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  • Backstage Experts Answer: 14 Reasons Extra Work Won’t Jumpstart Your Career

    This week, our Backstage Experts answer a question several readers asked on Facebook: Is working as an extra a good way to get noticed by agents/casting directors—especially outside of the NYC and L.A. areas?
    Here are several answers from industry professionals spanning different areas of this business to give you some perspective!
    Wondering what this new column is all about? Backstage Experts Answer takes your questions and brings them to our incredible network of Experts. If you missed last week, check out “12 Tips for Where to Begin Your Acting Career,” and see how to get your acting questions answered at the bottom of this article!
    Carolyne Barry, on-camera and commercial teacherUnless you are working to get your SAG-AFTRA vouchers or want experience being on a set and/or need the money you make doing extra work, I have reasons (regarding undermining confidence and getting bad industry information) as to why actors do not benefit from working as background for more than a few times. And I really don’t believe it is a good way to get noticed by agents and casting directors in major or minor markets. Agents don’t come to working sets very often and if they do their focus is on the clients and

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