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Extras are needed on a daily basis for every type of production imaginable. What is needed for extras is a little appreciation. Extras are the most overworked and underpaid people in the entertainment industry. Of course, some productions are much nicer to you than others. Some have better food. Others will make an effort to get you bumped (give you a little more pay) if you stand out or have a special talent and they can use you to accentuate a scene by giving you a specific action or a short line, but these are the rarities.
What you are more likely to encounter is long waits, various attempts to get you to do things that you should get bumped for without bumping you, rude Assistant Directors, shortened meal breaks, more various attempts to get you to do things that you should get bumped for without bumping you, in addition to attempts to work you for a longer day and somehow avoid providing dinner, and sometimes entire days of nothing but watching and waiting and never even appearing in a scene!
If this sounds like fun to you, that is very sad. But seriously, although the above describes some typical extras nightmare situations, some perspective is needed to truly understand the benefits and rewards of doing extra work. After all, you are on a set. What better place to be if you are hoping to be discovered? Even if you walk through a hallway once in one scene, you have way more chance of being discovered there than working at Baskin Robbins. You are acting. Even if you are only glimpsed for a split second in the background of a scene, it is a chance for you to learn and practice putting yourself into the setting and getting yourself into character. You need to be emoting whatever you are being directed to do or be so that if you do show up on camera, they won't stop the scene and say "hey! that one guy is messing up the whole scene!" because you were sleep-walking through the action.