General Advice for Actors

By Aislinn Ní Uallacháin
Head of Casting @ www.extrasireland.com

Get a Life!
Being an Actor is hard and requires dedication but don’t let it dictate your entire life. When I was acting, I’d rarely go on holiday in case a job came up, only took classes that would look good on my CV and had a tendency to put acting before family, friends and personal life. It’s easy to get so swept up in the world of acting that it becomes your identity. Remember that being an actor is only one part of who you are and make the most of other opportunities to be happy. You are not your job.

Do You Fit In?
I know it can be disheartening when an audition doesn’t go your way, especially when you thought it went well. If you don’t get a role it’s not necessarily because you didn’t do a good job, though of course sometimes that is the case – we all have off days! Put yourself in the shoes of a Writer / Director / Producer who has been working on this project for weeks, months, maybe even years. It’s their baby and they want to make sure that the Actors they choose fit into the world they’re trying to create. It’s like a big puzzle and sometimes you just don’t fit.

Bring us on a Journey.
I get sent lots of self-tapes from Actors. Some for a particular job, some in place of a showreel. A mistake that people make (especially when starting out) is to choose a highly emotional scene. They’re so eager to show off their ‘powerful’ acting that what appears on the tape is three minutes of crying, three minutes of being angry etc. It’s boring and all it shows is that you can play that emotion for three minutes. Bring the character and the audience on a journey and keep us on our toes.

Do Your Own Thing.
In my experience, it can be overwhelming if another Actor is trying to chat to you before an audition. Some people are happy to chat in the waiting room but don’t feel like you have to partake, even if it’s an Actor you know. If you’d rather be quiet and focus on what you’re going to do in your audition, don’t be afraid to tell them that. Never jeopardise your own opportunity because someone you hardly even know wants to chat and you don’t want to appear rude. The audition room is much more important than the waiting room.

It’s Who You Know.
”So-and-So only got the part because they know So-and-So.” Look at it this way. If I was a filmmaker had a positive experience with an Actor, why wouldn’t I hire them again? I know they’ll learn their lines, will be on time and I’ll enjoy working with them. Would you hire the same electrician again if they did a good job? Of course. Don’t get annoyed when Actors get hired by someone they know – they’ve worked hard to be re-hired. Work hard and the same thing will happen for you.

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If you’re in need of Cast for your next Production, get in touch. We’d love to help. Simply email info@extrasireland.com or call us on (01) 634 3112 and let’s see how we can collaborate.

2019 – What a Year!

By Aislinn Ní Uallacháin
Head of Casting @ www.extrasireland.com

Another year almost over at Extras Ireland and it’s been an absolute whopper! Thanks so much to all our Extras, Actors and Models – we’re delighted to work with each and every one of you. To all of our Clients, thank you for coming to us for help – every project is a new and exciting adventure for us!

Here’s a little look back at just ten of the projects we’ve collaborated on this year, each one a gem. We’re so very grateful for a prosperous 2019 and are looking forward to lots more exciting projects in 2020!
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I am Patrick: The Patron Saint of Ireland (Docudrama)

‘’I AM PATRICK peels back centuries of legend and myth to tell the true story of Saint Patrick. Through historical re-enactments, expert interviews and Patrick’s own writings, experience the journey from man to saint.’’

We were so delighted to be able to provide the extras and featured extras for this spectacular docudrama about the man himself. Our extras got the chance to travel way out west and by all accounts it was an amazing experience on Achill Island this summer.

Working on a period piece was both challenging and fun for us here in the office, thanks so much to all, definitely a 2019 highlight for us.

Check out the trailer here.
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Westlife ‘Better Man’ (Music Video)

Imagine our excitement when we were approached to source the extras for Westlife’s comeback music video – we really had to keep this one under wraps so that there wouldn’t be legions of screaming fans turning up to the shoot!

We booked lots of teens to play secondary school students, adults to play the teachers and Kyna, the gorgeous little girl who bounds in at the end to her Mum. Definitely one of our favourite projects this year.

Click here to watch the vid from the boys!
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Rugby World Cup (RTE Promo)

It was an absolute treat to source the Japanese extras for the RTE Rugby World Cup promo. We reached out to the Japanese community in Ireland and met some really wonderful people along the way. A really special one for us.

Aislinn was actually in Japan during the World Cup so it was a particularly exciting one for her to have worked on!

You can watch the promo here to catch a glimpse of our fab extras!

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Fota Island Resort (Live Events)

As well as extras, we of course have a huge pool of talented, professional actors on our books who are available for stage, screen and event work.

For both their Halloween and Christmas interactive events, we helped Fota to find actors who are game for lots of improvisation, full of creativity and who aren’t afraid to expect the unexpected!

Fota’s Christmas Experience is currently running in Cork until December 23rd, click here for more details.
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Smyths (Commercial)

We have a fab working relationship with Smyths and are always excited when they get in touch! Whether they’re looking for newborns for catalogue stills or older kids to present some unboxing vids, we’re always thrilled to collaborate with them. So many cuties! Check out little Danny in an ‘unboxing’ video here, a natural!

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To the Moon (Documentary)

During 2019 we’ve been busy sourcing voiceoverartists for ‘To the Moon’, a gorgeous documentary about the moon that’s in the works. We’ve helped to source speakers of various languages to take part in this project – Spanish, Albanian, Greek, Romanian… it’s going to be really fabulous and we’re so proud to be a part of it!

Read more about this beautiful documentary here.
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Crimecall (TV)

Our extras and featured extras have been out working on Crimecall for RTE as both suspects and victims this year.
Often a challenging job for us as they must look as similar as possible to the real people involved – some extremely specific requests come in but we’re always up to the task!

More info on Crimecall here.
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Avonmore Lactose Free Milk (Online Video)

We often get unique requests in – we just never know what’s going to come our way!

One of the more unusual projects we worked on this year was for Avonmore – sourcing people who are lactose intolerant. Nothing is impossible!

Check out their stories here.


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Ding.com (Video and Stills Campaign)

We’re very proud at Extras Ireland to have models of various nationalities and ethnicities on our books – check out some of our ladies on this Ding shoot earlier this year – just fabulous.

Great to have so many out on this shoot for St Patrick’s Day. Thanks Ding!
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Green Knight (Feature Film)

We had lots of our actors and extras on set during the summer for Green Knight, a fantasy re-telling of the medieval story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

Lots of special requirements for various roles in this one – horse riding, screen combat, calligraphy, weaving, swimming…

Will be an interesting one when it hits cinemas next year, more info here on IMDB.

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If you’re in need of Cast for your next Production, get in touch. We’d love to help. Simply email info@extrasireland.com or call us on (01) 634 3112 and let’s see how we can collaborate.