How to find Local Auditions and Extra work

How to find paid acting and extra work

So… You want to be in a Film?

For those people who do not live in Los Angeles, New York or Chicago, finding auditions may not always be easy.

There really is no huge database of every audition in the country organized by city or town. Most auditions are not national or nationwide. Sure the large Reality Shows will sometimes travel cross country and schedule auditions from coast to coast but movie productions will not.

Most movies will cast their small parts, extras and speaking extras from locals in the area that they are shooting in.

Yes, I know you may be thinking that you have seen the ads on multiple websites that promise high paying extra work in any city–well, for a fee. I have even seen some that go as far as telling you that if you do not live near the production, producers will fly you over. That is simply not true. Extras are always cast locally.

The reason is economic. Extras are paid minimum wage and are usually used as background for scenes that need lots of people. Anyone can be an extra because it does not require any skill. If you were in charge of production would you fly someone in just to pay them minimum wage to stand around, of course not.

So now that you know where not to look, you may be asking “where should I look?”. The answer is easy, within your own community.

When productions come to small towns its usually a big deal and you will see information about it in local papers and on local news sites. For larger cities you may need to check with the States Film Commissions.

Most states have a Film Commission that helps production companies. The Film Commissions will normally list all crew and casting calls on their website along with contact information and production schedules.

Another way to find paid extra work and small parts is to register with your local extras casting directors. Not all cities have dedicated extras casting directors, but cities that do a lot of production work such as Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Detroit and many others will. If you don’t know who the casting directors are, call your local film commission and ask them.

Here is a list of State Film Commissions you can start with.

The State Film Commissions are listed by State in alphabetical order.

ALABAMA

ALABAMA FILM OFFICE
401 Adams Avenue, Suite 170
Montgomery, AL 36104
Main Phone: (334) 242-4195
www.alabamafilm.org

ALASKA

ALASKA FILM PROGRAM
550 SW 7th Ave. #1770
Anchorage, AK 99501
(907) 269-8190
www.film.alaska.gov

ARIZONA

ARIZONA FILM COMMISSION
1700 W Washington St #600
Phoenix, AZ 85007
602-771-1100
www.azcommerce.com/film

ARKANSAS

ARKANSAS FILM OFFICE
900 West Capitol Ave #400
Little Rock, AR 72201
(501) 682-7676
http://arkansasedc.com/arkansas-film-commission.aspx

CALIFORNIA

CALIFORNIA FILM COMMISSION
7080 Hollywood Blvd. #900
Hollywood, CA 90028
(800) 858-4749
(323) 860-2960
http://www.film.ca.gov/

COLORADO

COLORADO FILM COMMISSION
1625 Broadway, Suite 2700
Denver, Colorado 80202
(303) 592-4075
www.coloradofilm.org

CONNECTICUT

CONNECTICUT FILM, VIDEO & MEDIA OFFICE
505 Hudson St.
Hartford, Ct 06108
860-270-8000
www.ctfilm.com

DELAWARE

DELAWARE FILM OFFICE
Wilmington Office (302) 577-8477
Dover Office (302) 739-4271
http://dedo.delaware.gov/Film.shtml

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

WASHINGTON DC OFFICE OF MOTION PICTURE & TV DEVELOPMENT
3007 Tilden Street NW, Pod P
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 727-6608
http://film.dc.gov/DC/FILM/

FLORIDA

FLORIDA FILM COMMISSION
Governor’s Office of Film and Entertainment
Executive Office of the Governor
The Capitol
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
Phone: (850) 410-4765
Toll Free: (877) FLA-FILM
Fax: (850) 410-4770
www.filminflorida.com

GEORGIA

GEORGIA FILM & VIDEO TAPE OFFICE
(404) 962-4055
http://www.georgia.org/GEORGIAINDUSTRIES/
ENTERTAINMENT/FILMTV/Pages/default.aspx

HAWAII

HAWAII FILM OFFICE
250 S Hotel St 5th Floor
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 586-2570
www.hawaiifilmoffice.com

