TV series needs to hire (for minimum wage) 'background performers' of all ages: bike-riding kids, knitters and more

NEWS-TIMES FILE PHOTO - The Librarians drew gawkers and extras in 2015 when the cast and crew took over downtown Forest Grove to film an episode.The TV series "The Librarians" is coming back to Forest Grove next week and Marinella Hume Casting is looking for "extras" to appear in the episode — for pay, according to Bill Marinella.

Work dates are July 5 through July 12, although extras will not likely be needed every day, but possibly two to three days, Marinella told the News-Times.

One way to apply to be an extra is to attend an "open call" tryout from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, June 29, at Theatre in the Grove, 2028 Pacific Ave.

All ages and types of people are needed and will receive minimum wage ($11.25 an hour as of July 1), Marinella said. Extras are guaranteed payment for an eight-hour day even if they work fewer hours, he said.

Characters needed:

n Small-town folk — full of diversity

n Small-town kids and families, ages 8 to 17

n Barbershop quartet

n Marching band members, ages 16-20 (roughly)

n Knitting group (mostly men)

n Bike-riding boys, ages 14 and up — must have good riding skills

"The most urgent thing is the actual marching band members," Marinella told the News-Times Monday. "They won't do any marching band stuff in the actual scene but they will definitely be warming up their instruments and will need to be dressed from head to toe in an approved costume so I need their sizes."

To apply, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and write "Forest Grove" in the subject line along with the character you are applying for ("14-year-old bike rider" or "knitting group member"). Include three recent photos or family/group photo with age, cellphone, height, weight, waist, inseam, jacket/dress size, shoe size.

If the applicant is a minor, he or she must include the parent's name, child's name and a parent's cell phone number.

Applicants can also go to the marinellahumeportland Facebook page and join the mailing list by clicking "Join my list." Create a free profile on the database at A video at bzUkhxOtmNs explains how to correctly upload photos.

There are no fees to apply, Marinella said. Instead, he gets paid by the producers to find the perfect "background performers."

According to Pastor Jennifer Yocum, the Forest Grove United Church of Christ has given the TV crew permission to use the church to film an episode of the program during that week. "This will mean a temporary disruption of space over Sunday, July 9, when the Fellowship Hall and possibly one or more classrooms may be blocked off for the crew's use," she wrote to church members. But the rental will provide "a wonderful boost to our summer income and we hope to encourage a positive and productive working arrangement with the production company."

"The Librarians" is shooting through the end of the summer, he said, though only next week in Forest Grove. So if applicants don't get chosen for the locally based episode, they still have an opportunity to work on future episodes elsewhere in Portland — including one involving a Civil War re-enactment — as well as a separate show Marinella said he is casting for a Netflix series about "high school kids."

According to Marinella, his company has casted extras for "House of Cards" and for the Oscar-nominated "Hidden Figures."TNT series 'The Librarians' is filing in Forest Grove next week, and they are looking for local extras.

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