How To Get Cast on ‘Outer Banks’

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Netflix’s “Outer Banks” is a teen mystery drama about a group of working-class friends, known as the Pogues, living in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The sun-drenched series follows the Pogues in their search for answers surrounding the sudden disappearance of John B’s father—and a buried treasure at the heart of the mystery. 

Just months after “Outer Banks” premiered, Netflix renewed the series for a second season, giving a new crop of actors a chance to join the wildly popular television show. This in-depth guide to getting cast on Season 2 of “Outer Banks” breaks down everything you need to know to join up with the Pogues and the Kooks—from casting calls to audition tips from the show’s casting directors and young stars. 


“Outer Banks” Plot Summary

Season 1 pits the Pogues—a group of working-class island outcasts made up of John B (Cameron Stokes), JJ (Rudy Pankow), Pope (Jonathan Daviss), and Kiara (Madison Bailey)—against the Kooks, teens who come from wealthy and elite families. (As John B puts it, Outer Banks is the kind of place where “you either have two jobs or two houses.”) Their search for John B’s missing father leads to adventure, treachery, twists and turns, evil, plenty of romance—and a legendary treasure. Season 1 concludes as John B and Sarah Cameron sail straight into a massive storm to escape the cops on their tails, capsizing their boat in the process but making it out alive. The pair is able to flag down another boat and hitch a ride to the Bahamas, in search of the Royal Merchant treasure they’ve been hunting all season.

Season 2 promises to “get a hell of a lot crazier,” according to Stokes.

“Outer Banks” was created by Josh and Jonas Pate, and Shannon Burke, who also serve as executive producers. Jonas Pate is the showrunner. The series began filming on May 1, 2019 in Charleston, South Carolina, and premiered on Netflix on April 15, 2020—quickly becoming the most popular choice on the streaming platform. The show was renewed for a second season in July 2020.

When does filming for “Outer Banks” Season 2 start?

“Outer Banks” was renewed for Season 2 in July 2020. Filming started just a few months later in September, according to a tweet by Stokes. The show reportedly wrapped in Charleston in January 2021, after putting out a call for extras on Jan. 5. Filming moved to Barbados for the Bahamas scenes and was completed by early April 2021. 

Netflix hasn’t yet announced a premiere date for Season 2.

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“Outer Banks” Season 2 Auditions + Open Casting Calls

With filming for “Outer Banks” Season 2 wrapped, there are no active auditions or casting calls for the popular Netflix series. Check out our list of projects similar to “Outer Banks” that are currently casting—and keep an eye on Backstage for future opportunities to join up with the Pogues and the Kooks. According to the showrunners, there are narrative plans for up to five seasons (“We’ve sort of long-arced it out pretty far,” Jonas Pate says. “I’m just hoping that we get a chance to actually tell those stories”). So chances are good that more and more new characters will be added to the roster. 

Backstage has featured casting calls for “Outer Banks” in the past. Keep in mind that for larger speaking roles—series regular, recurring, guest star, co-star, contract—you’ll likely need to go through your agent. Don’t have an agent? Here’s how to get one.

Calls for “Outer Banks” Extras + Background Actors

South Carolina-based Taylor Woodell and North Carolina-based Jocabed Aragón of TW Cast & Recruit, LLC were the casting directors for all background actors on Season 1 and 2 of “Outer Banks.” They put out several calls for Charleston extras while filming Season 2, which wrapped in January 2021. 

There are currently no open calls for Season 2 background talent, but check Backstage and TW Cast & Recruit’s Facebook page for updates. Previous background casting calls for “Outer Banks” on Backstage have included the following requirements: 

  • Kooks (Background/Extra): All genders and ethnicities, 18-39 years old. Looking for preppy, well-groomed, and physically fit people. Headshot required. Pay is $80/8 hours.

For more information on how to land work as a background actor, check out Backstage’s guide to working as an extra.

Who is in the cast of “Outer Banks”?

In its first season, “Outer Banks” starred: 

  • Chase Stokes as John B
  • Madelyn Cline as Sarah Cameron
  • Madison Bailey as Kiara “Kie”
  • Jonathan Daviss as Pope
  • Rudy Pankow as JJ
  • Austin North as Topper
  • Charles Esten as Ward Cameron
  • Drew Starkey as Rafe Cameron
  • Adina Porter as Sheriff Peterkin
  • Cullen Moss as Deputy Shoupe
  • Julia Antonelli as Wheezie Cameron
  • Caroline Arapoglou as Rose
  • E. Roger Mitchell as Heyward
  • CC Castillo as Lana Grubbs
  • Chelle Ramos as Deputy Plumb
  • Brian Stapf as Cruz
  • Marland Burke as Mike
  • Deion Smith as Kelce
  • Nicholas Cirillo as Barry
  • Gary Weeks as Luke

The cast of “Outer Banks” is expanding in Season 2. In April, Netflix announced the addition of Carlacia Grant (“Roots”, “Game of Silence”) as Cleo—a Nassau girl who belongs to neither the Pogues nor Kooks.

