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7 Extras Who Became Famous

7 Extras Who Became Famous

Ahh, a day on set as an extra. Long hours, amazingly mediocre pay…but also some incredible learning experiences (not to mention Craft Service, amiright?) If you’ve never been part of a large-scale project, working as an extra for a day can be a fun way to learn...
How to stand out as an Extra on Set

How to stand out as an Extra on Set

As an extra, your number one goal should be making a good impression on the people who matter; you want to be likeable, friendly, and above all, professional. Congratulations! You’re an extra. You’ll spend a long day waiting around in an extras holding room, and at...
Casting Guideposts for Directors

Casting Guideposts for Directors

If you feel like someone is the best fit, even though you can’t quite put a finger on why that feeling is still valid. Ahh casting. The easiest, most simplified aspect of any production, am I right? No, but seriously, casting can be really difficult. Add on the...
Headshots 101

Headshots 101

Although the title may be misleading, the Actors Fund is actually for all those involved in film, theatre or performance. Your mamma blessed you with a beautiful face. This can work to your advantage when it comes to casting, right? Well not if you don’t have a good...
I Can’t I Have Rehearsal

I Can’t I Have Rehearsal

It can be difficult sometimes to constantly pass up spending time with friends, family, or Netflix to be at rehearsal. We begin this article by sharing a beautifully original, hipster, high quality garment choice courtesy of Walmart.com. If you haven’t already, we...
The Actors Fund

The Actors Fund

Although the title may be misleading, the Actors Fund is actually for all those involved in film, theatre or performance. Let’s face it, life gets hard sometimes. Additionally, there are certain elements of difficulty that come with being an artist that are different...
Day Jobs for Actors

Day Jobs for Actors

How fun would it be to tyrannically introduce children to the joys of giving your entire life over to theatre? The phrase “Don’t quit your day job” isn’t exactly a nice or positive one. Additionally, though, it has some implications that are just fundamentally untrue....
Actors’ Equity-How it all Works

Actors’ Equity-How it all Works

The Principal contract is sometimes referred to as “the white contract” while the chorus is often referred to as “the pink contract”. If you’ve been involved with theatre for a while, and/or you’re seeking to be a professional, odds are that the Actors’ Equity...
How to Choose an Agency

How to Choose an Agency

It’s important to know what you’re looking for in an agency, and what goals you have for your career. The time has come. You’ve read Stanislavsky, memorized every lyric to every Sondheim musical, and have seen all the Oscar nominees for the year. You’ve been taking...
You Need To Bring This To A Film Set

You Need To Bring This To A Film Set

Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest After you’ve been booked, you might be unsure what to bring to set on shooting day. Take a lesson from the boy scouts and be prepared—if you’re unsure about something, bring it anyway! You never know what might come in handy. Here...

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