Brisbane is fast becoming a mecca for overseas big budget movie production as well as producing TVC’s and television series in the beautiful river city and its surrounds. The push has come, given our english speaking multicultural nature, amazing scenery and high level of expertise in producing amazing visual content for the local and world markets. The upside for actors or anyone thinking about starting out as an extra in the film industry is the large volume of work and jobs being created for actors and extras in movies and television commercials here in Brisbane.
We wrote this post after seeing a report on Nine local news last night. The piece was all positive for people looking at breaking into this field but unfortunately there was not a lot of information around getting started in this segment of the market.
Below we will lay out a plan and give you some great tips to get started in gaining access to all the new and exciting productions about to happen in the Sunshine State.
This first tip involves creating your CV. It’s how potential casting professionals will locate you and assess your suitability for roles be it for an extra in a movie or a well paid spot in an advertising commercial for a product or service.
Within the industry it’s you and your face that’s your selling point. A great headshot is your biggest asset in getting work and a professional photographer specialising in actors headshots is the magic bullet for gaining attention.
Because we work in the industry with close ties to Brisbane and interstate talent agencies professional photographers in this field know what’s going on locally and know which agencies are kicking goals for their talent.
Next is creating the written content to highlight you and any unique skillsets you may have. Say you can play a musical instrument or perhaps you're fluent in a second language. Perhaps you can ride a skateboard or can ride a horse. All these things count when writing your bio. The casting agents will use these specific keywords when looking for talent so make sure you list down all the things you think your good at.
Also something that can really be a boost and make you stand out from the crowd is the addition of a video of yourself talking a little about who you are. Start with who you are and any experience in theatre or hobbies you may have and the things we listed above like playing the guitar or riding a bike. Sometimes casting agents want to hear your voice to gain an insight to your suitability especially to a speaking role. But overall a video is just such a viable medium and it’s important to understand that this has to be professional as well as something with bad sound quality will actually harm your chances instead of enhancing…
Last but not least is finding a good agent who is in demand by talent scouts and casting professionals from advertising agencies and movie production companies. We suggest the age old practice of googling and calling to see who is accepting new talent as their books open and close week to week depending on demand. But in the meantime our big tip is to list your CV and headshot on starnow.com It’s a common go to for professionals looking for extras and talent for upcoming production. We know of extras who gained roles in “Thor Ragnarok” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” through Star Now.
If you're after a great actors headshot or a video showreel as a personal passport to some great roles visit our site here for more info
Good hunting and we look forward to seeing you on the big screen!