Advice (Frequently Asked Questions)
What makes Starlightz Casting different to the other agencies?
1. We currently offer castings for all ages in Cape Town.
Professional performers based in Gauteng may also apply.
2. Starlightz Casting is one of a few agencies in South
Africa with an online database of performers
served on its own website.
3. Each Perfomer get's their own unique webpage with
all their photos and details.
4.Starlightz Performers are entitled to go to TV commercial,Fashion
Catalogue & Film Castings.
5.Starlightz Performers are invited to attend closed
castings,exclusive held for Starlightz members
6.Professional Service Guaranteed!
How do I apply to join Starlightz Casting Agency?
1.When you register to join Starlightz , we ask that
you complete a registration form
print and fax it through to us.(You must have
a cellphone number in order
to register with Starlightz.Performers are notified about all Castings
2.Submit 3 photos(2 headshots and one mid/full lenth shot)
They needn't be professional
but they must have been taken recently & clear. See Samples
3.Payment for 17-100yrs is currently R50.
This amount must be received in full & proof faxed to
0866409514 or emailed to email@example.com.You
will receive confirmation of us having received
your application ,photos & payment via email.
BRANCH CODE: 106909
A/C no: 1069 367885
What happens next?
Starlightz has completed the necessary amendments to your shots, we
use these pictures
as a reference for ourselves and for our clients. We also distribute
them to these clients upon request.
We will also include them in our online Casting Directory. This directory
is viewed mainly by
Casting Directors,Production Companies & Advertising Agencies.It
should be stressed that no agency
can guarantee work for anyone on their books.Our policy, however, is
to represent and promote you
in the best ways possible .Please note that Starlightz does not charge
any annual registration fee to
be with the agency. There is no fee payable for assessment.
Clients are increasingly using the internet for accessing casting databases,when
searching for cast.
This technology enables us to access a far greater volume of clients
for you, both locally and internationally.
We do not display any details other than your first name(no surnames),age,
height, hair colour ,skills etc .
Should you have any concerns about this facility please speak to us.
How does Starlightz operate?
represents,promotes and arranges details of jobs.We liaise on your behalf
our clients.Once you have completed a shoot,we will invoice clients
and as soon as payment has
been received, we pay you.We only issue payment upon receipt of client's
payments. For these reasons
the agency deducts a commission on all monies earned.
How do Castings work?
It's quite simple.We receive a brief from the client for a specific
job, together with audition and
venue details. We submit your photos, or selection of photos of those
who meet the criteria. Upon
confirmation from the client, we then contact you with this information
your attendance. We will tell you of any particular dress code that
has been stipulated, which product
the casting is for and the exact times and dates for when you will be
required for the shoot, should you be
successful. All performers must keep to the arranged casting times.
After the casting,you need to do
nothing else.The client will never call you directly,they will call
the agency to book you for a job.The
selection for any part is not made by Starlightz, it's always made by
the client and their decision is
seldom made on the day of the casting.It can take several days before
final selections are made.Our
duty as an agency is to provide suitable people who fit the specifications
given to us by the client.
What must I wear to a casting?
We will always tell you prior to casting,what you should wear.
Avoid solid whites, luminous colours,
and busy patterns. Wear nice, comfortable clothes in solid colours (blue/red/green)
or neutral tones.
If you do not feel comfortable in the clothing, it will show.
Jeans are a gamble. Wear them only if they are clean and if they are
appropriate for the role.
Some casting directors don't like jeans and others don't mind.You have
to decide if you are willing
to take that chance with your first impression.For guys,a collared shirt
is always a good idea or
if you have a nicely toned physique a body- hugging T-Shirt will be
Clothing should be comfortable enough to allow you to move without feeling
The fit and colours should flatter your skintone and body type.
If you are auditioning for the part of a doctor,wear something white,loose
and casual.If you are
auditioning for a seductive role, wear something elegant that shows
off your figure.
If you do not feel comfortable in the clothing,it will show.
