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Amy

The Total Package - 'Dinner Party' Photos

Posted by Amy on Tuesday 9th April 2019
The Total Package - 'Dinner Party' Photos

Here at Uni-versal Extras we often get praised by our Productions on how great our Extras and Supporting Artists look. When casting our Booking...Read More

Amy

The Universal Extras Phone Book

Posted by Amy on Tuesday 9th April 2019
The Universal Extras Phone Book

Your phone rings but you don't recognise the number, What do you do? Do you answer or do you ignore it and risk missing out on whatever is...Read More

Amy

Film Open Castings in Bristol & Cardiff

Posted by Amy on Tuesday 2nd April 2019
Film Open Castings in Bristol & Cardiff

Uni-versalEXTRAS are holding open castings in Cardiff and Bristol for new members to register as film & TV extras in South Wales and South...Read More

Amy

The Clothes Make The Production

Posted by Amy on Tuesday 26th March 2019
The Clothes Make The Production

As the Bard himself is often misquoted "The clothes maketh the man", and Costumes really do make the film complete! In this post, we look at...Read More

Amy

Feeling Good Being Paper Free

Posted by Amy on Wednesday 13th March 2019
Feeling Good Being Paper Free

Ever thought that your onset experience could be streamlined? We have. With our new ‘chitless’ mobile app available to our Productions we...Read More

Amy

The Easy Way To Be Pencilled

Posted by Amy on Tuesday 12th March 2019
The Easy Way To Be Pencilled

You asked. We listened. So Uni-versal Extras are changing – bringing in a faster, easier way to Pencil. As part of our ongoing quest to...Read More

Amy

Film Extras Open Castings in Manchester

Posted by Amy on Thursday 7th March 2019
Film Extras Open Castings in Manchester

Uni-versalEXTRAS are holding an open casting in Manchester for new members to register as film & TV extras this March. If you want to work...Read More

Amy

Film Extras Open Castings in London

Posted by Amy on Friday 1st March 2019
Film Extras Open Castings in London

Uni-versalEXTRAS are holding open castings in London for new members to register as film & TV extras this March. If you want to work as...Read More

Amy

The FAA is Going Up

Posted by Amy on Wednesday 6th February 2019
The FAA is Going Up

It's all about the money. Extra work is a great, fun way to make money and it's getting better. This March 2019, the FAA pay rates are due to...Read More

Amy

Award Winning Extras

Posted by Amy on Tuesday 5th February 2019
Award Winning Extras

At Universal Extras, we have been lucky enough to work on some of the best Films and TV over the last 13 years. During Award Season we see...Read More

Lucy

Feel Good Rom Coms With Fancy Extras

Posted by Lucy on Tuesday 5th February 2019
Feel Good Rom Coms With Fancy Extras

It’s the most romantic day of the year and whether you love it or hate it, we are all guilty of having a little cry to our favourite Romantic...Read More

Amy

In The Eyes Of Production

Posted by Amy on Tuesday 22nd January 2019
In The Eyes Of Production

From your location, appearance, clothing sizes and skills, your profile is bursting with information that our Casting Agents will search on...Read More

Amy

Perfect Pictures First Time

Posted by Amy on Tuesday 22nd January 2019
Perfect Pictures First Time

Photos, No one likes getting that little message from our Photo Moderation Team saying they couldn't accept their pictures! But your photos...Read More

Amy

Inspirational Quotes to Start your New Year

Posted by Amy on Monday 7th January 2019
Inspirational Quotes to Start your New Year

With the glow of the festive season fading into the winter months, it can be hard to be inspired and positive about the year ahead. In this...Read More

Amy

New Year, New You

Posted by Amy on Thursday 3rd January 2019
New Year, New You

As 2018 steps down to let 2019 take over, we are thinking about New Years Resolutions. I know you are thinking 'Oh no, not another New Year,...Read More

Amy

Registering as an Extra Has Never Been Easier

Posted by Amy on Monday 19th November 2018
Registering as an Extra Has Never Been Easier

Here at Uni-versal Extras, we recently added the functionality to allow extras to pay their listing fee online via our website, 24/7. We also...Read More

Amy

You Can Always Reach Uni-versal Extras

Posted by Amy on Monday 19th November 2018
You Can Always Reach Uni-versal Extras

We are always looking at ways to improve our service for the fantastic extras on our books. If you called our office recently, you will already...Read More

Amy

5 Frightful Films with Fearsome Extras

Posted by Amy on Wednesday 17th October 2018
5 Frightful Films with Fearsome Extras

