Tips and AdviceShould You Quit Background Extra Work to Become an Actor?

Should You Quit Background Extra Work to Become an Actor?


Can Background Extra work hurt your chances of becoming an ?

The industry is booming in New York, Georgia, Louisiana and . With so many TV shows and filming, it is quite possible for someone to earn enough money working as an extra while becoming a professional actor.

However, many people will tell you that you should never do any background extra work because, it will ruin your chances for landing a speaking role in a TV show or movie. Many actors have not done extra/background work in a while because of the assumed dangers it poses on a lifelong acting career. But, what are the real consequences of doing background extra work?

Many people will tell you about getting stuck as an extra but, honestly it rarely ever happens. There are two separate offices. There is the casting office and the office and for the majority of the time they do not communicate with one another. Fortunately for anyone doing background extra work, they are too busy to keep tabs on both extras and speaking role actors.

People will also tell you that agents and managers will not hire you, if you do a lot of background extra work. But, agencies will not find out unless you tell them. Keep in mind, background extra work should not be on your acting resume nor should it be posted on your IMDb profile.

You only run of the risk of ruining your acting career as an extra, if you are strongly featured on a show and then getting an for that show shortly after. But, the chances of that happening are pretty small. For example, several people have worked as an extra on a show and then worked on the show as a dayplayer two weeks later.

However, it is important to note that nonunion background work is not always glamorous nor does it pay as much as it did several years ago. But, it is an amazing starting point to connect with actors, models, producers, and other industry professionals.

Just look at all of these famous actors that started out as extras.

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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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