Learn the Secrets of a Successful Background Performer!
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Learn the Secrets of a Successful Background Performer!

Learn Tips and Tricks of Working as a Background Performer, Background Actor, or Extra in TV and Movies
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122 students enrolled
Created by Sephera Giron
Last updated 2/2019
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 6 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Understand background agents.
  • Unlock the secrets of surviving on set.
  • Understand the job description of a background performer or extra.
  • Control your career path.
Requirements
  • The desire to learn about becoming a background performer, also known as background actor or extra.
  • Enthusiasm.
Description

Do you want to be in showbiz?

Do you want to still have a life?

Working as a Background Performer is perfect for freelancers as a way to earn additional income in-between gigs.

Have you always wondered what it's like on a movie set but have no skills to be a techie?

Try getting some Background Performer gigs and watch how all the different componants and departments work together to create a show. Learn which departments are your favourites by being paid to watch. Background performers have a lot of time to observe others at work while they wait for shots.

Who can work as a Background Performer?

Anyone! Casting directors are asking background agents all the time to send them new and unique people to put in the background of TV shows and movies. Anyone can be a Background Performer or Extra. You can be any age, gender, race, size, and so on. You can speak any language as long as you understand basic directions. If you're under 18, you might need a guardian on set.

You can dabble in showbiz while earning money as a Background Performer. Also known as being an Extra, this gig is great for freelancers and students trying to make some extra cash.

If you live in a big city, chances are there are TV shows, movies, and commercials being shot around town. Discover how you can be a background performer in some of them.

This course explains the role of the Background Performer, what to expect on a gig, how to prepare for a gig, and more.

I've been a Background Performer in over thirty TV shows and movies. Some of my gigs included: Love Guru, Kin, Designated Survivor, Shadow of the Moon, Schitt's Creek, Titans, Taken, What We Do in the Shadows, Boys, In the Dark, and more.

Over the years, I've figured out how to navigate the world of being a Background Performer. It's an easy way to make money and make new friends. Of course, some people don't find it easy, the hours are very long and you have to be awake and alert on weird schedules. You might get called to be at holding for 3 am or 3 pm. The show can shoot until sunup or sundown or anytime in-between. But other than the waiting game, it's usually just a matter of taking direction and not chatting while on set and that's pretty much the nature of the job.

If this sounds like something you can do too, come on in and check out my course!

Learn tips and tricks for a stress-free Background Performer experience!


Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who wants to find employment as a background performer, background actor, or extra.
  • Anyone looking for a varied way to make an income that can be a small, side income with potential to grow into a comfortable full-time income.
  • Anyone who wants to learn more about the reality of being a background performer.
  • Anyone who wants to dabble in TV and movies without a firm commitment or skills.
Course content
Expand 20 lectures 01:46:56
+ Introduction
20 lectures 01:46:56
Getting Started
08:54
Can YOU Be a Background Performer?
02:04
Agents
03:09
Working with Your BG Agent
13:39
What to Expect
13:32
How Much Money Will I Earn as a Background Performer?
06:35
Set Etiquette
08:24
Cell Phones
04:45
Building Your Resources
07:53
Make-Up
03:38
Hair
04:10
Kits
03:23
Additional Resources
03:20
Elemental Extras
03:13
Unions
04:26
Forms
02:21
Conclusion
01:10
Bonus Lecture
01:03