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 hotline on the Texas 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 hotline 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.
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 Texas can be found in the Directory on the Texas Film Commission's Web site.