- Elberta McKnight For the AJC
Working as an extra on one of the many television and movie productions being filmed in and around Atlanta is an easy way to make $100. It's also a fun and a great way to make new friends. Here are three productions currently hiring background talent:
Actor Jason Bateman is both the star and director of this new television series, which focuses on the clandestine world of drug-money laundering. Tammy Smith Casting is overseeing background talent for the production. Over the last several weeks, she has been looking for a variety of extras for several scenes. The pay varies, but actors can make up to $64. Submit to OzarkExtras@tscasting.com for your shot at stardom.
"Fast & Furious 8"
The incredibly successful franchise is filming it's next box office hit in The Peach City. So if you're hoping to book your next tough guy role, this could be the flick for you. Currently, directors are seeking Russian solders. Apply by sending your full name, phone number, height, weight, wardrobe size and two photos to CgCastingAtlanta@gmail.com.
"The Vampire Diaries"
The CW show is back for an eighth season, and right now, the show is hiring actors that can play village children and elders. Filming begins the week of August 22, so if you're available, email a recent photo, your name, age, phone number, height and weight, and clothing sizes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"
This Oprah Winfrey movie centers around the true story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line. The film has been casting background talent to play elderly men and women for a slew of flashback scenes. To apply, email three photos, sizes and contact information to extrascastingTM@gmail.com.
To check other listings and learn more about submitting, here are a few tips for those who have never worked as an extra:
Monitor the web for new posts
Almost all the casting companies post calls on Facebook. Some pages to watch are: Marinella-Hume, Extras Casting Atlanta, CL Casting, Hylton Casting, New Life Casting, Casting TaylorMade, Rose Locke Casting and Tammy Smith Casting.
How to submit
Every casting call typically includes an email address and a description of the scene. Many times, the email address will be the production's name. For example, email@example.com. Don't write it off as a generic gmail address. It's designed to be deleted as soon as the production wraps.
Send three current pictures, preferably taken with a cell phone. For background work, don't send a professional head shot. That's not what they're looking for. The three pictures should be: face, waist-up and full length. Include all your contact information, weight, height and sizes (include shoe size). Casting asks for this just in case the scene requires you to go through wardrobe. They may also ask you to bring three of your own outfits to match the part.
If possible, you want to submit as quickly as a job is posted. Sometimes, it's a numbers game and agents just want to get the background cast and move on to the next project. Finding out about posts ASAP can be advantageous.