Welcome everybody to the wonderful world of the Showbiz.
Being an EXTRA on a television show, a music video, a commercial or a film is exciting and thrilling and just about anyone can work in this business, including you.
Whether you’re 8 or 80 years old, large or thin, black or white, tall or short – you can do it. The only requirements needed are flexibility, focus and a great attitude for you to make good money as an EXTRA. If you desire the fun job of an EXTRA work, this Website will help you, even if you don’t live in Hollywood.
What exactly is an Extra?
An EXTRA (also known as BACKGROUND, ATMOSPHERE or NON-PRINCIPAL performer) is anyone who fills out the background scene.
EXTRAS are used in movies, television shows, videos or commercials shots. You could be a concertgoer at a rock concert crowd, one of the non-specific apes in Planet of the Apes, a person on the street passing by the main actors or action. Or you could be a specific character such as a doctor in the emergency room, a lawyer in a packed courtroom, a policeman at a grisly crime scene, a news reporter at a Presidential press conference or just a face in thea huge crowd at the Super Bowl. As an EXTRA, it is your job to make the scenes being filmed, look as natural and as lifelike as possible.
How to be a paid Extra
You’re young, talented and ready to change your life. You want in. Perhaps you are ready to move to be part of the Film and TV Industry” Or are you here, finally in Hollywood. The Walk of fame, the home of the Oscars, the gates opening onto the sacred homes of film and TV…Paramount, NBC, Universal, Disney, CBS…they are all here.
The hills cry out the name Hollywood in 30 foot letters. Limos come and go. You pass city streets and neighborhoods blocked by CHP (California Highway Patrol), Production trucks, Huge kelog lights lighting up whole city blocks, there are actors and cameras and here you are! Your heart cries out, I want to be a part of all this magic.
If you want to know:
- How to make money being an EXTRA.
- How to get jobs and find the lists of available work.
- What to expect on the set.
- How to make connections on the set.
- Appropriate behavior on the set.
- What happens at the end of the day?
- How do you get paid?
- The why and how of getting into SAG or AFTRA. The difference between them.
- Extras Casting Agencies information.
- How to get people to hire you again.
- Networking with other actors.