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The worlds’ first casting agency for homeless people

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Better Society
The worlds’ first casting agency for homeless people
Source: BrightVibes

As basically anyone can be an extra in film or TV, homelessextra.nl helps homeless people earn something extra.

Homeless people are more often than not struggling to (financially) make it from one day to the other. This brilliant initiative aims to help homeless people by providing them a minor part as extra in video productions. 

Homeless Extras EplainedSource: Facebook

Homelessextras.nl is an initiative of a number of Dutch video production companies, ad agency DDB & Tribal Amsterdam and the Volksbond Amsterdam. The latter is an organisation that provides homeless and other vulnerable people with support.

The first video shoot has been done and the 3 homeless extras and the production company enjoyed it.
3 Happy Extras The first video shoot has been done and the 3 homeless extras and the production company enjoyed it. Source: YouTube

Win – Win

We absolutely love these type of initiatives as everybody wins. Not only because it provides homeless people with some income, but also because it helps them to feel valued and part of society. And at the same time, it’s an opportunity for creative and video production companies to see a different side of people in need. And who knows, perhaps this motivates them to use their creative and media assets to create more positive impact. 

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Need an extra?

Visit the homelessextras page if you're looking for extras in the Netherlands. If you're not from the Netherlands, contact the initiators and introduce the concept in your country.