Make money from the movies
Act as a film or TV extra
You can make good money being a film and TV extra and you don't need experience.
Although being an occasional extra can be hard work, it's also lucrative and can be good fun. No acting experience is required, and you don’t need Hollywood looks to be taken seriously! Try FilmExtras for starters - or Uni-versal Extras if you’re a student.
Turn your home into a film set
You could earn big bucks if you can convince someone to use your home as a filming location. You don’t need to be the owner of a grade I listed building. Many TV series, films and adverts use perfectly normal homes as sets for their productions, so if you think your property has a bit of character about it, why not explore your chances?
All you need to do is sign up to a film/TV location company's website. It doesn't usually cost anything upfront, but you will usually need to take a number of photographs of your property (or fork out for them to provide a professional photographer to take the snaps). These will need to be approved and registered in the company's library.
Then, when film directors and producers are on the hunt for suitable locations, fingers crossed they will take one look at your home and get straight in contact.
Don't underestimate just how lucrative this could be, if your home is signed up - the typical minimum location fee is a cracking £500 a day!
Just be aware that if your home is used, the agency takes a cut, typically around 20%.
The big exception is Film London, which is funded by the Arts Council, and doesn't take any commission whatsoever. But it's only suitable for London locations.
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