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(The Atlantic)   Apparently, being an extra is an actual, honest-to-god living   ( theatlantic.com) divider line
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2017-10-01 02:46:03 AM  
5 votes:

Walker: [img.fark.net image 330x500]


Best. Scene. Ever.:
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2017-09-30 08:15:25 PM  
5 votes:
I've done background work hundreds of times. I've seen myself quite a few times. I was a regular background person on Mad Men for two seasons. davidphogan has it right.

For a non-union extra the pay is not that great. The hours can be ridiculous.

This lady made her way to union stand-in for a star, so she was making decent, steady money. And if they go to overtime (which is the norm) the union extras make a lot more.
2017-09-30 07:59:30 PM  
5 votes:
I've been an extra a few times, and it doesn't pay that well.  At the time I got about $65-$80 a day to mostly sit on my ass and look like I wasn't paying attention to the filming going on.  Plus free food.

Since I had a full time job at the time it was a fun way to get some extra cash and do something a little different on a day off.

I apparently have been in the background of Veronica Mars and Leverage plus a few indie films, but I've never seen any of them.  I may also be in the background of a few other movies and shows.  I wasn't going to pay the membership fee for a union thing so I never really pursued it as more than an occasional spare time thing.
2017-10-01 12:30:20 AM  
2 votes:

chitownmike: LoneWolf343: davidphogan: I've been an extra a few times, and it doesn't pay that well.  At the time I got about $65-$80 a day to mostly sit on my ass and look like I wasn't paying attention to the filming going on.  Plus free food.

Since I had a full time job at the time it was a fun way to get some extra cash and do something a little different on a day off.

I apparently have been in the background of Veronica Mars and Leverage plus a few indie films, but I've never seen any of them.  I may also be in the background of a few other movies and shows.  I wasn't going to pay the membership fee for a union thing so I never really pursued it as more than an occasional spare time thing.

Better than what I make a day doing "real" work.

/granted, I don't live in California.

I didn't know you could sustain life without two people pulling over $200 a day


"Life" is a generous term.
2017-09-30 11:22:00 PM  
2 votes:
Was an extra in two movies.  To say it was boring was an understatement...but worth it for the experience.  Did one when I was still in high school, then another a few years later while in college.  Never having been on a movie set before, I never realized how much standing around there really was, and how much "hurry up and waiting" you had to do.  But it's a story that I get to share from time to time, and I got to actually hold a small conversation with Jason Robards, so that was cool.  And to a kid, $85 a day for three days plus a story to tell was more than worth it at the time.
2017-10-01 10:17:32 AM  
1 vote:
I knew a guy who was a regular working extra as a Cowboy. He looked just like Sam Shepard (not as good-looking alas), and he was a real cowboy. So he was the background Cowboy in movies.
2017-10-01 12:43:01 AM  
1 vote:
I sometimes feel like I'm an extra in my own life story.
2017-10-01 12:14:36 AM  
1 vote:

davidphogan: I've been an extra a few times, and it doesn't pay that well.  At the time I got about $65-$80 a day to mostly sit on my ass and look like I wasn't paying attention to the filming going on.  Plus free food.

Since I had a full time job at the time it was a fun way to get some extra cash and do something a little different on a day off.

I apparently have been in the background of Veronica Mars and Leverage plus a few indie films, but I've never seen any of them.  I may also be in the background of a few other movies and shows.  I wasn't going to pay the membership fee for a union thing so I never really pursued it as more than an occasional spare time thing.


Better than what I make a day doing "real" work.

/granted, I don't live in California.
2017-09-30 11:44:39 PM  
1 vote:
I was an extra a few times when I lived in LA (15 years ago, so this is today's "fark I'm old" moment).

I was around 19-20, so I played a background high school student. I was in an episode of "That's Life" (one season CBS sitcom). I'm tall and I guess look sporty, so I was a volleyball player. All of us were extras cast because we looked sporty, and none of us could play volleyball worth shiat.

I'm also in How High, the film about Method Man and Red Man smoking a smart friend's cremains and going to Harvard. For some reason they forgot to shoot any external shots, so I got paid to pretend to be a law student. I got some extra (heh) money for being in the Halloween party scenes.

Both of these sets had excellent food. The money for extra work was ok, but it was often some of the best meals I had that week. ER was a bunch of stingy farkers--I ended up walking off the lot to a nearby Taco Bell for lunch since they didn't want to feed us. That was a Christmas episode post Clooney. I was some kind of doctor (I had a lab coat and a clipboard).
2017-09-30 09:25:46 PM  
1 vote:

fusillade762: I've never been in a movie :(


Have you ever tried?
2017-09-30 09:15:51 PM  
1 vote:
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2017-09-30 08:26:01 PM  
1 vote:
I've never been in a movie :(
 
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