Some actors refuse to be extras (even with SAG wages and conditions). They don't want to be perceived as anything BUT a principal, or a lead.
I don't get it.
The current Screen Actors Guild day rate as an extra is $309, which is way more than any day job could net me.
It's not the most exciting way to spend a day, but I can certainly think of worse. For lunch we chose from:
- salmon cakes
- prime rib
- fettucine with a basil-alfredo sauce
- a bunch of other stuff I tried to cram onto my plate without making it obvious that I WAS CREATING TWO DISTINCT STRATA of amazing gourmet food.
So I worked yesterday AND booked another extra job for Friday.
It's humble and unassuming work that some people turn down, but I made my living this week as an actor.
That feels like success to me.