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How To Become an Extra in a Movie

Watch more How to Be an Actor videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Be a movie extra for fun and profit. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Get a headshot Get a headshot. It doesn't have to be a professional photo; you can have a friend to take a picture of your face with a digital camera and blow it up to 8" x 10." Step 2: Write a resume Write a resume & attach it to the back of your headshot. Don't worry if you don't have any acting credits; list physical characteristics (like height, weight, hair & eye color) and any hobbies, sports ability, or special skills you have, such as dancing, horseback riding, juggling—even standing on your head. You never know what's going to come up. Tip Don't forget to include your phone number and email address on your resume. Step 3: Check the trades Check the help-wanted section of trade journals under "auditions." There are also websites that list extra opportunities. And if you live in an area where films often are shot, like L.A., New York City, Toronto, and Vancouver, there may be listings in the local papers. Step 4: Go to a talent agency Consider signing with an agency. Find a list online, or try, which is the industry's largest casting agency. Send a headshot and resume and then follow up with a phone call. Tip Make sure the fee the agency quotes you is in line with others in the business. Step 5: Be prepared When you get your first role, ask what you need to bring—some productions require that you bring your own clothes. Tip Know your rights: you'll be eligible for pay increases if the conditions you're working in are uncomfortable. Step 6: Behave yourself Behave yourself on the set. Never take photos, bother the crew, or approach the stars. Bring a book, iPod, or playing cards—you'll be waiting around a lot! But you'll also have fun, maybe see a celebrity, and have a good story to tell your friends. Did You Know? Matt Damon and Ben Affleck were extras in the Fenway Park scenes of Field of Dreams.
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