IDAHO

IDAHO FILM BUREAU
700 W. State Street
Boise, ID 83720
(208) 334-2470
www.filmidaho.com

ILLINOIS

ILLINOIS FILM OFFICE
100 W. Randolph, STE. 3-400
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 814-3600
http://www.illinoisfilm.biz/

INDIANA

INDIANA FILM COMMISSION
One North Capitol Ave #700
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 234-2037
http://www.in.gov/film/

IOWA

IOWA FILM OFFICE
200 East Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309
(515) 725-3024
http://www.iowalifechanging.com/film/

KANSAS

KANSAS FILM COMMISSION
1000 S.W. Jackson Street Suite 100
Topeka, Kansas 66612-1354
(785) 296-2178
www.filmkansas.com

KENTUCKY

KENTUCKY FILM OFFICE
500 Mero Street
2200 Capital Plaza Tower
Frankfort, KY 40601
(800) 345-6591
(502) 564-3456
http://filmoffice.ky.gov/

LOUISIANA

LOUISIANA FILM AND TELEVISION DEVELOPMENT
Capitol Annex Building
1051 N. Third St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
(225) 342-5403
www.lafilm.org
http://www.louisianaentertainment.gov/film/default.cfm

MAINE

MAINE FILM OFFICE
59 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
(207) 624-9828
www.filminmaine.com

MARYLAND

MARYLAND FILM OFFICE
401 East Pratt Street, 14th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 767-6340
www.marylandfilm.org

MASSACHUSETTS

MASSACHUSETTS FILM OFFICE
10 Park Plaza, Suite 4510
Boston, Massachusetts, 02116
(617) 973-8400
http://www.mafilm.org/

MICHIGAN

MICHIGAN FILM OFFICE
300 North Washington Square 4th Floor
Lansing, MI 48913
(800) 477-3456
(517) 373-3456
http://www.michiganfilmoffice.org/

MINNESOTA

MINNESOTA FILM and TV BOARD
401 N. 3rd St., Suite 440
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 767-0095
www.mnfilmtv.org

MISSISSIPPI

MISSISSIPPI FILM OFFICE
501 North West St 5th Floor
Jackson, MS 39201
(601) 359-3297
www.filmmississippi.org
http://www.visitmississippi.org/ms-film-office.aspx

MISSOURI

MISSOURI FILM OFFICE
301 West High Street, Suite 720
Jefferson City, MO 65101
573-522-1288
www.mofilm.org

MONTANA

MONTANA FILM OFFICE
301 S. Park Ave.
Helena, MT 59620
(800) 553-4563
(406) 841-2876
www.montanafilm.com

NEBRASKA

NEBRASKA FILM OFFICE
P.O. Box 98907
Lincoln, NE 68509-8907
402-471-3746
www.filmnebraska.org
http://www.neded.org/nebraska-film-office-home

NEVADA

NEVADA FILM OFFICE
555 E. Washington Ave., Suite 5400
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 486-2711
www.nevadafilm.com

NEVADA FILM OFFICE (RENO & TAHOE)
808 West Nye Lane
Carson City, Nevada 89703
(775) 687-9900
www.nevadafilm.com

NEW HAMPSHIRE

NEW HAMPSHIRE FILM OFFICE
20 Park Street
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-2220
www.nh.gov/film

NEW JERSEY

NEW JERSEY MOTION PICTURES & FILM OFFICE
153 Halsey Street – 5th Floor
P.O. Box 47023
Newark, New Jersey 07101
(973) 648-6279
www.njfilm.org

NEW MEXICO

NEW MEXICO FILM OFFICE
1600 Saint Michael’s Drive
Santa Fe, NM. 87505
(505) 476-5600
(800) 545-9871
www.nmfilm.com

NEW YORK

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNOR’S FILM OFFICE
633 Third Ave. 33rd Floor
New York, NY 10017
(212) 803-2330
www.nylovesfilm.com

NORTH CAROLINA

THE NORTH CAROLINA FILM OFFICE
301 N. Wilmington St
Raleigh, NC 27601
(866) 468-2273
(919) 733-9900
www.ncfilm.com

