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CastingLingo

Understanding TV/film casting lingo

Lead, Co-lead, Principal, featured, background, supporting, U-5. These are the titles of some of the various roles in any given film/TV casting. But understanding what all these mean can be tricky and if you are unfamiliar with the lingo it can dampen your experience on set – especially if you mistake a featured role for […]

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I am doing background work at the moment, is it best to do a lot of it even stuff not in NYC?

It depends. I would say do as much of it as you want to and if it is exciting/inspiring to you. But, I should tell you that extra work basically never leads to anything else. It’s good resume-building stuff, but this idea people have of being discovered by the director because of the great background […]

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Acting Advice

Ask Me! – Extra work without credits?

Anonymous asked How do you become an extra actor/actress in NYC with no acting experience? Sign up with Casting Networks and submit to every background posting you see as soon as you see it. The earlier you submit, the more likely you are to be called. You can also submit a headshot to Grant Wilfley Casting.

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Acting Advice

Ask Me! – SAG voucher or waiver? A difference?

Anonymous asked Q: What is the difference between a SAG Waiver and SAG Voucher? A:  Good question! The SAG website is pretty behind and it’s not clear that they have the information up there yet. BUT, I just called them and this is the breakdown. A SAG Voucher is your paystub from a movie/TV show. If you […]

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Extra Extra!

I’ve avoided doing extra work for a long time after doing a ton of it in my early 20s. As a non-union actor it can be a lot of standing/sitting around for very little, if any, pay. When you enter the union world, you are treated slightly better. Your hours are monitored and you get […]

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