How to be an extra, by Delila Matara - Issue 11 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
As a teenager, it is very hard to gain the recognition you deserve. I was in the same exact situation as you. My name is Delila Matara, and this is how I got on television. I started out with a small home movie produced and directed by some family friends. After a couple shots, I fell in love with being on camera.
My mother liked the idea as well, so we began getting more and more involved. Here is a very personal tip from me to you: the internet will be your best friend during this adventure. Always look for open-calls on the internet. But before I send you off, here are a few tips….
1. Never go to an interview/casting without an adult.
2. Make sure you have the correct working papers, permits, and worksheets for that particular state/audition.
3. Do major investigating on where you are going! (If it seems shady, get out of there)
4. Try to make friends, you never know who you are going to meet.
5. Always bring different color shirts/pants/shoes.
6. Check your email for specific outfits & what you need to bring.
7. Bring along a notebook & pencil, just incase you need to write down information.
8. Make sure you know who you are meeting with.
9. Try to find out that agency’s instagram, facebook, and/or twitter.
10 . If you wear makeup, bring along foundation with you.
11. ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, get enough sleep & something to eat.
Do not be fooled by the small word, “extra.” Every single extra in a show or movie, makes the difference. Without all these people involved, the scene does not seem realistic.
I hope that these tips were helpful, my best wishes go to you, future actor/actress!
Submitted by our members as well as teens across the world.