ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Become An Extra in Hawaii

Updated on August 7, 2009

Tips for Becoming An Extra

Hawaii is beginning to see a frequent visitor, Hollywood. For quite some time Hollywood has came to the tropical islands to shoot many different movies, and shows. Movies such as Mighty Joe Young, Godzilla, Tears Of The Sun and countless others. One might ask how they can be apart of such movies that come to the islands. For major films,the majority of the time lead actors have already been selected, so the only chance a person can have to be apart of a film is becoming an extra. In this article I will discuss how to become an extra in Hawaii and what steps you can take to be successful.

The Head Shot

If you want to be as professional as possible, make sure you have a headshot of yourself. A Headshot is a picture of your face that is printed on a 8 x 10". Casting directors use them to see if you meet physical descriptions for certain roles and are good to have when on Casting Calls.

Locating Jobs

Who You Know

In the entertainment business , who you know is very important. Having the right connections can get you the inside scoop on productions that are taking place. Starting friendships with other extras is a great decision to make. Also go to casting offices and see if you can start a relationship there as well. You can only go as far as your social network.

The Internet

Be on the look-out for casting calls online. The Internet is a great place to look for any productions that will be taking place. Information on films coming to the islands should be available. Also there are websites you can join, in which some casting directors use to find actors.

Be On The Look Out

Sometimes major productions put out casting calls. A casting call is advertisement in which a production looks for actors. You can find casting calls anywhere. Some can be found in the newspaper, on the radio, and other sources, so keep your eyes open.

On Set Etiquette

Don’t Be Late

Being late to your call time is a huge mistake. If you are late you will hear about it! Productions are ran on a very tight schedules thus timeliness is extremely important. It is always best to arrive 30 minutes prior to call time. This extra time allows you to eat, if they have craft services, and mingle with other actors.

Don’t Wander Off

During filming you can expect to do a lot of waiting around, but never decide to go for a stroll. You must be ready at all times when they call for you. Being on full alert is a must. If you name is called an you are not ready the director simply moves on to the next person.

Try Not To Overcrowd The Star

When on set you should mentally prepare to see major actors. The majority of them are cool, and laid back and don’t mind speaking. As a fan don't overstep your boundaries. Remember that your all there to stay on task and work. Be Professional!

Follow Directions

When you arrive to set, realize that you are going to be given a lot of directions. It is important that you follow each of them correctly.

Since Hawaii is small, expect to work with the same people and crew. It is up to you to maintain solid relationships with all indviduals who might corss your path. By following this simple etiquette, I’m sure they wouldn’t mind working with you again. Until then, make it happen.

Have you Become An Extra in any movies?

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • profile image


      4 years ago

      This website is fanasttic! I live in the UK, do you think I could still submit my resume or do you know of any similar websites for people in the UK? Also, is there an age requirement on these auditions or not?Thank you

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      Excellent presentation, enjoyed the article, I use to leive on Oahu.

    • profile image

      Stephanie Muldrew-Smith 

      8 years ago

      I have numerous times on the main land, but not yet in Hawaii. I'm going to an audition this Saturday!!! I am currently working at the NEX, and would rather be on-set somewhere, anywhere for as long as needed!!! SIGN ME UP!!! OR BETTER YET...EMAIL ME!!! THANKS :)


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)