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How to be an Extra

Jobs for extras may also be posted on the Film Commission job listings page (see links below), check back regularly.

You can also send photos and descriptive information to casting directors to keep on file for future projects. Indicate you want to be considered for extras work. Some that specialize in casting extras are listed in the Production Directory.

Keep in mind that there are many ways to become an extra in film and video productions. A good rule of thumb is that you should never have to pay anyone to find you work – a bonafide agent only makes money when you make money, not before.

What is an Extra?

Extras are an essential element of any film project. They are most often used to ‘fill out’ scenes that require a large crowd, such as a football game or parade. Extras do not have speaking roles and have little or no interaction with the stars of the film.

How to Start

To be an extra, you will need a recent photograph of yourself. It doesn’t need to be a professional portrait – a snapshot is fine. Attach your name, age, address and phone number(s) to the back of the photo. The next step is to send your photo to the productions in your area that are seeking extras.

Finding a Production

For information on extras casting calls for feature films, TV movies, TV series, being made in Texas, visit the job page on the Dallas Film Commission’s Web site. Casting information is listed on the hotline under
the “Casting Calls” section.

Each production’s casting call announcement will provide their contact information and instructions on their casting procedures. Photos should be submitted directly to the individual productions at the address provided in their announcement. Please be advised that your photo will not be returned, and you will not be contacted by the production unless you are needed for filming.

Talent Agents

If you are interested in pursuing a more substantial acting career in film and television, it is a good idea to have a talent agent. These individuals will help you find all your opportunities in front of the camera, and can offer guidance on what the best roles might be for you. A list of talent agents in the Dallas area can be found in our Directory or the on our website here.

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