Fun, Flexible Student Work (with Free Food on Set?) Consider Being an Extra…
If you’re able to download an app, set up a short profile and submit some photos of yourself (like you’ve not done that before) then you can become a Film and TV Extra.
Registering with Uni-versal Extras is entirely free for students, so, if you’re in the market for some fun, Student work, ever considered becoming part of the block-buster films, TV series and music videos that you love?
IT FITS A CHAOTIC TIMETABLE
Extra work, or the work of a ‘Supporting Artiste’ is designed to fit in and around your life as a Student. The roles advertised clearly explain the filming or non-production dates that you are expected to attend so you know immediately whether they fit with your plans; studying, socialising, going home to get fed, wash clothes, etc (or was that just me?). Most often it is just for a few days, but it can be for a few more days over a period of a couple of weeks. Either way you get to know in advance if it fits in with your calendar. Not many employers offer that level of flexibility.
YOU CAN STUDY AT THE SAME TIME
There is no hiding from it, Supporting Artistes have to spend a fair amount of time kicking their heels and hanging around waiting for their part. This time can also be constructively used for studying, again unless you are like me and studying just got in the way of having a good time.
Take a look at our productions pages. Now imagine you’ve been part of one of those and are then able to bask in the glory for years to come. You get the picture.
DRESSING UP AND GETTING FED – WHO COULD ASK FOR MORE?
Seriously, this has to be one big attraction. Who doesn’t want to get dressed up and pretend to be “Passerby #24” then get food and cup of tea for their troubles?
IT’S GOOD FOR YOUR CV
Perhaps not at the top of your agenda right now but it is true, employers often look at the bits of the CV that show you as a person with initiative and ‘of character’. Why not add ‘Warner Bros., Background Artiste, Fantastic Beasts’ to your CV?
THE GRANDE FINALE – YOU GET PAID
Yes. If you take part in a production as a Supporting Artiste you will get paid. You get paid for costume fittings. You get paid for Covid-19 tests. You get paid for having your hair cut.
The amount you will get paid can vary by quite a bit, but it can take into account the early starts and late finishes, what you’re asked to do on set, the travel to awkward locations, the being part of something exciting and possibly very well known, and the hours you spend just doing nothing other than meeting a variety of interesting people for the very first time, in some pretty interesting locations. Getting paid for all that? Sounds good, doesn’t it? Take a look at the pay rates here…
Download the exclusive UVE Artiste app on the App Store or Google Play today.