Get the most out of extras work


If you want to know more about being an extra or get some tips on how extra work could be useful for you, then keep reading!

Whether you are someone who wants to break into TV or Film, or you are already an experienced actor, one way to get more on-set experience, network, learn more about the industry and earn some extra cash is to get involved in some “Extras” work.

Being an extra means, you are hired to be on set to fill up the environment and make the scenes look more realistic. Do you know that a movie would be nothing without extras? Every single person that you see in a film in the background has been specially chosen to be there.

Perks of being an Extra

  • Learn the “On-set” language! “Rolling”, “Background Action”, “Back to one” all this and more you will become fluent in!
  • and it’s like you are getting paid to be trained if it’s an industry you want to work in.
  • Opportunity to build relationships that could lead to life-changing opportunities.
  • Sometimes extra work can lead to featured roles (don’t go on set expecting to be selected for a featured role, but know it is possible).
  • Extra cash is always a bonus, and if you’re looking for further training as an actor, you’re getting paid to learn.

As an Extra, these things actually matter

  • Arrive on time and be professional
  • When you have time, observe and take notes and take the opportunity to learn as much as possible. You’ll find all that you “waiting around” has been turned into a great productive day, and you understand the process of shooting a little more than you did when you first arrived!
  • Understand that even though shoots may involve long hours, see it as a great experience and if you show a positive attitude someone may see your great efforts and offer you a great opportunity in the future.
  • Listen well to instructions and take direction.

As an Extra, don’t do this

  • Don’t talk when the camera is rolling.
  • No looking directly in the camera.
  • Don’t try too hard to be noticed as this can lead you to be pushed further to the back.
  • Be mindful of taking behind the scenes photos, asking for photos or autographs as sometimes this is not allowed.