FAQ's

These are some common questions (Q/A) and comments (C/R) we receive.

Q: What is a headshot?
A: A headshot is a picture that includes just your head and shoulders, looking straight forward with a pleasant expression so we can see your face and features clearly.
  • Please do NOT include anyone else in this picture, you should be the only person in the frame. 
  • Try to take the picture in good lighting (natural light; in the shade on a sunny day is best) so that we can accurately see your coloring and to minimize shadows. 
  • This picture should be taken recently, within the last two months.

Q: What is a profile shot?
A: A profile shot is a picture of your head and shoulders looking directly to the side at a 90-degree angle to the camera so we may see your... wait for it... PROFILE!

Q: Should I audition for a role?
A: This question is all too common. When in doubt, audition. Because, guess what? That's all it is: an AUDITION. Auditioning in no way implies that you will get the role. But you absolutely won't get it if you don't try. Right?

Q: When will I know if I am cast or if I am going to be an extra?
A: This depends on the project. For those who have auditioned for a role, we work as quickly as possible to determine where everyone fits according to the needs of the project. We will notify you as soon as we have the approvals. If you do not get a role, it is a sad but true fact that we are often juggling many projects at once: All require our devoted attention. We always try to notify everyone, whether they land a role or not. But sometimes, it simply isn't possible.

Q: Do I need to have a temple recommend?
A: Employees must be a temple worthy member of the LDS Church.

Q: I'm a BYU Student. Can I still participate?
A: Yes, we pay our actors through Nexeo, which is not a conflict with your work at BYU (unless of course, you are somehow limited by how many hours you are approved to work per week). And if you need to grow a beard for a specific role, we can coordinate with BYU's Honor Code Office to get a beard waiver for you. Send us an email with your 9-digit BYU Student ID#, your full name as it appears on your student ID card, and the project for which you have been cast.

Q: When are Open Auditions?

A: Our "Open Auditions" have been discontinued for the time being. They may revive at some unknown future time. We don't know.

Q: Why wasn't I chosen for the project? Everyone tells me I would be perfect for it!
A: First of all, Thank You for applying. We can't even begin to explain the complexity involved in the "who stays and who goes" casting process.  It's heart-breaking for us, because we know so many of you just want to help. Please be assured that we consider every individual very carefully in each casting call. We employ not only our considerable experience, but a great deal of prayer and counsel with the client, producer, and director in every decision.

Q: I wasn't chosen for this project. May I participate in other productions?
A: Absolutely! We keep everyone's information on file in our secure Talent Database. We constantly pull from this online file for ALL media projects; and there are MANY! Please keep your information UPDATED and CURRENT so we can find you! http://casting.lds.org/app

Q: I don't want to be part of your database.  How do I remove my information?
A: Just send an e-mail to AVDcasting@LDSchurch.org to let us know.  We will delete all of your information at your request.

Q: Am I too old to apply?
A: Are you kidding! Absolutely not! It seems the older people get, the fewer apply to help with our films. We often have need of mature talent, only to find that we have a very small pool from which to draw. Young people love participating and somehow find the time to do so. More mature people however, get busy with the rigors of life, career, family, or retirement, and don’t often make the time. But WE NEED YOU! People of middle-age and older, we really need you! You are the stuff of which stories are made! Please apply!

C: My son/daughter would love to do this.
R: What about YOU? We have literally hundreds of parents wanting to get their child(ren) involved in LDS film. Think about it for a moment, how many LDS Church films do you see involving only children? Right. We need FAMILIES: the entire family unit, including Mom and Dad. Your children stand a better chance of being cast if their parents are also available to be involved too.

Q: Do you really need my birthdate? My weight? My height?
A: Yes, absolutely. This is one of the ways we "sort" for project cast needs. If we sort on any field which you have not filled out, your information won't show up at all! Really... truly. Fill it out. ALL of it.

Q: Can I make an appointment to see you in person?
A: As we are always casting several projects at once, our time is very limited. By having a complete profile in our Talent Database, you will be eligible for all of our casting searches. If you match with any project we're casting, you may be invited to audition even if we haven't met you in person and we'll get to meet you then.

Q: It seems like every casting call I see is asking for “ethnic diversity.”  Will you ever be casting Caucasians from Utah?
A: Good question. The LDS Church is fast becoming a world-wide organization. As we send out video in multiple languages and to various countries, we try to incorporate ethnic diversity to help everyone feel a sense of “home.” So, it’s true. We are partial to finding people of all ethnic backgrounds. It’s unfortunate for the thousands of Caucasians in Utah, because even though we may film here, we make every effort to help our films look as “global” as possible rather than typically "Wasatch Front."

Then, there are also our Standard-works-based films. Of those -- the New Testament, Old Testament, Book of Mormon, and Doctrine and Covenants -- only one (Church History) involves those who migrated west to the Salt Lake valley. We seek for authenticity in our films wherever possible. So you can see by sheer ratios that our need for peoples of the Holy Land and New America outnumber our need for those portraying modern Church History. It just depends upon which project we’re currently filming.

Please be patient and please keep your information updated with us. We’ll get around to you and involve you whenever we can. Thank you for your interest!

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