Background Performers

Background Performers

Background work is a fun and often rewarding place to get involved in performing in film and TV. It is a wonderful training ground for being on set, a great money maker when working union, and provides a unique entry point to get into the union... that's how I got in over fourteen years ago!

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Background Performers
  • Should I Pay A Monthly Fee To An Extra Work Or Background Work Booking Service?

    With Kym Jackson, Working Actor, Union Delegate, Coach, Author of The Hollywood Survival Guide & Co-Owner of Secret Actor Society
    http://www.hollywoodsguide.com
    https://secretactorsociety.vhx.tv

    How do I pay my background acting agent?
    My background acting agent want to charge me a monthly fee. ...

  • Can I Get A Speaking Role From Background Work?

    With Kym Jackson, Working Actor, Union Delegate, Coach, Author of The Hollywood Survival Guide & Co-Owner of Secret Actor Society
    http://www.hollywoodsguide.com
    https://secretactorsociety.vhx.tv

    Do you think I'm crazy to think I might get lines by working background?
    If I work background, can I ...

  • What Is Extra Work Or Background Work Booking Service?

    With Kym Jackson, Working Actor, Union Delegate, Coach, Author of The Hollywood Survival Guide & Co-Owner of Secret Actor Society
    http://www.hollywoodsguide.com
    https://secretactorsociety.vhx.tv

    Do I need a Background Work Booking Service?
    Must I be a member of booking service to get background ...

  • Do I Need To Use Central Casting For Extra Work Or Background Work?

    With Kym Jackson, Working Actor, Union Delegate, Coach, Author of The Hollywood Survival Guide & Co-Owner of Secret Actor Society
    http://www.hollywoodsguide.com
    https://secretactorsociety.vhx.tv

    Can I self submit for background acting work?
    Should I self submit or join Central Casting?
    Why Centr...

  • What Is Background Work?

    With Kym Jackson, Working Actor, Union Delegate, Coach, Author of The Hollywood Survival Guide & Co-Owner of Secret Actor Society
    http://www.hollywoodsguide.com

    What is an extra?
    What does a background actor do?
    Do background actors speak?
    How much will I be in the movie as a background actor?
    W...

  • How Can I Find Extra Or Background Work?

    With Kym Jackson, Working Actor, Union Delegate, Coach, Author of The Hollywood Survival Guide & Co-Owner of Secret Actor Society
    http://www.hollywoodsguide.com
    https://secretactorsociety.vhx.tv

    Why should I sign up for Central Casting?
    How do I sign up for Central Casting?
    Is their a joining f...