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How to Get You Sag Card by Doing Extra Work?


1) You can get into SAG by doing Extra jobs on Union projects. 

  • Get on a SAG shoot to get the 3 required SAG vouchers. You can find Union Extra work on sites such as Cast Extras, Talent Pages,, Extra Access or Central Casting.
  • You can get your 3 vouchers by working on different Union projects or by working 3 days on one project. If the protect is Union don’t forget to ask the A.D. (Assistant Director) or P.A. (Production Assistant) on each SAG shoot if you can get a SAG voucher. The voucher allows you to get the union pay rate and is proof of your work as a principal extra on a SAG shoot. They may forget or not give you a voucher, just be persistent but never be a pain.
  • Apply to SAG. Once you have your vouchers, submit your application and 3 pay stubs to the Screen Actors Guild. SAG verifies your employment as a principal on a SAG production and sends you a letter of eligibility.
  • Pay your dues. SAG mails your card to you within 2-4 weeks of payment.

2) Get a SAG card through other unions.

  • Join ACTRA, AEA, AFTRA, AGMA or AGVA. Get a principal role with any of these SAG affiliated union productions and you are eligible for a SAG card.
  • Apply to SAG. Send them your membership information and proof of a principal role. If you are not sure about your SAG eligibility, check it at
  • Pay your dues and get your card. If you are SAG eligible, they will send you an acceptance letter. Then pay your dues, get your card and enjoy your new status.

3) Get a SAG card under the Taft-Hartley Act.

  • Seek out smaller SAG productions and get hired by a company that will “Taft-Hartley” you into SAG. Land a principal role as a non-union actor on a union shoot and after 15 days you are eligible for a SAG card. The production company has to do some paperwork and pay fees on your behalf to SAG, but if you can get it, this is a nice way to get into SAG.
  • Await your acceptance letter. Since the production company has told SAG that you are eligible, your letter will come once they have processed the paper work. Like all other routes, you need to pay your first annual dues before you get your card.


movie extras

So you think your mug should be flashed across the big screen? Being a movie extra might be your ticket. The term “extra” refers to a background or atmosphere actor. An extra is basically a prop to fill out the background in a movie.

The good news is you don’t have to look like Brad Pitt. In fact, it’s usually the case that the more average looking you are, the better. And all types are needed. Extra roles can range from the ordinary, such as a businessman walking down the street in Spider-Man 3, to the extraordinary, such as a Greek warrior engaged in battle in Troy. And you don’t have to be a member of the actor’s union (the Screen Actors Guild, or SAG) to get work as a movie extra.

Here’s how to get into a position to have some fun on movie sets, make a little money in the process and maybe even meet some stars.

If you can afford it, get a headshot photo taken by a professional, with your resume printed on the back. If that’s out of your price range, just have a buddy snap some color photos of you, which can be printed cheaply. Be sure to create an electronic version of your headshot and resume in addition to the hard copies.

You should tailor a resume specifically toward extra work, which should include physical characteristics such as height, weight, hair and eye color, as well as contact information and entertainment-related experience. Also indicate special skills, hobbies or sports at which you excel. I’ll explain why later.

Most extra work is found in major North American film centers such as Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, and Chicago. Other areas such as Vancouver and Florida also host a fair amount of film productions.

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