Ever seen film extras at the lunch truck? Snarling, jostling
for position, a few nasty words to the side for the guys
that cut in line. What is the reason for this phenomenon?
Perhaps it is the fact that some of them were literally
starving for some days before they were called in, most
of them are broke and struggling, or because the pay scale
is so low, or perhaps because their call time is before
everyone else's, slightly behind the caterer and the security
guard. Film extras get no love, no respect, and next to
no money, so why do they do it?
The only thing that could make a human being want to endure
what film extras have to put up with is a true love for
the art form they are aspiring to make their career out
of. When you see them at work, many of them are actually
using their finely tuned acting skills to put themselves
into the scene, even though they are just sitting at a table
in a bar scene, or walking down a path on a college campus.
There are film extras who love what they do so much that
they use their time on set to practice and perfect their
So if you run into a group of film extras on the set, show
them a little kindness, because they work hard for the money.
If you are an aspiring actress and you want to get some
paying work and a chance to brush up on your skills, join
the ranks of the hard working film extras in your area and
get yourself out there onto the set!