An extra is a person in the background of the shoot. They do not speak (although you will be asked to look like you are talking).
How do I become an extra?
Watch our casting requests on Facebook, Twitter and email lists. If you can meet the requirements and are available for the time frames mentioned, submit your email with the requested information. Please be sure to use the correct email address and subject. Misdirected emails will be lost in the system!
Do I need to have acting experience?
No acting experience is required to be an extra, just a willingness to be available and work.
What about pay?
The pay for an extra varies by production as well as type of activity on the set. You will NOT get rich being an extra, but you should have fun and enjoy the experience. Generally, but not always, extras make about $64/8 (that means 64 dollars for 8 hours).. sometimes more, sometimes a little less.
When you get to set and check in, the PA (Production Assistant) will hand you paperwork—there will be an I-9 and a voucher from a payroll company. After filling this out completely, you keep the paperwork until the end of the shoot. At that point, a PA will check you out.
It can take up to 8 weeks for you to receive your payment. You are paid directly by the Production Company or Ad Agency, payment does not come directly from Catrett Locke Casting (CL Casting).
What is a “Bump?”?
A bump is a bonus (usually $10-20) added to your pay for a something special you are asked to bring with. You might be asked to bring your car, motorcycle, musical instrument, etc and you would receive a "bump" on your voucher.
How long does a shoot last?
This varies by shoot; it could be a couple of hours to fourteen hours, and sometimes even longer. We've had a 22 hour day before! Though a 22 hour day is not normal, days ARE generally pretty long. Always plan for at least 12 hours. If you cannot stay the entire length of the shoot, please do not apply. Once you are on set, you really can't leave. Please be sure to clear your schedule before committing to a shoot.
Do I need a professional head shot?
No. Just submit a recent, honest photograph of you. Ideally, there might be a close-up of head and shoulders and one body shot, taken straight on, with adequate lighting. At times additional photos might be requested in the casting listing. Pay attention!
What should I do if I realize I can’t make a shoot after I’ve committed?
LET US KNOW as soon as you realize you won't be able to make it. Voicemail AND email...always leave a message if you don't reach us directly. It is up to you to let us know that you can’t make it. After we’ve put your name down and sent you the email, we expect you to show up. If you don’t show up, it reflects badly on us. You may be one of only one or two extras that day, and your absence can be a huge problem for our office. We generally do not book people a second time after they’ve no-showed without notice.
What should I bring with me?
It's always a good idea to bring something to read, maybe a notebook and pen, some snacks and water. For the ladies, a pair of flats can be a welcome relief for your feet! Using the wardrobe guidelines given to you, bring at least three additional outfits, on hangers, pressed and neatly stored (using the same guidelines). This includes accessories like jewelry and purses.
Do not bring friends, pets or relatives to the set with you. This is a JOB! Also, refrain taking any photos while on set, even with your cell phone.
Proper protocol on set
Be Prepared. Plan to arrive 15-30 minutes early. Make sure you know where you’re going and have a few extra dollars for parking if necessary. If you are running late, call your on-set contact and give them your estimated time of arrival. Also, be sure to arrive with what was requested of you (proper wardrobe, hair and make-up completed, etc).
Be respectful. Don’t wander away from your designated holding area. NEVER approach a celebrity and ask for their autograph or try to chat with them. Do not ask the producer or director for special attention or favors. Watch what you say and to whom you say it. We will not tolerate any form of sexual harassment.
Arrive sober. Don’t arrive on set under the influence of any legal or illicit drugs. CL Casting reserves the right to dismiss anyone from the set, without pay, that they believe is under the influence. NEVER bring drugs or alcohol to the set. If it is found, or you are found imbibing, you will also be released without pay. This also applies to the parents of minors.
Maintain a positive attitude. You are supposed to be having fun! Nobody wants to work with someone that complains all the time. If you have a grievance bring it to your on-set contact during a slow time and let them know what is going on in a calm and respectful manner. There will always be times when the working conditions are not optimal - heat, cold, long hours. That's part of the job, be prepared to deal with it.
Listen. You may be given directions from more than one person. Pay attention and do exactly as asked. Always know where you were when a scene starts and when it stops. You may be asked to go back to that exact spot.....more than once.
Be courteous. When it's time to eat, always let the cast and crew eat first. You, as an extra, have more downtime. They need to get back on the set.
HAVE FUN! You will run into all kinds of people on set...just relax and enjoy it.