I lived with a lot of Game of Thrones’ extras!
Last year I started my journey in Belfast, Northern Ireland. What’s really funny about it, is that every time I meet someone from Belfast, they systematically ask me why the hell I chose to come live in this town! Well 3 words: GAME OF THRONES (Not only that but that’s the not what we want to talk about today!^^)
I started to work in a hostel where most of the extras stayed in: the Global Village! I came there a year before and I loved this place (I quit after 2 weeks but I’ll tell you why in another post 😉 ) So I lived with them and got to hear about their filming anecdotes and struggles (because man it’s exhausting!) and how they got to be an extra on Game of Thrones!
Most of them were working on the 9th episode of season 6 names the “Battle of bastards”which took about 2/3 weeks to shoot!
Of course, they couldn’t tell us anything specific but we were able to figure out some things anyway about what was going to happen on the season 6! I kept my mouth shut even though I went to the Game of thrones wrapping party and definitely knew Jon Snow wasn’t dead !
Partying with Jon Snow!
Here a photo of Kit Harrington aka Jon Snow!
Imagine hundreds of bearded men taking over a pub in Belfast ^^ (in that case it was at Filthy McNastys but you can also spot the cast of Game of Thrones at Laverys or at a fancy restaurant called The Barking Dog)
Where is Game of Thrones filmed?
All those guys told us how to become an extra for Game of thrones! It’s pretty easy to be one if you happen to be in Belfast because most of the filming happens in Northern Ireland and in the Titanic Studios in the city.
Funny how people rush to go to the Titanic Museum when 2 years ago my friend and I were nicely “stalking” the place just next to it: the Studios ! haha
When is it filming?
Game of thrones season 7 is actually filming right now so try your luck! They usually film from August to December but I heard this year it got a bit delayed because winter is here!! So they needed less sunny days not that it is so sunny in Belfast anyway haha!!
What are the requirements to be an extra on Game of thrones?
Basically, if you’re a guy with a beard you have a good chance of being taken. If you are a woman you have to have long hair although women have less chance to get in since there are way fewer parts for them.
Also, you have to be available to fly to Belfast almost at once!
Finally, you have to stay connected! You can be called anytime! A friend of mine received a call at 4 am !
How much is it paid?
You usually get one first call to set a fitting date: the fitting day is also paid.
It depends on the hours you make but you can make around 100 pounds for a day of work but ExtraNI gets something like 15% of your first salary.
You are paid through PayPal around 6 weeks after you worked. Personally, I would to it for free just to see the behind the scenes of Games of Thrones !
Apply to be an extra on Game of thrones!
To become an extra it’s very simple you have to register here at ExtraNI Agency. You can do it for free you just have to take your measurements and scan your passport.
But be careful though! A friend said it was like knowing Santa Claus didn’t exist. It might change the way you watch the show forever ! ^^ On the other side you get to chit chat with cast members soooo I would choose to do it!!
Almost all of my colleagues from the hostel got to be an extra on the show except me boooooh. I’m trying again this year ! I’ll keep you posted if it works out for me!!