Become Background Talent

To get started, fill out our simple “Background Talent Registration” form.  Just the basics to start… If approved for representation we’ll follow up with additional instructions.

We’re happy that you’re interested in joining Anchor Background as a background extra! We’re all about providing background talent for a wide range of projects, including TV shows, films, commercials, training films, streaming videos, print, and more. We believe in diversity and represent people of all ages, genders, ethnicities, and abilities.

By design, background talent are not the center of attention. Often there are long wait times and sometimes the feeling that none of it is important; but being a background extra offers a great deal! You get a front-row seat to the production and become an essential part of the set.

By joining our pool of options, we’ll reach out to you when a project comes along. Since we never know in advance what projects will require background extras or the specific types and ages of people they need, it’s hard to predict when or how often “you” might be called upon for a gig. It’s a “take it as it comes” kind of deal. Just keep in mind that for most projects, you’ll need to be available for a full day, maybe even two, and sometimes there are projects with more days.

Usually, we have just a short timeframe (sometimes just a few days or less!) to gather all the necessary talent for a production. That’s why it’s crucial to keep your profile up to date with current sizes, photos and contact information as well as being as flexible as possible with your schedule.  Think of it as a side gig, alongside your regular job. It’s a rewarding endeavor when you get the chance to do it!

In terms of payment, most projects offer either a day rate or an hourly rate. On average, our background talent earn a minimum of $200 per day, but we often see rates ranging from $250 to $350 and, if the scope of the project warrants, sometimes even more. Additionally, if personal wardrobe is used, we try to secure a wardrobe stipend for talent, typically between $25 and $50 (not for every project, but quite a few).

It’s important to note that our agency only earns a fee when you do. We take a standard 20% agency commission from the gross talent fee paid.

Now, here’s the exciting part: your background work could potentially open doors to principal character roles in the current project or future projects! Being “bumped up” to a principal role is an absolute blast, and it comes with higher pay too. Who knows, you might just find yourself in the spotlight!

So, if you’re ready to dive into the interesting world of background work, Anchor Background is here to support and connect you with fantastic opportunities. Let’s make some magic happen together!

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please feel free to contact us at 877.424.4347 x 4 or We are always happy to help.


All combined, the team at Anchor Background has well over 100 years of experience in the industry and are known for their high level of personal service towards both their represented talent and clients they serve.