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Q. I have no acting experience; can I still be an Extra?

A. Absolutely! Most of our Extras start out with no experience. Just register and see where it takes you. It can be a lot of fun!

Q. Do I get paid as an Extra?

A. Yes. Non-union rate is $85 or more for up to 8hrs, overtime after that. Union rate is currently $171/8 hrs.

Q. Why is my social security number needed?

A. Nonunion extras who are receiving the union rate must be cleared through SAG-AFTRA to make sure their status is approved. The social security number is what is required to check status.  If your status report says NOT CLEARED or MUST PAY, you may not work and get paid on a union rate, but may do so ONLY on a nonunion rate.

When a nonunion background extra wants to join the SAG-AFTRA Union, a Taft-Hartley report must be given to them a total of three times to be eligible. Each time they are given the Taft-Hartley report, the casting director is required to submit their information to SAG-AFTRA, which will include their social security number.  For more information regarding joining the union go to SAG-AFTRA.org.

Q. I am not a US Citizen. Can I still sign up to be an Extra with Hawaii Casting-on-Demand?

A. Yes you can, if you have the proper IDs/documents.

Q. I have another job. Can I still be an Extra on days off?

A. Yes. When you register with Hawaii Casting-on-Demand, you will be asked what days you are available. Remember, however, a typical day can be 10-12 hours long. But it is still fun to be able to pick and choose what days you want to work.

Q. Do I have to buy a special wardrobe?

A. Not usually. But, you will be asked to bring an appropriate outfit for the type of part you are playing such as a swim suit, board shorts, local Hawaii business attire, etc.

Q. Will I be able to take photos or get autographs from the stars on set?

A. Absolutely not! Leave your camera at home. You will be required to behave professionally.

Q. Will Hawaii casting-on-Demand take photos of me?

A. Yes. We will send you an email next time we do a casting call to come in  to do a “meet and greet” and to take a casting photo.  We usually do a casting call once a month.

Q: Can I bring my laptop to work on some work or school stuff?

A. No. Do not bring anything valuable to set. We will not be responsible for any loss or damages. But feel free to bring a book or magazine to have during downtime. You may have your cell phone but please make sure it is turned off while on set.

Q: I have kids, may I bring them with me?

A. Unfortunately, no. All productions are very strict in making sure no one brings anyone with them for liability reasons. There are no exceptions.


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