Frequently Asked Questions
What is an Extra?
An extra is a background player in a movie or tv series. Typically they do not speak. They are used to fill out the scene to make it look more natural.
Does it cost anything to join MCTV?
If you are an experienced actor or model and you meet our criteria there are no fees payable. See MCTV for Models and Actors for more info.
If you are applying for background extra work, we have a simple package that includes everything you need to get started. Our package includes:
- A photo shoot in our studio where we aim to capture your personality in a head-shot and body-shot
- Photo editing and touchup services to combine your head-shot and body-shot into one composite image
- Creation of online profiles on the key systems required to get you work
- Updates to your photos, composites and online profiles if your photo isn’t working well for you or your look changes
At MCTV we are genuine about getting our talent work and keeping the communication lines open. We send you email updates whenever your profile is submitted for work so you know what’s going on.
If your photos aren’t working for you, you can even come in for a reshoot for no additional charge.
The fees to get started with MCTV are minimal see our Rates and Fees page for more information.
How much will I get paid?
Many people enjoy this kind of work so much that they would do it for free. Fortunately the pay for being an extra can be quite substantial. See our Rates and Fees page for more information.
How much work can I expect?
Even our busiest performers would call this work infrequent. If you are selected for a major movie and have the availability you can have weeks of continuous work. For the most part you can expect the work to be in fits and spurts.
MCTV has placed more people in Australian Film and TV than any other agent, but like any agent, we can’t guarantee work. All we can guarantee is that we will put your profile forward to the productions for which you are best suited. You will receive an email each and every time we put your photo forward so you will know we are working in your best interests.
We will usually submit your profile many times each month. The frequency depends on what productions are being filmed and what kind of people they are looking for. Ultimately the decision to hire a particular performer is up to the individual production.
For more information about the kinds of productions we work on see our Recent Work.
Can I do this work if I have a full time job?
It depends upon the flexibility of your work. For most productions there will be ample notice for you to request time off from your full time job. In some cases we have emergency requests for talent for the next day and in these cases we would check with people registered on our availability list first. People who register on the availability list have let us know that they are willing and able to take jobs at short notice. They might stipulate that they can only take short notice jobs on certain days of the week or during university holidays.
Do you need experience to be an extra?
You don’t need to have any experience. For many roles you will just be asked to be in the background of the scene acting natural. The experience you gain as an extra can help you progress to getting featured roles too. Many of our extras get to the point where they would prefer not to do the extra work any more and just do featured roles.
Confidence and an ability to take direction are great assets for a performer, extra or otherwise. Of course acting training and experience are all valuable too.
What about 50 worders and featured roles?
If you are just starting out then being an extra is a great way to get the experience you need to take on bigger roles. As you progress, you may wish to take one of our casting workshops that will help you land bigger roles through the audition process. At some point you may decide that you only want to be put forward for featured roles.
If you are an established Actor, you can choose if you want to be put forward for all work or just featured roles. Some of our actors go on set as an extra and end up being upgraded because of their abilities and the needs on set.