Once you’re registered and signed up with some Supporting Artiste / ‘extras’ agencies, you will hopefully start to get offers of work. Here’s what to expect and what you can do to help secure work. Depending on the agency, job offers usually arrive via email, SMS or phone call. A number of agencies I work with will email and text you at roughly the same time but you shouldn’t rely on this. Many opportunities are sent out to a group of people meeting the production’s requirements on a first-come, first-served basis. Some of these jobs may only have one
Ah, Venice. 118 little islands making up this unique, iconic city in northeastern Italy. It is one of those must-see places on many travel lists. Finally, this Easter, I got to tick it off mine. This was always planned to be a little Easter weekend trip. “Don’t go at Easter!” many written guides exclaim, presumably referring to the big crowds. I didn’t think I’d be punishing myself – far from it – with a cheeky 48 hours from Maundy Thursday morning to Easter Saturday evening. This is how it went. My flight of choice was British Airways Club Europe.
If you’ve decided that you want to become a Supporting Artiste and enter the world of film and TV as an ‘extra’, here’s some useful advice for you. Firstly I’m going to look at some the information you need to have to hand, then I’ll get into the process of choosing agencies, followed by the sign-up process itself and finally a brief look at what happens next. Just a quick note before moving on that I’m writing this post with experience of the UK industry, so a lot of it probably doesn’t apply outside of the UK. Information you’ll need
Scotland’s largest city of Glasgow, on the banks of the Clyde, was a great place to be in for the day. The view out of the aircraft window showed the extent of the beautiful wintry landscape which got better and better the further and further north I went. One of the great thing was the difference in the conditions between just before landing and in the city centre, as seen in the photos below. Cold – yes, but wintry – not really. Travelling was enjoyable too, with a particular mention for the Upperdeck Lounge at Glasgow Airport which was spacious,
Since 2012 when the Titanic Belfast experience opened I have wanted to see it and finally I got the chance to take a look, combining it with a quick look around the city which I hadn’t done for a long time. The exhibition, which you could call an ‘experience’, is really worth taking a look if you are in any way interested in the whole story, from the history of shipbuilding in the city right through to the aftermath of the disaster and its legacy in terms of safety at sea. It’s very tastefully and expertly done, with an
I have been asked a lot about what being an SA is really like. The world of the ‘extra’ is a fairly unique one and it really does need a certain type of person in order for it to work for the individual, agency and production. Getting in to the industry properly is a long term thing, so if you really are considering it, ask yourself whether you have the ten qualities I’m talking about below before you sign up. Alongside each one I’ve tried to explain why it’s important to everyone involved. Really flexible diary: If you a