Something wicked is on its way, yes it’s Halloween! Time to stay up late, lock the doors, hide under your duvet and let scary films chill...Read More

Amy

Film Extras Open Castings in Kingston & Watford

Posted by Amy on Wednesday 3rd October 2018
Film Extras Open Castings in Kingston & Watford

Uni-versalEXTRAS are holding open castings in Kingston and Watford for new members to register as film & TV extras this October. If you...Read More

William

Casting Call: TV Show in North Wales

Posted by William on Wednesday 22nd August 2018
Casting Call: TV Show in North Wales

We are soon casting a TV show in North Wales, specifically Bangor and the surrounding areas. Now is your chance to get involved as a TV extra! TV...Read More

Amy

Filming Issues, Booking Problems & Cancellations

Posted by Amy on Wednesday 15th August 2018
Filming Issues, Booking Problems & Cancellations

As the famous Scottish poet, Robert Burns once said - "the best-laid plans of mice and men often go astray". We understand that no matter...Read More

Amy

Why Apply for a Basic Disclosure Certificate?

Posted by Amy on Wednesday 1st August 2018
Why Apply for a Basic Disclosure Certificate?

They say never to work with children or animals, but where would the fun be in that? Some of the UK's biggest TV production companies require...Read More

William

School's Out for Summer - Student Profile Expiry

Posted by William on Thursday 5th July 2018
School's Out for Summer - Student Profile Expiry

It's that time of year when university term times are coming to an end, which also means that many students will be expiring with Uni-versalEXTRAS....Read More

William

Film Extras Open Castings in Oxford & Birmingham

Posted by William on Friday 1st June 2018
Film Extras Open Castings in Oxford & Birmingham

Uni-versalEXTRAS are holding open castings in Birmingham and Oxford for new members to register as film & TV extras in June. If you want...Read More

Amy

Are You Ready For Activation?

Posted by Amy on Thursday 26th April 2018
Are You Ready For Activation?

When registering as a non-student film and TV extra with Uni-versalEXTRAS, you will need to complete our simple step-by-step application process....Read More

Amy

Extra Work: A Student Perspective

Posted by Amy on Tuesday 24th April 2018
Extra Work: A Student Perspective

Did you know that Uni-versal Extras was started by a student for students? The company was founded to offer students rewarding and well-paid...Read More

William

Explained: What to Wear for Your Main Photos

Posted by William on Wednesday 28th March 2018
Explained: What to Wear for Your Main Photos

As we state in our Welcome Pack, your photos are the single most important factor when it comes to securing work as an extra. This guide provides...Read More

William

Film Open Castings in Scotland

Posted by William on Wednesday 28th March 2018
Film Open Castings in Scotland

Uni-versalEXTRAS are holding open castings in Edinburgh and Glasgow for new members to register as film & TV extras in Scotland.  Open...Read More

William

Film Open Castings in Cardiff & Bristol

Posted by William on Wednesday 7th March 2018
Film Open Castings in Cardiff & Bristol

Uni-versalEXTRAS are holding open castings in Cardiff and Bristol for new members to register as film & TV extras in South Wales and South...Read More

Amy

Explained: Booking Confirmation via Text

Posted by Amy on Wednesday 7th February 2018
Explained: Booking Confirmation via Text

We are making some changes to simplify our booking process for extras and supporting artists. If you have recently been booked, you may have...Read More

William

Hiring Now: Senior Casting Agent

Posted by William on Friday 2nd February 2018
Hiring Now: Senior Casting Agent

Due to extensive growth, Uni-versalEXTRAS are seeking multiple experienced Casting Agents to join our busy team based at Pinewood Film Studios....Read More

William

Film Open Castings in Manchester & Leeds

Posted by William on Wednesday 17th January 2018
Film Open Castings in Manchester & Leeds

Uni-versalEXTRAS are holding open castings in Manchester and Leeds for new members to register as Film & TV Extras in Yorkshire and North...Read More

Amy

5 Festive Films with Fabulous Extras

Posted by Amy on Tuesday 12th December 2017
5 Festive Films with Fabulous Extras

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, it’s time to flick on the fairy lights, curl up on the sofa with a warm blanket and bowl of popcorn...Read More

Catherine Scovell

A Film Extra's Tale of Friendship

Posted by Catherine Scovell on Friday 24th November 2017
A Film Extra's Tale of Friendship

A member of Uni-versalEXTRAS discusses how she and the other supporting artists cast as the Verdi Ladies in Florence Foster Jenkins, became...Read More

William

Help Me! Are You Stuck On Our Website?

