Do you have that extra smell? I certainly hope not.

For the sake of your career’s success and its longevity, I trust that if you engage in extra employment as an actor, that you’re doing so for the enjoyment of being on set with fellow actors, networking, and/or for financial survival. If you believe being an extra will lead you to the Hollywood Walk of Fame…sorry, you have that Extra smell.

Extras – or background actors, a politically correct term dictated by SAG-AFTRA – are of course the actors required to fill-out the background of a screen story. Without extras, the world of film and television would look as empty as a movie theater playing a double feature marathon of “Heaven’s Gate” and “Ishtar.”

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