In the Background


In the Background gives advice on courses and casting, and how to prepare before shooting begins. It describes the joy and the fear, the pleasures and the pain, the challenge and the boredom of life on set. Wardrobe, taxes, files, resumes, the myriad details of the performer’s life – here are practical details and information that can make the professional difference.


"If you really want to be a career extra, Tarling has the book for you."

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About the Authors

Peter Messaline

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014

Peter Messaline

Peter Messaline voiced the Daleks in the 1972 Dr. Who serial Day of the Daleks and has worked in England, Canada, and the United States. After the Stratford and Shaw Festivals, he has principal casting in series and MOW. He hasn't had a joe job in 40 years.

Bill Tarling

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014

Bill Tarling

Bill Tarling is a performer extras' agent and has been making his living for many years on sets in Toronto as an extra and principal performer. This book grew out of his answers to the thousands of questions he fields from people on set.