Training & Skills needed To Be An Extra.
The great thing is that there is no special training or experience needed for you to become an EXTRA. What is more important then training or experience is the right look and wardrobe for the current projects available. Also, the more skills you have, the more projects you will qualify for.
For example, if you know how to Ballroom Dance that would make you a good candidate to work as an EXTRA on a project that has a formal dancing scene. Some examples of other skills would be: sports, martial arts, military training, singing, dancing, mime, rock climbing and the list goes on and on.
Special skills are great things to have on your resume as they can increase your work potential. Even if you don't get hired for these skills, once on set you might be asked about your abilities. Sometimes directors make last minute changes, and if you have the skill that will make their ideas come to life, all the better. Just remember, always be honest about your skills, and do not say you can do something that you cannot. That is a huge waste of everyone's valuable time and money.
Telephones, Answering Machines and Cell Phones.
It is important that you can be reached quickly and that you can return calls quickly. The amount of time it takes you to return a call can make the difference between you getting the job and it being given to someone else who was able to get back to them sooner. When a casting agency calls you, they want to be able to leave a message and hear back from you within one hour. That is professional and that is what is expected. You must be reachable. Public phone booths are getting harder and harder to come by these days, so a cell phone is recommended as well. Be sure that your cell phone can be put in a silent, vibrating mode.