Please do not go to the expense of hiring a costume for a casting,even
though you're trying to
impress the casting director,it seldom gets you the role.Rather,use
your creativity & piece
together an outfit from within your own wardrobe.
Take with a prop to the casting to make your character more believable,like
tennis racket,guitar,whistle,scarf etc.
Dramatic Roles:Don't wear heavy mascara if you going to cry... It will
Do you only take thin people on your books?
Today, looking charactery is "in",so whether you're skinny
or rotund,you're still in demand
for shoots.What you call imperfections in your apperance,actually make
you interesting to look at.
There is nothing you can do about beautiful model clones who attending
the same casting as you.
They are not your business. Comparing yourself with others at a casting
is a deadly quicksand,
so don't step in it. JUST BE YOURSELF!
What happens when I get the part?
is often very little notice given to the agency when you're chosen.
We should have your correct
details on file so we can call you at any time.It's imperative that
you notify us of new cellphone numbers.
We'll always try to give you as much notice as possible. We will give
you full details of the location ,
calltime & dresscode as soon as we have been given them.If you do
not arrive on set,after being booked
for the shoot, we will immediately take you off our books.A shoot can
vary in length,but it's important that
you make yourself available for the entire day ,freeing yourself of
all work commitments & appointments.
After completing the shoot,make sure that you always sign the time sheet
that is issued to you by the
Production Company on that day.Do not go to a casting if you know you
are going away on vacation
How much can I earn?
amount you earn for a job depends entirely on whether the work is for
a print ad, a fashion shoot,
a tv commercial,in a lead role,as a walk on or as a background extra.Pay
for shoots varies, from R250
to the thousands.
does payment work?
We must inform you that some clients take up to 3 months to settle their
accounts, however invoices
from Starlightz ask for a 60 day payment.(You never pay a casting director
to cast you, they are
employed by Production Companies.)You do not get paid to go to castings,you
only get paid if you are
chosen to be in a shoot.Blackmailing Starlightz for higher fees,or failing
to show up on set,after you have
agreed to the job is unacceptable.You will be blacklisted throughout
the industry from doing further work.
When should I update my photos and details?
the office if you have changed your appearance significantly,like shaved
your head,changed your
hair colour, cut your hair short,grown a beard or moustache etc.
Do not wait for us to contact you for updated pics,please use your own
PLEASE ADHERE TO THESE BASIC RULES!
It is VERY IMPORTANT that you arrive at jobs
and castings ON TIME .
If you cannot make it to a casting or job you MUST
let us know immediately.
an emergency cellphone number
for your convenience should it be necessary to speak to us in person.
Should any person be forwarded for work with Starlightz before they
have decided to proceed with
joining the agency, work which is then accepted and attended, Starlightz,reserves
the right to claim any
fees earned by that person in the event that they then decide not to
proceed with joining. Fees that are
earned by someone who, is not with the agency, will be paid toward that
person's inclusion on the agency's
books, which will include website, and header sheets, with any remaining
monies being sent to the person
whilst on set/at casting ,a relative or friend of the applicant/performer
is asked to participate/perform/act
in the shoot ,that friend/relative will automatically be represented
by Starlightz and all payments will be made
through Starlightz.Failure to comply with this rule will result in legal
Call us after every job with times worked as most shoots are open-ended
(excluding castings ).
Ensure that you always complete the release form / time sheet that will
be issued to you on set that day.
Take snacks/drinks/food along.Do not rely on clients to feed
you on jobs although most of them do
if you are booked all day .Clients cannot be expected to supply food
for those with special dietary needs.
take along books,magazines etc. There may be long gaps between shots
and you may
become a little bored.
It is your responsibility to be considerate of others on set,as poor
conduct could result in the loss of future
contracts for you and Starlightz.
reserves the right to remove anyone from our website.Starlightz are
known in the industry for
displaying highly accurate details of all their people. It is your responsibility
to ensure that the agency are
provided with up-to-date details,like new clothing sizes or cellphone
or rude conduct displayed by any performer towards any client or Starlightz
also fall within this 'right to remove' category. The agency's decision