Television Extra Work – the laziest job to have?

People ask me now that I’ve graduated ‘so what are you doing for work now?’

Extra work/Background artist/Support artist whatever you want to call it. It’s basically the people who are making the background look busy. My brother recommended it to me after my agent advertised for people to join his new books, and I’ve been doing it ever since.

You don’t need any qualifications, you don’t need any specific studies, just a form of reliable transport and excellent punctuality. You don’t have to be a morning person, but being able to wake up at 4am to travel to an early call time is a must.

Is it that time to name drop? I’ve work with: Hollyoaks, Coronation Street, Fresh Meat, Pepsi, Mastercard, The National Lottery, Virgin Trains and many more around the Northwest.

If I wasn’t sitting around on set and getting paid, I’d probably just be sitting around at home and not earning a dime. The pros definitely outweigh the cons, especially if you’re able to meet new people to have fun with and network at the same time! So, it’s a great way for me to enjoy freelancing whilst not needing to pop to the dole office.

They’ve made a snazzy behind the scenes of the making of the Virgin Trains advert here, so you can see all the handwork that went into it.


Television Extra Work – the laziest job to have?

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