New York City. Production is looking to fill a lead male role, aged 75 and older, to play an older man. Production dates are TBD. Pay is $400 for two days of work. 

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“The Set Up”

comedy short film is casting for its upcoming shoot in New York City. Production is looking to fill multiple roles, including a lead male role, aged 26–34, to play Brad, a lead male role aged 26–35, to play Adam, a supporting female role, aged 22–29, to play Stephanie, and a day player role, aged 25–40, to play a bartender. Production films for one day in March or April. Dates are TBD. Pay is negotiable, but currently offered at $50–$250 for six hours of work. 

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“Radiance”

short drama film is casting for its upcoming shoot in New York City. Production is looking to fill multiple roles, including a lead female role, aged 20–25, to play Cassandra, a lead female role, aged 25–32, to play Elena, and a supporting female role, aged 21–28, to play Josie. Production shoots the first two weeks of July. Pay is $125 per day for six days of work, with travel and food included. 

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“Bushwick High”

A short parody film showcasing a classic high school life through the eyes of modern-day Bushwick is casting for its upcoming film in New York City. Production is looking to fill multiple roles, including a lead role, aged 55 and up, to play the teacher, a lead female role, aged 18–25, to play the student, and more. Production shoots in spring with dates TBD. Pay is $75 for two hours of work. 

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“Into the Black”

romance feature film is casting for its upcoming shoot in Los Angeles. Production is looking to fill multiple roles, including a lead female role, aged 20–30, to play Imani, a lead male role, aged 23–30, to play Ike, a supporting male role, aged 35–50, to play The Professor, and a supporting female role, aged 30–50, to play Mama J. Production shoots mid-September to early October in San Bernardino and Los Angeles. Pay is $100-$15,000, depending on the role. 

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