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How to Become a Movie Extras, Actors, and Models

As a film extra, actors, models, you’ll make some easy money, get a chance to see movie making up close, and perhaps become immortalized on screen. Here’s how to get a gig. Get a theatrical headshot made. You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on photos just for extra work. Like the name implies, a headshot is a photo that focuses on your face. Head and shoulders are fine or you can send a photo that is from the waist up. It doesn’t have to be a professional photo; you can have a friend to take a picture of your face with a digital camera and blow it up to 8” x 10″ if the agency requests a hard copy. Contact local photographers and get quotes. Don’t just rely on the rates posted on the web-site. Because your needs are fairly straight forward, you may be able to get a great theatrical headshot done affordably. Have them printed up as needed. You’ll probably change your headshot every few months. Try to look appropriate in your headshot. Don’t send anything overly suggestive, or too casual. Make sure your hair is styled and your makeup appropriately applied. Consider having your makeup professionally done. You don’t have to spend a lot but a makeup artist will know how to give you a natural look that won’t look underdone in photos with flash. Ask them to show you how it was done so you can recreate the look. If your home collection of ...

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