Free Tips for Background Acting and Movie Extra Work
Presented by Jo Kelly, Author,
The Truth about Being an Extra
Be Wary of Agency Promises. When a
casting agency says they will publish your picture to all the "right"
people in Hollywood, it may be making an promise just to get you to plunk
down your money.
Be Prepared When You Visit the Agency.
Be sure to take with you: Photo identification, Social Security
card, money to pay for fees and your photo.
Survey Agency Fees. Before you sign
with an agency, check around. Find out what the going rate is for
background actors' sign-up fees. Be knowledgeable.
To Sign or Not to Sign? Read all
contracts carefully. Know what you're getting involved with.
Know Your Limits. Be prepared to
state the number of miles you're willing to drive to fulfill an acting
assignment, your preferred hours, etc.
Working with Talent Agencies.
Interview the agency. Ask them: How long have they been doing their
current business using their current name? Are they licensed by the State
as "artists' manager" firm? Are they franchised by the Screen Actors
Got an Acting Job?
Acting is a whole new ballgame, and the rules of this job are different
than any other. You'll need some pointers about "dressing for the job"
(that is, dressing for the "part" you'll be playing!), how many extra sets
of clothing to take with you, when NOT to leave the set, the most
important thing to do BEFORE you leave the set ... and lots more.
So send us a note today, and let
Jo Kelly know your experience in the background acting business. Better
yet, order Jo's book,
The Truth about Being an Extra: How to Become
a Good Background Actor. Get all the rules in your hot little hands and
you'll avoid many of the common mistakes beginning background actors often
make. Jo guarantees it!