So we’re here.. at the series finale. And we need A LOT of extras.
We’re holding an open casting call for ages 9+ this FRIDAY, Nov 4th, from 12pm-6pm at:
Fincannon & Associates
1235 N 23rd St, Wilmington, NC 28405
You don’t need to bring anything, but you do need to be available on Saturday Nov 5th or Tuesday Nov 8th.
We will also be looking for featured extras that can cheer or play basketball.
Come on out!
We are quickly approaching full capacity for our days in Kinston. If you haven’t submitted yet, do so with a quickness!
Submit a picture with your name, age, and phone number to email@example.com
Title the email “KINSTON extras”
Make sure you are available to be in Kinston all day, both days.
We will have 200 people on Tuesday, and 125 on Wednesday, so we won’t need everyone back on Wednesday.
How many questions do the fans have about One Tree Hill? I know this season, especially, is a big, giant mystery. There have been a lot of leaks, some true, some are way, way off. I guess you’ll find out which are which starting in January. But with such a long wait, why not ask a few questions?
So tweet your number ONE question to @OTHextras and we’ll be putting them up here in the coming days. Yours might just get answered!
We will need about 125 extras- but not in Wilmington, NC. Out of town! So if you’re in the Kinston, NC area, or are willing to be in mid- to late- September, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the title “KINSTON Extras”
We’ll keep you updated here, keep checking back!
This is straight-up for YOUR information!
How to sign up to be on file:
Email email@example.com with a recent picture, your name, phone number, and age.
How to see when we need extras:
Best way- check Wilmington, NC craigslist to see exactly what days we are looking for extras. When we need big numbers or new faces, we will post on Craigslist. We also send out tweets: @OTHextras, and emails to those who are already on file.
Also- calling on Monday or Wednesday around 12pm to see if we have any extras’ work coming up at 910-251-1500
We will send out an email the day before your work day. It includes what to wear, where to go, what to bring, etc.
Please know this: We can’t tell you how long you’ll be there, because there is no set schedule. If it takes 10 takes to get the scene, that’s a lot longer than getting it in 3 takes. You’re there for as long as it takes to get the work done. This is why your etiquette comes into play, especially on big days. Stay quiet, remember your places, don’t bring phones on set, don’t talk to anyone, and move quietly. And always listen to the ADs and PAs.
We also don’t know until sometimes the afternoon of the day before, because every day’s start time depends on the day’s before end time. So once we know, we’ll send out the email. Hang tight for your info, we won’t forget to send it.
On the day you work:
Here’s a little insider info to glean some understanding from you folks: We need a certain number of extras each time that we have extras. Say we’re at Karen’s Cafe, and we need 30 patrons, and 3 staff. If you’re staff, you’re one of 3. If you don’t show, that’s VERY noticeable, and VERY bad. It’s bad enough even if you’re a patron, 1 out of 30- but we’ve even had cops just not show, after being specifically fit for a cop’s uniform. And then I get angry looks and guilt trips for not getting extras to show up. So once you confirm with us, this is your job for that day. If your other job calls you in, too bad. Tell them you’re working your other job. If you get sick, give us more than an hour’s notice. If your car magically breaks down, bummer for you. We won’t use you again. My scary part is done. WARNED!
On the other side of extras not showing, sometimes we have too many:
BE ON TIME, we always overbook because there are always people who just don’t show (and when you just don’t show, we usually won’t ask you to work again. Ever.) So once we hit our number, or go past the call time, we have to start turning people away. Sometimes production will allow a few extras over our numbers, but most often, they don’t want to spend extra money. So be on time. That means parked in plenty of time to get in a van and get to extras’ holding and get signed in. And remember, the van drivers are not extras casting reps, they may tell you to go to catering first because it’s on the way to extras holding, but we’ve had people come in late because of decisions like that. So say thanks, but I want to make sure I get signed in, and then I’ll go grab food.
However, we ALWAYS try to make sure we sign you up for another day if we have to turn you away. We don’t want to turn ANYONE away, especially people that actually show up, but it comes down to production’s decision.
BRING AN ID and know your Social Security # or we may not be able to use you. And it can’t be expired.
If you’re a minor, you don’t need an ID, but you do need to know your Social, and you need a guardian on set all day with you.
Make sure you have plenty of wardrobe choices. Even if you’re not sure if it’s right- Bring it. I’m not wardrobe, but wardrobe WILL get upset with me if extras don’t bring enough choices. All I can do is tell you what to bring, I can’t go into your closets, but I will get aggravated if I get snide remarks from wardrobe for YOU not bringing enough clothing options. Just remember- the more choices, the better. Then, at least, you’re giving them something to choose from.
And ALWAYS, ALWAYS plan on having all day available before you even ask to be an extra for a certain day. Don’t ask what time, or where, because we won’t know until the day before. If you’re calling to be an extra on a Wednesday, and we say, “Yes, we do need extras that day” and you say “Ok, what time? Because I have class at 3.” we will really, really not want to continue that conversation. Any day that you tell US you’re available, it better mean ALL DAY. Just sign yourself over to One Tree Hill. No questions asked.
Who wouldn’t want to be ours for a day, anyway?
Thought that having a bit more than 140 characters would make it easier to mass-produce some info for ya!
We have a slow week this week, as far as extras go. However, tomorrow we do need an older gentleman, as well as a young lady to play a secretary. These both work tomorrow late afternoon. Submit via firstname.lastname@example.org with a picture, name, age, and phone number.
Also- we’re moving to a more internet-based casting method. In the old days, we were very analog; having people sign up with paper and filing those away in a giant filing system. And finding one extra’s card among tens of thousands was just not fair, or time-efficient. It also caused a lot of resentment among our interns and assitants, not making them like the business of casting, but rather- depsising it for all of the leg work involved. This is a creative business, and casting especially can involve a lot of artistic input. Think of it as set-decorating with people. With our old methods and tuckered-out people, we started seeing too many extras being cast too many times, making scenes unbelievable and ruining continuity.
So starting this season, we’ve begun having everyone also send an email. This allows us an electronic filing system, where we can type in your name and pull you right up when you call in. It’s allowed a lot of creativity, with pictures being right in front of us, so we could picture the scene we were creating, as well as allowing us to mark who we’ve used, and for what. It’s also allowed us to bring in people who otherwise may not have been able to sign up as an extra- people on vacation, or from out of town, even out of country.
Now, we get angry calls from extras who complain that they aren’t used as much as they used to be, and the new way we’re doing things isn’t fair. I don’t really get how it’s not fair- I tend to think it is only more so, as now more people have access to becoming an extra. It’s also more fair to us and to the show, to have a wider array of background actors to choose from. Not to mention, if you are an aspiring actor, I only think you should be understanding as to why we can’t use you as much if you were seen in every episode of seasons 4-7.
But, you know, we can’t win ‘em all.