As A Movie Extra
Rucker, Author of
How Do You Become an Extra?
part about being an extra is you
donít have to have any formal
training to do it. Casting
directors look for people of all
ages, depending on what they are
working on; young people are in
high demand. But itís not as
easy as just showing up on set
and working. Some extras might need an
agent who will then tell you
about the parts you can go for.
Getting an Agent...
not easy to get. Youíre going to
need to put together a portfolio
and hand it out to any agent you
can think of. In your portfolio
youíll need headshots (which
cost between $200-500), a
five-minute demo tape (which
shows you a bit) and a resume.
This is where having training
helps. While you donít need to
have formal training, it will
help you acquire an agent
faster. Thereís a lot of
competition out there. Film
school helps. Taking individual
courses at local acting schools
helps too, if you canít afford
(or arenít ready) to go to film
A Day in
the Life of an Extra...
extra is never the same
everyday. One day you could be
playing an alien, the next a
dead creature or maybe a kid in
The Extra Factors...
to shoot whenever the time is
right- and a lot of the time
that means at night, outside.
Sometimes you have to work from
6pm to 6am, outside, in the
cold. Not fun. And about 70
percent of the time, youíll have
to work over 12 hours a day!
Might Not Know...
circumstances are you allowed to
approach or talk to celebrities
on a set you are working on. So
if you think extra work is a
great way to meet all your
Hollywood idols, think again. If
a celebrity approaches you,
thatís totally cool but you have
to remember that this is work
and not a movie premiere- so
leave those cameras at home.
Some Extra Cash...
extra will make approximately
$10 per hour for the first eight
hours of work. If they need you
to stay on set longer, youíll
make more make as the hours drag
on. Every hour after 12 hours of
work youíll make approximately
$20 an hour.
Advice for Future Extras...
agent. Even if you only want to
work during the summer, get an
agent just for the summer. And
talk to your parents, if you are
young, because theyíre the ones
who are going to have to take
you to all the sets and sit with
you while you wait to go on.Ē