Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Former CVS ...

... also formerly Central Casting.
By 1922, there were an estimated 30,000 extras in LA and not nearly enough jobs to go around. With no system in place to regulate Background Actors, many people looking to break into the industry were exploited. To restore Hollywood’s image, Will Hays, the president of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, formed the Central Casting Corporation in 1925.

For producers, the creation of Central Casting allowed them to continue operating without government interference while providing a consistent stream of Background Actors for their films. For Background Actors, Central Casting provided a road map to working as an extra in Hollywood.
If this reporter had a dime for every poor sap/sapette he's seen passed out on the sidewalks around this edifice over the past 40+ yrs. he'd have around 50¢.

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