How to be an Extra on ‘Law and Order: SVU’


We often get asked, “How can I be an extra on Law and Order: SVU?” Unfortunately, it isn’t easy.

Becoming an extra on any New York City-shot series can be difficult. Most NYC casting companies have an established pool of talent they use for their projects, including Central Casting, the company that handles extras for SVU, Blue Bloods, and other New York City TV shows and movies.

Just because it might be tough to land one of these gigs as an extra, doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Central Casting recently posted new instructions for those interested in working with them.

For instance, Central is looking for skateboarders for an SVU scene shooting at a skate park on Jan. 26. But, to apply for this job, or any job Central Casting advertises, you must first be registered with the company.

Here’s how:

In order to be registered with Central Casting, you MUST come in to our office, attend our orientation and complete the appropriate paperwork. Your status remains active for 3 years from your registration date. If your status becomes inactive and you are eligible to re-register, you must come in to our office to update your registration paperwork before you are eligible to submit for any Central Casting job. If you are unsure of your status, please call 646-205-8244, ext. 4.

For detailed information about Central Casting’s registration or re-registration process, visit:

To see more of Central Castings casting calls, visit:

Do you have any tips for wannabe background artists in NYC? Share your expertise in the comments below!


  1. I feel I’d be a perfect cast member of SVU. I’m a retired police officer of 28 yrs. You can teach that kind of style to anyone.

    I’m 51 yrs old but look 35 to 40
    6 ft
    240 lbs
    stocky build

    I performed several different police position while active in my job.

    Hopefully a plus is that I watch all the SVU episodes included all the multiple reruns on USA nerwork. So I have a feeling I could fit right in with the cast
    I’m good with people verbally and excellent at interagating suspects I know all the cop lingo which is a plus.

    Thank you for your time and consideration.

    Matthew Foley

  2. I would love to have a chance to be on svu I watched every day love to be on it please I am blonde with blue eyes and the tips of my hair are pink I am 36 still beautiful pease give me a chanc phone number is16163552315 thank you

  3. I hear that you might be filming in Buffalo, NY my home town, If so I would like to be considered for an extra. I can be reached at 716-882-3182 Thanking you in advance for your kind consideration in this matter

    Ron Hernandez

  4. worked with the best look me up rocky want to work on law and order csi etc im sag/aftra also on imdb please consider me for anything. 508-360-4952

  5. My name is Sheldon powell.I’m have a NYC correction officer for 20 years and i am retiring in Oct .I feel it can be a good fit for your show because it worked behind the gates my entire career my email. Address my contact number is 3479958144

  6. Hello, my name is Hayley and im 24 years old, blonde hair, blue eyes, and also about 5’1 115 lbs. I live in Warren Grove (or barnegat/manahawkin) by long beach island Nj. I’ve ALWAYS been a big fan of Law and Order, especially SVU. Im a survivor or 2 rapes, and very brutal attacks which I’ve received help and nothing with help more than to bring awareness anywhere, especially like Law and Order does. I would be beyond privileged to be an extra or even as a deceased victim. Please contact me, as it would be my privilege at:
    Phone: 609-489-2922

    Hayley Parker

  7. Law and Order SVU is my favorite show. Of Course I will watch any Law and Order but SVU is the best in my opinion. I would love to be an extra and would do any part its a dream of mine. I would play a deceased person just lieing on a slab or just a person just walking by in the scene. It would be amazing to just be a part of the SVU family even for just a moment.

  8. I am registered with central casting I would love to play any role extra any role with svu I watch every episode it’s my favorite show please give me a shot I’ll do a wonderful job I’m 5 10 160 pounds I’ll play anyrole

  9. My husband and I are huge fan,our daily life consists of Law & Order Re-runs and SVU is difinately catches our attention.Would love to do some extra casting to give more topics that the writers might interested listening to.

  10. I would LOVE to be an svu main victim extra! or even continue as one. i LOVE acting and have been thru 5 or 6 rapes, most i dont remember but have waken up in curious ways thinking i was somewhere safe but ended up not. i am such a fan of svu and it would be amazing to be an actress on the show!!!!!! i would have real emotion and would love to travel.

  11. I would love to be an extra or background in any episode. It has been my favorite show since it began. I work in the film industry for series and movies in support categories.

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