It's interesting to see how different each production's requirements can be. For example, last week I got this very brief message:
[###] Sporting Goods shoot THURSAY SEPTEMBER 17!
To submit email extras@[####].com ASAP with name, phone number and a JPEG!
I'm guessing that was some kind of big crowd scene, and they got more respondents than they could possibly need.
Today I received this notice:
We're casting a job for [#####] Dental that requires the following talent:
1 woman - 25-45 to play a veterinarian
1 woman - 18-35 to play a front desk assistant
1 man - 18-35 to play veterinarian's assistant
SHOOTS: 9/24/09 (next Thursday)
RATE: $140 for a half day; $280 for a full day
Talent should not be allergic to or frightened of animals. You MUST have good teeth to be considered.
Email extras@[####].com with a current picture of yourself smiling (with teeth!), your phone number and full name. [#####] must be your subject line.
ONLY SUBMIT IF YOU'RE AVAILABLE THE ENTIRE DAY - DECISIONS COULD BE MADE AT THE LAST MINUTE, SO ONCE YOU'VE SUBMITTED, PLEASE REMAIN AVAIL.
That's not the most specific casting call I've ever seen, but I love the "MUST have good teeth" part. Sorry, British expats, you'll have to wait until someone wants scheming villains or foppish snobs in their show.