While China’s next batch of action stars might be taking a more novel approach to potential superstardom, a much less glamorous, much less well-paid route awaits cfensi‘s American readers!
Slated to be a joint US-China co-production, the team for the upcoming Transformers 4 movie is looking for a whole bunch of Chinese adults (18+) for non-speaking roles over in its stateside filming. Sure, extras are usually uncredited, underappreciated, minimum wage earners. But an impressive performance can go a long way in launching a career in acting.
Helmed by director Michael Bay, Transformers 4 will feature Li Bingbing alongside Hollywood veterans Mark Wahlberg and Kelsey Grammer.
Filming will take place in the Lansing area of Michigan, so you might have to travel. Extras will be compensated for their work, however. (Plus, and I can’t guarantee the veracity of this, I heard that there will be free sandwiches available.)
Interested parties can sign up and submit their head shots, full-body shots and 3/4 shots with Real Style talent agency here. (The $15 registration fee is waived for applicants towards Transformers 4.)
Hey guys! Just wanted to drop by to say that I appreciate these types of job posts. Last time cfensi did a post on modeling career for Huayi Bros and I actually had a friend who met that criteria and did modeling (though they didn’t end up applying since they weren’t in China at the time) but still really cool to see one of those posts! Could end up giving opportunities to somebody out there who reads cfensi.
GLORIA!! Do you know any films that want extras in Chinese films?
I’m currently in China right now. And how did you find this?? You’re great!!
Please email me back!!
This was actually written by Benji, although I agree that Gloria is great.
I don’t know of any Chinese films looking for extras at the moment, unfortunately.
Given China’s population, the supply usually far outstrips the demand for extras.
And major studios often have a regular batch (sometimes thousands) of professional-amateur extras to call from. So unless they’re after a specific look that you have (i.e. white people, pretty much), there aren’t too many opportunities.
But if you’re really determined, you could do what most people do and just hang around the studios and hope that they’ll need someone matching your description on the day~
A few articles on extra-ing in Chinese productions:
Off-topic, but the guy in the picture looks so much like Daniel Henney that it’s kind of weird. O_O
He’s a bit bulkier than Daniel Henney.
(Warning: includes gratuitous half-naked shots): http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/2349152
Though I can’t say too much about his acting…
Ow. That acting.