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5 Tips For Becoming an Extra in a Movie or TV Show

Christopher Fagon


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Many people fantasize about appearing on their favorite television program or be seen on the big screen in a movie production. However, for those who do not reside in a major entertainment capital such as Los Angeles or New York City or who do not have famous connections, this dream might never come to pass. Or could it? By adhering to the following practices, individuals might realize their dream of being an extra in a television program or movie.


Register With Specialized "Extras" Companies There are a number of production companies that specialize in finding and placing extras for parts in small or big screen productions. Those interested in investigating such entities can find information about many of them by performing an online search. Persons interested in extra roles will typically be required to fill out specific documentation required by the company in question.


In some cases, movies film in places other than Los Angeles or New York. Extras might be needed for productions filming in other cities. Interested parties should always be on the lookout for potential opportunities in or near cities that they reside in. Prospective extras are encouraged to frequently peruse through tourism sites correlating to their home regions, local and citywide news publications, trade papers, ads placed in various media outlets and regional casting agencies.

Conduct Individual Research

Once a potential extra has registered with a casting agency or identified a prospective opportunity through their own diligent research, the next step involves trying to land the part. Those who follow certain guidelines put in place by the listing company may stand a better chance of being hired.


Follow Directions

If invited to a casting call for a specific role, extra applicants will often be required to follow specific directions. Precisely adhering to these instructions will give those who do so a definite leg up.


Possess Current Photographs Casting agencies, as well as the overseers of casting calls, will require prospective extras to possess several current individual photos. In many instances, the preceding entities will require pictures of the applicant from the waist up, a side view and fullbody view.


List Or Know Your Availability The potential work availability is critical information to casting directors. An important rule of thumb is to be honest. Individuals that are not open and straightforward about their availability stand the risk of either not being chosen or being deemed unreliable.


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5 Tips for Becoming an Extra in a Movie or TV Show  

Many people fantasize about appearing on their favorite television program or be seen on the big screen in a movie production. However, for...

5 Tips for Becoming an Extra in a Movie or TV Show  

Many people fantasize about appearing on their favorite television program or be seen on the big screen in a movie production. However, for...

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