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Photos | How To Get The Most Out Of Being An Extra


Posted by: Paul on Thursday 30th December 2021

 

 

Getting the most of being an extra means helping us give you the best possible chance of securing work, and nothing is more important to that than your Profile Photos. Casters and Production teams need to see your features and uniqueness clearly and quickly. Great Profile Pictures are the very big first step in the right direction, so you need to ensure you put your best photos forward and, crucially, keep them up to date.


In this mini-series of blog posts we want to review and discuss some of the aspects that you should know if you want to get the most out of being an extra.

"NEW YEAR, NEW YOU!"

Time and time again, you will hear this, but it is vitally important that you are viewed “as you really are”. To make the most of your photos, it’s important that you keep them as up-to-date as possible. If you’ve recently had a haircut, lost some weight or even added a new (visible) tattoo to your collection, please make sure to snap some updated shots of yourself and upload them to your profile. Your profile photos are what productions see when they are deciding whether to book you for a role, so it really is important that they are seeing a true reflection of how you are at present.

THE RULES OF THE GAME

All photos uploaded to our website are moderated fairly and without prejudice by real people and they accept or reject your profile photos based on industry-standard criteria. If your photos follow our guidelines [link to guidelines] then they will be reviewed and accepted quickly.

Fortunately, in this age of great cameras on smartphones, it is not difficult to produce good photos that are acceptable to Film & TV Productions if you spend a little bit of time in preparation and planning. Keep in mind that it’s 100% about “You” and the images need to show this, and nothing else.

  • Find a suitable place to take your photos - uncluttered, no-distractions from you, and preferably, a plain white wall.
    • So...no clothes on the floor, cool posters from Uni on the wall, door frames or your pet cat please!
  • Wear casual clothing and completely avoid any items that may restrict or hide your features such as jackets, hats, scarfs, sunglasses, etc.
  • Keep a straight face, standing straight on and looking directly into the camera.
    • Use a timer or ask a friend to help you take your photos so can look directly at camera.
  • Please ensure that the photos you submit can be uploaded directly to the UVE Artiste mobile app or our website without the need for any editing.
  • 'Standard Head & Shoulders' photos should feature you in the centre of the shot without cutting off your hair.
  • Full Body photos should show you from head-to-toe, or head-to-ankle.
  • Your standard photos must be in full colour.
  • You must wear unrestrictive plain clothing, for example a t-shirt or top – we love you exactly as you are...and Productions will too!
  • Make sure that the lighting is good and that there are no shadows or other distractions.
  • The quality must be sharp and not blurry – thank heavens for digital photos!

Some More Pointers

Should I wear glasses in my photos?

If you are able to work without them, you should not wear glasses in your main photos. If you would have to wear your glasses to be able to work, i.e. because you would be bumping into things otherwise and you do not wear contact lenses, then you can wear them in your standard photos.

How should I have my hair?

The key is that we can see the length of your hair in your photos, so please do not tie it up. Letting your hair down and pulling it in front of you will allow us to see the length, colour & style, which is desirable in casting because production teams can then easily see how the hair and make-up department will be able to work with you for the role. Don’t forget to update your profile pictures if you’ve changed hair style or colour!

Should I wear full makeup?

Whilst it is fine to wear makeup in your photos, it is not essential and we would recommend keeping it simple so that we have photos of you looking natural. Once you are a fully activated member with us, there is an advanced photo option called 'Unkempt (Hair & Makeup Not Done)' - uploading this type of photo will again give our Casting Team greater flexibility when putting you forward for work if you are wearing makeup in your standard photos.

The UVE Artiste app is the most effective and quickest way of uploading photos from your phone direct to your profile? Our exclusive app is available to download for FREE to all UVE Supporting Artistes on The App Store and Google Play. Download it today, and happy snapping!

AND REMEMBER THIS

  • Do not re-upload rejected photos multiple times as it will simply be rejected again, wasting your time. Instead, refer to the guidance provided and retake the photo.
  • If you still have questions, please contact us on 0345 0090 044 and select ‘Artistes Support’ or email enquiries@universalextras.co.uk.
  • If a photo gets rejected, please take a look at the email you will have received, which will provide useful individual feedback relating directly to your image and why it was rejected. You can then take another photo with this in mind.

For a more in-depth reminder, with some examples of the rules in practise, why not take a look at our blog post “Your Ultimate Profile Photo Guide!”

If you follow these guidelines, we’re confident that you can get suitable photos accepted and that will give you the best chance of securing work.

NEXT TIME...

We talk about the importance of keeping your measurements accurate and up to date.

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