Terminology Tuesday – CSA

Ever wondered what those “CSA” letters mean after a casting director’s name?

👉🏼 CSA stands for the “Casting Society of America”. Originally founded in 1982, CSA is a professional society of close to 1,000 casting directors and associates from all over the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and Africa.

CSA was established in order to recognize a standard of professionalism in the casting field and to provide its members with a support organization to further their goals and protect their common interests. Additionally, CSA acts as a global resource for producers, directors and creative teams seeking casting professionals, promotes the image of casting directors and associates worldwide, engages in a number of charitable activities, and supports its members by sharing important and helpful professional information of common interest. The society is not to be confused with an industry union.

The Teamsters union (local 399) represent most professionals in casting. Casting directors and associates have the ability to represent their membership by using the post-nominal letters “CSA” after their name.

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