Who is the “Outer Banks” casting director?

The casting directors for Season 1 of “Outer Banks” were Carrie Audino and Laura Schiff and Craig and Lisa Mae Fincannon. Together, Audino and Schiff cast all six seasons of “Mad Men”—for which they won a 2009 Artios Award from the Casting Society of America and a 2010 Emmy—and other projects including “Fear the Walking Dead,” “TURN: Washington’s Spies,” “Bosch,” and more. The Fincannons, the husband-and-wife heavy-hitters at Atlanta-based Fincannon & Associates (CSA), is the two-time Emmy-winning casting directors behind “Homeland.” The duo has also cast “Dawson’s Creek,” “One Tree Hill,” and such films as “RED,” “Battle: Los Angeles,” and “The Birth of a Nation.”

When it came to the leads, it was crucial to the showrunners to find actors who had great chemistry. Despite the core cast looking Abercrombie & Fitch-ready, physical looks were not a priority. “[Jonas Pate] wanted people who were honest. Real human beings who could portray the type of experiences that were going on in ‘Outer Banks,’” says Madelyn Cline, who plays John B’s love interest Sarah. “So he cast a majority of the show based on not social media presence. He immediately was X-ing out people who weren’t able to bring the performance and was looking at their social media like, Are they taking a bunch of selfies? What’s their M.O.?’” 

“We all had super-good chemistry right from the get-go,” says Rudy Pankow, who plays JJ. “I met Bailey on the plane [on the way] to the chemistry read. Immediately, immediately when she got on the plane, I was like, ‘Oh, that’s Kiara.’ Then we started acting in the room, and boom, it was instantaneous.”

But that chemistry wasn’t automatically fully formed. Some of the actors auditioned for different roles than what they landed: Pankow originally read for John B and Chase Stokes read for Topper, a Kook who loathes the Pogues.

Audition Tips for “Outer Banks”

Wondering how to audition for Season 2 of “Outer Banks”? Check out these audition tips from the current cast and casting directors to make sure you go in prepared:

Don’t rule anything out and don’t give up.  As perfect as Stokes is in the role of John B, he was very close to not getting the part—he initially passed on the role. When his agent first emailed him about the project, it was pitched as “four friends on a treasure hunt” with a main character named “John B” which he found fishy. In Feb. 2019, the project made its way back to him and unemployment led him to consider the role. “I was like, ‘I don’t even care at this point.” His first read didn’t go well: “Arguably in the top 10 worst auditions I’ve ever had in my life.” Luckily, Lisa Mae Fincannon was in the room and had cast him in his first role on “Daytime Divas,” saw his potential, and urged him to read the pilot and reconsider John B. 

That’s when everything changed. After reading the full script, he realized this was a project he wanted to be a part of. A few days later, he got a call from his agent saying, “You’re getting on a flight tonight [to Charleston, NC]’re taking the red-eye….here are 19 pages of are the first four episodes...figure it out.” He read for a few executives and on the way back to his hotel, got a direct call from Jonas Pate, telling him he “got the frickin job, congratulations!”

You don’t need to live in L.A. to book gigs. “This was not a job booked out of L.A.,” Stokes says. “This was a job that was booked in Atlanta. This was Lisa Fincannon who got me this job, so for the people who feel like there’s an obligatory need to come to L.A. and get their career jump-started and they feel like this is the only place that you can do it...don’t question your worth. Don’t question your value. The Southeast is incredibly strong. Out of the cast, Madison Bailey, Madelyn Cline, Drew Starkey, and myself were all, at some point, based in the Southeast, and all of them have roots there. Drew booked the job as Rafe out of Atlanta.”

A rejection might not be the end of the line. You might not get the job you auditioned for—but you could be remembered down the line for other parts. “I feel like that’s a huge portion of our job, to have a database of actors, either in our heads or in a computer,” says CD Carrie Audino. “If we had to start from scratch not remembering anyone, every episode, or every pilot, or every movie, we would not be able to do our jobs. Our biggest tool is our memory of actors.”

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