Hey, guys! Are you looking for a fun and unique way to make some extra money? Growing up I always dreamed of being Julia Roberts. I think it was after I saw the movie “Notting Hill” that I started to idolize her. Like most kids, I wanted to live in Hollywood and become a movie star. It wasn’t until I moved to Louisiana that I realized I could be on the big screen as an extra in movies and television. Not only was being on the set of a movie a lifelong dream, but it was also a great way to earn extra money! As a law student, most law schools forbid students from working during their first year of school. This is due to the overwhelming amount of work students face. During your first year, you are learning to think in a whole new way, as well as learning fundamental principles you will carry on with you for the rest of your law career. Also, since my husband is military, it can be difficult to immediately find a job every 2-3 years when we have to move. Being an extra in a movie will not make you rich, but it is probably the most awesome part-time job you can have!
The television and film industry is always looking for background extras to work on commercials, shows, and movies. If you have never been on a production set before, it is really a lot of fun! The hours can be long, but I always make friends and have a fantastic time! It’s always fun to watch when the movie or television show is released and you can see yourself on the big screen. I have been in movies such as “Trespass”, “Olympus has Fallen”, and “Dark Places”. I have had the opportunity to meet celebrities such as Charlize Theron and to even film scenes in Nicholas Cage’s house. The pay rate for one day of work ranges from around $80-125. However, you can potentially make more if you are required to come in for a wardrobe fitting or you work as a stand-in. I have even gotten a bonus for being put in a swimming pool for the television show “Star-Crossed.”
I have also been required to get a wardrobe fitted prior to filming for the movie “Dark Places”. In that movie, I was selected because I look eerily similar to one of Ted Bundy’s victims. I must say when I was showed a photograph of the victim I was portraying, I got chills.
A stand-in is someone who is nearly identical in height, weight, and hair color to one of the main actors. The stand-in is used to make sure all of the lighting and cameras are at the right angle so the star of the show does not have to stand there for hours. The actors are able to step in, deliver their lines, and move on to the next scene. If you are selected as a stand-in, you will most likely need to be available the entire time the production is filming. This is where you can make a lot of extra money. I was also selected as one of the director’s top three choices to play a victim on the show NCIS: New Orleans but was unable to make the interview that specific day. So how do you become an extra? There are many websites where you can sign up.
1. Mycastingfile.com: This is my favorite website. It covers many states in the deep south to include Texas and Louisiana. It is absolutely free to sign up, but you can pay a small fee if you want to be able to add extra pictures to your profile. I used to pay for the “pro” version, but I have gotten just as many offers with the free version.
2. Backstage.com: This is another great website. You will have to pay for this subscription, but in my opinion, this is the best website for finding all kinds of casting jobs to include modeling. To me, the price is absolutely worth what you get. I have gotten so many offers for auditions and speaking roles just from this website.
3. Actorsaccess.com: I used to use this website all the time. You have to pay a small fee for each application you want to send to the casting director, or you can choose a subscription service. I don’t think this website is as good as Backstage, but I have gotten some auditions from it.
4. Look up extras casting on Facebook or Google: I have found a lot of great pages on Facebook that are constantly looking for extras in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Some of the movie and television shows the extras are cast for include “The Walking Dead” and “The Hunger Games”. One of these pages is called CL Casting, but there are many more that you can easily find.
Being in movies and television shows has truly been a dream come true for me. It is always so much fun to go to wardrobe and the hair and makeup trailer. It is also fun to see behind the scenes! I think being in so many productions is what made me stand out as a potential contestant for “The Price is Right.” I had an idea of what the casting director would be looking for and happened to be selected for the show. If you missed my post about my appearance on “The Price is Right”, check it out here!
I hope you will look into becoming an extra after reading this article. You won’t regret it!