Getting cast as an extra may seem disappointing when you had your eye on the lead role. But keep in mind, “there are no small roles,” and you need to make the most of your time on set. Being an extra could lead to better opportunities down the road, PLUS you get paid for it! Think of this as a trial run for your starring moment. Follow these quick tips to master the art of extra-ing!
1. Network, Network, Network – Introduce yourself to everyone on set and make sure to express your interest in the project. You never know who you may click with and they could help you land your next role. Remember names, take business cards and make sure you leave a lasting positive impression with everyone you meet.
2. Study, Study, Study – As an extra on set pay special attention to the leading actors. How do they get into character, what is their demeanor between takes, how do they handle criticism. The best actors are those who are willing to learn from others and this is an ideal time to take notes. Use your time as an extra to immerse yourself in the culture of being an actor and a student of the craft. You will be rewarded for your studies.
3. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you – Though your role as an extra may seem mundane, your gracious behavior is what will get you noticed. Express your gratitude to the casting director and all the associates on set who are working tirelessly to make this production happen. A well mannered and professional individual is sure to be invited back and maybe even for a bigger role next time.
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