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How To Be A Paid Extra

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Where And How To Get Started Being a Working EXTRA

So the wayThe best way to get started is to register with your local EXTRAS Casting companies. Call them up; find out their hiring policies and when they see new people. Almost every major U.S. city has at least one casting agency that handles movies being filmed locally.

Also, Contact contact your local Film Commission office (AFCI) or Entertainment Bureau for the names of Production Companies in your area.

But the best way is to sign up at one or more casting companies that handle the kind of extra you'd like to be. Some companies specialize in specific kinds of Extras. Kids, Size, demographic, talent etc.

LOS ANGELES Casting Directors

How To Join a Casting Company

This is the best place for all newcomers to start. There is a one-time registration fee of $20. This is a fee that is well worth paying because of the work they will get you. You should expect to pay some small fee at many casting companies in Los Angeles. Never pay more than $100 to register and never pay a company that doesn't ask you about your wardrobe, special skills and talents.

When registering at any Casting company remember dress to impress. Be ready to supply all the necessary information regarding your wardrobe, measurements, skills and training. The more skills you have the more valuable you are.

Once registered, it is up to you to call the casting company daily to book your own work. This is a long process, but it's the best way to get work. You call a work hotline that describes the projects that are available and what they are looking for.

If you fit the qualifications, you will then be instructed to call a specific casting director. Call that person, who will pull up your file, and decide if you are right to work for the project. If they hire you, they will give you all the info you need, usually for work the next day. If they don't, you can keep calling the hotline until you are booked on a project.

Other Ways of Getting Extra Work

Calling Services

If you are not into doing this work yourself, you can hire a calling service (booking agent) to call the casting companies for you. You will pay them $50 - $150 a month to call the casting companies you are registered with and book you on projects. If you hire a great booking agent, then you will work 3-4 days per week. Be cautious here, as some booking agents can only get you work 1 day a week. You can find the best booking agents through references from the casting companies you are registered with.

See your specific city below for links.

EXTRA CALLING-IN SERVICES
LOS ANGELES

Remember these all charge a substantial monthly fee and that they work for you.

AMERICAN CASTING COMPANY 818 505 0710
BACKGROUND TALENT SERVICES 818 771 5727
BOOKING SERVICES 323 882 6400
CAMEO CASTING SERVICES 310 535 5781
DIRECT LINE CALL-IN SERVICE 818 223-3590
KALIFORNIA CASTING 562 920 8857 KALIFORNIACASTING.COM
NETWORKS 818 260-8989

TVTIX.COM

To be part of a live studio audience and watch a sit-com or game show being taped.
Visit our site at TVTIX.com or call 323 653 –4105.
You will be our guest and there is no cost or pay.

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Variety: www.VARIETY.com
The Reporter: www.HOLLYWOODREPORTER.com
Backstage West:
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