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In the Background: An Extra's Handbook Paperback – January 7, 1996

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"If you really want to be a career extra, Tarling has the book for you."

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In the Background gives advice on courses and casting, and how to prepare before shooting begins. It describes the joy and the fear, the pleasures and the pain, the challenge and the boredom of life on set. Wardrobe, taxes, files, resumes, the myriad details of the performer's life – here are practical details and information that can make the professional difference.

About the Author

Bill Tarling is a performer extras' agent and has been making his living for many years on sets in Toronto as an extra and principal performer. This book grew out of his answers to the thousands of questions he fields from people on set.

A full-time actor and occasional extra, Peter Messaline has a wide range of film and theatre credits. He is a tax consultant for arts professionals and conducts seminars on tax and the business of acting. He is co-author with Miriam Newhouse of The Actor's Survival Kit and Thhe Canadian Performer's Tax Kit.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Dundurn; First Edition edition (January 7, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0889242674
  • ISBN-13: 978-0889242678
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,656,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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