Thinking Of Working As An Extra?

Do I need previous experience before I can start work as an Extra?

As with most jobs, experience is always preferred but in this case it is not compulsory.

After your first job as an Extra you will know what you're doing and what is expected of you.

Its always good to chat to someone who has worked on set before or speak to a member of our team at To Be Seen.


Do I need professional photos?

When applying for Extra work it is advised to ensure your photos are up to industry standard.

This does not necessarily mean professional shots but they must be clear, in focus and only of you. At least one headshot and one full length photo is expected for a casting agent to put you forward for a job.

If your photos are unclear this lessens your chances of being cast.


Are there any age restrictions to being an Extra?

Absolutely not. Extras can start work at 16 (or younger if accompanied by a guardian).


How much do Extras get paid?

This can vary depending depending on whether it is a student, low budget or high budget production. Generally a day rate for an Extra can vary between £50 - £150 per day.


Will my travel expenses get paid?

This will vary but generally you are responsible for getting yourself to and from the location.

Large scale feature films often refund train tickets especially if you are booked for an early start but this is not always the case. Make sure you agree on transport costs before agreeing to the job.


What hours am I expected to work as an Extra?

You may be needed for as little as 1 hour up to 10 hours. This will vary depending on the production.


Am I expected to bring my own clothes and makeup?

You will be briefed on this when you are selected to be an Extra. In some cases you may be required to attend a fitting for your costume and will be paid for this.


Do I have to audition to become an Extra?

It is rare that a production will need to audition you. Generally your To Be Seen profile will contain enough information in order for the casting team to decide if they will select you. This is why it is crucial to ensure it is complete and has industry standard photos attached.


I've been selected for an Extra job. What preparation should I do?

You may receive a call sheet which will include all the details you will need to know for the day. If not confirm your start and finish time for the day. Plan your route to the location. 


What should I do if I am running late or have to cancel at short notice?

Phone your contact for the production and make them aware of the situation as soon as possible.


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