are plenty of opportunities for 'TV and Film Extra' work for anyone
who's interested in appearing on the screen and getting paid for it!
Are you qualified?
is available to anyone, of any age, height, size, race or background.
Productions are always on the lookout for new faces, and are usually
looking for 'ordinary' people who can blend smoothly into the background
of their projects. You could be in a blockbuster movie, a TV soap or
drama, a TV commercial or even a reality TV programme - the opportunities
Is it right for you?
type of work would suite anyone who has a flexible schedule and who
isn't camera shy! Examples include, mums, students, the retired, or
anyone who is currently unemployed; as well as the amateur actor or
those eager to make a career in this industry.
What should you expect and how much will you earn?
can expect to work long hours on some productions, and on location.
You may also find that there is quite a lot of waiting around between
sets, but the good news is that the pay can be anything from £70.00
per day upwards, plus all expenses paid, including food and drink.
How to get started
The best way to get started is to join some casting
agencies. All you will need to do is visit their website and fill in
their online application form or request form, they will then get back
to you with more details.
You will need a recent photograph of yourself.
This doesn't have to be a professional photo, just a clear snapshot
of your face will be fine. You will also need a CV and covering letter
to accompany your photograph. Make sure that you list all your acting
credits and qualifications on your CV, as well as your physical characteristics
i.e. hair/eye colour, height, weight, measurements etc., You should
also mention any special skills or hobbies and anything that you think
might help you get onto an agents books and consequently land you an
acting or background artiste role!
Agenices to join for TV/Film work
Some agencies take on new artistes throughout the
year whilst others only do so periodically. You can contact them to
find out if their books are open for new artists. Below are a few reputable
You may also find the following websites useful:
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Work when you are free
Some sets require you to be on stand-by for long
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