Happy Sunday everyone,
How do you list an under 5 from a soap on a resume? "Co-Star", "Featured" or "U-5"?
NEVER use "featured"!
Co-star is fine
In Hollywood talk, "featured," means extra
Interesting. I did not know that. I was featured in one episode of a prime time series on one of the major networks. I got paid as non-union. I haven't done extra work since because I can get lead and supporting for productions. If a friend asks me to help out for a scene, then I don't mind being an extra. Sometimes acting is just for fun.
About that feature job. Due to the recession, there were a lot of non-actors. Shot on location, we weren't in LA. The scene was a costume party. It was one of my top ten experiences for being in a costume scenario, right up there with a Rolling Stones Halloween concert and what used to be Halloween in the Castro. Some of the locals were extras too, and they were friendly.
Some of us worked into the night during a train shoot. The train had diesel generators inside the passenger cars in order to juice the lights inside for the shoot. The camera was outside. The passenger car filled with exhaust fumes. The dude in charge ignored the concerns of the non-union features. He spent his free time trying to convince the women to work for his friend as bathing suite models. He was a sleaze-bag in a position of power over the extras. Can't piss him off.
As non-union, I was afraid to seriously complain. To anyone. Extras are given an emergency number to call. But who wants to be known for problems? We were stuck on a train in the middle of who knows where. It was like acting in a car with a hose going from the muffler to inside the car.
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