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Call Sheet FAQ and Abbreviations Guide

Call Sheet (formerly known as Ross Reports) is a digest-sized directory published six times a year.

Call Sheet contains details about hundreds of casting directors and talent agents in NY and CA (including contact info for their companies). And each issue also contains additional details, listings, and articles about other regional areas and aspects of the entertainment industry, including spotlights on films currently in preproduction; TV series casting; casting directors and agents in other states; directories of talent managers; opportunities for comedians;  nationwide directories of modeling agencies; and more. Visit Amazon.com to subscribe to the print edition.

Considered an invaluable resource for actors, models, and performers, Call Sheet is the most up-to-date and trustworthy entertainment-industry contact directory of its kind.

And with Call Sheet Online, you can search through an extensive database of casting directors and talent agencies to find contact info for CDs and agents across the U.S. To get started, visit BackStage.com/CallSheet. (If you have a BackStage.com subscription, then you get FULL ACCESS to Call Sheet Online for no extra charge!)

Call Sheet iPhone App - Screenshot Call Sheet is also available as an iPhone app, called Call Sheet: Casting & Agency Contacts by Back Stage. The app is available in Apple's iTunes store and is compatible with the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. The app includes contact details for casting directors, talent agents and agencies, talent managers, production companies, and acting schools. To learn more about the app, visit our Call Sheet iPhone App FAQ.

You can also purchase pre-formatted PDF Call Sheet mailing labels (downloadable PDF files that you can print out on mailing-label sheets so you can easily send your headshots and resumes to casting directors and talent agents).

To access additional listings and industry resources, visit BackStage.com/Listings (this page includes Production Listings with casting-director contact info for major film, TV, and theater projects; acting-market guides; lists of acting schools; guides for getting started as an actor in New York and Los Angeles; and much more) and YellowPages.BackStage.com (a searchable directory of products, services, facilities, and training opportunities for actors, models, singers, dancers, models, and comedians. The Back Stage Yellow Pages includes info about headshot photographers, video demo reel editors, rehearsal spaces, and over a dozen other categories to help you find what you need).

If you find an incorrect listing in Call Sheet or need to update your listing, contact Call Sheet editor Pete Keeley at pete.keeley@backstage.com. If you need assistance with the Call Sheet iPhone app, email callsheetapp@backstage.com. For help with your subscription and other questions, click here to contact Back Stage.


The following is a key to some of the most commonly used abbreviations in Call Sheet's listings.

AAAA: Associated Actors and Artists of America (4 A’s)

ACTRA: Association of Canadian Television & Radio Artists Call-Sheet-Talent-Manager-Issue-Cover-2009

AFM: American Federation of Musicians

AFTRA: American Federation of Television & Radio Artists

AGMA: American Guild of Musical Artists

AGVA: American Guild of Variety Artists

ASCAP: American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers

CSA: Casting Society of America

CCDA:  Commercial Casting Directors Association of Los Angeles

D = Demo Reel (video reels, audio reels, show reels, sizzle reels, etc.)

DGA: Directors Guild of America

Equity (or AEA): Actors’ Equity Association

GIAA: Guild of Italian American Actors (Italian Actors Union)

H = Headshot

H/R/D = Headshots, Resumes, and/or Demo Reels

H/R = Headshots and Resumes (abbreviated as "pix & résumés in Back Stage's casting notices)

HOLA: Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors

IATSE: International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees

ICG: International Cinematographers Guild

NATR: National Association of Talent Representatives

NC = No phone calls (when "NC" appears in a listing, it means the company does not want to receive unsolicited calls)

ND = No drop-offs of headshots or other unsolicited material; no visits (when "ND" appears in a listing, it means the company does not want you to visit their office uninvited)

R = Resume Call-Sheet-Modeling-Issue-Cover-2009

SAG: Screen Actors Guild

SSDC: Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers

VO = Voice-Over

WGA: Writers Guild of America


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