Film and Television Extras

Film Extras During Shoot

Film and television extras, also known as background performers, have the nonspeaking roles in films and TV shows. They work in the background of film scenes, following the orders of directors and crew members. They may work in crowd scenes, or may simply be one of a few people among the principal performers.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Background Performers, Special Ability Extras, Stand-Ins
Duties Appear in nonspeaking roles in films and TV shows
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in Los Angeles and New York City
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • English
  • Speech
  • Theater/Dance
Experience Experience acting in school or local theater productions
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Outgoing
  • Drawing/Design
  • Performance
  • Music
  • and Acting
  • Public Speaking
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Poor
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Film and Television Director
  • Principal Actor
  • Special Ability Extra or Day Player
  • Film and Television Extra