Instructions for your registration appointment with Ray Knight Casting
Please read the following carefully:
Now we have booked your registration appointment with Ray Knight Casting, please make a careful note of the date and time, be punctual and bring all the requested items as described below. If you fail to do so, it may not be possible for us to proceed with your registration.
Your appointment will take approximately an hour and will include completing our registration paperwork, a short interview and a brief introduction to the booking team. Our photographer will also take photographs of you in various changes of clothes (you will find detailed instructions regarding the clothing you need to bring with you below on this page).
ROOM 38, THE JOHN MAXWELL BUILDING, ELSTREE FILM STUDIOS, SHENLEY ROAD, BOREHAMWOOD, HERTFORDSHIRE, WD6 1JG.
If you are driving, you can leave your car in the Tesco car park next to the studios (up to 3 hours free parking is permitted). Turn right when walking back out of Tesco and look out for Elstree Studios pedestrian entrance on your right. PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DRIVE INTO THE STUDIOS. No visitor parking is permitted on site and security is tight.
If you are coming via public transport, head to Elstree & Borehamwood train station (Thameslink) then walk down Borehamwood High Street (Shenley Road). The studios are at the other end of Shenley Road on the right-hand side, after Tesco and almost opposite McDonalds (approx. 10min walk or take 107/292/306/615 or B3 bus from the station).
Take care not to get confused with BBC ELSTREE STUDIOS which are nearby on the opposite side of Shenley Road. Our offices are within ELSTREE FILM STUDIOS.
ON ARRIVAL AT THE STUDIOS, REPORT TO SECURITY. THEY WILL HAVE YOUR NAME AND WILL POINT YOU TOWARDS OUR OFFICE.
WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU:
Documents (proving your right to work in the UK):
Please bring the following documents to your appointment. THEy MUST BE ORIGINALS, not photocopies or scans.
PROOF OF IDENTITY – ideally, this will be your PASSPORT
If you are unable to supply a current valid passport or require alternative documents to prove your identity /right to work in the UK such as immigration/residency/work permit, you can use the link below for detailed guidance on the documents we can accept:
PROOF OF YOUR NATIONAL INSURANCE NUMBER – preferably one of the following:
P45 or P60.
Letter from HM Revenue and Customs about tax or tax credit.
Bank statements showing payments by direct debit for class-2 National Insurance contributions, or benefit payments received showing your N.I No on the statement, for example, Incapacity Benefit or State Pension.
a p.a.y.e Payslip or works pension statement (as long as it shows your N.I No).
Letter that the Pension Service or Jobcentre Plus has sent to you (not handwritten).
your original n.i card (not a handwritten version).
Disclosure Check certificate:
ALL ARTISTES REGISTERED WITH RAY KNIGHT CASTING, IRRESPECTIVE OF THE TYPE OF WORK THEY ARE LOOKING FOR, WILL BE REQUIRED TO OBTAIN A BASIC DISCLOSURE AND ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR RENEWING IT AS NECESSARY.
Please bring your original Basic Disclosure certificate (or equivalent DBS certificate) with you to your registration appointment
Ray Knight Casting is fully committed to the Code of Conduct now in common use across the industry which stipulates that all Artistes who are working on any production which involves (or could at some point involve) working with children and/or persons under the age of 18 at any stage during production, will be required to obtain a Basic Disclosure check, to verify the Artiste’s suitability for work of this nature.
If you do not hold a valid Disclosure certificate at the point of registering with the Agency, we ask that you apply for one as soon as possible and email a clear, legible scanned copy (preferably in PDF format) to firstname.lastname@example.org (please take care when emailing sensitive information). We aim for 100% compliance with Disclosure certificates and failure to provide one may seriously limit your chances of obtaining work through the Agency.
(NOTE: If you already hold a DBS certificate obtained through another employer or registering body, we will accept this providing that it is within 18 months of its issue date or registered on the DBS Auto Update Service. Regardless of how long your other employer considers your DBS to be valid for, in this industry they are only considered valid for 18 months (in accordance with the Code of Conduct).
Please follow the following link for full details of our Disclosure Checks Policy with guidance on how to apply for your certificate and direct links to the relevant providers.
For further information about the Code of Conduct:
Your bank details (the account into which we will be paying you when you work):
The name of your bank or building society
Your name as it appears exactly on your bank account
Your own casting resources:
If you have any additional material of your own (which you are happy for us to keep on file) that you think may be useful for us to share with our clients when we put you forward for work, please bring it with you. Please note, there is no obligation to do this but it can be useful.
A C.V detailing any performance training you may have had and productions you have worked on in a performing capacity (WORD doc format preferred).
Any relevant photographs of your own (such as professional studio shots, photos of you performing, photos in costume, photos of any specialist clothing / vehicles etc. that you own). Ideally, they will be in portrait (not landscape) orientation.
Photo(s) of your dog (if you own one that you would be happy to work with on set).
Show reels / voice reels (or the direct links to them).
Links to online resources such as a Spotlight page (if you have one), IMDB page or any other suitable online material that does not contain contact details for you or any 3rd party.
(Please bring C.V, photos, videos etc. on a USB drive if possible).
Your photo session:
During your registration appointment, we will photograph you in a minimum of 3 different outfits. You will have a private space in which to change and adjust hair and make up as necessary.
Remember: good quality casting photos with the right look are key to maximising your chances of getting work. Please pay careful attention to the instructions and examples below and ensure the clothes you bring are clean and in good order and hair/facial hair is styled as you normally keep it.
Please bring the following clothes: (scroll down below for photo examples of the kind of things we're looking for)
1 x smart outfit: This should be a traditional cut buisiness suit. It should be corporate and business-like, a good fit, tidy and sharp looking. 2 piece or 3 piece are both fine. Preferred colours are dark blue, grey and charcoal. We ask that you avoid black if you can. The shirt should be light in colour (such as white, pale blue or light pastel). Please wear an appropriate smart tie (no novelty/comedy ties please) and smart clean shoes that are an appropriate match for the suit.
1 x smart casual outfit: This could be trousers/slacks/chinos/smart jeans with a shirt, polo shirt, jumper or cardigan along with shoes, boots or smart sport footwear as appropriate. Again, please avoid black and white if possible. A bit of colour in this outfit is preferred.
1 x casual outfit: Day to day casual clothes. Be yourself, but include some colour if you can and again, avoid black and white if possible. We suggest jeans, t-shirts, casual jackets, smart trainers ETC.
Hair: Clean hair please. If you have long hair, we may take photos with it both down and tied up.
Glasses: Bring them if you wear them and we may take photos with and without (if you can work without them).
Facial hair: Please be clean shaven unless you have a beard/facial hair as part of your normal look.
Body: If you have a muscular/toned physique (eg. bodybuilder, athlete, martial artist etc.) and are comfortable for us to do so, we may take photos of you bare chested. There is no pressure whatsoever for you to do this, but we are often asked to cast people with a good physique.
Tattoos/piercings: If you have tattoos and/or piercings, it will be useful for us to photograph them (providing you are happy for us to do so and they are not in intimate areas).
Hands: With your consent, we will photograph your hands close up. Please ensure your nails are clean and tidy.
Examples of the type clothing to bring for your photo shoot: