This post is going to be about the wonderful, glamorous life of being an extra.

Okay, no, it’s going to be a bit more honest than that. Let’s get real– being cast as an extra isn’t exactly the most respectable of roles that an actor wants on their resume (in fact, agents will typically tell you not to put any extra work on there, it’s that insignificant), but hey, it’s better than working a 9 to 5 office job or some other occupation that has nothing to do with your future just to make some money. Think of it that way, rather than in the pretentious, “I’m too good for this” way that many new actors come into the business believing. Movie Extra JobsSure, chances are, you probably are too good to be sitting in an audience giving the biggest “ooh”s and “ahh”s that you can muster, but you’ve gotta start somewhere, and if you start with an attitude like that, then you’ll never make it past the minimum wage / no pay roles regardless.

So that’s my first lesson. Have a good attitude, no matter what you’re doing, no matter how insufferably hot it is or how annoying that creepy cameraman is being. Trust me, at some point, someone will notice, and you’ll be glad that you pasted that cheesy smile on and had good energy from the get go. Being a positive influence on set can lead to great things, including getting a possible upgrade from background talent to a speaking role. Many times, directors will pick out happy faces and give you more camera time, and possibly even sign a document that will make you a part of the union (SAG or AFTRA) for that specific day so that you can have a line. Once you’ve done 3 union jobs, or received that document 3 different times, then you become eligible to join the union, which puts you in a whole different ball game. But we’ll get to that later, because right now, I’m not there yet– I’m still living the life of an extra, and so that’s what this post will be about. Hopefully I’ll be talking about my union jobs sometime in the near future!

In the mean time, these are a few tips from what I’ve learned so far:
Sorry out of time.. See ya tomorrow with my tips >>Read Part 2

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