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Everything You Should Know About Being a Stand-in in a Movie or TV Show


So you want to become a ? Well here is everything you need to know before you start working as a stand-in.

A stand-in‘s job entails standing around watching the actor you're for to hit their marks, then copying exactly what they do (most of the time with lines) so the camera and lighting can set up the camera, lights and everything else without needing the actor to be standing around all day.

A good stand-in is being someone who is constantly available for the Assistant to throw you in to help the crew, yet keep completely out of the way of everyone else on set.

Your only “breaks” as a stand-in, besides meals, is when they're actually a , and even then, you are still watching just in case they change the shot and instead of sitting down, you are now standing up.


For a stand-in or , they are going to essentially see what you look like. Are you the same height, color as the actor? They are also checking to see if you are reliable and not crazy. If you get on set and you try to hand people your script, or try to talk with the principal actors to get a role or autograph, you are being completely unprofessional and will most likely will never get called back.

So, how do you land a stand-in job? Show up early, be yourself, be professional and hope that you meet the description as the actor you will be standing-in for.

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Megan Diane
Hi, I'm Megan Browne, the Head of Partnerships at Project Casting - a job board for the entertainment industry. As Head of Partnerships, I help businesses find the best talent for their influencer campaigns, photo shoots, and film productions. Creating these partnerships has enabled me to help businesses scale and reach their true potential. I'm excited to continue driving growth by connecting people with projects they're passionate about.

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