Extras may work in the background of a set, but how you conduct yourself is crucial; making a good first impression might guarantee you more work in future. Here are our best pieces of advice from industry experts:
Once you’re cast, keep your schedule flexible – shooting times can vary depending on the weather and the availability of core cast members.
Shooting days (and/or nights) can be very long, so plan your transport to and from the location in advance.
If you’re asked to bring your own clothes, take along at least three outfits that are suitable for your scenes.
Check in advance whether you’ll be paid for a full day on set, or just for the time that you’re being filmed.
When you arrive
Show up on time! If you think that you might be late, phone your contact person immediately.
As soon as you arrive, report to your contact person and fill in your timesheet. Include your tax details, your bank account details, and your address.
You’ll be asked to wait in a particular area until you’re needed on set. Don’t wander off, as you could be needed at any moment!
Be patient – there could be a lot of waiting around for your turn on set. Take along something to read.
On the set
Turn off your phone, and never take photos or videos on location.
Try and repeat the same movements in each take, for continuity.
Don’t look at the camera!
Don’t stop performing in your scene until the director calls: “Cut.”
Don’t talk on set, and listen carefully to any instructions.
At the end of the day
Don’t head off for the day until you are told to go.
Sign out before leaving – otherwise, you may not get paid.
Hand back any props or outfits before you go.
For an explanation of key industry terms, check out our glossary.
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