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Casting Call: Here’s How to Be a Zombie on “The Walking Dead”

April 22, 2016
by Susan Shain
Senior Writer
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Besides the ultra-mysterious and disappointing ending to Season 6, I’d still consider myself a pretty devoted fan of “The Walking Dead”.”

And so, I’ve of course wondered what it’d be like to play a zombie as a TV extra.

The good news is I may not have to wait too long to find out — the show recently put out casting call for Season 7!

How to Be One of the “The Walking Dead” Extras

Since filming starts in Georgia this May, the show is casting for zombies right now, Movie Pilot reports.

The only catch?

You have to be really, really skinny — which makes sense, since the zombies have supposedly been roaming, festering and battling Michonne’s badass sword skills for years at this point.

More specifically, you must be:

  • At least 18 years old
  • Have a 32-inch or smaller waist (for men) or be a size 0-2 (for women)
  • Bonus points if you have “large eyes, thin faces, small noses and long slender necks”

Sound like you?

Email two photos, your clothing sizes, height, weight and contact info to ECAtvExtras@gmail.com.

How Much Do Zombies Make?

As for what you’ll earn, it depends on what kind of “walker” you get to be.

As a “background zombie,” this Reddit user was paid a minimum of $64 for up to eight hours of work.

“After eight hours you got paid for each hour, and after 12, you’d be paid a little more per hour,” the user explained.

“Hero [featured] zombies are paid [$88 for eight hours], then $11 for each hour after. You’d also get a $50 stunt bump if you did a stunt, which I got for falling.”

If you become a stand-in for a character, the rate goes way up: This guy earned $600 for two days of work.

That’s it. I’m off to start a juice cleanse — and somehow figure out how to enlarge my half-Asian eyes — so I can be on the next season of “The Walking Dead.”

If nothing else, at least I’ll figure out who Negan chose before the rest of y’all!

Your Turn: Do you wish you could be an extra on “The Walking Dead”?

Susan Shain, senior writer for The Penny Hoarder, is always seeking adventure on a budget. Visit her blog at susanshain.com, or say hi on Twitter @susan_shain.

by Susan Shain
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