This August, Cleveland will be center stage for the end of the world. No, I am not talking about the beginning of another Browns football season, but rather the Marvel Studios/Disney production of ‘The Avengers’ begins principal filming in Cleveland. This will mark the first time that Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and The Incredible Hulk will share the screen together. It is a geek dream team of super heroes and super awesomeness… and you have a chance to be in it!
‘Wait? What?’ you may be asking yourself. ‘Last time I checked, I don’t have any cool super powers or limitless riches to make a suit of armor. How can I be an Avenger?’
Well, you don’t get to be an Avenger, but you can be in The Avengers. There is a casting call for extras this July 15th and 16th at the Holiday Inn in Independence. The details can be found here.
Now, before you go running off to douse yourself in gamma radiation, or try to get bitten by spiders, or go running through a demonic funhouse mirror, remember extras don’t need fancy powers. Well, other than the power of blending into the background. Here are some tips to help you hone the powers of the movie extra.
- Know where you are going and be on time. Super heroes are always saving the world at the last minute. You don’t have the luxury of flight or super speed. Plan ahead.
- Follow all directions given to you. The extras casting director and/or whoever is in charge that day is going to be dealing with a lot of people in a relatively short amount of time. Listening will make everyone’s jobs and days easier.
- This is a job, treat it as such. Even if you aren’t Robert Downey Jr., or whoever is playing the Hulk this time around, you have an important role as an extra. You are going to be helping provide the reality that these heroes exist in. Treat the role with the seriousness it deserves.
- It is okay to be a fan, just don’t act like one. Most of the people that are going to be auditioning are there because they love super heroes and want to be part of comic film history. That is fun; screaming and geeking out if you happen to see a star or something equally nerdy does not give you much credibility (see tip #3.)
- Dress for success. Read about what the casting people are looking for. Business casual with dark colors? Easily done. Pretty sure that means no capes.
- Make friends. Maybe you go there with a friend, or a few (it is a super hero team movie, after all.), but that shouldn’t stop you from making new ones. Besides having similar interests in comics, others there may have good information about further casting calls or other business opportunities altogether. Connections are good!
- Always be prepared. There will be a lot of standing around and a lot of ‘hurry up and wait.’ Dress comfortably, as long as it stays within their guidelines for selection, of course. A comfortable pair of shoes go a long way to make a day bearable. Also, a small book or other quiet diversion will help. Don’t forget to hydrate! A passed out extra is a little too in the background.
Most of all, have fun. Cleveland does not get too many chances to be involved in major motion pictures, let alone big summer tentpole franchises. I mean, we did get to help with Spider-Man 3, but the less said about that the better.
Good luck and here’s to hoping we get to see you very far in the background of some sweet action scenes!