The Truth About Being an Extra: How to Become a Good Background Actor
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The Truth About Being an Extra: How to Become a Good Background Actor

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by Jo Kelly
     
 
In The Truth about Being an Extra, veteran movie extra Jo Kelly takes a friend-to-friend approach, sharing from her heart the wrong steps, the don't-forgets and the cautionary tales of her own background acting experience. You'll learn:

How to find reputable casting agencies

Who's your friend- who's not

How to identify disreputable agencies

How to join

Overview

In The Truth about Being an Extra, veteran movie extra Jo Kelly takes a friend-to-friend approach, sharing from her heart the wrong steps, the don't-forgets and the cautionary tales of her own background acting experience. You'll learn:

How to find reputable casting agencies

Who's your friend- who's not

How to identify disreputable agencies

How to join SAG and double your pay

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780977187805
Publisher:
August II Productions
Publication date:
03/28/2006
Pages:
111
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.40(d)

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The Truth About Being an Extra: How to Become a Good Background Actor 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Truth about Being an Extra: How to Become a Good Background Actor' by Jo Kelly is an amazing book. Finding each and every page interesting, exciting and filled with valuable information, I read it nonstop from beginning to end. I even found valuable information in the introductory sections before the first chapter and in the information at the end of the book. I devoured this book with enthusiasm from cover to cover! Jo Kelly¿s writing style is friendly, informative, encouraging, and easy to understand. She provides examples of scams and problems she encountered early in her career as a background actor, and explains how she eventually received many successful jobs in background acting once she learned the ropes. She also provides lists- -including addresses and phone numbers- -of legitimate casting agencies for background actors. After reading Jo Kelly¿s book, I felt that becoming a background actor is a very real possibility, and that it would be tremendous fun!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In 'The Truth About Being An Extra', Jo Kelly (founder of Background Actor Seminars) draws upon her years of professional experience as a veteran background actor and her personal insights as a former celebrity wife to reveal 'inside secrets' to becoming a successful 'background actor', that is, one of those folks you see in movie and television scenes of crowds, passers-by, restaurant diners, etc. Readers will also learn of scams and pitfalls that can happen to naive actors accepting walk-on, background roles in movies, television and commercials when they register with casting agencies. A compendium of solid film industry information, invaluable advice for newcomers, illustrative anecdotal stories of her own experiences, practical tips for securing background acting jobs, locating legitimate casting agencies, as well as becoming both comfortable and professional on the set, 'The Truth To Being An Extra' should be found in every college Theatre Department's reference collection and considered 'must reading' for anyone aspiring to a background acting gig.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Author and veteran movie extra Jo Kelly candidly shares her experience in the field of background acting for films in Los Angeles, CA. Included in this handy guide is contact information for casting agencies and casting agenies, calling services, production studios, and tips for how to join the Screen Actors Guild. The business of background acting (from tracking expenses, finding the location of the shoot, and where to turn for tax preparation help) are also covered. This is an excellent gift book for any aspiring actor interested in learning the ropes of show business and finding his-or-her way around LA. Give one to your community theatre director and pass the information on to others who'd like to work as a movie extra.