Los Angeles, New York, Kentucky and Austin
When registering at any Casting company remember dress to impress. Be ready to supply all the necessary information regarding your wardrobe, measurements, skills and training. The more skills you have the more valuable you are.
Once registered, it is up to you to call the casting company daily to book your own work. This is a long process, but it's the best way to get work. You call a work hotline that describes the projects that are available and what they are looking for.
If you fit the qualifications, you will then be instructed to call a specific casting director. Call that person, who will pull up your file, and decide if you are right to work for the project. If they hire you, they will give you all the info you need, usually for work the next day. If they don't, you can keep calling the hotline until you are booked on a project.
This is the best place for all newcomers to start. There is sometimes a one-time registration fee. Hopefully this is a fee that is well worth paying because of the work they will get you. You should expect to pay some small fee at many casting companies in Los Angeles. Never pay more than $100 to register and never pay a company that doesn't ask you about your wardrobe, special skills and talents
What If I Don't Live In One of the Above Areas?
If you do not live near one of these cities don't worry. It's fairly easy to find companies near you. You can do a Google or Yahoo search for "extra casting companies in..." and just add your city