Industry leaders are now saying that California is no longer the most popular place to film movies. The new Hollywood, or Hollywood South, is right next door. LOUISIANA! I have many friends who have been in major films as extras in the New Orleans area and surrounding suburbs. One of my closest friends was a vampire in the last "Twilight" film and can show you more selfies of himself with celebrities than anyone I know! (Side note: he swears Matthew McConaughey is the nicest one)
If you've ever wanted to be in a movie, this is your time! Casting agencies are always looking. You don't have to have experience and they want all races, genders, ages and body types. It usually pays about $100 a day, but you must commit your time to them.
As a matter of fact, about 6 years ago, I answered a casting call after simply submitting a head shot and bio. I was cast as an extra in a horror film called "Oculus". You can only see me for about 15 seconds at the end of the film, but WHAT AN EXPERIENCE! Being a film geek, I asked everyone on set too many questions, and we became buds by the end of my shoot (which was from 6p-6a after a day of work at my full time job - can you say loopy?). Below is a picture of myself and our former intern, turned Radio King of Boston, Colton Bradford, on the set of "Oculus" as EMT's. We didn't save any lives, but I think we operated on a few funny bones that night.