The Best 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.

“Bernt Out”

A comedic social media series is casting for its upcoming shoot in New York City. Production wants to fill a lead female role, aged 35–56, to play Michelle Black. Production shoots on June 25. The pay is $400. 

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“Dry January”

A short film is casting for its upcoming shoot in New York City. Production is looking to fill a lead male role, aged 21–29, to play Toby. Production dates are TBD. Pay is $200–$300 per day for four days of work. 

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“Spinning Memories”

An MFA thesis 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 18–23, to play Joe, a supporting female role, aged 45–55, to play Juanita, a supporting male role, aged 47–60, to play Uncle Lauren, and a supporting male role, aged –65, to play Chris. Production shoots Aug. 6. Pay is $125 per day, with meals provided. 

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“There Is Evil Here”

A horror short film is casting for its upcoming shoot in L.A. Production is looking to fill a lead male role, aged 25-29, to play Louis, and a supporting female role, aged 25-30, to play Regina. Production films two to three days in July. Pay is $250-$300 with meals included. 

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“Lucky”

A suspense film is casting for its upcoming shoot in Los Angeles. Production is looking to fill a lead female role, aged 18–32, to play Melody, and a lead male role, aged 27–40, to play Sam. Production films from July 20–23. Pay is $775 for an estimated four days of work, with snacks and drinks provided. 

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“Stay”

The short film is casting for its upcoming shoot in Los Angeles. Production is looking to fill multiple roles, including a lead male role, aged 30–45, to play The Surfer, a lead female role, aged 26–35, to play Jessica Santos, a supporting male role, aged 10–12, to play Jack, and a supporting role, aged eight to 10, to play Aiden. Pay is $200 per day for a two-day shoot, with travel and meals provided. 

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