How to be an Extra

1. Create a Head-Shot Information Sheet

First, you should create a head-shot information sheet. Completely fill out this template and add a photo of yourself. The photo does not have to be professional you can take it on your phone. You can have a friend help you take a picture of yourself straight on, from the shoulders up, with no hats or sunglasses, and a simple background. See this head-shot example for reference.


2. Get Listed With Casting Companies

Once you’ve created your head-shot information sheet you’re ready to send it out to casting directors! The various casting agencies have different methods of getting listed. Some require you set up a profile, others you can simply just email your head-shot to. Follow the directions on each of the various websites. The more casting companies you send your head-shot to/sign up with, the more of chance you will have of getting picked up by a production. Below is a list of some extra casting directors in New Mexico.

The listings contained in this directory are provided as a resource by the Albuquerque Film Office. While every attempt is made to verify residency, accuracy, and validity, we cannot certify, endorse or recommend any entry.


Far Horizon Studio

Elizabeth Gabel
304 Washington SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108

Latham Casting

Lorrie Latham
(505) 604-2642
304 Washington SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108 

B.B.S. Casting

Robert (Bob) Baxter
(505) 310-3404
3-B Calle Taraddei Rd.
Placitas, NM 87043 

On Location Casting

Tina Kerr
(800) 241-0076
5901-J Wyoming Blvd NE #298
Albuquerque, NM 87109

White Turtle Casting

Kathryn Wamego
(505) 316-6101
6100 4th St.
Albuquerque, NM 87107




3. Be aware of scams!

Even Craigslist sometimes lists casting calls; however, BE CERTAIN THAT THEY ARE LEGITIMATE.  Never, ever pay to be listed with an extra’s casting company or talent agency.

The links below provide helpful information in avoiding acting and modeling scams:


4. Check casting calls frequently:

Contact any of the above agencies for more information.