What is Supporting Artist Work?

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Whether you call the people helping to bring realism to movies and television background artists, supporting artists or extras, they are often vital for creating the authenticity of the scene. Many supporting artists are actors who do this work as part of their portfolio career in the creative industries when they are between other acting jobs.

We are incredibly fortunate to have some fantastic scenery and buildings for film locations in Norfolk, so background artists are often in demand by local and national casting agencies. Before Covid hit the country and halted productions I was working with NBA Norfolk.

Are there Supporting Artist Agents in Norfolk?

I work with an agency called Norfolk Background Artistes who source local actors for work that is filmed within the region. This is brilliant because it not only provides much-needed work for local performers, it also cuts the carbon impact of production by reducing the need to drive people in from further afield.

Filming First Ladies with October Films

In 2019 I was invited by NBA Norfolk to work with October Films as a background artist on an episode of the US TV show ‘First Ladies’. A series about the wives of presidents in the US. It was aired in Oct 2020 on the US channel ‘CNN’.

Stills from First Ladies, Episode 4 on CNN

Filming Raw Terror with October Films

In 2019 I was invited by NBA Norfolk to work with October Films as a background artist on an episode of the US TV show ‘Raw Terror’. It was aired in summer 2020 on the US channel ‘Showtime’.

Stills from Raw Terror: Murder on the Tracks on Discovery ID


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