I like to get out and do a few different things these days, but they are all somewhat connected. Working in Radio lead to becoming a voice-over artist, which lead to presenting on-camera for online videos and even a bit of TV.
What exactly is an extra? Well take a look in the background of any TV show or Movie. Most likely all those people you see are extras. They are there to simply fill the scene with real people. Yes, that’s a paid job and the main requirements are that you don’t speak and follow the directions you are given by the assistant director.
It requires quite a bit of patience as much of the time spent on set could involve waiting around for your next instruction, but you always need to be ready to move at a moment’s notice.
If you’re looking at getting into acting, getting some work as an extra may help you become with what it’s like to be on a film set, but don’t expect that to be the place you’ll be ‘discovered’ as the job of a extra is simply to be part of the background, not the center of attention.
Ok, so if you think being an extra is something you’d like to do don’t start by calling the TV stations. You’ll need to get signed up with a Talent Agent with a professional head-shot. A bit of Googling shoud point you in the right direction.
There’s also a website with some information on the topic – http://www.becomeanextra.com.au/