Monday, March 30, 2009

Background work should an actor do it?

This is an odd one as some actors do background work for years never to any further benefit than a paycheck and others do it and meet someone and get “Taft/Hartley” and become SAG. I personally know many people who became part of the union in this way.

The best way to decide if you want to do background work is to do it simply and only for its purpose: To work on set and make a bit of cash. This way you don’t become disappointed if nothing more comes of it. And let’s face it, it is NOT a resume booster by any means.

I seem to recall Tom Cruise was basically an Extra (background actor) in TAPS and ended up landing the role that would lead to The Outsiders and the rest is history….

Ultimately, it is good experience to be on a set. Your first day on a real Hollywood set can seem daunting so it would seem to reason that even if it is background work it might be worth it just so you are comfortable with being on set.

Also, it does serve as some form of promotion in the sense that you could blog about it or post it on your website without stating you were an extra – you could just make mention of having worked on whatever set it was and state how great the crew and stars were. Never post anything derogatory on your website about a set – you never know who might be trolling the web!!!

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