Posted by William on Thursday 28th September 2017
Help Me! Are You Stuck On Our Website?

‘Whoops! You may have had some photos removed or rejected’ – does that sound familiar? Or perhaps you are being directed somewhere by...Read More

William

Explained: Applying via the Job Board

Posted by William on Wednesday 30th August 2017
Explained: Applying via the Job Board

Fully activated members of Uni-versalEXTRAS can apply for roles via our Job Board, which is updated daily with fresh opportunities for extras...Read More

William

Help with Body Measurements

Posted by William on Thursday 27th July 2017
Help with Body Measurements

It might sound simple but body measurements are one of the most common things that people get wrong when registering with us for film &...Read More

William

My Weekly Magazine: Interview with a Film Extra

Posted by William on Friday 23rd June 2017
My Weekly Magazine: Interview with a Film Extra

Popular magazine My Weekly interviewed Mangala Harris about what it's like to be a supporting artiste and a member of Uni-versalEXTRAS. We've...Read More

Catherine Taylor

War Machine: An Extra’s Perspective

Posted by Catherine Taylor on Thursday 8th June 2017
War Machine: An Extra’s Perspective

A fascinating firsthand account of working as an extra for Netflix's War Machine feature film starring Brad Pitt and Tilda Swinton. Catherine...Read More

William

Proving Your Right to Work in the UK and/or Ireland

Posted by William on Thursday 11th May 2017
Proving Your Right to Work in the UK and/or Ireland

This article provides lots of useful tips and advice about the documents required to prove your right to work in the UK and/or Ireland for film...Read More

William

Our New Pay Slips Make Everything Clearer

Posted by William on Wednesday 26th April 2017
Our New Pay Slips Make Everything Clearer

Following feedback from members, many of you will have already noticed that over the last few months we successfully trialled and introduced...Read More

William

Feature Film Open Casting in Devon - Film Extras Wanted!

Posted by William on Monday 20th March 2017
Feature Film Open Casting in Devon - Film Extras Wanted!

Film extras wanted across Devon for a major feature film called The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, directed by Mike Newell (Harry...Read More

William

Updates to the FAA Pay Scheme for Film Extras

Posted by William on Monday 27th February 2017
Updates to the FAA Pay Scheme for Film Extras

We’ve got some fantastic news! BECTU have announced new rates for the Film Artistes Association (FAA) union pay scheme. This means that you’ll...Read More

William

Top Tips for Working in the Film & TV Industries

Posted by William on Friday 24th February 2017
Top Tips for Working in the Film & TV Industries

We would like to take a moment to clarify some key rules about working as an extra that could prevent you from facing a range of consequences...Read More

William

Awarded Best UK Film & TV Extras Casting Agency

Posted by William on Friday 13th January 2017
Awarded Best UK Film & TV Extras Casting Agency

TMT News magazine has announced the winners of the 2016 Entertainment Awards. Uni-versalEXTRAS are proud to have been named amongst a select...Read More

William

Photo Types & How We Use Them to Cast You

Posted by William on Monday 28th November 2016
Photo Types & How We Use Them to Cast You

Full members of Uni-versalEXTRAS can not only upload 10 photos to their profile, but also have the option to upload advanced photo types. These...Read More

William

Casting TV Extras in Bristol & Cardiff

Posted by William on Friday 21st October 2016
Casting TV Extras in Bristol & Cardiff

We are currently casting extras, walk-ons and supporting artists in Cardiff, Bristol and the surrounding areas. If you live near Cardiff or...Read More

William

Discount For British Forces Personnel

Posted by William on Wednesday 28th September 2016
Discount For British Forces Personnel

We've just added a discount for our heroes in the British Forces, which means that those who qualify can get even better value when registering...Read More

William

Photo Advice: The Perfect Background

Posted by William on Wednesday 31st August 2016
Photo Advice: The Perfect Background

Having trouble getting your Uni-versalEXTRAS profile photos accepted? This post will talk you through some of the basics and common issues relating...Read More

William

Be a Film Extra in Liverpool - Now Casting!

Posted by William on Monday 27th June 2016
Be a Film Extra in Liverpool - Now Casting!

Want to be a film extra in Liverpool? We are currently casting males and females for a major film, so if you've ever wanted to work in entertainment,...Read More

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