Casting Access Online

“I attended Casting Access workshops when I lived in New York and L.A., but when I moved to Las Vegas I could no longer participate in person. So I was pleased to see the Casting Access program go online! ”

– Anna Wendt, SAG-AFTRA actor, Las Vegas

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation Casting Access Online offers SAG-AFTRA members who reside in cities other than Los Angeles and New York the opportunity to participate in online casting workshops with notable casting directors from across the U.S.

To qualify for Casting Access Online, you must be an active SAG-AFTRA member in good standing who does not reside in Los Angeles or New York; be over 18 years of age; and have completed the Casting Access Online application. The Casting Access Online application is available 24/7 through the member portal. To become eligible, users must complete the online application.

When a new Casting Access Online workshop is announced, eligible users RSVP to request a space in the workshop and are added to the workshop on a first-come/first-served basis. Confirmed participants will be notified by e-mail. Three days prior to the online workshop, participants will receive “sides” specially selected for them by the participating casting director.

Once you have received your sides, you will have four days to rehearse, record, and upload an audition video containing your performance of the sides. You will upload the video using your YouTube account. Finally, the casting director will review your workshop video and provide notes.

Due to high demand, eligible performers may only participate in one Casting Access Online workshop every 90 days.

Internet access is required for participation. Each participant must have a YouTube account as well as access to a video camera and the means to digitize, compress, and upload a short video to the internet.

There are no special requirements for production format, but the use of high-resolution video (HD) is recommended. If you do not have easy access to the internet and camera equipment, you will not be able to participate. Exact video specifications can be found at

Casting Access Online is free for SAG-AFTRA members and made possible through gifts, grants and sponsorships. The Foundation never draws on SAG-AFTRA dues or initiation fees.

Give your support to the Casting Access Online program.

Elizabeth Riesterer, Casting Access Coordinator / Casting Access Online, 323-549-6708 ext. 5