Monday, January 3, 2011

What You Need to Know About Movie Extras

By Heather Cooper

Known as background artists, movie extras play roles that do not require a lot of speaking but have to blend in with the rest of the other actors. Unlike actors or actresses, movie extras do not need any experience in acting. They can come from different backgrounds, different training, ethnicity and even of different age brackets. The only things extras need to do are to take direction as well as be reliable and arrive to the set on time.

Not everyone knows that movie extras are outsourced from agencies like the professional actors. This is because it makes it easier for a casting director to search for an extra who has the required specific look for the movie. When in casting, some casting directors also require a certain skill, such as dancing. If you get involved with a talent agency, you may find yourself cast as an extra in some kind of production. This is one of those conversations you'll have to have with your agency. Honesty is a must, which is why you want to choose a reputable agency, one that's not just looking for your money.

With regard to wardrobe, there are times that movie extras will have to bring what they need to wear, and this happens when the production budget is tight. Movie extras are also hired for different time periods. This means that they are needed for just a day while others are needed throughout the filming.

Movie extras are hired sometimes for different time periods. Some will be needed for a day of filming while there are others who are needed throughout the shoot. In the United States, movie extras are not required to be members of the Screen Actors Guild (or SAG). It is important to note that only members of the SAG are those with speaking roles in films.

Sometimes, movie extras are hired for different periods. There are those needed for just a day while there are those who need to be on call throughout the filming process. In the United States, the Screen Actors Guild or the SAG do not require movie extras to be members. That is because most of the SAG's members are only actors with speaking roles.

Even without being a member of the SAG, movie extras are still protected and are also provided with the same working conditions as other actors, professional or not. However, for extras who are members of the SAG, they are given better and more benefits such as higher pay and extra compensation, wardrobe as well as special assignments.

Being a movie extra does not mean that the climb up to stardom is guaranteed. Movie extras occasionally get discovered cause anything can happen. Casting directors can recognize you from the last movie and give you a shot. It happens all the time.

You must admit that being a movie extra will give you lots of doors for opportunities to knock on. It does not matter if you want to become the next big thing in Hollywood or you are just in this line of work to earn money on the side. The reality behind being a movie extra is that you are given the opportunity to enter Hollywood and get a good look at how it is from the inside. Landing a job as an extra is really not that hard. It is not as easy as it looks either; thus, do your homework before you dive in.

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