NORTH DAKOTA

NORTH DAKOTA FILM COMMISSION
1600 E. Century Ave. #2
Bismarck, ND 58503
(701) 328-2525
www.ndtourism.com

OHIO

OHIO FILM COMMISSION
77 South High Street 29th Floor
Columbus, Oh 42316
(614) 644-5156
www.discoverohiofilm.com

OKLAHOMA

OKLAHOMA FILM and MUSIC OFFICE
120 N Robinson Ave Suite 600
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
(800) 766-3456
(405) 230-8440
www.oklahomafilm.org
http://www.ok.gov/oklahomafilm/

OREGON

OREGON FILM & VIDEO OFFICE
1001 SE Water Avenue, Suite 430
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 229-5832
www.oregonfilm.org

PENNSYLVANIA

PENNSYLVANIA FILM OFFICE
Commonwealth Keystone Bldg
400 North St 4th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17120
(717) 783-3456
www.filminpa.com

PUERTO RICO

PUERTO RICO FILM COMMISSION
(787) 758-4747
www.puertoricofilm.com
http://puertoricofilm.info/portal/

RHODE ISLAND

RHODE ISLAND FILM & TV OFFICE
One Capital Hill
Providence, RI 02908
(401) 222-3456
(401) 222-3018 Fax
www.film.ri.gov

SOUTH CAROLINA

SOUTH CAROLINA FILM OFFICE
1205 Pendleton St., Rm. 225
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 737-0490
(803) 737-3104 Fax
www.scfilmoffice.com

SOUTH DAKOTA

SOUTH DAKOTA FILM COMMISSION
711 East Wells Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501
(605) 773-3301
www.filmsd.com

TENNESSEE

TENNESSEE FILM COMMISSION
312 Rosa L. Parks Ave., 10th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
(615) 741-3456
http://www.state.tn.us/film/

TEXAS

TEXAS FILM COMMISSION
PO Box 13246
Austin, TX 78711
(512) 463-9200
www.governor.state.tx.us/film/

UTAH

UTAH FILM COMMISSION
300 N. State St.
Salt Lake City, UT 84114
(801) 538-8740
www.film.utah.gov

VERMONT

VERMONT FILM COMMISSION
10 Baldwin Street
Montpelier, VT 05633
(802) 828-3618
www.vermontfilm.com

VIRGINIA

VIRGINIA FILM OFFICE
901 East Byrd Street
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 545-5530
www.film.virginia.org

WASHINGTON

WASHINGTON STATE FILM OFFICE
1218 Third Avenue, Suite 1709
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 264-0667
www.filmwashington.com
http://www.washingtonfilmworks.org/

WASHINGTON DC

WASHINGTON DC OFFICE OF MOTION PICTURE & TV DEVELOPMENT
3007 Tilden Street NW, Pod P
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 727-6608
http://film.dc.gov/DC/FILM/

WEST VIRGINIA

WEST VIRGINIA FILM OFFICE
90 MacCorkle Avenue SW
South Charleston, WV 25303
866.6WV.FILM
(304) 957-9382
www.wvfilm.com
http://wvfilm.wvcommerce.org/default.aspx

WISCONSIN

WISCONSIN FILM OFFICE
648 N. Plankinton Rd. Suite 425
Milwaukee WI 53203
414-287-4251
http://www.filmwisconsin.net/

WYOMING

WYOMING FILM OFFICE
1520 Etchepare Circle
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82007
(307) 777-3400
www.filmwyoming.com

 

3 thoughts on “How to find Local Auditions and Extra work

  1. Grace berry

    I am 13 years old and I have been told I am a really good actor. I have no experience and I can not fly all around the US to get a gig. I’m home schooled so my agenda is flexible. Please tell me of any auditions in Tennessee or it’s neighboring states.

  2. Cynthia Williamson

    My grandson is a born actor and a comedian please call me. I will bring him anywhere in the usa!
    Cynthia Williamson.

  3. rayona mincey

    I am 12 years old and been ripped of by jrp. They wanted me to pay them, they should be paying me. I can act really good and I’m not afraid.

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