Frequently Asked Questions
How can I sign up with Casting 101?”
You can fill in the form on the “Join Our Agency” page. Fill in all your details and put in what stereotype you feel you fit into best. Please attach two photos of yourself to this form. The first photo must be a head and shoulder portrait. I would prefer to see your wonderful face so make sure you are not wearing any head gear or sunglasses. The more natural the better, so please no heavy make-up. Also make sure you are the only one in the picture because there’s just no room for two with all your stardom shining through! The second photo must be a full length picture. So I would like to see all of you from the top of your head to the tip of your toes, it also won’t hurt to strike a pose. Once I have received this I will then contact you letting you know whether your application was successful or not.
Is there a joining fee I need to pay?
No, there is not.
Why do overseas commercials get shot in Cape Town?
Cape Town has always been a popular choice for overseas companies to shoot their
TVC’s (Television Commercials) and is now becoming popular with overseas film companies too! Our busiest time is summer because of our amazing weather and our long lasting daylight time. We also have a diverse range of ethnicities in Cape Town that make it easy to cast for any overseas company. We also have hard working and experienced production companies all over Cape Town. Why would they want to go anywhere else?
What is a Casting?
A casting is like an audition. You will be asked to do a short performance, based on the story board and product of the commercial. Your performance is recorded and then sent to the client. The client will then make a decision on which models to use for the shoot.
Do I need to be a professional actor or do a modelling course?
No you do not. As long as you keep it natural, listen to the studio director and have fun you should do fine at castings.
How long do castings take?
It all depends. Some castings can be a quick experience because times have been allocated to each individual and the performance is quick. While other castings can have a long waiting period as there are a lot of people to cast and the performance is quite technical. So every casting will be different, but on average set aside at least an hour for each casting you attend.
When and where do castings take place?
Castings happen all week from Monday to Saturday and they all take place at various times during the day. Castings for children in school are normally held only after school hours but can take place any time during the day during school holidays. Most casting houses are in or around Cape Town CBD. So it helps to have flexible time and reliable transport.
Do I have to attend castings?
Generally, if you would like to be considered for the job then yes. If you do not attend the casting then the casting director, as well as the client, will assume that you are not available for the shoot days and so not consider you for the job. The more castings you go to the better your chance of booking a commercial.
Do I have to pay anything to attend a casting?
No you do not. The only money you would have to spend is on transport to and from the casting and parking.
When do shoots take place?
Like castings shoots can take place any day of the week and at any time. So it is vital that you can take time off work or have your child miss a day or two of school if you are booked for the shoot.
How many shooting days are there?
Every shoot differs, but generally a TVC will have two to three shooting days. You might not be required to be on set for all the shooting days, but you will be told closer to the time what days you are needed on set.
How much money can I earn?
There are several factors that determine the amount of money you will receive for a job. It depends on what the product is, what media it is being used for (such as TVC, stills or internet) how long the commercial is running for and what area/country the commercial is flighting in. There is also a ‘usage fee’ that you receive if you are featured in a commercial. So the amount you get paid will differ from job to job.
How much commission does Casting 101 take?
Casting 101 will take 30% of what you earn.
Will I be taxed on the money I earn?
Yes you will be. The production company will deduct 25% PAYE from your fee. It is compulsory for all models in the industry (even for babies) to obtain an income tax reference number. Without a tax reference number you cannot get paid. But this will enable you to claim the tax back from SARS at the end of the tax year. The production companies will issue you with IRP5 at the end of the tax year.