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Extra Casting In NYC

Speaking of extra casting, doing extra work in general at the beginning of your career is a great place to see how things work on set. It's an education while you get paid. But take a book with you! There's a lot of down time, long days and hours of waiting around. It's a great place to get some post cards written for your mailings. You can get 50 of them hand written in a day! There is one thing to be aware of, however, with regard to acting jobs as an extra. You can get adicted to it.

It will test your will and desire to do what is necessary to move your career forward. Extra jobs can be very boring. You sit around all day and wait and wait and wait. Then you get your twenty minutes on set, you get a glimpse of the stars who you will be working around and then back to the waiting room. You do this all day for anywhere from $75 - $125 depending on whether or not you are in a unione or not.

Casting directors will call you if you do a good job and you could end up working three, four, five days per week in some periods. After a while one starts to think. Wow. This isn't bad. I now have an acting career. They call me and I'm making $1,200 per month as an actor! Yippee! If you really want to start an acting career, then you must do more than that. Don't get stuck. Like I said in the beginning of this page, use it as a learning experience at the beginning and do other things while you are waiting to go on set. If you do that, you'll be glad you did!

Below you will find a short list of agencies you can contact for extra work.

Casting Networks: (I’ve talked to a lot of people lately who have gotten a lot of extra work from submitting to that site.)

NYCastings: has nationwide casting notices for extras:

That’s a pretty good list to start with if you are looking for extra work in NYC.

Good luck!

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