Become a TV / Film extra

Become a TV / Film extra

What is an extra?

Have you ever watched a TV series & noticed the people walking, sitting, chatting, driving, coughing or reading a paper in the background of the scene?  Well those people get paid and so could you!

How much can I make?

£70-£130 a day, with bonuses for things like providing your own costume or doing a ‘walk-on’. Overtime is paid at around £11 an hour.

Where do I find the jobs?

Universal Extras

Do I need a drama A-level/degree?

No, but it might help getting other speaking roles, which are higher paid.

Is this the best I can do?

Tv/Film Extra work gives you a step in the door, you experience what happens when the cameras are on & off. It’s relatively stress free and fair easy work.

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Important things to remember with everything we post:

  • If you earn over your personal allowance (currently £12,570 a year) HMRC need to get their % cut (even if the money is in cash or from another country)
  • If you’re working for yourself / earning an income on the side you need to let HMRC know – There are numerous benefits but also some drawbacks
  • You need to always ensure whatever you’re doing is legal and not hurting anyone else – be careful and always think twice
  • Some income streams may require you to have DBS check, licence, insurance or qualifications before you can start to profit from it, do your research.
  • Be careful that any additional income doesn’t compromise your studies or main income/job
  • If you work for a company check your contract, if you don’t inform them you’re working on other side projects outside of work they may have grounds to ownership on this work