Casting Categories Explained

COMMERCIALS / SAG: A television commercial that falls under the casting jurisdiction of the Screen Actors Guild. Non-union actors are frequently hired for SAG commercials, thus securing union status. All talent considered for these projects.

COMMERCIALS / NON-SAG: A commercial either with AFTRA or non-union status. All are eligible.

DANCE / LIVE SHOWS: All appropriate talent eligible.

DANCE / FILMED or RECORDED: Appropriate ability and union requirements apply.

EPISODIC TV / PILOTS: A single episode of a television series produced for the purpose of selling a series to a network and securing a broadcast slot. Union and non-union talent eligible.

EPISODIC TV / SAG: A television program that falls under the casting jurisdiction of the Screen Actors Guild - a program shot on film - i.e. CSI, Cold Case, Malcolm in the Middle, etc. Only SAG members are eligible.

EPISODIC TV / AFTRA: A television program that falls under the casting jurisdiction of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists - a program recorded on videotape - i.e. soap operas, some sit-coms. AFTRA is an open union - all are eligible for AFTRA projects but must join union if cast.

EPISODIC TV / NON-UNION: While SAG and AFTRA talent are urged not to apply, all appropriate talent is considered.

FEATURE FILM / SAG: A film for theatrical or home viewing distribution that falls under the casting jurisdiction of the Screen Actors Guild. Non-union actors are occasionally hired for SAG films, thus securing union status. All talent considered for these projects.

FEATURE FILM / NON-SAG: While SAG members are urged not to apply, all appropriate talent is considered.

FEATURE FILM / STUDENT FILMS: A film produced at a college or film school. While SAG restrictions apply, all talent is considered.

FEATURE FILM / SHORT FILM PROJECTS: A film or video project whose final length will be less than 75 minutes. SAG restrictions apply, but all are considered.

FEATURE FILM / DOCUMENTARIES: SAG restrictions apply, but all are considered.

INFOMERCIALS: A ½ to 1-hour paid advertising program. AFTRA restrictions apply, but all are considered.

INDUSTRIAL & TRAINING FILMS / UNION: Non-broadcast films or videos produced by companies or organizations. Union restrictions apply.

INTERNET: Projects intended for internet use, only. No union restrictions apply.

INDUSTRIAL & TRAINING FILMS / NON-UNION: Non-broadcast films or videos produced by companies or organizations. Union restrictions apply to union members, but all are considered.

MODELING / RUNWAY: Fashion modeling for live events. All appropriate talent considered.

MODELING / HAIR & COSMETICS: Shows featuring hairstyles and make-up products. All appropriate talent considered.

MODELING / PRINT: Advertising and catalog use, billboards, brochures, etc. All appropriate talent considered.

MUSIC VIDEOS: No union restrictions apply. All appropriate talent considered.

THEATRE / UNION: Live theatrical presentations whose casting falls under the jurisdiction of Actor's Equity Association. Non AEA members are eligible to audition, but at later times than union members.

THEATRE / NON-UNION: Live theatrical presentations that do not fall under the casting jurisdiction of AEA. All appropriate talent considered.

TRADE SHOWS-LIVE EVENTS-PROMOTIONAL MODELING: Various live events. All appropriate talent considered.

VOICE-OVER / UNION: Voice only use for TV, radio, industrials, etc. SAG & AFTRA restrictions apply.

VOICE-OVER / NON-UNION: Voice only use for TV, radio, industrials, etc. SAG & AFTRA restrictions do not apply. Union members urged not to apply, but all appropriate talent considered.


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