This Casting Call is Amazing — Your Family Will Get Paid to Go on a Cruise

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Update 1/16/17: The agency let us know this project has been cast. Follow The Penny Hoarder Jobs on Facebook to stay in the loop for future casting calls and other open jobs!

Is your family planning a vacation this year? This might top anything you could think of!

BESTAgency is casting real families for a cruise ship commercial.

If your family is selected, you’ll go on an all expenses-paid cruise. Enjoy the trip while filming commercials and promotions for the cruise line — and you’ll get paid more than $15,000!

So, What’s the Catch?

I tried to find a catch in this casting call, I promise — it seems too good to be true.

It’s a cruise, so you must have to be local to a coastal state, right? Nope.

You’d travel to either Orlando, Florida, or Los Angeles, California, and the company will provide transportation to your boarding location.

But maybe you’re compensated with a free cruise, instead of actual cash? Wrong again.

The gig pays between $3,000 and $7,000 per family member (at least $15,000 for a family of three), ON TOP of the all-expenses-paid trip.

Do you need acting experience? Another nope.

The casting call is for real families, so all you need to audition is a photo of your lovely crew.

One bummer of a catch is the call doesn’t seem to be open to same-sex parents. It asks for families of a mom, a dad and at least one child between 5 and 18 years old.

All ethnicities are welcome. You can also submit any extended family, including grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, or whatever your situation.

The shoot will be sometime between February and May, but dates are still TBD.

The listing doesn’t specify the cruise line(s) represented, but Carnival is the only one listed among the agency’s clients.

To apply: Submit your photos and information to this email address. Here’s what you’ll need to include:

  • Two to three current photos of your family, at least one of everyone together
  • Birth date and height for all submitted children
  • Languages other than English your family speaks at home
  • City you live in
  • Passport status for each family member
  • Your phone number and email address

Writer’s note: We contacted BESTAgency for comment on the family requirements and cruise line, but haven’t heard back. We’ll update if we get more information!

Your Turn: Will your family submit for this casting call?

Dana Sitar (@danasitar) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s written for Huffington Post,, Writer’s Digest and more, attempting humor wherever it’s allowed (and sometimes where it’s not).