Do you put extra work on your resume?

On your job resume, you should put group all of your extra work together to show that you have been consistently working and developing your skills instead of working on small productions. However, on your acting resume, try to focus on extra roles where you are featured in the production.

Do extras ever become actors?

Extra work doesn’t necessarily get an actor noticed by casting directors or agents, but it can be a valuable way of gaining experience on set. It can sometimes result in being upgraded to a speaking role, or helping an actor get his union card.

How much do they pay extras in movies?

It depends on the project but generally, nonunion talent will be hired for either a 10- or 12-hour day, with additional pay provided should production run overtime. A common rate for a single day of work is between $100 and $200.

How do I get hired as an extra?

Talk to every actor you know; ask if they’re doing background work and where they found it. If you ever pass a production on the street, kindly ask anyone with a headset if they know who they hired their extras from. I did this once, called the agency, and was on the set as an extra the next week.

How can I be a good set extra?

DO’S AND DON’TS OF BEING AN EXTRA ON SETDO arrive early. DON’T try to stand out. DO bring snacks and something to pass the time. DON’T talk to crew or cast. DO be positive. DON’T be inconsiderate. DO be grateful if you get a lucky break while on set. DON’T have unrealistic expectations.