How do I submit to be a background extra on your shows?
The best way is to sign up for our database because we go there first for our specialty searches and email blasts. Also keep an eye on our Facebook Page because we list the different shows we are currently casting.
How Do I Get Speaking Parts?
Principal roles (roles that usually, but not always, have speaking lines) are generally cast beforehand by the casting department through auditions. The best way to be called for an audition is to have an agent and get out there. We may occasionally call someone who is un-agented for an audition if we believe they will fit the part (i.e. we have seen them perform) we generally only put out breakdowns for principal roles to agents.
How Do I Get an Agent? Do You Have a Recommendation?
We do not recommend one agent over another. Lookup agents in your area and then inquire to the agent on how to apply.
How do I get paid?
Payment is handled by each production company so payment details will vary depending on the production. Most productions pay via a payroll company and checks will usually arrive after 10-15 business days. Always keep a copy of the payment voucher you receive while working on set. It will be handed to you at the end of the day. If you are not given a copy, take a picture of the copy production has.
I’m missing a check, who do I call?
Each production uses their own payroll company for paying background extras. Calling the issuing payroll company is always the first move, for this reason we recommend keeping a copy of your voucher until you receive a check. If the production company does not provide copies of your voucher we recommend you take a picture of it.
Who will send me my tax information?
The issuing payroll company will send any applicable tax forms.
Where and when do I show up when I am booked?
You will receive this information the night before your work day. We generally do not know the exact call time (start time) until the night before as the production crews must have a 12 hour turnaround so if the previous day goes late, the following day will start later. Parking details often are not finalized until the night before as well.
What clothes should I wear?
The wardrobe department will give us a list of items for background extras to bring. This is sent out the day before the work day. Sometimes background extras will be asked to attend a fitting session prior to your work day. If this is the case we will contact you directly.
Can I bring a friend/family member?
Generally the answer is no. Most sets are closed sets and not open to the public and sets can be limited on space. Please do not bring anyone unless you have cleared it with us first.
Do I get a credit on the show?
Background extras unfortunately do not receive screen credits on film or television.
Do you provide transportation to set?
We do not provide transportation and cannot give out others information.
Do I have to be a local?
This varies on a production by production basis but generally all productions require you to at least be a resident of the state. We give preference to those who are local (within 60 miles) of the shooting location primarily because call times can be early and change last minute.
Can I use your company as a reference?
Background extras work is on a freelance, as-needed basis, we cannot be used as a reference.