Flexibility: High

Social Engagement: High

What’s What: Ever wonder who all those people in the crowd scenes in movies or TV shows are? You could be one!

Amava Take: If you’ve ever wanted to see what life is like behind the scenes on a movie or tv set, you could find out by being an extra on a set. You might not get your own director’s chair, but you could learn a lot by being part of the process. Action!

From the Front Lines:

What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these positions?

Patient souls who look and dress the part.

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

Try to relax and enjoy being part of team. Get to know your fellow extras so the chemistry looks real!

What’s a typical daily schedule like?

It totally depends on the scenes we’re shooting.

From the Trenches:  

What’s the most satisfying part of the job/experience?

It is so cool to see how movies and TV shows are really made.

How would you describe the hard parts?

Long days. They can journey into night.

What surprised you most about the set you worked on?

I was amazed to see a huge wall hanging with a high resolution photo of the LA skyline. I noticed that the camera crew filmed it with different lighting. I assumed they always went out and about to create the B-roll!

Special Requirements: It all depends on what they need, but here’s a handy list of what to do and what not to do as a set extra. Here’s a great overview article about working as an extra from Backstage.

Related Classes: Mastering Public Speaking

Finding a Position: Look for opportunities to be an extra at central casting or through this entertainment careers site’s information about becoming an extra.