#1 Prepare A Headshot
#2 Google Productions Filming Near You
#3 Select Search Results that offer Details on Upcoming Films
Most likely, your results will resemble those pictured at the left. You'll want to click on any articles offering details regarding upcoming productions to be filmed in your area. Most of these articles will include an email address you can contact regarding your interest in background acting. Email this agency with a brief request to be a background actor in the film as well as your name, phone number, and headshot attached.
#4 Join Central Casting
If you live in or near New York, Atlanta, New Orleans, or Los Angeles then you'll want to take a moment to join Central Casting. Joining this agency is free and it's a fantastic way to find out how you can be a part of any major productions taking place near you! So, visit www.centralcasting.com and sign up!
#5 Search Facebook
Lastly, if you have a Facebook account log in and in the search bar type "Background acting in (insert the name of your city and/or state)." You should see a list of background acting groups. Join a couple and check in on them weekly for updates. Following these groups will keep you up to date on projects filming in or around your area.
2. When you're on set and the camera is not rolling (or "recording") this does not mean it's okay to talk and hang out with the other actors. In fact, doing so may lead to being reprimanded by a Production Assistant, which wouldn't be fun. In between takes, it's best to keep quiet and stay on "your mark" (the position/spot you've been assigned by a Production Assistant). This quiet allows the actors, director, and crew to perfect the scene they're preparing to shoot.
3. While on set, keep your phone on silent and avoid taking pictures of yourself or of the lead actors/directors. In fact, you will probably have signed a legal document that prevents you from posting any pictures or information about the movie online- so not using your camera while on set is a further precaution against doing so.
4. Listen closely to all instructions that the Production Assistants give you. Background actors play an important role in the look and continuity of a film. So, the Production Assistant may see something that you don't see and this is why you should trust the instructions they provide.