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Anyone an extra on here?

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7y, 10m agoPosted 7 years, 10 months ago
Anyone had any experience in being an extra on here?

Reason I ask is that I was considering trying it out. I used to study drama but have no interest in changing my career to pursue acting. It is purely to try something different and hopefully to supply me with a little extra cash in the pocket.

I have already been a little put off as I already know two people who do it and although they have appeared in both t.v. programmes and films, they are always complaining that the work isn't frequent enough and it can involve long hours of nothing.

What are others experiences?
Is it worth me signing up to either of their agencies or could I simply sign up to http://www.extras.co.uk (is this company any good?)
I don't mind infrequent jobs as I already work but I do hate earlys. Would this be a problem? :)
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7y, 10m agoPosted 7 years, 10 months ago
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#1
Not an extra, but I have been an extra in a film.

It was a good expereince, but I don't think I'd fancy doing it full time. Lots (and lots!) of waiting around between scenes, and waiting for the main actors to be ready to shoot. Was a late night too, and the directors etc kept us in the dark as to what was going on.

Good expereince for a one off though.
#2
Cool, what film was it? Did you make the final cut?
#3
How does one get to try it.

All of the Web 'Extras' sites look like rip off pay us your money and we'll call you.
#4
Bobef90
All of the Web 'Extras' sites look like rip off pay us your money and we'll call you.


That what I was thinking

Bobef90
How does one get to try it.


For hamming it up….. Your hired :-D
#5
I have been an extra in Feast of July, all my family were in it, filmed in Newport, also been in a few other things but o/h has been in casualty quite a bit and a welsh program called pobl. It pauys about £60 per day but you day could consist of early start and late finish, if you have to speak or play an instrument you get extra
#6
Hi octobergirl, What agency would you recommend I look into or join? It does sound like alot of time for hardly any money but could be something for me to try when I'm not working with clients or looking after my daughter. What are you or your o/h going to be in next? We can try and spot you on t.v. :)
#7
Any other extras here? What have you been in? Please share your stories........
#8
I was in a number of straight to video productions, the most notable one starred Jean claude van damme :whistling:,
This was all while living in Tel Aviv, where the studios used to contact the local hostels and request x amount of western looking extras.

I did get some great parts, 'Man talking to prostitute' being the highlight especially as I copped off with the californian girl playing said prossie.. The money was poor at £25 a day plus as much food as you could eat.
Generally it was a laugh but terminally dull at others.
#9
My Brother got to wear a powdered wig and pretend to be a member of parliament in some historical movie a few years back.

Said it was a laugh but a bit boring.
#10
DKLS
I was in a number of straight to video productions, the most notable one starred Jean claude van damme :whistling:,
This was all while living in Tel Aviv, where the studios used to contact the local hostels and request x amount of western looking extras.

I did get some great parts, 'Man talking to prostitute' being the highlight especially as I copped off with the californian girl playing said prossie.. The money was poor at £25 a day plus as much food as you could eat.
Generally it was a laugh but terminally dull at others.


Haha, that sounds great. I was a huge van of Van Damme :o back in the day. My mate has met him a couple of times now and had her picture taken with him each time. Was it one of his older or newer films? Would be great to spot a fellow HUKDer in a film... :-D
#11
One of his older films, it was back 1991. Van Damme was a nice guy, he made the effort to speak to all the extras and minor crew, The female lead who I didn't recognise was very different aloof and highly strung always complaining her bottled water wasnt at the exact temperature..
I cant remember the title of the film, it was set in a post nuclear war setting in a lawless city.
I was lucky as all the extras were sent to wardrobe to be assigned outfits, the bloke in front of me got biker boots a silver lame thong and a World War II flying helmet!!!!, I got a long overcoat with bits of latex flesh hanging from it.
Largely it was dull as we were shooting through the night, the highlight being one of the runners asked me if I could snog one of the extras seeing as she was blonde slim and Californian I couldn't refuse., as we had to do on average 20-30 takes for each shot, I got to know the girl a very well, and during the final shoot we got carried away snogging on a burnt out car not hearing the shout of "Cut",suddenly we heard applause, I looked up the entire cast and crew were all looking our way clapping away.

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